Apr 172009
 

APCNoticias – 16 de abril de 2009 – año X número 98

Luego de las polémicas declaraciones del Papa Benedicto XVI, en las que afirmó que el uso del preservativo no resolvía el problema del SIDA, quedaron una vez más en evidencia las consecuencias que la información puede tener en la salud de las personas. La última edición de GenderIT.org está dedicada a las patentes y los derechos de autor y, entre otras cosas, analiza cómo esto influye en la circulación de la información sobre enfermedades como el SIDA. También presentamos nuevos contendidos sobre el acceso a la banda ancha en la región andina:

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 Posted by at 11:35 am
Apr 012009
 

APCNOTICIAS – 31 DE MARZO DE 2009 – Año X NúMERO 9
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Pocas personas saben que detrás de la película ganadora del Oscar
“¿Quién quiere ser millonario?” hay una novela inspirada en un experimento
gracias al cual se instalaron computadoras en un barrio pobre de Delhi. Al
encontrarse con un computador empotrado en algunos muros de su barrio,
jóvenes de Delhi aprendieron, sin ayuda, a manejarlos. APCNoticias examina
diferentes modos en los que jóvenes emprendedores/as están usando computadores
para mejorar su situación económica y social, y cómo otras personas están
está aprovechando la web para dar una mano solidaria a quienes más lo
necesitan. Más información:

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Mar 132009
 

APCNOTICIAS – 12 DE MARZO DE 2009 – AñO X NúMERO 96
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Paraguay es el país de la región que tiene la conexión a internet más cara
y la penetración más baja. Sólo el 7,8% de la población se conecta a la red
en sus hogares. Son muchos los esfuerzos que se están haciendo para cambiar
esta realidad y así llevar más oportunidades de desarrollo social y económico
a quienes más lo necesitan. En esta edición de APCNoticias les contamos más
sobre una iniciativa que está conectando a comunidades indígenas rurales
en Paraguay. El derecho al acceso está reconocido en la Carta de APC sobre
derechos en internet que ahora está disponible en esperanto, lengua
universal hablada por dos millones de personas. Más info:

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 Posted by at 1:16 pm
Feb 272009
 

APCNOTICIAS – 26 DE FEBRERO DE 2009 – Año X NúMERO 95
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Internet y otras tecnologías de comunicaciones pueden ser un arma de doble
filo con relación a la igualdad de las mujeres. Una mujer puede sentirse más
segura al salir por la noche con un teléfono móvil a mano pero una pareja
celosa puede usarlo para ubicarla y saber lo que está haciendo. Internet es un
sitio de primera para la pornografía pero también es una de las únicas formas
de expresión de algunas comunidades oprimidas. El programa de mujeres de APC
acaba de lanzar dos iniciativas, una para continuar su trabajo sobre el uso de
la tecnología para luchar contra la violencia contra las mujeres en línea y
fuera de ella, y la otra para analizar la forma en que se vive realmente la
sexualidad en internet. Más información:

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 Posted by at 12:46 pm
Feb 272009
 

APCNoticias conversó hace unos días con el Instituto del Tercer Mundo sobre su experiencia de utilizar Facebook para promover el cambio social:

MONTEVIDEO (APCNoticias) – Facebook no sólo es un espacio para reencontrarse con compañeros de la escuela primaria y curiosear en la vida privada de nuestros “amigos/as”. Activistas de todo el mundo se están apropiando de este nuevo espacio virtual para ampliar su alcance y establecer un contacto más inmediato e interactivo con personas y organizaciones de contextos cada vez más diversos. ITeM, miembro de APC en Uruguay, conversó con APCNoticias sobre cómo están utilizando este dispositivo y compartió algunos consejos prácticos para quienes también están experimentando con redes sociales y otras herramientas web 2.0.

