freedom of expression

How the internet impacts human rights
How the internet impacts human rights 28 August 2012 FD

Human rights play out differently on the streets than on the internet. This has been true for years, but today in age, not only are ‘internet rights’ are being promoted — they are also being violated at an astounding speed. David Souter has investigated the internet’s impacts on human rights. Also check out our infographic of his comprehensive research.

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

Skopje is not exactly a landmark for free thinkers, social critics and other kinds of independent folks. However, that does not mean that discordant voices do not make themselves heard. A chronicle of media resistance in Macedonia.    

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 who 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. Here’s her take on the human rights situation on Azerbaijan’s net.

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 May 2012, APC supported participation in the 13th session of the UPR by members and networks from Ecuador, India, Brazil, South Africa and the Philippines, following stakeholder report submissions made in late 2011. Several governments expressed interest in internet-related issues, including the right to information, freedom of expression, and cybersecurity.

Locking up cyberspace for minorities in Pakistan
Locking up cyberspace for minorities in Pakistan 06 July 2012

Since 2007, freedom of expression on the internet has been compromised in Pakistan. The authorities started with blocking blasphemous content, went on to national security issues, then religious morality, and they are now targeting online content pertaining to minorities.

The UN recognises freedom of expression on the internet as a human right
The UN recognises freedom of expression on the internet as a human right 06 July 2012 AL

“The same rights that people have offline must also be protected online,” says an unprecedented resolution approved recently by the Human Rights Council.

Three days of action
Three days of action 27 June 2012 FD

The Association for Progressive Communications is running three days of action this week – Wednesday, Thursday and Friday – as part of its Connect Your Rights! campaign. Help us spread the word that Internet Rights are Human Rights! with three simple actions for you and your friends can undertake.

UPR of South Africa: Connecting the right to communication to women's rights
UPR of South Africa: Connecting the right to communication to women's rights 18 June 2012 Sonia Randhawa and Selina L. Mudavanhu

South Africa’s constitution guarantees freedom of expression and has been interpreted to include the right to community media and to creative journalistic content. However, online media and its regulation fall short.

Freedom of expression and the Internet: How to reconcile practice and principles?
Freedom of expression and the Internet: How to reconcile practice and principles? 22 May 2012

Watch the full (and very dynamic) discussion that took place in Geneva on May 17. Five seasoned human rights defenders faced off on the specific right to freedom of expression and how it relates to the internet. How to reconcile practice and principles when it comes to freedom of expression on the net? Anyone?

Freedom of expression and the internet: How to reconcile practice and principles?
Freedom of expression and the internet: How to reconcile practice and principles? 04 May 2012 FD

How do we reconcile theory and practice when it comes to freedom of expression and the internet? From May 14 to 18, Geneva will be hosting the WSIS Forum 2012, where the Association for Progressive Communications has organised two thematic workshops, one of them about freedom of expression and the internet.    

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