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Democratic guidelines for electronic communications surveillance

 

The context

The global debate on Intelligence and surveillance aftwer Snowdens revelations has its own pecualirites in Latin America, and specially in Argentina. While Intelligence Services in the past have been closely related to dictatorship processes in the region, there is still a strong political component in them.

On February, a reform to the Intelligence Act of 20011 was enacted by the Argentine Congress. In our view, the bill introduces several positive reforms, including among others an increased budgetary transparency and Congressional approval for the Director and Assistant Director of national intelligence, while other controversial points remain e.g. an inadequate separation between intelligence and criminal investigation related to serious federal offenses.

The Act keeps the principle that any communications surveillance must be ordered (when for criminal investigation) or authorized (when for intelligence purposes) by a judge, and centralized all wiretapping in an unit of the Secretary of Intelligence, the Directorate of Judicial Observations (DOJ). Privacy and transparency organizations have since then considered that a risky practice, because of the huge power it place under authority of the Executive branch. One of the main reforms sought by the new bill is the transfer of the communications surveillance operations to the Office of the Attorney General (PGN), under the same principles of judicial order/authorization. In principle, such reform could greatly improve the accountability and fairness of communications surveillance procedures.

The issue

The PGN is facing the challenges of the transfer. In an unexpected but welcome move, the PGN has called a number of NGOs, including FVL, for advice on the best forms to implement communications surveillance procedures and safeguards to the highest practicable human rights standards.

Via Libre's role

Fundación Vía Libre has researched and done advocacy in the field of communications surveillance for many years. We believe we can make crucial contributions to the development of democratic safeguards and accountable procedures in Argentina, and perceive that PGN's intentions are commendable. However, our budget for 2015 has already been completely allocated, and a meaningful contribution would require extra workload and resources not foreseen when we established our planning for the year.

Financial assistance required

These funds will be employed in collection and analysis of best practices in the field, with the aim to produce guidelines for electronic communications surveillance. Those guidelines will not only be useful as infput for PGN's procedures and protocols, and a guidance for congressional oversight, but will also raise the level of awareness on the communications surveillance issue in the public at large.

1Ley de Inteligencia Nacional N° 25520. Available at: http://infoleg.mecon.gov.ar/infolegInternet/anexos/70000-74999/70496/norma.htm (in Spanish).   

Contact them for more information here:   info@vialibre.org.ar 

 

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Build our web 25 history

OWPSEE and Zenskaposla are using the Web We Want grant to build a user-generated history of 25 years of the Web in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Will highlight milestones in the country’s history, including the 1989 fall of communism and the end/breaking up of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia; the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia and the long post-conflict recovery period; the first Web “revolution” in 2008, the 2013 #JMBG online protest, and the 2014 “Bosnian Spring.” The timeline with these milestones will be launched and publicly distributed, with an open call for people submit stories related to any of these key time periods. For the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina, whose recent history has been plagued by conflict and ethnic struggles, the Web constituted a truly unique breakthrough—the first territory without a visa requirement.

The peoples’ history will visualised through an interactive timeline which will include text and images, together with short individual digital stories, audio/video interviews with people present during key moments in the country’s Web history, and a collective participatory video. The history timeline will include the development of institutions, legislation, investments, big telecoms, small ISPs, formal civil society organisations, and informal initiatives surrounding the Web. The most significant stories will be selected and the storytellers will be invited to participate and develop their story during a storytelling workshop in Sarajevo. Meanwhile, a small team of net activists will conduct research and interviews, and will help to create and run a participatory collective video process. This team will be chosen among participants of the “Build our Web25 History” project, with the support of OWSPEE and Zenskaposla, and following a training on video production, will collaborate to create this 11 to 15-minute long collective video. The video and supporting materials will be available for download, and people will be encouraged to organise presentations in their towns, and to send feedback and updates to further enrich the timeline.  

 

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Mapping Private Surveillance in the Brazilian Internet

The National Association for Human Rights (ANDHEP) is mapping private surveillance in Brazil. ANDHEP’s privacy project aims to analyse surveillance techniques developed by private Internet companies in Brazil, having as normative criteria the principles of the constitutionally protected rights to privacy and transparency of social and political powers. Internet access in Brazil is increasing—around 40% of households have private access—and proportionally more social networks users than in the U.S. and as access increases, so too has the number of legal cases and lawsuits related to privacy violations by Internet companies.

