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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APC's reflections on the 9th Internet Governance Forum: "Connections and Disconnects"

JOHANNESBURG 29 October 2014

APC reviews what worked well and what didn’t work as well at the 2014 IGF in Istanbul, Turkey last September. Read our critiques and recommendations for next year’s forum in Brazil as well as our enthusiastic support to renew the IGF process for another 10 years.

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Take Back the Tech! campaign wins ITU award for gender equality in tech

PERGAMINO 28 October 2014 (FF for APCNews)

APC’s Take Back the Tech! campaign was globally aclaimed for its “efforts to reduce threats online and building women’s confidence and security in the use of ICTs,” winning first place on this first edition of the prize from over 360 nominations and 37 finalists from more than 70 countries.

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APC gives specific recommendations to ITU member states at this year's Plenipotentiary Conference

BUSAN 27 October 2014 (APC for APCNews)

APC formally submits remarks directed at ITU member states in Busan, South Korea for the ITU’s 2014 Plenipotentiary Conference. Read our recommendations and suggestions on topics ranging from access to the role of communications policy.

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How technology informs my activism: A conversation with gender and technology activists in Barcelona

BARCELONA 27 October 2014 (FF for GenderIT.org)

Interviewed during the APC Member Meeting in Barcelona, Spain, gender and technology activists Anne Roth, Hilary Goldstein, Marie Githini, and Sarah Marland, talked about how technology informs their activism and what turns them on about technology.

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"What is Plenipot?” and other frequently asked questions about the high-level ITU conference

NEW YORK 22 October 2014 (Deborah Brown for APCNews)

The International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) Plenipotentiary Conference will take place from 20 October to 7 November 2014 in Busan, South Korea. Read this FAQ to find out more about this meeting, its importance, the issues that will be discussed there, and why and how you should be involved.

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APC at IGF 2014: A roundup of coverage, member reflections, launches and resources

MONTREAL 21 October 2014 (ET for APCNews)

The ninth Internet Governance Forum in Istanbul proved to be a space for activists, academics, policy makers, business leaders and civil society to stir the pot with ideas. APC played a key role in influencing internet governance around the world by leading and participating in more than a dozen workshops and side events with partners, decision makers and stakeholders. With talks on sex, rights and the internet, communications surveillance, public access and the digital age, here is a roundup of what went down at the annual global meeting in September 2014.

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APC at IGF 2014: Güneş Tavmen on communications regulation in Turkey

MONTREAL 20 October 2014 (ET for APCNews)

Güneş Tavmen is the author of the Global Information Society Watch Special Report on Turkey, launched at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Istanbul, Turkey in September 2014. APC’s Elvira Truglia spoke to Tavmen during the IGF about the state of communications regulation in Turkey and what can be done to reverse the tide of restrictive policies.

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APC at IGF 2014: Bishakha Datta on the Feminist Principles of the Internet

MONTREAL 20 October 2014 (ET for APCNews)

Feminist activist and filmmaker Bishakha Datta of Point of View (India) helped draft the groundbreaking Feminist Principles of the Internet. An initiative of APC’s Women’s Rights Programme, this tool for advancing internet rights was launched at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Istanbul, Turkey in September 2014. APC’s Elvira Truglia spoke to Datta during the IGF about the relevance of the Feminist Principles of the Internet.

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Participants in Costa Rican Women's Hackathon develop software applications to solve social problems

PERGAMINO 15 October 2014 (FF for APCNews)

On 30 and 31 August 2014, 39 women engineers and technologists created nine prototypes of software applications aimed at solving social problems in the north of Costa Rica, at the First Women’s Hackathon, organised by APC member organisation Sulá Batsú through its TIC-AS project, with the support of UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality.

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Update: Civil society organisations concerned about transparency of ITU Plenipotentiary

MONTREAL 9 October 2014 (MK for APCNews)

In a letter from dozens of concerned civil society organisations, clear steps may improve the transparency of the upcoming ITU Plenipotentiary conference. Scheduled for 20 October – 7 November in Busan, the conference has already taken some steps to open participation. As the ITU nears is 150th anniversary, stakeholders are asking it to do more to ensure transparency and inclusion. Read the letter and the ITU’s response.

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Experts representing non-commercial interests weigh in on ICANN and human rights

7 October 2014 (MK for APCNews)

Earlier this year, the Council of Europe released a report on the application of human rights to ICANN. The Non-commercial stakeholder group (NCSG) and endorsing organisations, of which APC is one, have submitted comments on that report to raise concerns about the role of governments, ICANN’s legal status and the regulation of hate speech. Follow the link to read the NCSG report.

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Applications open for the Gender and Technology Pop-up Institute

3 October 2014 (Tactical Tech for APCNews)

Tactical Tech, in collaboration with the Association for Progressive Communications, are organising a 7-day event for up to 50 women and trans people to learn tools and techniques for increasing their understanding and practice in digital security and privacy and to become digital security trainers and privacy advocates. When? December 1-8, 2014. Where? Berlin, Germany.

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Pioneering research launched on tech driven violence against women in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD 3 October 2014 (Bytes for All for APCNews)

Technology based violence is exposing women to the entire spectrum of conceivable harms in Pakistan. Victims of technology based violence have suffered physical violence ranging from rape to attempted assassination, psycho-social harms and loss of development opportunities. This was revealed in a research report launched by Bytes for All, Pakistan in Islamabad on September, followed by a panel discussion that aimed to engage various key stakeholders in the discussion.

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The IACHR hosts thematic hearing on internet and human rights

BUENOS AIRES 29 September 2014 (VB for APCNews)

The Center for Studies on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information, Derechos Digitales, Karisma Foundation, the Association for Progressive Communications, the Center for Technology and Society of the Getulio Vargas Foundation, and the Association for Civil Rights will participate in a thematic hearing on the impact of the internet in the defense and exercise of human rights before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. The audience will take place in Washington, DC, during the 153th Period of Sessions, the 28th of October.

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Emma Watson, trolls and a feminist internet

KUALA LUMPUR 25 September 2014 (Jac sm Kee for GenderIT.org)

Within days of her highly visible and publicised speech, Emma Watson became the subject and target of violence. The threat and reality of using women’s sexualised bodies as weapons to humiliate them, shut them up or blackmail them into submission are increasingly prevalent expressions of violence against women online. Jac sm Kee, APC´s Women´s Rights Programme manager, shares her insights on the emerging reactions, and also criticises the framing of the UN #HeForShe campaign, as it seems to position women as passive subjects needing to be rescued.

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