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 celebrates Africa Day with roundtable addressing human rights and the internet

JOHANNESBURG 25 May 2017 (APC for APCNews)

As the world commemorates Africa Day this week, APC is convening a roundtable in partnership with the South African Human Rights Commission and the Network of African National Human Rights Institutions in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Access and Power: APC at the Stockholm Internet Forum 2017

STOCKHOLM 16 May 2017 (APC for APCNews)

Stockholm Internet Forum 2017 focuses on the connections between access and power.

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What is the relationship between access and power? APC at the Stockholm Internet Forum 2017

STOCKHOLM 15 May 2017 (APC for APCNews)

The Stockholm Internet Forum, an international forum for discussions on how a free, open and secure internet promotes human rights and development worldwide, has started in Stockholm. At APC, we have been involved in the Forum since its inception, mostly focusing on ensuring that a global South and feminist perspective is incorporated into the discussions about access.

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Did Facebook finally figure out that consent is more important than nipples?

3 May 2017 (Erika Smith in collaboration with Fungai Machirori for Take Back the Tech!)

While Facebook’s new tool to prevent intimate images posted without consent from being shared further on its platforms is good news, there are a number of limitations and doubts that keep it from fully earning a “thumbs up”.

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Women Human Rights Defenders condemn online threats against Bondita Acharya

2 May 2017 (APCNews)

Bondita Acharya received death threats, as well as being threatened with acid attack, rape and gang rape, after condemning the arrest of three people for the possession of beef on 4 April 2017. The attacks on her include trolling on her Facebook account and other social media with sexually laden, criminal and defamatory posts.

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CATALONIA 2 May 2017 (APCNews) is, in the words of its members, a bottom-up, citizen-driven technological, social and economic project with the objective of creating a free, open and neutral telecommunications network. In March 2017, it joined the APC network.

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APC statement in solidarity with Hungarian civil society and Central European University

27 April 2017 (APC)

APC expresses its solidarity with civil society in Hungary, who are facing unjustifiable attacks from the government aimed at stigmatising and undermining the credibility of NGOs and curtailing academic freedom.

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WSIS Prizes 2017: Vote for these projects!

24 April 2017 (APC for APCNews)

The voting for the WSIS Prize 2017 is open and APC is part of three of the nominated initiatives.

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Save the date: South Africa to host Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa, 27-29 September 2017

JOHANNESBURG 21 April 2017 (APC for APCNews)

FIFAfrica convenes various stakeholders from the internet governance and online rights arenas in Africa and beyond to deliberate on gaps, concerns and opportunities for advancing internet freedom on the continent.

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French "right to be forgotten" ruling could be devastating for freedom of expression globally

19 April 2017 (APC for APCNews)

APC joined 17 NGOs from across the globe in a legal submission before France’s highest court, raising serious concerns about a ruling of France’s data protection authority on the “right to be forgotten”.

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APC seeks experienced finance associate

12 April 2017 (APCNews)

The successful candidate will join the APC finance team with the responsibility to carry out specific financial and administration tasks under the supervision of the finance manager. The deadline for applications is 28 April.

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APC is looking for a publications and multimedia coordinator

12 April 2017 (APCNews)

APC is looking for someone with a background in strategic communications, multimedia design skills, and experience in coordinating the production of print and digital publications to join its communications team. The deadline for applications is 25 April!

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Measuring women's rights online in the Philippines

11 April 2017 (APC for Foundation for Media Alternatives)

How do we measure women’s rights online? Even if women have access, what kind of environment are they able to access online? Are digital spaces safe for women? These are some of the questions APC member Foundation for Media Alternatives addressed in its digital gender report card on the Philippines’ progress in closing the digital gender gap.

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APC statement on emerging tension between corporate interests and users' digital rights

9 April 2017 (APC for APCNews)

APC is concerned over the adoption of encrypted media extensions (EME) by the main international standards-setting body for the web, the World Wide Web Consortium, a controversial move which would lead to excessive information controls and introduce security vulnerabilities.

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APC IMPACT call for national research consultant: Research on criminalisation of expression on the internet

8 April 2017 (APCNews)

APC is undertaking research on the criminalisation of expression in India, Malaysia, Pakistan and Myanmar, and is calling for civil society organisations, researchers and lawyers from each of the abovementioned countries to carry out the research. The deadline for applications is 21 April 2017.

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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

  • The 4th edition of African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG) took place from 11 to 15 October in Durban, South Africa. Check our updates! .

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