We want to test the hypothesis of a tendency to “marketise” privacy through authorised or unauthorised use of personal information as profitable assets, especially for advertisement purposes. In order to do so, we will examine the privacy policies of Google and Facebook in light of national and international privacy protection standards. We will also analyse lawsuits by Brazilian users against these companies, and interview employees and directors of their offices in Brazil. Our analysis will focus on three aspects of Internet privacy and their policies on Google and Facebook: 1) the present conditions of privacy on the Web and the nature of the privacy policies; 2) tensions between privacy and freedom of commercial information, as well as between privacy and the transparency of the privacy policies; and 3) the comprehensibility and the visibility of these policies, and the efforts of companies to explain to the users how their information is used. The project will have the duration of six months (February 2014 – August 2014), and will cover a five year period (2010-2014). At the end of the project, we will launch a report that evaluates if these policies abide by national and international standards of privacy protection, along with analyses of the present conditions of online privacy and private surveillance practices in Brazil. At the end of the project we will also organise a seminar to disseminate the online report and results.

 

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GCCS Unplugged!

GCCS Unplugged is the ‘unconference edition‘ of Diplohack, and is organised by Open State Foundation in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. The Web We Want is supporting the event in partnership with them. It will take place on Friday April 17, 2015, from 9am to 7pm at the Worldhotel Bel Air, in The Hague, the Netherlands on the final day of the Global Conference on CyberSpace 2015. This collaborative and informal experience is perfect for you if you have good knowledge of the internet, online freedom, digital transparency, cyber security, start-ups, development through tech or other related topics that will shape the future of the net.

During this community-driven experience, you will come together with your fellow participants to share skills, learn what has worked, exchange ideas and practices, build plans and do some coding throughout the day. You will set the day’s agenda on the spot during the first session of this spontaneous and timely event. GCCS Unplugged will be an exceptionally productive day in which you define problems, develop plans, and create solutions.

You can register and suggest a session even before you start, here! But you can also take your time and suggest sessions and topics to discuss on the day of the event itself, it is completely flexible. We have listed already some suggested topics on a brainstorm page.

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Global Net Neutrality Coalition Launch

Countries around the world - from Chile to the Netherlands - have passed laws protecting the open internet. Many more are debating policies that would extend net neutrality protections to millions more people. As the internet continues to unite billions of people across national borders and time zones, it's crucial that every lawmaker understands what is at stake. That's why we're building an international coalition in support of the basic principles behind the open internet - and why we're urging policymakers everywhere to stand up for net neutrality. At the Web We Want Festival Opening Session we will be launching a Website which will serve as a hub for organizations, academics, and policymakers to learn more about the issue, discover what is being done locally and regionally, and connect to other Net Neutrality advocates.

Join us! 

11:05 to 11.15am
The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall, South Bank Centre
Or via Live Streaming! 
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III DiscoTech in Istanbul: Sharing Circumvention Tactics

On the eve of the global Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Istanbul, 1 September 2014, the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), Tactical Technology Collective (Tactical Tech) and World Wide Web Foundation (Web Foundation) through our Web We Want initiative are hosting a peer-learning event on censorship and circumvention, problems and solutions for internet rights.

The IGF is a crucial meeting point for civil society. While the multi-stakeholder processes of the IGF itself will address the global state of internet at the policy level, civil society will act in parallel to protect human rights online from the bottom up. In light of the Turkey’s recent Twitter ban, the 2014 IGF is a particularly key event for discussing digital rights.

From elections to coups d’etat, blocking and censorship is being employed by an increasing number of states, institutions and companies with the complicity of corporate service providers, hardware manufacturers and software developers. As technical means to censor freedom of expression and information increase, so too does the proliferation of citizen-led solutions. Heavy-handed laws are met with determined resistance from civil society, through legal challenges, demands for change to policy and regulation, and adoption of technical solutions.

The internet is a global resource and an important enabler of human rights and development which should be managed in the public interest. From this perspective, the “Disco-tech” will encourage cross-regional networking among techies, human rights defenders and civil society advocates to share experiences and strategies for bypassing breaches to freedom of expression.

