Freedom of expression

A methodology for mapping the emerging legal landscapes for human rights in the digitally networked sphere

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SMEX

The methodology used to conduct the research for Unshackling Expression is based on a methodology developed by SMEX. This chapter provides an overview of the methodology's development and use. For the purposes of our own research, the methodology, insofar as it related to the classification of laws into legal foundations, fundamental rights and freedoms, governance of online and networked spaces, sectoral laws and other laws, was especially helpful in defining the scope and limitations.

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About the Report: Unshackling Expression

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Freedom of expression and opinion, the foundation stone of every free and democratic society, faces new and exacerbated challenges in online spaces. Throughout Asia and the world, people have taken to social media and online platforms to express themselves in ways that were not possible through traditional offline mediums. In response to this, and to the reach of the internet, states have sought to regulate and control online speech and expression. Offline regulations, typically in penal legislation, are applied to online spaces, to bolster internet-specific legislation.

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2017 Special Issue: Unshackling expression - A study on laws criminalising expression online in Asia

Freedom of expression and opinion online is increasingly criminalised with the aid of penal and internet-specific legislation. With this report, we hope to bring to light the problematic trends in the use of laws against freedom of expression in online spaces in Asia.

In this special edition of GISWatch, APC brings together analysis on the criminalisation of online expression from six Asian states: Cambodia, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan and Thailand.

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GISWatch: An annual snapshot of the information society, 10 years running

Ediciones impresas del MMSI ahora disponibles a pedido

Dos de las más recientes ediciones del Monitor mundial sobre la sociedad de la información ya están disponibles impresas, y pueden pedirse en línea. Se alienta a activistas, académicos y hacedores de políticas a solicitar copias de “Derechos en internet y democratización” e “Internet y corrupción” a través de un nuevo servicio en línea.

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La version imprimée de l’OMSI maintenant disponible sur demande

Deux des versions les plus récentes de l'Observatoire mondial de la société de l'information sont maintenant disponibles sur demande. Les activistes, universitaires et décideurs peuvent dès à présent commander leurs copies de « Droits de l’internet et démocratisation » et « L'internet et la corruption » sur un nouveau service en ligne.

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GISWatch print editions now available on-demand

Two of the most recent print editions of Global Information Society Watch are now available for on-demand ordering. Activists, academics and policy makers are encouraged to order copies of “Internet rights and democratisation” and “The internet and corruption” through a new, online service.

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New: Update on freedom of expression progress for 10 countries

The 2012 update on action steps for selected countries of GISWatch 2011 looks back at progress in freedom of expression and association for 10 countries: Jamaica, Rwanda, Lebanon, Romania, Indonesia, Cameroon, Argentina, Brazil, India and Nigeria.

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Monitoring and defending freedom of expression and privacy on the internet in South Africa

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Jane Duncan - School of Journalism and Media studies, Rhodes University

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