Más info: http://www.apc.org/es/node/7852

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 Posted by at 12:42 pm
Jan 202009
 

A la wiki de Pangea es pot consultar una versió en català de l’informe sobre Espanya que es va elaborar pel “Informe global sobre la societat de la informació 2008”.
En la wiki de Pangea se puede consultar una versión en castellano del informe sobre España que se elaboró para el “Informe global sobre la sociedad de la información 2008”.

Dec 082008
 

Se ha presentado el informe “Estado de la Sociedad de la Información 2008” que ha elaborado APC, ITEM e HIVOS. Recoge, desde el punto de vista de las organizaciones de la sociedad civil, el estado de la sociedad de la información en todo el mundo, agrupado por temas, regiones y países.

Puede encontrarse el informe completo en la web.

El informe sobre España ha sido elaborado por Pangea.

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International workshop in Budapest challenges data retention

 APC, EDRI  Comentaris tancats a International workshop in Budapest challenges data retention
Sep 262008
 

Aquests dies s’ha celebrat a Budapest una reunió per tractar el tema de les noves politíques de vigilancia i retenció de dades. Aqui us adjuntem alguns dels resultats d’aquesta trobada.

International workshop in Budapest challenges data retention
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70 international experts and e-activists met in Budapest on Friday 19
September to discuss EU-wide policies on data retention and to develop
strategies for defending and enhancing privacy. Hosted by the Center for
Media and Communication Studies (CMCS) at the Central European
University in Budapest, the workshop “Data retention on the Internet:
Challenges for small, alternative and citizen-based internet service
providers (ISPs)” brought together scholars, lawyers, policy experts,
digital rights advocates and a large number of grassroots/activist ISPs.
EDRI was represented through its board member Meryem Marzouki and Digital
Rights Ireland, Electronic Frontier Finland, Iuridicum Remedium, Netzwerk
Neue Medien and Greennet.

According to European Union (EU) Directive 2006/24/EC, all
telecommunication operators and ISPs in the EU have to retain the email
and telephone connection data of their customers and users for up to two
years. Data about every citizen’s communication is stored without a
specific reason. According to workshop participant TJ McIntyre from
Digital Rights Ireland, this allows the creation of a “comprehensive
digital dossier about every individual.”

Workshop participants exchanged information about the implementation of
the Directive in different EU member states and explored options of
challenging data retention on three different levels: legal complaints
and court cases, technological by-passes, and public campaigns. On the
legal side, the workshop brought together organizations that are
challenging data retention laws in five different countries and allowed
them to exchange experiences and increase future collaborations. In the
technical realm, different options of minimizing the risks of data
retention, or circumventing it altogether, were introduced. The workshop
also contributed to the preparation for an international day of action
against data retention – entitled “Freedom not Fear” – on 11
October. Many of the groups and organizations that were represented at
the workshop agreed to organize a protest action or a public event on
that day.

The workshop was the first to bring together members of non-commercial
ISPs from different countries with members of international campaigns
and NGOs to discuss together the new policy environment and this
sector’s particular concerns. The EU directive forces these ISPs to
compromise on their most fundamental objective – protecting their users’
privacy from state and corporate data gathering. Grassroots ISPs
continued to meet on the weekend following the workshop and developed
strategies on how to maximise privacy protection despite data retention
obligations.

The workshop was organized by Arne Hintz (CMCS), Oliver Leistert
(University of Paderborn), and Maxigas (Zold Pok/Green Spider), in
collaboration with the Association for Progressive Communications (APC)
and EDRI. It was supported financially by the Dutch Internet provider
XS4ALL, the Open Society Institute (OSI), and APC.

Center for Media and Communication Studies
http://cmcs.ceu.hu

Association for Progressive Communications
http://www.apc.org

Zold Pok (Green Spider)
http://www.zpok.hu

EU directive paints alternative ISPs black (3.08.2008)
http://www.apc.org/en/news/security/europe/eu-directive-paints-alternative-isps-black

EDRi-gram – Telecom data retention
http://www.edri.org/issues/privacy/dataretention

(Contribution by Arne Hintz – Center for Media and Communication Studies)

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Freedom not fear – Stop the surveillance mania! Campaign

 APC  Comentaris tancats a Freedom not fear – Stop the surveillance mania! Campaign
Sep 262008
 

Pel dia 11 d’Octubre es preparen diferents accions a totes les capitals europees contra les noves politiques de retenció de dades i vigilància dels ciutadans arreu d’Europa.

