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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The latest amendments to the Sedition Act pose increasing threats to freedom of expression in Malaysia, both offline and online

23 April 2015 (APC for APCNews)

APC, along with other organisations, has signed a joint letter of concern on the declining standards of freedom of expression in Malaysia.

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Call for applications for the third African School on Internet Governance

22 April 2015 (APC for APCNews)

APC and the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency are pleased to announce the call for applications for the third African School on Internet Governance.

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Global Commission on Internet Governance: "Confidence must be restored in the Internet, because trust is eroding"

THE HAGUE 20 April 2015 (APC for APCNews)

Confidence must be restored in the internet in order for it to remain a global engine of social and economic progress that reflects the world’s cultural diversity, states the Global Commission on Internet Governance.

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Developing countries helped to achieve universal access through use of shared infrastructure

15 April 2015 (APC for APCNews)


Governments must promote sharing networks and laying cables with other infrastructure such as roads and power lines if they are to meet needs for universal broadband.

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"What is the Global Conference on Cyberspace?" FAQs on the GCCS, The Hague, 16-17 April 2015

The fourth Global Conference on Cyberspace (GCCS2015) will take place in The Hague from 16-17 April 2015. APC developed this FAQ as a resource for civil society to provide context on the event, and to address some of the key issues and how we can work together on issues of cyber security policy at GCCS and beyond.

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Reports on mass communications surveillance launched in Mexico, South Africa

MADRID 13 April 2015 (Leila Nachawati Rego for APCNews)

The latest Global Information Society Watch report is devoted to the analysis of communications surveillance in 57 countries. Authors from Mexico and South Africa raised local issues related to surveillance at report launch events.

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WHRDIC urges Chinese authorities to release five young feminists

10 April 2015 (WHRDIC for APCNews)

The Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRDIC) calls on Wang Xiaohong, the Director of the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau, Chairman Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang to immediately and unconditionally ensure the release the five young women human rights defenders who were criminally detained in China after they planned events to protest sexual harassment on International Women’s Day.

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EMPOWER: Malaysia's Sedition Act amendments a betrayal of democratic process

KUALA LUMPUR 10 April 2015 (Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER))

Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) is outraged and disappointed by the manner in which amendments to the Sedition Act 1948 and the Prevention of Terrorism Act were rushed through Parliament.

Who should be the new UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy? Here are our criteria

9 April 2015 (APC for APCNews)

APC, together with Privacy International, Access, the American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International, ARTICLE 19, Electronic Frontier Foundation and the International Commission of Jurists, have developed a checklist with qualifications we believe that candidates for the new position of UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy should possess.

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Empowering local actors in their defence of human rights on the internet

SAO PAULO 6 April 2015 (Cristiana González for APCNews)

From the Marco Civil in Brazil to NETmundial and Web We Want, numerous initiatives have emerged to respond to threats to freedom of expression, privacy, access and other basic rights on the internet. To support local initiatives, APC has launched the Local Actions to Secure Internet Rights project.

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Statement: Stop defamation against the women human rights defenders of CEDEHM in Mexico

1 April 2015 (WHRDIC for APCNews)

As a member of the Women Human Rights Defender International Coalition (WHRDIC), APC has signed this statement expressing serious concerns about the situation of women human rights defenders Luz Estela Castro, Director of the Women’s Human Rights Center (CEDEHM) and Irma Villanueva, Director of the Legal Department of CEDEHM in Chihuahua, México.

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APC welcomes decision to appoint Special Rapporteur on Privacy

26 March 2015 (APC for APCNews)

After sustained pressure from civil society organisations, and under the leadership of the governments of Brazil and Germany, the UN Human Rights Council established a new Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy, on 26 March 2015.

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Call on the government of South Africa to support the creation of a UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy

26 March 2015 (APC for APCNews)

This week the UN Human Rights Council is expected to consider establishing a Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy. The South African government has a unique opportunity to support this initiative and ensure that the right to privacy is accorded the international recognition and protection it deserves.

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Call for tenders: Mid-term review of the outcomes of APC's implementation of 2013-2016 Strategic Plan

25 March 2015 (Karen Banks for APC)

APC is looking for evaluation consultants to develop an evaluation proposal and conduct a high quality and comprehensive mid-term evaluation of the outcomes of APC’s implementation of its 2013-2016 strategic plan.

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New publication: Building access to justice, health care and social rehabilitation for survivors in the Republic of Congo

PERGAMINO 23 March 2015 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

This publication, which is especially useful for women’s rights and ICT for development organisations, UN agencies, health providers, legislators, policy makers and justice enforcement bodies, gathers the learnings and challenges identified by all actors involved in APC and AZUR Development’s project “Holding government accountable to gender-based violence in the Republic of Congo,” and reflects on the next steps to be taken in holding governments, police, health facilities and courts of law accountable in their commitments to eradicate violence against women and offer support to survivors.

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    Section J: From footnotes to headlines

    “In a time when there are 200 million fewer women with access to the internet, and where 98% of sexual rights activists say the internet is crucial to their work, with 51% of them facing violence and intimidation online, how would a feminist internet look?” This was the concluding remark made by APC’s Jac sm Kee to a panel at the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women. We invite you to walk through some highlights of the event.

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