Therefore, the Web We Want is supporting an informal evening event designed to bridge gaps between user experiences, internet policy and technological solutions.  Attendees of Disco-tech Istanbul will be encouraged to follow up new learnings at a digital security “help desk” in the exhibition hall of the IGF.

Speakers

  • Amie Stepanovich, Access
  • Ahmet A. Sabancı, Alternatif Bilişim
  • Andrew Gardner, Amnesty International
  • Mohammad Tarakiyee, Association for Progressive Communications
  • Fieke Jansen, Hivos
  • Mohamad Najem, Social Media Exchange
  • More speakers will be announced soon…

Event details

  • Venue: Sofa Hotel
  • Transport: walking distance from IGF venue; Osmanbey metro station
  • Attendance: Approx. 200 people
  • Food: Light snacks and drinks

About the organisers

APC is an international network and non-profit organisation founded in 1990 that wants everyone to have access to a free and open internet to improve lives and create a more just world.

Tactical Tech is an organisation dedicated to the use of information in activism. They focus on the use of data, design and technology in campaigning through their Evidence & Action programme and on helping activists understand and manage their digital security and privacy risks through their Privacy & Expression programme.

World Wide Web Foundation was established by Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee and is devoted to achieving a world in which all people can use the Web to communicate, collaborate and innovate freely, building bridges across the divides that threaten our shared future.

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Sir Tim Berners-Lee In Conversation

25 years ago, Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web while working at CERN, the large particle physics lab near Geneva. He then worked to ensure the code was made freely available, to everyone, forever.

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A turning point for Internet rights in Africa?

Last week, the Web Foundation’s Africa Regional Coordinator Nnenna Nwakanma attended the seventh West African Internet Governance Forum. In this blog post, she offers her reflections on the Forum, its outcomes, key next steps, and the role the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms must play in building a Web We (all) Want in Africa. 

Last week’s West African Internet Governance Forum (WAIGF) has the potential to be a watershed moment for Internet rights on the continent. Why? This was the first such African gathering I can recall that went beyond civil society groups talking to each other. Instead, WAIGF truly incorporated governments, international organisations and regional groupings. ECOWAS took on a meaningful role by hosting the Forum – a significant development. As a result of these strong foundations, the Forum produced a detailed communique – one which commits member states to action on Internet rights.

But it’s not time to celebrate. A long road lies ahead if we are to build a Web that truly transforms the day to day lives of ordinary Africans. After the talk, now it’s time for action through collaboration between civil society, governments, international organisations and the private sector — both in West Africa and across the continent.

Here are three of the areas addressed in the communique where urgent attention must be paid.

Affordable access

The Web offers great potential for socio-economic development, and we’re excited about the prospects. But we mustn’t forget that this only holds true for those who are connected to it.

We are used to the media buzz about “Africa Rising”. But 34 out of the world’s 48 Least Developed Countries are still in Africa. Worldwide 60% of people are still not online, and a large number of these live on our continent.

We are still a long way off from the Broadband Commission’s cost target of 5% of annual household income. According to the International Telecoms Union (ITU), at the end of 2013, the average price for an entry-level fixed broadband connection in the developing world represented more than a quarter of an average citizen’s monthly income. This year’s Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) Affordability Report showed that these high prices hit women, rural populations, and those living on less than $2 per day hardest.

So yes, Africa is rising — but for not for everyone.

As well as innovative technical solutions, the regulatory environment needs to foster competition for low prices and governments must invest in open access infrastructure to improve affordability. For example, we need to encourage countries like Malawi, currently considering a tax on broadband that would limit access for students and low to middle income users, to see the benefits of a free, open Web and abandon this tax.

The good news is, we’ve seen some great progress. Ghana has recently scrapped a 20% import duty on smartphones, meaning more users will be able to afford a handset that can get them online. And three African countries — Nigeria, Ghana and Mozambique — demonstrated leadership by being the first to join A4AI, a coalition pushing for policy reforms that will make fast, reliable Internet affordable and accessible to all.

Freedom of speech and right to information online

The World Wide Web is transformational because it gives everyone  a voice and access to information. It has the potential to help address the inequalities that plague our continent. We — the participants at the WAIGF — all believe this, or else we wouldn’t have attended the discussion.

