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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Roots with wings: APC appoints new executive director

16 February 2017 (APC for APCNews)

Anriette Esterhuysen has been the executive director of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) since June 2000. After 17 years of leadership of APC as an organisation and a network, Esterhuysen has announced her decision to step down from her role as executive director.

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Joint letter to the UN on social media and device collection at US borders

17 February 2017 (Various for APCNews)

These practices persist in violation of the United States’ human rights treaty obligations, and action is needed to hold the US government accountable for the protection of human rights at US borders, which are not zones of exclusion or exception.

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Women in tech: We want to share your stories!

13 February 2017 (TBTT for APCNews)

On 23 February tech companies and organisations will face a Distributed Denial of Women, a general strike to show how important women are to the tech industry. Take Back the Tech! wants to make sure the industry understands how to change the toxic culture that affects women and other marginalised people. Write about your experience, and we’ll publish it on our site.

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SMEX: Advancing self-regulating information societies in the Middle East and North Africa

31 January 2017 (APC for APCNews)

We have interviewed Jessica Dheere and Mohamad Najem, the co-directors of Lebanese NGO Social Media Exchange, which just joined the APC network.

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Cameroon maintains internet shutdown despite international outcry

31 January 2017 (APC for APCNews)

Restrictions on internet access, which have been in effect since 17 January 2017, have specifically targeted Anglophone regions. APC notes with grave concern these shutdowns ordered by the government of Cameroon.

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Zenzeleni: Do-it-yourself telecoms networks in rural South Africa

26 January 2017 (APC for APCNews)

Masibulele Jay Siya told us the story of Mankosi, a village that came together to build and maintain its own telecommunications network and offer affordable communications to the people in rural Eastern Cape.

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Sekoetlane Phamodi, APC’s new Africa policy coordinator: “Women are holding knives by their blades”

13 January 2017 (APC for APCNews)

African internet rights are at the core of APC’s work and will take another step forward with our new Africa policy regional coordinator, Sekoetlane Phamodi, who just joined APC.

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Groundbreaking report on the shrinking spaces for online freedom of assembly and association in Pakistan

11 January 2017 (APC for APCNews)

Bytes for All, Pakistan has launched a new report that focuses on local and international advocacy initiatives to improve Pakistan’s compliance with international human rights law and practices in relation to freedom of assembly and association online.

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Reshaping the internet for women

9 January 2017 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

Even in 2015 the contribution by women to Wikipedia, one of the largest repositories online of organised knowledge about the world, had not reached 25% of the total. Most of the content online comes from the global North, specifically from white male contributors in North America. What needs to be done to ensure diversity, localisation and gender parity in content online? APCNews speaks to Anasuya Sengupta and Siko Bouterse from Whose Knowledge? project to find out more.

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What do we want to accomplish in 2017?

3 January 2017 (APC for APCNews)

At APC, we will keep working on promoting access to a free and open internet to improve our lives and create a more just world. What does this mean specifically and what do we wish to accomplish in 2017?

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APC subgrant supports advocacy to solve internet access problems in Cameroon

22 December 2016 (Olga Tsafack-Koloko for APCNews)

APC member organisation PROTEGE QV is hosting a training workshop on strategies to push for a faster internet in Cameroon, using the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms as one of the tools for this advocacy.

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New report analyses DDoS attacks against Black Lives Matter website

MONTREAL 19 December 2016 (eQualit.ie for APCNews)

A new report from APC member organisation eQualit.ie reveals more than a hundred separate denial-of-service attacks against the official Black Lives Matter website in a seven-month period.

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Spotlight on national and regional initiatives at the global IGF

GUADALAJARA 15 December 2016 (APC for APCNoticias)

National and Regional Internet Governance Forum initiatives are organic and independent formations that discuss issues pertaining to internet governance from the perspective of their respective communities, while acting in accordance with the main principles of the global Internet Governance Forum. During a plenary session at the 2016 IGF in Guadalajara, representatives of NRIs around the world shared stories of progress made, challenges faced, and success achieved.

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Economic, Social, Cultural Rights and the Internet: The Feminist Take

14 December 2016 (GenderIT.org)

Does internet technology make the realisation of economic, social, cultural rights a stronger possibility, especially for women and gender nonconforming people? This is the question that the GenderIT.org edition on ESC rights and the internet seeks to answer. The GISWatch report on ESC rights looks at various contexts around the world of how the internet has acted largely as an enabler for ESC rights, and sometimes as a dis-abler or rather a selective enabler, that widens the gaps around existing axis of social and economic difference.

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What happened at the 2016 Internet Governance Forum in Guadalajara, Mexico?

GUADALAJARA 14 December 2016 (APC for APCNews)

The 11th annual Internet Governance Forum took place in Guadalajara, Mexico, between 5-9 December 2016. internet governance stakeholders from all over the world gathered around the overall theme of “Enabling Inclusive and Sustainable Growth”.

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