Letter to organisations and networks in Europe

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Dear friends of freedom!

On the 11th of October 2008, human and civil rights organizations from
all over Europe are planning protests in every European capital.

This Pan-European campaign hopes to raise awareness for the need for
greater freedom and democracy in Europe, as well as a protest against
the security and intelligence apparatus of the state contravening human
rights by means of surveillance, data retention and biometric databases
across Europe.

We believe that the retention of citizen’s electronic communication
violates fundamental human rights, like the right to privacy. It
violates confidential communication between priests and confessors,
journalists and their sources, doctors and patients, lawyers and
clients. It does not increase the success of criminal investigations,
but instead can be used to reveal political, business, and private
communication and endangers the work of political, direct aid and
refugee support groups.

We would kindly ask you to support this Europe-wide protest by
disseminating the call for action to your own members or organization
and other like-minded organizations. In a lot of European countries,
organizational, logistic and financial support is very welcome!

* The goal is to form broad and sustainable movements in every EU-member
state for freedom and democracy.*

We would like to see hundreds of thousands of people everywhere to stand
up for the vision of a just society.

The European Call for Action will follow soon. Actually, we are working
on it in an open process, so you are invited to participate.[3]

You may find the draft Call for action below.

Please note: it’s a draft, feel free to edit and discuss. Deadline is
20. July and it should be released by all participating organizations
with an individual press Release an 25. July.

We would also be happy if you and your national member organizations are
kindly would sign and support the Call for Action and the campaign itself.

You will understand that the whole campaign will cost a lot of money.
Thus, the organizations in the member states are asked to look for
funding themselves and in every country money is desperately needed.

We have set up an organizational website, where every country is listed.
In some states the contact data of a main organizer are missing, which
simply means, that every organization is welcome to start organizing
protest there.

If you have any further questions or comments, please do not hesitate to
contact me, you’ll find my contact data below.

Best regards / Viele Gr?e,
Ricardo Cristof Remmert-Fontes
– AK Vorrat –

Fon: +49-30-692099223
Fax: +49-700-25808789
Mobile: +49-170-2487266

+++++ References +++++

The protest is based on an idea of the “AK Vorrat” (“German Working
group on data retention”; http://www.ak-vorrat.de/), a german human
rights group, which is supported in Germany by over 49 national
organizations like human and civil rights groups, associations of
journalists, lawyers and doctors, the associations of confessional and
emergency help lines.[1][2]

[1] The AK Vorrat has filed the largest “class-action” constitutional
case of all times in Germany (as a symbol) against the adoption of the
european directive on data retention (DR 2006/24/EC):
http://www.vorratsdatenspeicherung.de/content/view/202/79/ (de/en)

[2] Joint statement on the draft bill on telecommunications data
retention of 49 organisations (including FFII Germany):
http://www.vorratsdatenspeicherung.de/content/view/80/100/
(de/en)

[3] Link to Draft European Call for Action:
http://wiki.ak-vorrat.de/Freedom_Not_Fear_2008/Call_for_action

+++++Draft Call for Action+++++

* European Action Day “Freedom not fear – Stop the surveillance mania!”
all over Europe on 11 October 2008*

A broad movement of campaigners and organizations is calling on
everybody to join action against excessive surveillance by businesses
and governments. On 11 October 2008, concerned humans all over Europe
will take to the streets, the motto being “Freedom not fear 2008”.
Peaceful and creative action, from protest marches to parties, will take
place in many European capital cities.