But we need to be honest with ourselves too. We need to admit that even if we built the best infrastructure and achieved high Internet access rates, there can be no progress without a fundamental commitment to rights such as Freedom of Speech and Access to Information.

If we look around our neighbourhood, we’ll find that actually this is an area where some might say Africa is backsliding.

Gambia, a member of the WAIGF, has not submitted any reports on the implementation of the African Charter of Human and People’s Rights to the African Union for 20 years. How can we believe this nation will implement any of the commitments in the communiques from the WAIGF? Or the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms, once finalised and ratified?

And it is not just in the West African region that we see cause for concern. South Africa has tabled wide-reaching and vaguely worded reforms that could require everyone to have pre-approval before publishing online — a move that South African coalition Right 2 Know has said essentially proposes pre-publication censorship. As one of the major engines of growth on the continent, South Africa must lead the way by flourishing as a free and open society.

Surveillance and online privacy

Citizens’ privacy and data online is under threat — not just on our continent but worldwide. Some governments, often under the banner of counter-terrorism efforts, are increasing censorship and surveillance and taking our online freedoms away. While this might seem reasonable on the surface, it opens the door to abuse of these powers, allowing governments the temptation to access more information than is reasonable or appropriate, and forcing Web users to change their behaviour.

The WAIGF communique calls on governments to be more open about their surveillance and privacy policies, ensuring that civil society and the private sector are included in decisions that affect citizens and customers of online services.

For much of our continent, this is uncharted territory. We’re still struggling to get the majority of our citizens online in the first place. However, this isn’t a reason to ignore these concerns. Governments are making laws and regulations now, so we must be vigilant and participate in that process. We have an opportunity to get privacy regulation right from the outset, rather than being forced to rewrite unsuitable regulation in future — a situation faced by the developed world now.

Last year, the AU adopted a Convention on Cybersecurity and Personal Data Protection that would establish a legal framework for developing regulation in this area. Several other bills are mushrooming at national levels. The question that needs to be asked is whether we are doing this in a consultative multi-stakeholder way and whether such legal instruments are flexible enough to adapt to the fast-changing digital landscape.  For me, legislating in this space should not be a one-off thing, but a continued engagement to balance rights with responsibilities.

Conclusion

As we’re taking two steps forward, often we are taking one step back. We have an opportunity to address these challenges in a holistic way as Africa advances and learn from the experiences of others. We can draw on positive examples from others like the Marco Civil da Internet from Brazil.

We must continue to work together for a fair, free and open Web and we encourage individuals and organisations to sign the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms to ensure Africa has the chance to realise the full benefits of the Web for continued growth and prosperity. ECOWAS has engaged; here is looking forward to the engagement of the other sub-regional blocks.

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Grants in 3 categories: apply!

 
SMALL GRANTS CONNECTING TECHNOLOGY COMMUNITY AND ACTIVISTS
 
The Web We Want is excited to kick off its second annual grant cycle with an open call for grant proposals! In partnership with the Association of Progressive Communications (APC), the Web We Want will award a limited number of grants for projects that support local campaign efforts to promote a free and open Web.  

For our 2015 grant cycle, Web We Want is accepting grant proposals from projects that are working to bridge the divide between technical communities and traditional human rights communities. These projects may cover a wide range of activities, including technical talks; writing policy briefs about the importance of human rights standards for people involved in developing technical standards and holding a roundtable discussion; collaborative projects that promote understanding between human rights activists and technical experts; and other dialogues and events. Organisations may apply for funding up to USD $5,000.00 to develop and implement these projects. Applications will be accepted through June 15, 2015. You can apply here in 5 different languages (Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish).

If you have questions, please email brandi.williams@webfoundation.org

RAPID RESPONSE GRANTS TO HELP OPEN WEB EMERGENCIES
 
Is your Congress about to pass a law threatening the Open Web and you need to act rapidly to stop it? Is there a unique opportunity to impact policy, and you need to act as fast as you can?  Are you urgently needing legal or technical assistance to contribute meaningfully to current debates in your country? The Web We Want in partnership with APC is offering you Rapid Response Grants to assist you promptly. The assistance will be up to USD$2000.00 and it will arrive to you fast. 
If you need us, we are there for you. Apply here in 5 different languages (Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish).
The call is open until December 15th, 2015.
 
