freedom of expression

Focus on internet and human rights in South Africa: Interview with Jane Duncan
Focus on internet and human rights in South Africa: Interview with Jane Duncan 11 October 2012 Alan Finlay

“South Africa has adopted some of the more problematic elements of the new post-9/11 surveillance regime, many of which have been authored in supposedly liberal democracies, while failing to incorporate key safeguards that may have been incorporated in these democracies,” says Jane Duncan in an interview related to a forthcoming report she wrote for the Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch 2011 Update I). APCNews: South Africa has a relatively low internet penetration rate — ...

Focus on internet and human rights in Azerbaijan: Interview with Vugar Gojayev
Focus on internet and human rights in Azerbaijan: Interview with Vugar Gojayev 08 October 2012 Alan Finlay

“Since the outbreak of the Arab Spring in 2011, government has shown much desire to regulate the internet. The uprising in the Guba district in March 2012 has shown the pivotal role that social media can play in Azerbaijani political life,” says Vugar Gojayev, in an interview related to a forthcoming report he wrote for the Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch 2011 Update I). APCNews:...

Victory for freedom of expression in South Korea
Victory for freedom of expression in South Korea 07 September 2012 AL

Photo credit: Emmanuel Dyan; CC BY 2.0 LicenceOn the 23rd of August 2012, South Korean digital rights organisation Jinbonet won a long struggle. For the last five years, the APC member group fought an internet real name system regulation. The Constitutional Court ruled unanimously against this regulation, that is part of a larger law known as “the network act”, arguing that it is unconstitu...

Taking the highway to Grahamstown
Taking the highway to Grahamstown 07 September 2012 FD

Five years back, I took the highway to Grahamstown, South Africa. I had landed in Port Elizabeth, took a shuttle bus headed for Rhodes University and got off at the beautiful university campus. This year, many people like me will travel the same route to Highway Africa. But the 16th edition of this digital media conference will be something special. Africa rising? Organised by the university&#...

Macedonians under high (cyber) surveillance
Macedonians under high (cyber) surveillance 15 August 2012 FD

The Republic of Macedonia is ranked among the poorest countries in Europe. It is isolated not only geographically, as it is landlocked, but also in the political and economic contexts. However, that is where the generalisations stop. For six years, a conservative government in Macedonia has increasingly monopolised public space: citizen participation is listless, associations curbed, journalist...

Azerbaijan: Q&A on Human Rights and the Internet
Azerbaijan: Q&A on Human Rights and the Internet 13 August 2012 FD

APCNews has interviewed Rebecca Vincent, a human rights consultant and a former U.S. diplomat. She is currently working with ARTICLE 19 to coordinate the International Partnership Group for Azerbaijan, a coalition of international organisations working to promote and protect freedom of expression in Azerbaijan. We were particularly interested in her point of view on the human rights situation o...

Internet rights at the 13th session of the Universal Periodic Review: responses and follow-up
Internet rights at the 13th session of the Universal Periodic Review: responses and follow-up 27 July 2012 Shawna

In partnership with members and networks, APC’s Internet Rights project is working to engage States and relevant non-state actors through a variety of UN processes, including participation in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of member states, advocating on a variety of internet-related human rights issues. The Universal Periodic Review is a process where members of the Human Rights Counci...

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