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ARTICLE 19 at the IGF


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ARTICLE 19 at the IGF

Next week, ARTICLE 19 will be attending the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), the biggest annual gathering for internet and digital rights. It brings together several hundred people from civil society, industry and governments from around the world. This year, the IGF will take place from 2 to 5 September 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey. The week will be packed with workshops, strategic meetings, coalition building on the key internet freedom issues of the day, with pre-events kicking off on 1 September to discuss what should be coming next after Netmundial and the Netmundial Initiative. 


By Article 19, UK.


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TRAP: “Exceedingly Weak”


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TRAP: “Exceedingly Weak”

Center for Reproductive Rights President and CEO Nancy Northup appeared on The Rachel Maddow Show this week to discuss extremist politicians’ ongoing efforts to aggressively push Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers or TRAP laws. The measures are touted as efforts to make abortion services safer, but they actually are threatening to shut down a number of reproductive health clinics in many parts of the country, particularly in the South.


By CRR, USA.


Human rights Policy Resource.

The Post’s Sobering Look at Texas


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The Post’s Sobering Look at Texas

Amen, Washington Post. The Post’s editorial board has written a dead-on opinion piece that breaks down the alarming trend of anti-choice legislation that is essentially undermining Roe v. Wade at the state level. The piece specifically focuses on new legislation in Texas, where lawmakers have passed a number of abortion-related regulations that are decimating providers’ ability to offer safe, accessible abortion care to the women of the state. The editorial notes: “More than 40 clinics around the state performed the procedure legally and safely when the law took effect a year ago. Today fewer than half of those clinics are still in business in a state where the population has more than doubled over four decades.”


By CRR, USA.


Human rights Policy Resource.

UK: House of Lords Report Advises Restraint on Social Media Offences


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UK: House of Lords Report Advises Restraint on Social Media Offences

Today, the House of Lords Communications Committee released its Report on Social media and criminal offences following a short inquiry on 1 and 9 July 2014. The Committee found that there is no need to adopt new legislation to criminalise revenge porn, trolling, virtual mobbing or cyberbullying but recommended identity checks prior to the opening of social media accounts. ARTICLE 19 welcomes the Committee’s findings as a step in the right direction but warns against a crackdown on anonymity.


By Article 19, UK.


Human rights Policy Resource.