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Digital rights in the context of protests and social mobilisation in Ecuador in October 2019
Digital rights in the context of protests and social mobilisation in Ecuador in October 2019 29 October 2019 APC, Digital Defenders Partnership (DDP), LaLibre.net Tecnologías Comunitarias, Taller de Comunicación Mujer

In the context of the recent national political crisis and social mobilisation in Ecuador in October 2019 against the austerity measures adopted as part of the agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), temporary shutdowns and disruptions of certain social networks, mobile communications, websites and internet connections throughout the days of protests were detected and reported. This brief report is prepared as an input for the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) ob...

Valeria Betancourt on the Ecuador Disaster Map: "The number of volunteers continues growing daily"
Valeria Betancourt on the Ecuador Disaster Map: "The number of volunteers continues growing daily" 26 April 2016 APC

Early on the morning after the devastating earthquake of 16 April, a group of hacktivists in Ecuador and abroad got to work to find the best way to channel the assistance needed in different parts of the country, a task that became increasingly urgent as the number of victims continued to rise. They immediately thought of Ushahidi, an open-source information-gathering platform that has provided assistance in crisis and emergency situations since 2008. Over the past days, hundreds of people h...

The government and the Association of Internet Providers block access to websites in Ecuador
The government and the Association of Internet Providers block access to websites in Ecuador 14 April 2016 APC

UPDATE: 18 April 2016: AEPROVI has issued a statement with their position in relation to this case. On 28 March 2014, users in Ecuador reported accessibility issues to Google and YouTube websites. The reason for the outage was not known at the time. Two years later, on 14 April 2016, a leaked document surfaced that explains those websites were systematically blocked. According to a leaked inte...

Ecuador
Ecuador 26 November 2014

<p>Illustration: <span class="caps">CIESPAL</span>.</p>

Ecuador holds first national meeting on internet governance
Ecuador holds first national meeting on internet governance 26 November 2014 Leila Nachawati

How does the internet work? How is it managed and developed? While the importance of universalising internet access and use becomes increasingly recognised, reflection on the concrete aspects of internet governance is often missing. Internet governance is crucial to the future of the internet, which is a catalyst for social, human and economic development. Going beyond talk and determining conc...

Ecuador map
Ecuador map 20 November 2014

<p>Illustration: Wikimedia Commons.</p>

New criminal code endangers privacy of Ecuadorians
New criminal code endangers privacy of Ecuadorians 26 November 2013 Valeria Betancourt

The revelations about mass surveillance and data collection by the United States National Security Agency (NSA) sparked outrage from political leaders around the world, including the government and Legislative Assembly of Ecuador. Nevertheless, Ecuadorian authorities are now proposing new legislation that blatantly contradicts that position. The proposed article 474 of the new Comprehensive Org...

Ecuador's new Communications Law: Progress on access and spectrum allocation, but a reverse for freedom of expression
Ecuador's new Communications Law: Progress on access and spectrum allocation, but a reverse for freedom of expression 27 June 2013 AL

Ecuador’s National Assembly approved the new Organic Law on Communications on Friday June 14. If the nation’s president sanctions the law within 30 days, it will mark the end of a four-year process that began when communication was enshrined as a right in the 2008 Constitution. APC and other civil society organisations have participated actively in this process. At APC we recognise ...

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