Security and privacy

SMEX: Advancing self-regulating information societies in the Middle East and North Africa
SMEX: Advancing self-regulating information societies in the Middle East and North Africa 31 January 2017

Social Media Exchange (SMEX) is a registered Lebanese NGO that works to advance self-regulating information societies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). APCNews interviewed Jessica Dheere and Mohamad Najem, the co-directors of SMEX, which just joined the APC network.

Online privacy through a gendered lens in Bangladesh
Online privacy through a gendered lens in Bangladesh 13 January 2017

The ever-growing advancement of information technology is not without perils. Online privacy has been at stake for a while now and the protection of personal information is under attack. We no longer have control over our private data. It is now a commodity up for sale to the highest bidders.

FLOSS development is a best practice in cybersecurity
FLOSS development is a best practice in cybersecurity 09 January 2017

I participated in the 10th annual Internet Governance Forum in Guadalajara, Mexico last month in December 2016.    

New report analyses DDoS attacks against Black Lives Matter website
New report analyses DDoS attacks against Black Lives Matter website 19 December 2016

Black Lives Matter is a key movement in the response against police abuse and misconduct. Since 15 April 2016, its website has been protected by Deflect, a programme made available by APC member organisation eQualit.ie, following a spate of distributed denial of service and hacking attacks.

Big data and sexual surveillance
Big data and sexual surveillance 09 December 2016

This paper highlights the gendered and racialised effects of data practices; outlines the overlapping nature of state, commercial and peer surveillance; and maps the challenges and opportunities women and queers encounter on the nexus between data, surveillance, gender and sexuality.

In the words of Snowden, spying on journalists in Quebec “is a radical attack on journalism of the free press”
In the words of Snowden, spying on journalists in Quebec “is a radical attack on journalism of the free press” 24 November 2016

It was revealed this week that at least seven journalists in Quebec, working for Radio-Canada, La Presse and La Journal de Montréal, have been spied on by the Montreal police (SPVM) and Quebec provincial police (SQ). Further revelations have shown journalists to have been under surveillance since 2008, some for as long as five years at a time.

APC welcomes UNGA resolution calling for effective measures to protect right to privacy in the digital age in the face of increasing challenges
APC welcomes UNGA resolution calling for effective measures to protect right to privacy in the digital age in the face of increasing challenges 21 November 2016

APC welcomes the UN General Assembly’s adoption of the resolution on the right to privacy in the digital age and expresses appreciation for the leadership by Brazil and Germany. This year’s UNGA resolution, the third on this topic, adds substantive language on the role of the private sector.

Multistakeholder working group sets norms for cybersecurity policy that respects human rights
Multistakeholder working group sets norms for cybersecurity policy that respects human rights 25 October 2016

At last week’s sixth annual Freedom Online Conference, the Freedom Online Coalition (FOC) launched policy recommendations for human rights-based approaches to cybersecurity, a product of one of three FOC working groups. The launch of the recommendations represents a culmination of a two-year, multistakeholder dialogue among working group members who represent governments, the private sector, ...

APC welcomes landmark HRC resolution condemning threats to women journalists and restrictions on encryption
APC welcomes landmark HRC resolution condemning threats to women journalists and restrictions on encryption 29 September 2016

APC welcomes the adoption of the safety of journalists resolution, in particular its condemnation of the specific attacks on women journalists in their work, and commends the HRC for becoming the first UN body to call on states to not interfere with the use of encryption and anonymity tools.