10 GRANTS TO PROMOTE THE AFRICAN DECLARATION FOR INTERNET RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS

The Web We Want has joined a number of like-minded civil society organisations to develop an African Declaration for Internet Rights and Freedoms. This Declaration will seek to guide the development of the Internet across Africa, ensuring that human rights are respected online, and that the Web enables and empowers African citizens to meet their social and economic needs and goals. As our African Regional Coordinator Nnenna Nwakanma explores in her blog post, "Beginning a Long Walk to Internet Rights and Freedoms in Africa", we are committed to this Declaration.

That is why, in partnership with the Association of Progressive Communications (APC)  the 2015 Web We Want Small Grants program has earmarked funds for 10 African projects that demonstrate an understanding of the Declaration, and simplifies it in a fun, engaging way.

As the Declaration gains traction, Web We Want aims to award grants of USD1500.00 to 10 African organisations that produce animations, songs, videos, or other original works that creatively promote the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms. Applications will be accepted through June 15, 2015.

Links to applications: ArabicEnglishFrenchPortuguese
 
 
 
 

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Surveillance at massive scale in real time: A study.

Electronic surveillance is different from censorship. Its ubiquity and invisibility make it extremely difficult to detect. Surveillance quietly contaminates all spaces of our daily, connected lives, both individually and collectively. This reality is a threat to our clients, our witnesses, our work and ourselves. It is eroding our right to protest. Our right to circulate freely and fearless in public spaces is compromised, as cameras watch us and scan our facial features, mapping our networks as they match our mobiles with our movements.  The damage to our work is difficult to measure, but the risks to the lives and safety of our community of lawyers and human rights defenders are high. 

Governments are rapidly regulating, normalizing it and deploying an unprecedented surveillance system in most of the countries in the Global South. As provisions are dispersed within different laws, and processes to hire the services are obscured under national security exceptions, civil society only becomes aware of surveillance procedures after they are established. That’s why, with the support of Jennifer Robinson and the collaboration of the Be Just Network, four institutions worked together to rapidly diagnose the perceptions and knowledge that key communities currently hold about encryption and anonymity.

We also intended to identify emerging trends in state practices and regulations around anonymity and encryption in contexts where concerns about urban violence and gangs are used to used to advance public and political support of surveillance technologies. It was revealing to see the uniformity of global trends against anonymity and the strong support from civil society in certain countries.

We need to stop and crush the surveillance apparatus. But first: let’s understand it.

The Arab uprising was a warning to governments. While the ability to massively organize caught the Middle East dictatorships by surprise, years later, the situation is different. Our study confirmed that governments are prepared to act and use connectivity for their own benefit. From Argentina to South Africa, they are acquiring equipment and sophisticated technologies to combine different databases, and track and identify dissenters in real time, anywhere. A combination of SIM card registration, CCTV cameras, biometric IDs and laws allowing authorities to use the geolocation enabled by mobile phones is a reality in most of the countries included in our survey.

Our research confirmed the rapid deployment of technologies and policies in the Global South, often more sophisticated, pervasive, and abusive than those revealed by Edward Snowden in Western countries. Without strong judicial controls and with immediate threats justifying exceptions—such as drug cartels, terrorism, increased urban violence, and kidnappings—the surveillance state is embraced by desperate citizens, who believe they have found an immediate solution on the surface of social problems that go much deeper.

There are also increasingly alarming administrative procedures for widespread data retention, including obligations for Internet service providers to collaborate with authorities. All of this is happening in countries without national or regional legal framework to protect user data. Real-name registration to acquire mobile devices and services is becoming the standard practice and the criminalization of anonymity is rapidly spreading, especially in the context of protests. International programs training police and enforcement officers are  cooperating extensively with governments in the Global South, providing sophisticated surveillance technologies to tackle crime at the expense of citizens’ privacy. Most of the surveillance equipment in the region and the training on how to use it are results of cooperation agreements among police bodies across borders.

We need to be better equipped to react

Based on our findings, it is clear that we need to accelerate the understanding of current threats among human rights lawyers. Knowledge gaps at all levels are enabling governments to deploy massive surveillance, and corporations to profit from it. Unlike fields that are more familiar to us, the provisions regulating anonymity and encryption and massive surveillance programs are buried in complexity and technical jargon.

