freedom of expression

South African ISPs squeezed by newly proposed legislation
South African ISPs squeezed by newly proposed legislation 11 December 2012 FD

South Africa is one of several countries that possesses a “notice and take down regime” for online content, meaning that internet service providers are obliged to take down content that is deemed controversial by a complainant. Understanding this regime as unconstitutional since its inception in 2002, a lawyer has embarked on crusade to change it. While currently researching legal implications of ‘access to knowledge’ at Duke University in North Carolina (USA), Andrew ...

Joint Submission on Internet-related Human Rights Issues in Cameroon
Joint Submission on Internet-related Human Rights Issues in Cameroon 11 December 2012 Protege QV

This submission has been prepared by Protege QV and the Association for Progressive Communications. Protège QV is a Cameroonian rights association whose mission it is to promote individual and collective initiative that target environmental protection and contributes to an increased quality of life for Cameroonian families. This submission focuses on freedom of expression, freedom of association, and violence against women, highlighting how the internet is being used to promote and protect ...

Syria's internet shutdown violates international human rights law
Syria's internet shutdown violates international human rights law 29 November 2012

At 10:26 UTC on November 29th, Syria’s international internet connectivity was shut down. Internet service providers in Syria can only operate through the Syrian Telecommunications Establishment, which controls 92% of Syria’s routing networks. APC strongly condemns this shut down, which threatens the safety and security of the Syrian people, and clearly violates international huma...

GISWatch 2011 Special Edition 1
GISWatch 2011 Special Edition 1 29 October 2012 Various

This publication is a follow-up to the 2011 issue of Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch), an annual report that offers a civil society perspective on critical emerging issues in information societies worldwide. The theme for GISWatch 2011 was internet rights and democratisation, with a focus on freedom of expression and association online. In line with this, the reports gathered here of...

Three views on the African web
Three views on the African web 25 October 2012 FD

The 2012 Africa Internet Governance Forum (AfIGF) took place in Cairo on October 3 – 4, 2012. Five hundred participants from all over the continent attended to effectively discuss Africa’s participation in the global internet governance agenda, which will take centre stage in Baku, Azerbaijan in early November. APCNews crossed paths with three participants from Kenya, South Africa a...

Joint Submission on Internet-related Human Rights Issues in Pakistan
Joint Submission on Internet-related Human Rights Issues in Pakistan 24 October 2012 Bytes for all, Pakistan

In the first UPR of Pakistan in 2008, there was no mention of promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms on the internet or right to information. However, it categorically demanded removal of restrictions on freedom of religion or belief, women rights and minorities’ rights. It was also stressed upon the Government of Pakistan to “restore as soon as possible all funda...

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