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Building a culture of online human rights and digital security in the Maghreb-Machrek region
Building a culture of online human rights and digital security in the Maghreb-Machrek region 24 October 2014

Human rights defenders (HRDs) in the Maghreb-Machrek region face various obstacles and threats, both online and offline. These can range from highly restrictive laws that limit their freedom of expression and freedom of assembly online, to targeted and mass surveillance by repressive regimes, and even threats and attacks by violent non-state actors. As part of our mission to empower people’s use of ICTs for social justice, APC is working with partners and members to ensure HRDs in the Maghr...

APC at IGF 2014: Güneş Tavmen on communications regulation in Turkey
APC at IGF 2014: Güneş Tavmen on communications regulation in Turkey 20 October 2014 ET

In 2013, Turkey attracted international media attention as the government introduced unprecedented communications surveillance regulations and internet restrictions, especially around the use of social media. Güneş Tavmen is the author of the Global Information Society Watch Special Report on Turkey, launched at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Istanbul, Turkey in September 2014. APC’s Elvira Truglia spoke to Tavmen during the IGF about the state of communications regulation in Turk...

Violence against women and ICT in Bosnia and Herzegovina: A tricky place between raising awareness and lobbying for laws
Violence against women and ICT in Bosnia and Herzegovina: A tricky place between raising awareness and lobbying for laws 16 October 2014 Belma Kučukalić

Our ambitious journey with our first Take Back the Tech! this year started on a really good note – media response. For years now, the topic of violence against women that is happening through ICTs has not been “attractive” enough for our local media. Even with the rise of the number of mapped cases and educational trainings held, they simply did not seem to care enough to publish our case...

Internet censorship, surveillance in Turkey tightens days after IGF concludes in Istanbul
Internet censorship, surveillance in Turkey tightens days after IGF concludes in Istanbul 16 September 2014 ET

APC condemns new regulatory powers to block websites and gather user data The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) strongly condemns the Turkish government for amending a law that tightens internet censorship. The law, which now grants the Telecommunications Directorate (TIB) extensive powers to block access to websites without a court order, comes on the heels of the Internet Gover...

Pangea celebrates its 20th anniversary in November 2013
Pangea celebrates its 20th anniversary in November 2013 15 September 2014 Pangea

From the very beginning, the Pangea team has been part of APC, sharing its values and its path. Photo: PangeaFor 20 years, Pangea has worked to bring the internet and all of its possibilities to social movements and organisations, promoting the strategic use of communications networks and ICTs to contribute to development and social justice. Over the years, Pangea has undergone numerous change...

Pangea celebra su 20 aniversario en noviembre de 2013
Pangea celebra su 20 aniversario en noviembre de 2013 15 September 2014 Pangea

El equipo de Pangea forma parte de APC desde sus comienzos, ya que comparten valores y un camino a seguir. Foto: Pangea. Hace 20 años que Pangea se dedica a acercarle internet y todas sus posibilidades a los movimientos y organizaciones sociales, promoviendo el uso estratégico de las redes de comunicación y las TIC para contribuir al desarrollo y la justicia social. A través de los años, P...

Media Fact-Checking Service boosts quality of journalism
Media Fact-Checking Service boosts quality of journalism 14 August 2014 Metamorphosis

The Service’s nexus is the trilingual (Macedonian, Albanian and English) website, in addition to its social media presence, which during the year gathered over 10,000 fans and followers. ScreenshotLimits on freedom of expression are an important factor in Macedonia’s backsliding from democracy. In order to enable the citizens of Macedonia to counter media manipulation and demand higher qual...

New centre to support internet freedom in the Maghreb and Mashreq
New centre to support internet freedom in the Maghreb and Mashreq 14 August 2014 Alternatives

Photo taken in Tunis, the site of Alternatives’ regional training centre. Photo: Stephen DownesIn many countries of the world, monitoring email and internet activity, content filtering, cyber attacks against certain sites and the interruption of internet service are all techniques used to limit freedom of expression, manipulate information and suppress dissent. With support from the Europ...

Supporting independent journalism to strengthen free speech and democracy in Bulgaria
Supporting independent journalism to strengthen free speech and democracy in Bulgaria 08 August 2014 BlueLink

The BlueLink.net team builds their capacity in independent journalism. Photo: BlueLink.net.The decline of freedom of speech in Bulgaria is no surprise, with the country steadily receiving record low ratings within the EU from Freedom House, Reporters Without Borders and other international watchdogs. The growing consolidation of media ownership by a handful of powerful businessmen with strong t...

Supporting ICT education in Romania
Supporting ICT education in Romania 08 August 2014 StrawberryNet

Young children in school in Romania. Photo: Flore de PréneufBeyond the “invisible work” of network support for the ngo.ro community, the StrawberryNet team has implemented an ICT education project for students aged eight to ten. The participatory visual research project “My Family and the Internet” was aimed at mapping children’s relation to technology and the med...

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