Security and privacy

You do have a choice: APC organises TakeBackTheNet! event
You do have a choice: APC organises TakeBackTheNet! event 25 April 2014 APC

This 4-5 June, human rights advocates and transformative technology providers will meet in Barcelona to discuss solutions to today’s climate of internet-enabled human rights violations, at a one-of-a-kind event organised by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC). One year after the Edward Snowden revelations, it is time that social change activists TakeBackTheNet! and exercise their choice to migrate to transformative technologies that respect their rights.

UN must reject mass surveillance to protect global privacy rights
UN must reject mass surveillance to protect global privacy rights 03 April 2014

In response to a consultation being undertaken by the UN in accordance with December’s General Assembly resolution on the right to privacy in the digital age, APC, together with other partner organizations, called on the UN to recognise that mass surveillance is incompatible with human rights.

Submission to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the right to privacy in the digital age
Submission to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the right to privacy in the digital age 02 April 2014 APC, Privacy International, Access, EFF, Article 19, Human Rights Watch and the WWW Foundation

In response to a consultation being undertaken by the UN in accordance with December’s General Assembly resolution on the right to privacy in the digital age, APC, Privacy International, Access, EFF, Article 19, Human Rights Watch and the WWW Foundation called on the United Nations to recognise that mass surveillance is incompatible with human rights. Read our submission to the Office of the ...

Job opportunity: Internet rights outreach and capacity-building coordinator for the Maghreb-Machrek region
Job opportunity: Internet rights outreach and capacity-building coordinator for the Maghreb-Machrek region 19 February 2014 SF

APC is seeking an outreach and capacity building coordinator to join its policy to coordinate its internet rights networking and capacity-building work with women’s and human rights defenders in the Maghreb-Machrek region.

Allied Media Conference to feature digital, analog security solutions for activists
Allied Media Conference to feature digital, analog security solutions for activists 13 February 2014 Mallory Knodel

The 16th annual Allied Media Conference calls for session proposals until 1 March 2014. APC and partners are curating a programme track on digital security and surveillance for organisers and activists.

Global internet users demand an end to mass surveillance on “The day we fight back”
Global internet users demand an end to mass surveillance on “The day we fight back” 11 February 2014

Internet rights organisations, civil-society groups, authors, and internet users across six continents take to the digital streets to demand an end to mass surveillance on Tuesday, 11 February 2014.

The Day We Fought Back: Collective demands to end mass surveillance
The Day We Fought Back: Collective demands to end mass surveillance 10 February 2014 Shawna Finnegan

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014 was the Day We Fight Back against mass surveillance. A virtual call to arms, this global campaign intended to pressure policymakers around the world to uphold human rights and end mass surveillance.

Committee of UN General Assembly passes resolution on right to privacy
Committee of UN General Assembly passes resolution on right to privacy 05 December 2013 AL

On 26 November, a committee of the UN General Assembly passed a resolution on “privacy in the digital age,” which is already being used by human rights advocates to promote better legislation.

Social Media: Ethics and Etiquette
Social Media: Ethics and Etiquette 28 November 2013 Bytes for All

APC member Bytes for All has released “Social Media Ethics and Etiquette,” a booklet (v1.0) as a part of the 2013 Take Back the Tech! campaign. Its a compilation of best practices for social media ethics and etiquette, though rather than an authority on online behaviour, it provides guiding principles. Click to download the PDF.

New criminal code endangers privacy of Ecuadorians
New criminal code endangers privacy of Ecuadorians 26 November 2013 Valeria Betancourt

Article 474 of the new Ecuadorian criminal code legalises systematic surveillance of internet communications, flagrantly violating citizens’ rights to privacy. Valeria Betancourt, APC policy manager, analyses the problematic aspects of the article.