Surveillance mania is spreading. Governments and businesses register,
monitor and control our behaviour ever more thoroughly. No matter what
we do, who we phone and talk to, where we go, whom we are friends with,
what our interests are, which groups we participate in – “big brother”
government and “little brothers” in business know it more and more
thoroughly. Increasingly, these databases are networked, searched, rated
and otherwise utilized for discriminating people and affecting their
lives without human any oversight.

The resulting lack of privacy and confidentiality is putting at risk the
freedom of confession, the freedom of speech as well as the work of
doctors, helplines, lawyers and journalists.

The manifold agenda of security sector reform encompasses the
convergence of police, intelligence agencies and the military,
threatening to melt down the division and balance of powers.

Using methods of mass surveillance, the borderless cooperation of the
military, intelligence services and police authorities is leading
towards a “Fortress Europe”, directed against refugees and
different-looking people but also affecting, for example, political
activists, the poor and under-priviledged, and sports fans.

People who constantly feel watched and under surveillance cannot freely
and courageously stand up for their rights and for a just society. Mass
surveillance is thereby threatening the fabric of a democratic and
inclusive society.

Mass surveillance is also endangering the work and commitment of civil
society organizations.

Surveillance, distrust and fear are gradually transforming our society
into one of uncritical consumers who have “nothing to hide” and – in a
vain attempt to achieve total security – are prepared to give up their
freedoms. We do not want to live in such a society!

We believe the respect for our privacy to be an important part of our
human dignity. And of course, free and responsible society needs private
and trustworthy communication as well as private spaces.

However, with the blanket collection of information on all European
airline passengers and the disclosure of Europeans’ personal data to the
US, even more intrusive surveillance powers are on the insatiable
political agenda. Yet, the increasing electronic registration and
surveillance of the entire population does not make us any safer from
crime, costs millions of Euros and puts the privacy of innocent citizens
at risk. Under the reign of fear and blind actionism, targeted and
sustained security measures fall by the wayside, as well as tackeling
peoples’ actual daily problems such as unemployment and poverty.

In order to protest against security mania and excessive surveillance we
will take to the streets in capital cities all over Europe on 11 October
2008. We call on everybody to join our peaceful protest.
Politicians are to see that we are willing to take to the streets for
the protection of our liberties.

You can find the latest information on the protest marches and the list
of participating cities at our website:
http://wiki.vorratsdatenspeicherung.de/Freedom_Not_Fear_2008.

Our demands

1.. Cutback on surveillance
* abolish the blanket logging of our communications and locations (data
retention)
* abolish the blanket collection of our biometric data as well as RFID
passports
* abolish the blanket collection of genetic data
* abolish permanent CCTV camera surveillance and automatic detection
techniques
* scrap funding for the development of new surveillance techniques
* no blanket registration of all air travellers (PNR data)
* no information exchange with the US and other states lacking effective
data protection
* no searches of private computer systems, neither online nor offline
* no surveillance and filtering of internet communication

2. Guaranteeing freedom of expression, dialogue and information
* Prohibit the installation of filtering infrastructure on ISP’s networks.
* Ensure Internet users can access to the judge in matter of freedom of
expression: Only an independent and impartial judge can request removal
of content.
* Prohibit the internet contract termination as legal sanction.
* Ensure the strict neutrality of technical intermediaries: FAI, and
hosting providers do not ahve to monitor, judge and censor the published
content.
* Create a full right to quote multimedia, today indispensable to public
debate in democracies.
* Protect common internet places of Expression (participatory sites,
forums, comments on blogs) today threatened by inadequate laws
encouraging self-censorship (chilling effect)

3. Evaluation of existing surveillance powers

We call for an independent review of all existing surveillance powers as
to their effectiveness and harmful side-effects.

4. Moratorium for new surveillance powers

After the homeland armament of the past few years we demand an immediate
hold to new homeland security laws that further restrict civil liberties.



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Karel Novotny
Knowledge Sharing Projects Coordinator
Strategic Use Programme
APC – The Association for Progressive Communications
La Asociación para el Progreso de las Comunicaciones

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