Security and privacy

ICANN's new proposal will endanger domain owners and impact those who come from marginalised communities
ICANN's new proposal will endanger domain owners and impact those who come from marginalised communities 10 July 2015 APC

APC’s research shows that the reality of online abuse should be a serious concern for all those working on internet governance, development and access. Initiatives like ICANN’s new Domain Registration proposal are steps in the opposite direction.

Joint letter to ICANN: New proposal will endanger domain owners and impact marginalized communities
Joint letter to ICANN: New proposal will endanger domain owners and impact marginalized communities 09 July 2015

We are writing to you about the Initial Report on the Privacy & Proxy Services published on May 5th, which proposes requiring “commercial website” owners to display their address under their WHOIS data. We strongly recommend that the proposed policy not be adopted. We further recommend that ICANN revisit its own findings from 2013 and move toward making WHOIS privacy the default for everyone. We believe that ICANN should not be complicit in making doxing, stalking, and swatting any ea...

The Right to Privacy in Lebanon - Stakeholder Report for the Universal Periodic Review 23rd Session
The Right to Privacy in Lebanon - Stakeholder Report for the Universal Periodic Review 23rd Session 27 June 2015 Privacy International, Social Media Exchange and the Association for Progressive Communications

This stakeholder report is a submission by Privacy International, Social Media Exchange and the Association for Progressive Communications. Together PI, SMEX and APC wish to bring their concerns about the protection and promotion of the right to privacy in Lebanon before the Human Rights Council for consideration in Lebanon’s upcoming review.

HRC29: Joint statement by the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, the International Lesbian and Gay Association and the Association for Progressive Communications
HRC29: Joint statement by the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, the International Lesbian and Gay Association and the Association for Progressive Communications 17 June 2015

At the Human Rights Council, APC together with the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission and the International Lesbian and Gay Association delivered a joint statement highlighting the importance of encryption and anonymity for people who face discrimination and persecution based on their sexual orientation and gender identity.

HRC29: Encryption and anonymity are key for people who face discrimination and persecution based on their sexual orientation and gender identity
HRC29: Encryption and anonymity are key for people who face discrimination and persecution based on their sexual orientation and gender identity 17 June 2015 APC

APC together with the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission and the International Lesbian and Gay Association delivered a joint statement highlighting the importance of encryption and anonymity for people who face discrimination and persecution based on their sexual orientation and gender identity.

APC supports civil society in Paraguay fighting mandatory data retention bill, #pyrawebs
APC supports civil society in Paraguay fighting mandatory data retention bill, #pyrawebs 04 June 2015 Mallory Knodel

In our Internet Rights Charter, we are clear that the collection, use, disclosure and retention of data must comply with transparent privacy policies and that all people have the right to privacy and freedom from surveillance. To those ends, APC supports the active movement against data retention laws in Paraguay.

Feminist practice of digital security in MENA
Feminist practice of digital security in MENA 03 June 2015 Mohammad Tarakiyee

A cornerstone of APC’s work is to enable communities and social movements to use ICTs to transform the world into a better place. Women’s movements in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have long recognised the power of ICTs as platforms for advocacy and organising – effectively shifting the power dynamics between information creators, owners and users.

Survey to assess privacy concerns across the globe
Survey to assess privacy concerns across the globe 21 May 2015 Mallory Knodel

Tokyo-based APC member Japan Computer Access for Empowerment (JCAFE) has launched a global survey on personal data and surveillance. Survey responses may explain how and why awareness of privacy and surveillance vary across countries.

New Canadian anti-terrorism law: The beginning of the end of the right to privacy?
New Canadian anti-terrorism law: The beginning of the end of the right to privacy? 11 May 2015 Stéphane Couture

On 6 May 2015, the anti-terrorism Bill C-51 was passed by the Canadian Parliament. Launched after the attacks of October 2014 that cost the lives of four people (the attackers and two military personnel), the law grants additional powers to the Canadian spy agency, including conducting disruptive actions.For some observers, this new law is “a version of the US Patriot Act on steroids̶...

The Privacy is in the Protocol: Why Civil Society Needs to Pay Attention to the IETF
The Privacy is in the Protocol: Why Civil Society Needs to Pay Attention to the IETF 27 April 2015 Mallory Knodel

In the fourth installment of the FOC Working Group 1 (WG1) blog series, Mallory Knodel reflects on the link between cybersecurity and internet protocol engineering at the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).