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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FeministInternet.net is here!

31 August 2016 (APC for APCNews)

Version 2.0 of the Feminist Principles of the Internet is already out, and it has a new online platform that allows you to contribute to the collective construction of the Principles. Visit FeministInternet.org and help us shape the internet we want!

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APC promotes the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms at Highway Africa

26 August 2016 (APC for APCNews)

Highway Africa, a conference at the centre of Africa’s debates on journalism, media and information and communications technology (ICT), has become the largest annual gathering of African journalists in the world. APC is participating as part of our efforts to promote the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms.

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(Re)coding power: Hacking, occupying and creating a feminist internet

24 August 2016 (APC WRP for AWID)

The APC Women’s Rights Programme will be hosting a one-day pre-event on 7 September at the AWID Forum to Imagine a Feminist Internet. Join us to share your ideas and activism on feminism and technology.

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Job opportunity at APC: Africa Policy Coordinator

24 August 2016 (APC for APCNews)

Contribute to building an open and free internet which promotes social justice by joining APC to coordinate its internet policy work in Africa. The purpose of the position is to coordinate implementation of APC’s internet policy, internet rights, internet governance and networking activities in Africa. The deadline for applications is 2 September 2016.

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The Feminist Internet Exchange at the 13th AWID International Forum

19 August 2016 (AWID)

From 8 to 11 September, in Costa do Saruípe, Brazil, we will hold a space that puts feminism –in all of its diversity and creativity– at the heart of engagement with technology, bringing together activists, researchers, and techies working on advancing a feminist internet. You’ll get new ideas, inspiration and maybe even potential collaboration!

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“Although the cyber crime bill will soon become law, the movement to oppose or amend it has not come to an end"

12 August 2016 (Media Matters for Democracy, Bytes for All, Pakistan and APC)

Pakistan’s new and controversial cyber crime bill is poised to become a law after the National Assembly passed it this week. Media Matters for Democracy, Bytes for All, Pakistan and APC remain extremely concerned over the failure of legislators to ensure that the law fulfils basic human rights standards.

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Bytes for All new report: Internet Landscape of Pakistan 2016

10 August 2016 (Bytes for All, Pakistan)

APC member Bytes for All, Pakistan has raised concern over the declining state of fundamental rights in online spaces, highlighting the government’s strategy of fighting terrorism by infringing upon civil liberties. Bytes for All’s 2016 edition of its Internet Landscape of Pakistan series, documents and analyses the state of cyberspace in the country as ‘troubling’.

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Call for applications for the fourth African School on Internet Governance

3 August 2016 (APCNews)

APC and the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency are pleased to announce the call for applications for the fourth African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG). It will be held in Durban, South Africa from 11 to 15 October 2016 in conjunction with the African Internet Governance Forum.

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New APC member Rhizomatica supports world's first federated, community-owned cellular network

2 August 2016 (APC for APCNoticias)

Mexico’s indigenous communities are getting their own telecoms thanks to APC member Rhizomatica.

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Not just a thematic area: Sexual rights, gender, health and rights of defenders at the United Nations HRC 2016

1 August 2016 (Namita Aavriti and Jan Moolman for GenderIT.org)

Pluses were the 32nd session of HRC acknowledging that women face multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination, online violence got a mention and so did indigenous women human rights defenders. Negatives were how far is all this from the realities of sexuality and gender based discrimination and violence.

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Special Rapporteur on violence against women calls to prioritise online violence against women

15 July 2016 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

In her first report to the Human Rights Council on its 32nd session, the new Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, Dubravka Šimonović, outlines thematic priorities for her mandate, including “online violence against women as a new challenge”.

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Engage with the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms

14 July 2016 (APCNews)

APC launches a new feature of the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms to foster engagement with the principles through shared resources and multimedia content about internet rights in Africa.

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Call for contributions on the internet and human rights in Africa

JOHANNESBURG 14 July 2016 (APCNews)

APC is calling for submissions of articles, case studies, interviews, publication reviews and other creative audio and visual contributions that explore how the internet [can / does / could] play a role in upholding human rights in Africa. Deadline for submissions is 25 July!