At the same time, the academic and policy research in this area is limited and highly centered on Europe and North America. There is little systematic research on neither regulations nor restrictions to encryption in Latin America, the Middle East, Asia, or Africa. Despite (or perhaps because of) this lack of research, the regimes outside of Europe and North America are typically more restrictive.

Why does Crypto matter? For communities at risk, anonymity and encryption are the only ways to safely communicate and express opinions.

In contexts in which dissenting voices or even just informational outlets are threatened, with widespread self-censorship, independent and anonymous voices are the only ones reporting about sensitive issues. For them, the ability to communicate their ideas anonymously is a matter of life and death. Currently, the most visible example is Mexico, but there are other communities with human rights defenders denouncing corruption and exposing both corporate and governmental corrupt practices while using aliases to report. However, the problem they face is again related to a knowledge gap: few are aware that, even if they do not publish their real name online, the technologies leave them exposed. From IP identification to real-time tracking using GPS, people who think they are anonymous ignore that the sensors embedded in new technologies make them more vulnerable and identifiable. The research confirmed that states in the Global South already have sophisticated technologies to track and monitor dissident voices and that they are willing to use it during critical times, when big events or demonstrations are taking place, or when a political crisis is unfolding. For people’s full enjoyment of their right to privacy, further education and awareness about new information and telecommunication technologies is needed for advancing broader encryption adoption.

For lawyers, privacy is vital for protecting attorney-client information, but encryption is hard to adopt.

Most of the lawyers interviewed were aware of and concerned about the confidentiality of their communications, both ethically and legally. Furthermore, all of them have expressed their frustration that there is no legal remedy to protect themselves and their clients against massive surveillance from their own governments and from foreign governments. While encryption could be a technical solution to stop their rights from being violated, it is another burden that potentially limits their free exercise of their profession and the right to justice and due process for their clients.

Electronic surveillance is not an isolated issue for geeks. We are under attack and we must unite to defend ourselves.

As our research determined, biometric identification and tracking are on the rise. Governments are buying sophisticated equipment and using it for massive surveillance. As the Internet of Things (that spy on us) enters our most private spaces, from our meetings rooms or our living rooms, there is no street free from surveillance cameras.

Human rights organizations must catch up with emerging trends and threats, such as electronic surveillance, algorithmic discrimination, big data and behavioral prediction, which are all being used to enable state violence. While our struggles for social justice and human rights have not changed, it is imperative that our tactics adapt to new and complex challenges. While we were assured that new technologies would bring a democratic space for diverse voices and invite participation of the “99 Percent,” we can now see that those were deceptive promises. We are witnessing the erosion of human rights through public-private partnerships that censor and monitor, and new tactics to impede the rights to protest and to organize, such as network shutdowns and flying drones monitoring activity from above.

As human rights defenders, we can’t afford the luxury of passivity. Now is the time to act.

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Renata Avila is a technology lawyer working for the World Wide Web Foundation.

Note:

Next month during the Human Rights Council sessions, the UN Special Rapporteur David Kaye will present his report about Freedom of Expression. The contribution of the lawyers from “Be Just” network informed the report, which subsequently took regional realities into consideration.

The report (which can be downloaded here) was written by the World Wide Web Foundation, in partnership with the Centre for Internet and Human Rights at European University Viadrina, Oficina Antivigilância at the Institute for Technology and Society - ITS Rio in Brazil, and Derechos Digitales Latin America. The report was kindly sponsored by Bertha Foundation. We hope that the contribution is just the first step towards better-informed and aware human rights activists, vigilant to rapidly emerging trends and threats.

 

 

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Small Grants supporting campaigns and Digital Rights in Africa

The Web We Want, in collaboration with the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), is happy to announce the launch of the second wave of its Small Grants program for 2015. Following a hugely successful debut grant cycle in 2014, which supported over 50 initiatives throughout the world, the Web We Want coalition is seeking to extend grants to projects that advocate for a free, open, neutral, and universally-accessible internet.

Past grant cycles have supported ground-breaking initiatives, including citizen engagement and awareness projects in Brazil relating to Marco Civil legislation and NETMundial; a global cartoon contest showcasing an innovative and creative understanding of public surveillance; production of advocacy materials in multiple languages that were distributed to human- and digital-rights activists during Internet Governance Forum in Istanbul; hackerfests in Europe; net neutrality trainings in Cameroon; and many “Web Women Want” projects launched in both Africa and North America.

