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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 only captured in the State of Internet Freedom in Africa 2018 report titled Privacy and Data Protect...

Foundation for Media Alternatives: The National ID Debate. Is the Philippines Ready?
Foundation for Media Alternatives: 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) is a nonprofit NGO in the Philippines seeking to democratise information and communication systems...

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...

Inside the Information Society: Cybersecurity
Inside the Information Society: Cybersecurity 13 February 2018 David Souter

Cybersecurity’s become the most important issue for many people working on the future of the Internet.   The more important the Internet becomes to everything we do, and the more societies become dependent on it, the more vulnerable we are to those who would exploit it to our disadvantage. Loss of trust in the Internet would pose a major problem to governments, online businesses and user...

Shifting Power and Human Rights Diplomacy: South Africa
Shifting Power and Human Rights Diplomacy: South Africa 06 September 2016 Doutje Lettinga and Lars van Troost, editors

In collecting essays for this third volume in the Shifting Power and Human Rights Diplomacy series, the editors started from an open question, rather than an assumption. The key question of this volume is to what extent South Africa has used its power and influence for human rights promotion and protection abroad, and whether it is likely to do so in the future. Following earlier publications o...

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...

Open letter to the leaders of the world’s governments on security for all
Open letter to the leaders of the world’s governments on security for all 12 January 2016 Various

We encourage you to support the safety and security of users, companies, and governments by strengthening the integrity of communications and systems. In doing so, governments should reject laws, policies, or other mandates or practices, including secret agreements with companies, that limit access to or undermine encryption and other secure communications tools and technologies.

Joint statement calling on the National Assembly of Pakistan to vote against the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill in its current form
Joint statement calling on the National Assembly of Pakistan to vote against the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill in its current form 30 November 2015

Joint statement calling on the National Assembly of Pakistan to vote against the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill in its current form Article 19, Digital Rights Foundation, Human Rights Watch, Privacy International, the Association for Progressive Communications and other organisations remain seriously concerned by the proposed Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill in Pakistan. Regrettably, ...

We urge the National Assembly of Pakistan to vote against the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill
We urge the National Assembly of Pakistan to vote against the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 30 November 2015

At APC, we remain concerned about the proposed Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill in Pakistan, which poses grave risks to freedom of expression, the right to privacy, and access to information in the country. This is why we have joined local organisations Bytes for All, Pakistan (B4A) and Media Matters for Democracy, both members of the APC network, along with Privacy International, Digital R...

The government of Pakistan must take immediate measures to protect the privacy of citizens, halt plans for mass surveillance
The government of Pakistan must take immediate measures to protect the privacy of citizens, halt plans for mass surveillance 05 November 2015 Bytes for All, Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (9 November 2015) – Bytes for All (B4A), Pakistan and the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) are extremely concerned about a recent initiative by the Pakistani government to install at least 2,000 surveillance cameras across the federal capital. B4A and APC express deep concern that the “Islamabad Safe City Project”, an initiative of Pakistan’s Minist...

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