Internet rights

Challenges to civil society participation in internet governance in the MENA region
Challenges to civil society participation in internet governance in the MENA region 25 May 2016 Mohammad Tarakiyee

The landscape of internet governance has been rapidly evolving in the decade since the conclusion of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Tunis in 2005. The Tunis Agenda for the Information Society not only affirmed the commitment of all involved countries to develop a people-centred, inclusive and development-oriented information society, but also proposed a multistakeholder approach to internet governance, a model where management of the internet should involve all stakehol...

What is the state of digital security and digital rights advocacy in the Middle East and North Africa?
What is the state of digital security and digital rights advocacy in the Middle East and North Africa? 24 May 2016 APC

During the “Arab Spring” of 2011, the internet was a space for mobilisation. Since then, it has become a space for oppression of activism and dissent as well, with the governments of numerous countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA, Maghreb-Machrek in Arabic) adopting or amending legislation to crack down on online speech, deploying censorship and surveillance tools in an attempt to reclaim authority over knowledge production and curtail opposition. Despite the increasing soph...

RightsCon 2016: “A mandatory meeting on internet rights, but more global South perspectives are needed”
RightsCon 2016: “A mandatory meeting on internet rights, but more global South perspectives are needed” 13 May 2016 APC

RightsCon is a mandatory meeting point for those interested in promoting the full exercise of human rights online, Valeria Betancourt, APC’s Communications and Information Policy Programme manager, said in regards to this annual event, which took place this year between 30 March and 1 April 2016 in San Francisco. “While the perspectives of the global South do not yet fully permeate discussi...

“We need to take the African Declaration of Internet Rights to where the people are”
“We need to take the African Declaration of Internet Rights to where the people are” 04 May 2016

As part of the work to promote visibility of African internet rights, APC’s Leila Nachawati Rego has interviewed renowned Nigerian internet rights defender Gbenga Sesan. Read to know more about the African Declaration on Internet Rights, youth and the importance of regional work. http://africaninternetrights.org/updates/2016/04/article-654/

High-level Policy Session statement at WSIS Forum 2016
High-level Policy Session statement at WSIS Forum 2016 03 May 2016 Anriette Esterhuysen

The WSIS+10 review process culminated in December 2015 with a renewed commitment to the WSIS vision as essential to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. We are in a new phase of the WSIS process and it is a unique opportunity to focus on the interaction between technology and the various aspects of development, recognising that technology alone cannot resolve development challen...

Digital rights advocacy in the Arab world and the Universal Periodic Review
Digital rights advocacy in the Arab world and the Universal Periodic Review 01 May 2016 Wafa Ben Hassine

The Arab world is undergoing tremendous change. From the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia in 2011 to the war and refugee crisis in Syria and the fight against fundamentalists in Iraq, the region is overburdened with change. The strengths and weaknesses of digital rights, as well as the mere ability to use the internet securely, are not immune to these geopolitical shifts. Parallel to these shifts...

The government and the Association of Internet Providers block access to websites in Ecuador
The government and the Association of Internet Providers block access to websites in Ecuador 14 April 2016 APC

UPDATE: 18 April 2016: AEPROVI has issued a statement with their position in relation to this case. On 28 March 2014, users in Ecuador reported accessibility issues to Google and YouTube websites. The reason for the outage was not known at the time. Two years later, on 14 April 2016, a leaked document surfaced that explains those websites were systematically blocked. According to a leaked inte...

Cultural rights and the internet in Brazil: Presentation at the 157th session of the IACHR
Cultural rights and the internet in Brazil: Presentation at the 157th session of the IACHR 07 April 2016 APC, ARTICLE 19 and Public Knowledge

The internet and information and communications technologies (ICTs) are enablers of cultural rights for individuals, groups and communities. They facilitate new forms of accessing, expressing, sharing and preserving culture for all people. The internet is also critical for those who are often marginalised and vulnerable in society, including indigenous communities, women, lesbian, gay, bisexual...

Sudan blocks civil society participation in UN-led human rights review
Sudan blocks civil society participation in UN-led human rights review 04 April 2016 Various

The efforts of the Government of Sudan to obstruct the engagement of civil society activists in a United Nations (UN)-led human rights review of the country is unacceptable and shows blatant contempt not just for human rights defenders in Sudan, but to human rights standards and the UN Human Rights Council, 36 Sudanese and international groups and seven prominent Sudanese individuals said today...

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