Taking inspiration from past grantees, and with a focus on the newly-developed African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms that was launched in 2014 by a collection of internet and digital rights organisations, the 2015 Web We Want Small Grants program has earmarked funds for 10 African projects that demonstrate an understanding of the Declaration, and simplifies it in a fun, engaging way. As the Declaration gains traction, Web We Want aims to award grants of USD1500.00 to 10 African organisations that produce animations, songs, videos, or other original works that creatively promote the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms.

This year's grants will go beyond traditional Web We Want campaign issues like surveillance, and instead embrace initiatives that grow advocacy communities and enhance capacity to make an impact. In keeping with its mandate and mission, Web We Want continues to encourage organisations from the global South to apply.

Applications will be accepted through June 15, 2015. 

Link to applications

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حملة الإنترنت الذي نريده  Web We Want و رابطة الإتصالات التقدمية APC تطلقان المنح الصغيرة لدعم الحملات والحقوق الرقمية في إفريقيا

يسرّ Web We Want بالتعاون مع APC الإعلان عن إطلاقها للموسم الثاني من المنح الصغيرة لعام 2015. بعد موسم أول متميز في 2015، دعمنا فيه أكثر من 50 مبادرة حول  العالم، يسعى تحالف Web We Want تمديد المنح لتطال مشارع تدافع عن انترنت حر ومفتوح وحيادي ومتاح للجميع.

المنح الماضية دعمت حول مبادرات إبداعية ومبتكرة تتمحور حول الترابط الإجتماعي أو المشاركة المدنية والتوعية في البرازيل كمشاريع ذات صلة بتشريعات Marco Civil و NETMundial فكانت النتيجة مسابقة رسوم أو كرتون دولية تعرض الفهم المبتكّر أو النظرة الخلاقة للمراقبة العامة. كما أن بعض المشاريع عملت على تصميم مواد للمناصرة في لغات عدة جرى توزيعها على النشطاء في مجال حقوق الإنسان والحقوق الرقمية في اسطنبول أثناء منتدى حوكمة الإنترنت وما يعرف بال hackerfests في أوروبا والتدريبات حول حيادية الإنترنت في الكاميرون والعديد من مشاريع Web Women Want أي الأنترنت الذي تريد النساء في كلّ من إفريقيا أو أميركا الشمالية.

أما الآن ومن وحي المشاريع الماضية ومع تركيز على إعلان إفريقيا حول حقوق الإنترنت والحريات الذي رأى النور مؤخراً وأطلق عام 2014 من قبل منظمات مناصرة للحقوق الرقمية، فإن برنامج Web We Want للمنح الصغيرة لعام 2015 قد خصص 10 منح لمشاريع إفريقية تنمّ عن وعي للإعلان الإفريقي وتبسطه بطريقة مسلية وشيقة ومفيدة. انطلاقاً من ذلك، تنوي مبادرة Web We Want منح مبالغ 1500 دولار أميركي ل10 منظمات أو جمعيات إفريقية تعمل على رسوم متحركة، أغاني أو فيديوات أو غيرها من الأعمال المبدعة والتي تروّج للإعلان الإفريقي حول حقوق وحريات الإنترنت.

أما هذا العام فإن المنح الموهوبة ستتعدى الإطار التقليدي لحملات Web We Want أي قضايا المراقبة وتشمل مبادرات تتمحور حول المناصرة وتنمي القدرات لتحقيق تأثير أكبر، مع الحفاظ على نفس النهج والرسالة أي تشجيع منظمات الجنوب والدول النامية على التقديم.

الموعد الأخير لتقديم الطلبات في 15 حزيران – يونيو. لمزيد من المعلومات، يرجى زيارة موقعنا www.webwewant.org.

 


Web We Want et APC lancent des mini-bourses pour soutenir des campagnes sur les  droits et libertés numériques en Afrique

 Web We Want, en collaboration avec l'Association for Progressive Communications (APC), est heureux d'annoncer le lancement d'une deuxième série de mini-bourses pour l'année  2015. Après l'énorme succès remporté par la première série en 2014, qui a permis de soutenir 50 initiatives dans le monde entier, la coalition Web We Want souhaite renouveler ce programme de bourses et financer des projets qui défendent un Net libre, ouvert, neutre et accessible à tous. 

