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 APC joins call urging Google to take action against exploitative mobile apps
APC joins call urging Google to take action against exploitative mobile apps 13 January 2020 APCNews

On 8 January 2020, Privacy International issued an open letter to Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google parent company Alphabet Inc., asking Google to “take action against exploitative pre-installed software on Android devices.” The letter is both a caution and a call to action against exploitation of smartphone users by manufacturers who put profit over privacy by pre-installing apps, known as “bloatware”, on low-cost devices. The campaign on privacy safeguards for users of low-cost technolog...

Over 100 civil society organisations call on Facebook to implement end-to-end encryption across its platforms
Over 100 civil society organisations call on Facebook to implement end-to-end encryption across its platforms 07 October 2019 APCNews

Last week it was revealed that the governments of the US, UK and Australia are pressuring Facebook to "not proceed with its plan to implement end-to-end encryption across its messaging services without ensuring that there is no reduction to user safety and without including a means for lawful access to the content of communications to protect our citizens." APC joined over a hundred civil society organisations, including over 20 members, in supporting an open letter to Facebook encouraging th...

Open Letter: Facebook’s End-to-End Encryption Plans
Open Letter: Facebook’s End-to-End Encryption Plans 07 October 2019 Various

Dear Mr. Zuckerberg, The organizations below write today to encourage you, in no uncertain terms, to continue increasing the end-to-end security across Facebook’s messaging services. We have seen requests from the United States, United Kingdom, and Australian governments asking you to suspend these plans “until [Facebook] can guarantee the added privacy does not reduce public safety”. We ...

What lies behind the fears of digital identity? The experience of the Huduma number in Kenya
What lies behind the fears of digital identity? The experience of the Huduma number in Kenya 04 June 2019 Liz Orembo for GenderIT.org

Nyangi, an 18-year-old woman in Kenya, was turned back for lack of documents when she went to register for the Huduma number. The unique number has been the talk in the village. Without it, she will not be eligible for government aid programmes such as the Community Development Fund and Joint College Admission, among others. In future, she will have trouble acquiring Kipande, an ID card. Youth ...

KICTANet: Is privacy a concern for mobile phone users in Africa?
KICTANet: Is privacy a concern for mobile phone users in Africa? 19 February 2019 KICTANet

"This was a major breach of trust. We have a basic responsibility to protect people's data. If we can't do that, we don't deserve to have the opportunity to serve people." These were Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's words after public revelations that Cambridge Analytica had collected the personal information of tens of millions of Facebook users without their consent. However, almost a...

What do we mean when we talk about a safer internet?
What do we mean when we talk about a safer internet? 05 February 2019 APCNews

In 2004, the European Union proposed designating 5 February as Safer Internet Day to raise awareness about the importance of online security, especially among children and adolescents. Today it is celebrated in over 100 countries, with millions of people sharing initiatives, concerns and recommendations for making the internet safer. But what does this mean? What are we talking about when we ta...

MozFest 2018: Exploring how we can take control of our data, online lives and collective future
MozFest 2018: Exploring how we can take control of our data, online lives and collective future 05 November 2018 Maja Kraljic

The Mozilla Festival (MozFest) 2018 wrapped up over the last weekend in October with the MozFest Weekend, showcasing world-changing ideas and technology through workshops, talks, art, games, debates and interactive sessions. Hundreds of activists and makers were brought together with the aim of building a stronger community. As a contributor to Mozilla’s open source project Common Voice and a...

FIFAfrica18: How can we play a part in promoting internet freedom?
FIFAfrica18: How can we play a part in promoting internet freedom? 22 October 2018 Bob Aston - ALIN

The state of personal data protection is a mirror of the state of internet freedom in a country. There has been an increase in digital rights violations in Africa, such as arrests and intimidation of social media users, a proliferation of laws and regulations that undermine internet access and affordability, network disruptions and the increasing criminalisation of online conduct. This was not ...

The National ID Debate: Is the Philippines Ready?
The National ID Debate: Is the Philippines Ready? 06 August 2018 Foundation for Media Alternatives

In March 2016, the Philippines made headlines when the personal data of around 55 million registered voters were leaked online. In the wake of the controversy, discussions on security and privacy resurfaced among legislators and the public. Among those taken up were relevant policy proposals, like the establishment of a national identification (ID) system. Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA...

Moez Chakchouk: “People need to know that their rights are protected online”
Moez Chakchouk: “People need to know that their rights are protected online” 02 April 2018

Moez Chakchouk has just been appointed as UNESCO’s new deputy director general for communication and information. Chakchouk was formerly president and CEO of the Tunisian Internet Agency (ATI), and has been a key figure for internet freedom in Tunisia and the rest of the Arab region for a number of years. Find out more in this APC interview with Chakchouk at the Arab Internet Governance Forum...

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