Security and privacy

Internet rights are human rights
Internet rights are human rights 22 November 2010

Restricting free expression, association and the free flow of information on the internet has become a global trend and its intensity and impact is greatest in countries lacking a culture of democracy or strong human rights regimes. People who speak out against repression risk their own freedom and safety and the sites that carry their online denouncements are often censored or banned. A new APC project “Internet rights are human rights” starting in November 2010 builds on our lon...

Technology, privacy and violence against Argentinian women
Technology, privacy and violence against Argentinian women 22 August 2010

Women in Argentina discuss ICTs and violence against women at a workshopA recent consultation held by APC in Buenos Aires found that cell phones are becoming increasingly regarded as a way for men to harrass and monitor their wives and girlfriends. While a number of laws protecting women’s rights have just been passed, they are yet to be tested in court. This GenderIT.org article looks at the current legislation regarding violence and technology, the gaps that exist and what grass-roots or...

South Africa: Privacy and domestic violence online and off
South Africa: Privacy and domestic violence online and off 22 August 2010

While women’s rights activists have been at the forefront of making the private crimes that occur at home – domestic violence, marital rape – public, new technologies are making the private public in ways that disenfranchise, alienate and violate women. Esther Nasikye and Sally-Jean Shackleton explore how ICTs, privacy and domestic violence in South Africa are exposing problem...

Three “Cyber Evils” in South Korea
Three “Cyber Evils” in South Korea 09 August 2010

Since South Korea’s conservative president was sworn in in 2008, administrative control on internet content has been getting progressively tighter in South Korea, a country with the second most connected population on Earth. Progressive groups criticise the government’s “three cyber evils”: the cyber insult law, the internet “real name” system and deep packet inspection to m...

Progressive techies declare their rights - and responsibilities
Progressive techies declare their rights - and responsibilities 02 August 2010

At the United States Social Forum on June 24 fifty politically progressive technologists came together for the first US Progressive Techie Congress. The Congress emerged with a statement applauded by other socially-responsible networks like the APC as “a great set of principles”.

The Shameful Saga of the Internet Ban in Pakistan
The Shameful Saga of the Internet Ban in Pakistan 21 July 2010

It was 19th May 2010, when on the orders by Lahore High Court, Government of Pakistan placed a blanket ban on approximately 10,548 websites. From the very outset, we knew that this is NOT the blasphemous content, which is depriving citizens from using Internet and web enabled services.

Pakistani internet ban is excuse to “curb voices against corruption”
Pakistani internet ban is excuse to “curb voices against corruption” 08 June 2010

By Sabeen Mahmud.After lifting the nationwide Facebook ban on May 31, the Lahore High Court directed authorities to devise methods to permanently block “blasphemous content” on the internet in Pakistan. “We believe that this order will be misused by the government to block citizens access to online activism and curb voices against corruption and corrupt practices by the government functio...

Censorship, sexuality and the internet
Censorship, sexuality and the internet 30 April 2010

The proliferation of sexual content on the internet and the considerable size of the pornography market online is a concern to lots of different groups. However while the online adult sex industry accounts for 12% of web pages, the internet has also been used to express and explore a range of sexual experiences, relationships and content that cannot be considered “harmful”. This kind conten...

Bytes for All applauds firm Pakistani parliamentarians’ stance on scanning in the USA
Bytes for All applauds firm Pakistani parliamentarians’ stance on scanning in the USA 08 March 2010

While members of the Pakistani parliament were on a diplomatic trip in the United States to talk about the impact of the ar on terror on northern rural tribes in the country, they were asked by airport security in Washington to be body-scanned. The right not to undergo a body scan is a privilege given to parliamentarians the world over. APC member Bytes for All in Pakistan applauds the Pakista...

Take Back the Tech!
Take Back the Tech! 28 January 2010

During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence each year, the APC WNSP calls for everyone – especially women and grrls – to Take Back the Tech! and reclaim technology for the fight against violence against women – using cell phones, instant messengers, blogs, websites, digital cameras, email, podcasts and more. Initiated in 2006, the campaign creates awareness on how ICTs are conn...