Les  bourses attribuées précédemment ont financé des initiatives innovantes, dont des projets pour l'implication et la sensibilisation des citoyens au Brésil, en lien avec la loi Marco Civil et le NETMundial ; un concours mondial de caricatures présentant d'une façon  innovante et créative la surveillance ; la production de documents de plaidoyer en de nombreuses langues, qui ont été distribués aux activistes des droits humains et des libertés numériques durant le Forum de la gouvernance d'Internet à Istanbul ; des hackerfests en Europe ;  des formations à la neutralité du Net au Cameroun, ainsi que de nombreux projets “Web Women Want” (Le Web que les femmes veulent) en Afrique et en Amérique du nord. 

Inspiré par nos boursiers, et pour mettre l'accent sur la Déclaration africaine des droits et libertés numériques - qui a vu le jour en 2014 grâce à différents organismes travaillant pour l'accès à Internet et les droits numériques -, le programme de mini-bourses  2015 de Web We Want a été  doté du budget nécessaire pour financer 10 projets africains présentant une bonne compréhension cette Déclaration et pour la vulgariser de façon ludique et attrayante. Alors que cette Déclaration soulève de plus en plus d'intérêt, l'objectif de Web We Want est de doter de bourses d'un montant de 1500 dollars US dix organisations africaines afin de créer des animations, des chansons, des vidéos, et autres contenus originaux de promotion vivante de la Déclaration africaine des droits et libertés numériques.

Les bourses attribuées cette année vont au delà des questions  habituellement traitées par les campagnes de Web We Want, telles que la surveillance. Elles soutiendront des initiatives destinées à fortifier des communautés de plaidoyer et à améliorer leur capacité à produire un impact. Dans le respect de son mandat et de sa mission, Web We Want encourage une nouvelles fois les organisations des pays en développement à postuler.

Les candidatures sont acceptées jusqu'au 15 juin 2015. Merci de visiter notre site www.webwewant.org pour plus d'informations.


Web We Want e APC lançam Microbolsas para apoiar campanhas e promoção de direitos digitais na África

A Web We Want, em parceria com a Associação para o Progresso das Comunicações (APC), orgulhosamente anuncia o lançamento da segunda rodada de seu programa de Microbolsas, em 2015. Após o grande sucesso do ciclo 2014 de premiação, que financiou mais 50 iniciativas por todo o mundo, a Web We Want deseja estender suas microbolsas a mais projetos que defendam uma internet livre, aberta, neutra e universalmente acessível.

Ciclos anteriores de premiação apoiaram iniciativas pioneiras, como projetos de engajamento cidadão e conscientização sobre Marco Civil da Internet e a NETMundial no Brasil; uma competição global de desenhos inovadores e criativos sobre compreensão de vigilância; produção de materiais de advocacy em diversos idiomas, distribuídos para ativistas de direitos humanos e digitais durante o Fórum de Governança da Internet, em Istambul; hack fests na Europa; formações sobre neutralidade da rede nos Camarões; e as iniciativas “Web Women Want” [Rede que as mulheres querem, em português], realizadas na África e na América do Norte.

Inspirando-se nos projetos já premiados, e com um foco na Declaração Africana de Direitos e Liberdades na Internet, que foi lançada em 2014 por organizações de direitos digitais e internet, o programa 2015 de microbolsas Web We Want reservou recursos para financiar 10 projetos africanos que demonstrem compreensão da Declaração e simplifiquem-na de uma forma divertida e envolvente. Para que a Declaração ganhe momentum, a Web We Want vai premiar 10 organizações africanas com microbolsas de US$ 1.500,00 para produzirem animações, músicas, vídeos e outros trabalhos originais que criativamente promovam a Declaração Africana de Direitos e Liberdades na Internet.

As microbolsas deste ano devem ir além de questões tradicionais da campanha Web We Want, como vigilância; devem abraçar iniciativas que desenvolvam “comunidades de advocacy” e aprimorem capacidades de realizar impacto. Para cumprir seu mandato e sua missão, a Web We Want encoraja a inscrição de organizações do Sul global.

Inscrições serão aceitas até 15 de junho de 2015. Para mais informações, visite nossa página www.webwewant.org.