For those of us who have access to it, the internet has become an essential part of our daily information and communication needs. However millions of people still do not have affordable, reliable or sufficient connectivity. APC believes the internet is a global public good. Founded in 1990, we are an international network and non-profit organisation that wants everyone to have access to a free and open internet to improve our lives and create a more just world.

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Public consultation: African declaration for internet rights and freedoms

31 July 2014 (ET for APCNews)

Earlier this year, civil society organisations drafted the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms in order to guide internet development across Africa. APC and partners launched a wide, public consultation online and through meetings across the continent. Everyone is invited to contribute. The consultation closes 4 August. French and Arabic versions are available.

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End violence project: Two years and going strong

26 July 2014 (FF and TB for APCNews)

The APC project “End violence: Women´s rights and safety online” is now into its third year and is proving to be a project worth being involved in. During its second year in 2013 alone, 1264 women leaders received training on mapping technology-related violence against women. Join us on this look through the most relevant achievements of the initiative in 2013.

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Deborah Brown joins APC's policy programme

MONTREAL 21 July 2014 (ET for APCNews)

In June 2014, Deborah Brown joined APC as a senior project coordinator focusing on internet rights advocacy and fostering good internet governance. In this interview, she shares her views on why she joined APC and what she hopes to achieve.

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Take Back the Tech! campaign starts targeting Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

21 July 2014 (FF for Take Back the Tech!)

What are you doing about violence against women? That’s what we are asking Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. We invite users to join the campaign beginning 21 July to demand answers and action.

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Historic report connects our rights and upholds the right to privacy in the digital age

17 July 2014 (APCNews)

APC welcomes the groundbreaking report “The right to privacy in the digital age”, released yesterday by Navi Pillay, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. The report affirms that the international human rights framework for the promotion and protection of the right to privacy applies online and that governments have been failing in their obligations.

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Internet and Human Rights Concerns needed in the Fortaleza Declaration of Sixth BRICS Summit

14 July 2014 (APCNews)

APC and other civil society organizations believe that the internet is a global resource enabling human rights and development and should be managed in the public interest. A joint statement by APC and partners calls on BRICS governments (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) to ensure that internet issues are addressed in the Fortaleza Declaration being drafted in Fortaleza, Brazil 14-16 July.

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APC and IFLA workshop on public access at the African Internet Governance Forum

8 July 2014 (APCNews)

Later this week at the African Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Nigeria, the APC and International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) will advocate information and communications technologies (ICTs) as a means to access information, build knowledge and foster development. According to the latest figures from the International Telecommunications Union, 40% of the world’s population is using the internet, compared to 20% of the population in Africa. The workshop at the African IGF will explore concrete ways to increase public access such as through libraries and educational institutions, as a means to advance the Millenium Development Goals in the UN’s post-2015 agenda. Follow the discussion: #public access #post2015

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APC welcomes Human Rights Council resolution on human rights and the internet

1 July 2014 (APC for APCNews)

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) welcomes the UN Human Rights Council’s resolution on the promotion, protection and enjoyment of human rights on the internet. Adopted by consensus by 82 member states, the resolution affirms that the same rights people enjoy offline apply online. APC applauds the links made between the internet and development but calls attention to areas where the resolution could have been stronger.

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UN encourages community responses to online hatred in new report

27 June 2014 (APCNews)

A new UN report discussed in Geneva on 25 June 2014, cites the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and Bytes for All (B4A), Pakistan as leaders in working to protect freedom of expression online, strengthen the digital security of human rights defenders and end gender-based violence online.

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What Are You Doing About Violence Against Women?

25 June 2014 (Take Back the Tech!)

That’s what we’re asking Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Promote transparency and safe spaces. Demand that social media take a stand. Join our campaign beginning 21 July to demand answers and action! Take back the tech!

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UPDATE: APC condemns arbitrary detention of women human rights defenders in Egypt

MONTREAL 25 June 2014 (APCNews)

APC denounces the arrests of 23 protestors and human rights defenders in Egypt, including the arrest of Yara Sallam, long-time APC partner and human rights advocate. Since the introduction of the protest law in November, there have been a string of actions aimed at silencing dissent in Egypt. APC fully supports the call from Nazra for Feminist Studies to release the human rights defenders and comply with international standards on freedom of assembly.

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UPDATE: APC members support statement to release APC partner Alaa Abd El Fattah

MONTREAL 23 June 2014 (APCNews)

APC strongly condemns the conviction of Egyptian activist and APC partner Alaa Abd El Fattah, sentenced on 11 June 2014 to 15 years in prison for organising a protest. He was convicted in absentia, along with 24 other protestors. We call on the Egyptian government to release the prisoners and repeal the draconian protest law introduced in November 2013. We call on the APC community to join the campaign to #FreeAlaa.

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End violence: Most significant change story from Kenya

24 July 2014 (International Association of Women in Radio and Television for APCNews)

The APC “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online” project is changing women’s lives. This week, the project partner in Kenya, IAWRT, shares the stories of women whose organisations were strengthened in a sustainable way to address technology-related violence against women after a training of trainers, and how those learnings impacted on the lives of hundreds of Kenyan women.

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End violence: Most significant change story from the Philippines

26 June 2014 (Foundation for Media Alternatives for APCNews)

The APC “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online” project is changing women’s lives. We wanted to offer a closer, more personal look at individual women whose lives have been significantly impacted by the initiative. This week, we share the story of Britney Fae Corpuz, a transwoman activist and member of Gender and Development Advocates Filipinas.

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Arbitrary detention of women human rights defenders

24 June 2014 (Nazra for Feminist Studies)

On 21 June 2014, eight women human rights defenders were arrested for protesting peacefully against the Protest and Public Assembly Law in Heliopolis, Cairo, after being dispersed by the police using tear gas and bird shots. One detainee, Yara Sallam, is a long time APC partner.

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