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Statement on the recent attacks on Black Lives Matter's website

12 July 2016 (Black Lives Matter, eQualit.ie and May First/People Link, Design Action Collective)

The official Black Lives Matter website (http://blacklivesmatter.com) has experienced a massive denial of service attack starting this past weekend and continuing at this time. The site remains functional due largely to the protections provided by Deflect, a program made available by eQualit.ie.

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What is your organisation's DNA? An interview with Paz Peña on strategic communications for advocacy

PERGAMINO 9 July 2016 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

In a changing environment with tremendous competition among messages, how can we ensure that our communications have maximum impact? APCNews talked to Paz Peña, a Chilean journalist and social communicator who has been working on digital rights issues for the past eight years.

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What people say about #APC25

"I congratulate APC on their 25th anniversary, which was celebrated in Brazil. But surely it is more than 25 years. Here is my small story. I joined Homeonet in 1987 from Manchester, and spectacularly was able to obtain a rare homeopathic medicine for my friend the late David Warkentin. I obtained it from England as he could not find it in California. We both said Hurrah and became friends, not just virtually but stayed in each others houses and worked together on software for homeopaths which is still running. BIG thanks for being there." -- Francis Treuherz

"When I was working for SANGONeT in the early 2000s, I was invited to give a presentation at an APC workshop in Johannesburg. I forget what I spoke about. All I remember was: Colour. A wash of colour. Hair, clothes, accents, perspectives. And the energy was different to what I was used to. So many people, from so many different countries - it blew me away. A few years later, I started working on APC projects as a freelancer, and then later as a staff member too. That sense of colour has never gone away. APC has connected me to different cultures in ways that are profound, and unusual. It's something that feels so ordinary now for me, but I don't think it is. Coming from such an inward-looking country, it has been a great richness to connect outwards." -- Alan Finlay, South Africa

"As an individual, APC has given me the opportunity to meet different people and share with them on different subjects. As an organisation, we have opportunities through APC to meet different organisations, build South-South and North-South project collaborations, and use face-to-face meetings to get to know each other and share our common views on how ICTs can better improve the lives of communities and citizens. Joyeux Anniversaire, APC!" -- Avis Momeni, PROTEGE QV, Cameroon

"I think that the main contribution made by APC has been to increase the visibility of the role of civil society organisations in setting the agenda for building the information society from a human rights-based perspective." -- Eduardo Rojas, Fundación REDES, Bolivia

"APC is a meeting and learning point, a point for sharing experiences, processes, results and objectives. And also a coordinating point for local, regional and global efforts." -- Mario Morales, Colombia

"As far as I am concerned, APC has given me the opportunity to take part in trainings and to increase my skills in ICTs and related aspects. Through the various events I have attended, I have been able to meet with people, share and gain experience, and gradually become a knowledgeable digital security trainer. I know many more opportunities are still to come, so Happy Anniversary and long live the opportunities and partnerships provided by APC! :) -- Olga Balbine Tsafack, PROTEGE QV, Cameroon"

"I do feel very happy and proud of the work we did with APC. For me and other technicians involved in this huge project, it became a way of life." -- Cristina Vasconi Nicarao — Nicaragua

“I believe APC played a much larger role in the evolution of the internet than most commentators and historians have mentioned" -- Ian Peters, founder of Pegasus

“After the Berlin Wall fell, NGOs were almost desperate to connect with one another within their countries, among their countries and with Western Europe, North America and others. APC node ZaMirNET in the former Yugoslavia was essential to helping women activists for peace connect during the conflict in the Balkans." -- Victoria Vrana

For the past several decades, APC and its member organisations have played a leading role establishing the first internet service in many countries, creating and promoting the first Internet Rights Charter, and helping individual activists, NGOs, and UN organisations and events harness of the power of the internet as a force for positive change in the world.” -- Peter Gabriel

"I am very proud to be part of your big family and have such great shared space to express myself as woman and as activist for marginalised culture. So, in our Tamzight language: “assegas dan mar APC” (happy new year, APC :)" -- Maha Jouini, Tunisia

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