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Kept in the dark: Social and psychological impacts of network shutdowns in India
Kept in the dark: Social and psychological impacts of network shutdowns in India 22 February 2018 Zothan Mawii, Ritu Srivastava, Shivani Lal and Bijo P. Abraham. Reviewed by Anja Kovacs

Internet shutdowns: A study of social impact in India is the second in the series of DEF’s efforts for advocacy against internet shutdowns. The previous research report, Anatomy of virtual curfews: Human rights vs national security, highlights the existing and emerging threats to fundamental rights and human rights on account of arbitrary, unnecessary, and disproportionate imposition of Internet shutdowns in India. The current research paper is an effort to understand the social and psychol...

Anatomy of virtual curfews: Human rights vs. national security
Anatomy of virtual curfews: Human rights vs. national security 09 March 2017 Ritu Srivastava and Bijo P. Abraham

The balance between state powers and rights of citizens is a symbol of democracy. With the advent of the internet, exercising free speech, expression, association and assembly have become much easier. It has not only made communication technology affordable but has also given a platform for self-expression, which was otherwise not available through traditional media. However, most countries build contingencies into their national law that allow for governments to take control of communication...

MIND 4 - Human Rights and Internet Governance
MIND 4 - Human Rights and Internet Governance 09 October 2013 Joy Liddicoat

In the fourth edition of the MIND magazine, which questions human rights in internet governance, Joy Liddicoat of the Association for Progressive Communications makes the point that freedom of expression only takes its full force for democratic change when we can exercise it together with all of our other rights and freedoms. She argues that human rights must be a main focus of all discussions ...

APCNews interviews Alex Comninos on developing a cybersecurity agenda for civil society
APCNews interviews Alex Comninos on developing a cybersecurity agenda for civil society 16 May 2013 Shawna Finnegan

“While governments, militaries, intelligence agencies and the private sector are taking the lead in steering cybersecurity debate and policies, civil society needs to engage in cybersecurity on an equal footing.” As part of its Internet Rights are Human Rights project, APC has released a new issue paper by Alex Comninos, “A cyber security agenda for civil society: what is at stake?” For...

APC trains participants in internet rights policy at the Hivos workshop “IG in the MENA Region”
APC trains participants in internet rights policy at the Hivos workshop “IG in the MENA Region” 02 May 2013 Mawaki Chango

IRHR training in MENA region (Mawaki for Hivos)At a workshop on internet governance (IG) in the Middle East and North Africa (IGMENA) held from 16 to 19 March in Tunis, APC presented opportunities for civil society engagement in IG and public policy processes. The specific title of the workshop was “IG and Policy: Anchoring and Safeguarding internet Openness in the Middle East and North Afric...

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...

2012 GISWatch on “the internet and corruption” launched during the IGF
2012 GISWatch on “the internet and corruption” launched during the IGF 15 November 2012 Flavia Fascendini

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and the Humanist Institute for Cooperation with Developing Countries (Hivos) launched the 2012 edition of the Global Information Society Watch during the second day of the Internet Governance Forum that took place in Baku, Azerbaijan, in a joint presentation with the International Institute for Sustainable Development and the Internet & S...

New GenderIT.org edition is out! "Crossing borders: Cyberspace and national security"
New GenderIT.org edition is out! "Crossing borders: Cyberspace and national security" 29 October 2012

This edition of GenderIT.org explores the online safety of women human rights defenders from the perspective of national security and counter-terrorism. National security often encompasses a variety of security threats, including those in cyberspace. While national security measures are meant to protect the security of a nation and its citizen, in many contexts they serve as a pretext for suppr...

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