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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Syria: Disclose Advocate’s Whereabouts. Release Bassel Khartabil, Held Unfairly Since 2012

9 October 2015 (APCNews)

Syria’s authorities should immediately reveal the whereabouts of Bassel Khartabil, a software developer and defender of freedom of expression, 31 organizations said today.

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Open Letter: Facebook, Fix "Real Name” Policy

7 October 2015 (APCNews)

A group of NGOs, including APC, have sent an open letter to Facebook, in representation of individuals who have experienced harm as a result of Facebook’s “real name” policy.

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APC joins civil rights groups against Surveillance Bill to be adopted in France

5 October 2015 (APCNews)

APC joins open letter by civil rights groups worldwide against the Surveillance Bill to be adopted in France. We urge the French Parliament to reject it and protect the rights of individuals all around the world.

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Joint statement on Egypt: Presidential pardon frees some women human rights defenders, while others are still detained

2 October 2015 (Nazra for Feminist Studies)

The delay in the release of both Ms. Salwa Mihriz and Ms. Nahed Sherif is quite atrocious, especially that Ms. Mihriz’s release is halted by the fact that her name is not written correctly in the pardon decision. As for Ms. Mahienour El-Massry, it is feared that her exclusion from the concerned pardon is a result of her being targeted for her well-known and prominent human rights activism.

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PROTEGE QV at the African School on Internet Governance: “The African Declaration should be a citizen handbook on internet use”

ADDIS ABABA 28 September 2015 (Leila Nachawati for APCNews)

Since 1995, PROTEGE QV has worked in promoting rural development, protecting the environment and improving the well-being of communities in Cameroon. In 2007, it joined APC as the first central African member with the following motto: “We believe in the power of ICT to give equal access to information as a strategy to fight against poverty.”

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New individual member Mario Morales: "APC is a meeting and learning point"

PERGAMINO 28 September 2015 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

During the APC Latin America and the Caribbean regional members meeting in Mexico City, APCNews interviewed Mario Morales from Colombia, who recently joined APC as an individual member, to find out more about his work and his reasons for becoming part of the APC network.

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Introducing Fundación REDES, APC's new member in Bolivia

28 September 2015 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

Fundación REDES, an organisation based in La Paz, Bolivia that works both nationally and regionally, recently joined the APC network as a new member. APCNews talked to Eduardo Rojas, the executive director of REDES, at the APC Latin America and the Caribbean regional members meeting held in Mexico City.

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Internet Rights at the Human Rights Council’s 30th session

14 September 2015 (Deborah Brown and Shawna Finnegan (APC) and Max Anderson (Access) for APCNews)

The 30th session of the Human Rights Council is taking place from 14 September to 2 October 2015 in Geneva. Internet rights are to be discussed during this session in the context of participation in political and public life, racism and xenophobia, communications network shutdowns, mass and targeted surveillance, encryption, and restrictions on access to information and communication technologies.

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Anriette Esterhuysen and APC among EFF's Pioneer Awards winners

SAN FRANCISCO 14 September 2015 (APC for APCNews)

On 24 September, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) will present the winners of this year’s “Pioneer Awards”. At APC we are thrilled to see our director Anriette Esterhuysen and the work of APC among the winners.

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LASIR: Empowering national and local actors in their defence of human rights on the internet

10 September 2015 (APC for APCNews)

Since early 2015, the Local Action to Secure Internet Rights (LASIR) project has focused on empowering national and local actors in their defence of human rights on the internet, in countries as diverse as South Korea, Brazil, the Philippines, India, Jordan, Uganda, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bangladesh, Kenya and Tunisia.

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Exploring technology-related violence against women in Bosnia and Herzegovina

2 September 2015 (

We’re back with the third in a series of seven mini-editions highlighting the project “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online”. Using the voices and stories of three women survivors and research led by civil society organisation One World Platform for Southeast Europe, this edition explores various facets of technology-related violence against women in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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APC and Web We Want: New grants will help promote African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms in seven countries

1 September 2015

Web We Want announces recipients of small grants to promote the African Declaration of Internet Rights and Freedoms. At APC we are delighted to see among them our member, Cameroon Protégé QV. Read about the other recipients and the Declaration.

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Mobilising the internet governance landscape in Africa

29 August 2015 (APCNews)

In order to contribute to the strengthening of internet governance processes and spaces in the region, the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) is organising and supporting a series of events to take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on different dates during September 2015. Check out these activities and visit the relevant websites for more information.

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#AtTheEdge: Human rights organisations call on Malaysian government to protect freedom of expression and right to protest

28 August 2015 (APCNews)

APC and other human rights organisations join together to urge the Malaysian government respect its own commitment to internet freedom by facilitating freedom of expression during this weekend’s upcoming Bersih 4.0 protests. Read our statement to the Prime Minister.

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Web We Want campaign announces new small grants

20 August 2015 (Web We Want)

Today, the Web We Want campaign, in collaboration with APC, supported by the Ford Foundation, is delighted to announce the partners who will receive five small grants: Asociația pentru Tehnologie și Internet, the Calyx Institute, European Digital Rights Initiative, Nuvem Estacao de Arte e Tecnologia and Proyecto MartAdero.

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What people say about #APC25

"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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