Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) has reached its 10th edition, providing the international community with yearly reports on the state of the constantly evolving information society from the perspective of local civil society organisations and experts from all around the world.
The 11th annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) will be held in Guadalajara, Mexico on 5-9 December 2016. This document provides a roundup of key internet-related policy developments since the 2015 IGF; APC’s priorities for IGF 2016 in the areas of access, human rights, gender and cybersecurity; our reflections on strengthening the IGF and related institutions; and APC’s key activities at IGF 2016.
The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) is mobilising for the 11th annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Guadalajara, Mexico, from 6 to 9 December 2016. This page is your go-to resource, compiling all the events hosted and co-organised by APC, a schedule of events in which APC and members are participating, and a how-to brief to support the coverage of the event.
The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is a multistakeholder policy dialogue space convened by the United Nations Secretary General in 2006 to “foster the sustainability, robustness, security, stability and development of the internet.” At APC, we have been involved in the IGF since its inception, using it as a time for our community to come together, share experiences, challenges and successes, and work together to build internet governance policies for social justice and human rights.
APC, along with Bytes for All, Pakistan and Digital Empowerment Foundation, India strongly condemn the harassment of human rights defenders in Malaysia by raiding the office of Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) and confiscating important documents.
In a letter signed by several organisations to President Yahya Jammeh, they urgently request the stability and openness of the internet to be ensured during the forthcoming elections in Gambia on December 1, after receiving unconfirmed reports through a variety of sources that the government of Gambia intends to shut down the internet. We implore you to keep the internet on.
The Internet Governance Forum will take place on 6-10 December in Guadalajara, Mexico. On 5 December, APC will host the event Disco-tech Guadalajara, under the theme “Community Networks: Civil society’s efforts to improve connectivity in local communities”.
“It is a revolutionary act to take control of our voices and the technology to speak of our own lives,” says Jennifer Radloff in this article for GenderIT.org, in which she explains the methodology, the process, and the importance of digital storytelling. For the full stories, visit our new digital storytelling platform at stories.apc.org!
This year at the IGF in Guadalajara, Mexico, a variety of activities are being held to raise awareness of community networking models and there are a number of events that relate closely to the topic. We have assembled them here to help those who want to attend some if not all of them.
This year’s Global Information Society Watch report, to be launched on 9 December at the Internet Governance Forum in Guadalajara, Mexico, explores the ways in which the internet is being used – or could be used – to realise economic, social and cultural rights around the world.
APC welcomes ACHPR Resolution on the Right to Freedom of Information and Expression on the Internet in Africa
APC welcomes the Resolution on the Right to Freedom of Expression on the Internet in Africa adopted by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights in Banjul on 4 November 2016. The resolution comes at a crucial moment, with the region witnessing regular internet shutdowns which impact directly on freedom of expression, in countries such as Gabon and Ethiopia.
APC welcomes UNGA resolution to protect right to privacy in the digital age in the face of challenges
APC welcomes the UN General Assembly’s adoption of the resolution on the right to privacy in the digital age and expresses appreciation for the leadership by Brazil and Germany. This year’s resolution adds substantive language on the role of the private sector, which, as the resolution notes, poses a risk to the enjoyment of the right to privacy in the digital age because of its increasing capabilities to collect, process and use personal data.
APC calls on the authorities to immediately release all the detainees in relation to the Bersih rally and to protect the exercise of their constitutional and internationally guaranteed rights, including the right to protest, and urges the government of Malaysia to refrain from cracking down on peaceful assembly and refrain from creating hurdles in their mobilisation, including through the use of ICTs.
This edition brings to us the voices from the campaigns scattered across the world, from the Democratic Republic of Congo to Canada, Bosnia and Herzegovina to India. The editorial written by Sara Baker who has led the campaign for almost 4 years now points to the shift that has taken place recently, and how online VAW is being acknowledged as a problem in mainstream news, included as an offence in the laws of several countries.
The APC European members meeting that took place on 19-20 October 2016 in Sarajevo was the perfect venue for Leila Nachawati Rego from APCNews to meet Edward Maw and Karen Banks from GreenNet, one of APC’s founders and the first organisational member of the network.
How have internet technologies changed in the past decade? How have these changes affected the way we engage, relate, organise and take action? Have you been involved in Take Back the Tech!? How has campaigning made a difference in your community? Let’s write our collective story of feminist engagement with technology for transformation. Take action!
African School on Internet Governance 2016: A multidimensional, mind-stretching and enriching experience
This year’s AfriSIG took place on 11-15 October 2016 in Durban and produced a total of 44 graduates, all of whom were very engaged in one way or another, and left more enlightened on the fundamentals and mechanisms of internet governance. Here is a debriefing of all that happened.
At last week’s sixth annual Freedom Online Conference, the Freedom Online Coalition launched policy recommendations for human rights-based approaches to cybersecurity.
APC’s new subgranting programme awarded a total of USD 267,918 to support its members in achieving APC’s vision. Eighteen member organisations were recipients of 20 grants, 12 of which are project grants of up to USD 20,000 each, while the other eight are research and campaign grants of up to USD 5,000 each.
The 2016 Stieg Larsson Prize is awarded to Malaysian feminist activist and APC Women’s Rights Programme manager Jac sm Kee, for her struggle for women’s right to a free online environment and for an open and equal information society based on the potential of the internet.