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

Earlier in October, APCNews crossed paths with three participants at the Africa Internet Governance Forum. Grace Githaiga of Kenya, Towela Nyirenda Jere of South Africa and Lillian Nalwoga of Uganda kindly agreed to provide perspectives on internet governance in Africa.

Submission to Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance and the internet
Submission to Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance and the internet 24 October 2012 APC

APC has developed this submission in response to the request for input by the UN Special Rapporteur on racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, and related intolerance, in his research into “the appropriate balance between the protection of freedom of opinion and expression and the control of racist and xenophobic content and incitement to violence through the internet.” Drawing on Articles 21 and 22 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), and Article 5 of ...

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...

One line that makes an internet freedom fighter's day
One line that makes an internet freedom fighter's day 18 October 2012 FD

It’s short, but it matters. In no more words than a Twitter message, Brazil made many internet rights activists happy in September. It’s worth revisiting this message and putting in context.

Joint Submission on Internet-related Human Rights Issues in Canada
Joint Submission on Internet-related Human Rights Issues in Canada 16 October 2012 APC, the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC), OpenMedia.ca, TeleCommunities Canada, Alternatives and Web Networks

In July 2012, Canada, along with 84 co-sponsors at the UN Human Rights Council, confirmed the importance of the promotion, protection and enjoyment of human rights on the internet, and in particular, freedom of expression online. This joint submission follows up on recommendations made in the first Canadian UPR and covers the following topics: - Public oversight and transparency in the context...

Update on internet rights: Special GISWatch 2011 edition
Update on internet rights: Special GISWatch 2011 edition 16 October 2012 Mallory Knodel

This special edition of Global Information Society Watch 2011, “Internet rights and democratisation: focus on freedom of expression and association online” features updates from six countries on the state of internet rights and an introduction from the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Jillian York.

Azerbaijan: Coalition submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review
Azerbaijan: Coalition submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review 11 October 2012

The International Partnership Group for Azerbaijan – of which APC is a member – has made a coalition submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review of Azerbaijan. The report, for which APC has contributed its expertise on “restrictions on freedom of expression online” is for consideration at the 16th session of the UN Human Rights Council’s working group in April/M...

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 for the forthcoming Global Information Society Watch.

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, Vugar Gojayev told APCNews, in an interview for the forthcoming Global Information Society Watch report.

It’s OurTube: Religion-based censorship will only fuel hate speech
It’s OurTube: Religion-based censorship will only fuel hate speech 19 September 2012 Bytes for All Pakistan

Bytes for All, Pakistan, strongly condemns hate speech on the Internet, however banning channels of communication, limiting access to information platforms, and steps to curtail free expression only serve to pave the way for politics-based control systems that curb the voices of individuals.

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