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Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 17
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 17 30 April 2019 APCNews

Welcome to the 17th monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks.

How can we improve the usability of legal data for civil society, human rights defenders and lawyers? Conversation at the Internet Freedom Festival
How can we improve the usability of legal data for civil society, human rights defenders and lawyers? Conversation at the Internet Freedom Festival 09 April 2019 Leila Nachawati Rego

A session introducing the CYRILLA database was hosted at the Internet Freedom Festival for legal researchers, journalists, civil society advocates and human rights defenders seeking to shape rapidly evolving legal frameworks for digital rights worldwide.

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 16
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 16 30 March 2019 APCNews

Welcome to the 16th monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks.

#WelcomeHomeAlaa: Egyptian revolution activist Alaa Abdel Fattah released after five years in prison
#WelcomeHomeAlaa: Egyptian revolution activist Alaa Abdel Fattah released after five years in prison 29 March 2019 Global Voices, IFEX, APC and others

Egyptian blogger and activist Alaa Abdel Fattah was released by authorities late on the night of 28 March after serving five years in prison for defying a protest ban. 

New index on racism against Palestinians on social media
New index on racism against Palestinians on social media 11 March 2019

Every 66 seconds a post inciting hatred against Palestinians was shared on social media platforms in 2018. Almost half a million calls for violent actions and racist slurs were registered. These are some of the revelations in the Index of Racism 2018 launched by APC member 7amleh. 

New wave of Israeli legislation posing severe threats to internet freedoms: Written statement to HRC 40
New wave of Israeli legislation posing severe threats to internet freedoms: Written statement to HRC 40 25 February 2019 APC and 7amleh

APC and 7amleh-The Arab Centre for Social Media Advancement submitted this statement ahead of the Human Rights Council 40th session to express their concern about the upsurge in the number of laws being put forth by Israeli legislators that violate the right to privacy and freedom of expression.

Connection Interrupted: Israel’s control of the Palestinian ICT infrastructure and its impact on digital rights
Connection Interrupted: Israel’s control of the Palestinian ICT infrastructure and its impact on digital rights 31 January 2019 Anan AbuShanab for 7amleh

Launched in English and Arabic, this new report from 7amleh – The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media details the Israeli control over the Palestinian ICT infrastructure in the West Bank and Gaza and its impact on the digital rights of the Palestinian people.

Palestine and PayPal: Towards economic equality
Palestine and PayPal: Towards economic equality 21 December 2018 7amleh Centre

The report analyses the abstention of the online payment company PayPal and the impact of this stance on the Palestinian economy.

Palestinian Digital Activism Forum to take place in January 2019
Palestinian Digital Activism Forum to take place in January 2019 19 December 2018 7amleh Centre

The forum will be attended by organisations working on digital media and digital rights, including APC, Deutsche Welle, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, along with activists, journalists, students and jurists from the West Bank, Jerusalem, Haifa, Taybeh and Gaza Strip.

100 days for Alaa Abdel Fattah
100 days for Alaa Abdel Fattah 17 December 2018 APCNews

As we are nearing the end of 2018, we want to remember the human rights defenders from our community who are currently facing prison, disappeared or have been killed in retaliation for their work.

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