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Human Rights and Internet Protocols: Comparing Processes and Principles
Human Rights and Internet Protocols: Comparing Processes and Principles 05 November 2012

The Internet Society and APC are working on a paper which explores human rights and internet protocols, comparing the processes for their making and the principles by which they operate. The draft document takes a look at the parallels and differences between the open internet model of development and the exercise of human rights online, with the objective to foster discussions between the respective communities to advance an open human rights-fostering internet.

New publication: Infographic in Portuguese on the impact of the internet and human rights
New publication: Infographic in Portuguese on the impact of the internet and human rights 30 October 2012 FD

The Association for Progressive Communications has started a project called Connect Your Rights! in early 2011. Meant to make the links between fundamental human rights offline and online, it published an infographic in mid-2012 to offer a visualization of the impact that the internet provokes on the human rights regime. After a successful first run in social media and at events worldwide, the infographic was translated to Portuguese by Brazilian group NUPEF.

What are the digital security concerns and threats facing women human rights defenders?
What are the digital security concerns and threats facing women human rights defenders? 26 October 2012 CYR

One of the first steps to address violence against women is documenting the problem. APC’s Connect Your Rights! Campaign has conducted a survey of 40 women human rights defenders from across Latin America, Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia, on their online experiences, their security concerns and their training needs.

Focus on internet and human rights in Saudi Arabia: Interview with Rafid Fatani
Focus on internet and human rights in Saudi Arabia: Interview with Rafid Fatani 11 October 2012 Alan Finlay

“Unfortunately I hold a pessimistic view with regards to content regulation in Saudi Arabia. That said, I think a good starting point is demanding more transparency with regards to blocked content,” says Rafid Fatani in an interview related to a forthcoming report he wrote for the Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch 2011 Update I).

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 Indonesia: Interview with Ferdiansyah Thajib
Focus on internet and human rights in Indonesia: Interview with Ferdiansyah Thajib 11 October 2012 Alan Finlay

“Both the issues of human rights and the rights of internet expression are still in the margins of the mainstream political stage in Indonesia,” says Ferdiansyah Thajib in an interview related to a forthcoming report he wrote for the Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch 2011 Update I).

APC calls on ICANN to prioritise human rights when deciding on new top-level domain names
APC calls on ICANN to prioritise human rights when deciding on new top-level domain names 28 August 2012

The Association for Progressive Communications joins the Non Commercial Users Constituency in calling upon ICANN to consider human rights when deciding on new generic top-level domain names.

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.

New regulation threatens anonymity on the internet in Ecuador
New regulation threatens anonymity on the internet in Ecuador 15 August 2012 AL

The people of Ecuador are working together to get the government to change a new regulation that will allow the state to collect users’ personal data without a warrant.    

Civil society speaks out on dangerous new cybercrime law in Peru
Civil society speaks out on dangerous new cybercrime law in Peru 31 July 2012

A new law would essentially eliminate anonymity online, force companies to comply with government requests for user data, and put average internet users at risk of imprisonment. Access, APC and other ogranisations wrote an open letter to the Peruvian Congress.

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