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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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Bangladesh: Government must ensure freedom of expression online, prevent arbitrary killings

19 August 2015 (APC for APCNews)

APC and Bytes for All strongly condemn the murder of Bangladeshi blogger Niloy Neel. We grieve over this senseless act of violence together with Niloy’s family and friends, and extend unconditional solidarity and our deepest condolences to the victims of crimes of intolerance towards free expression.

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Malaysia: Proposal to require registration of online news portals would contribute to crackdown on free expression

19 August 2015 (APC for APCNews)

APC and EMPOWER denounce the proposed reforms in Malaysia, as they will contribute to the crackdown on free expression in Malaysia.

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New Activist Toolkit: ICTs for Feminist Movement Building

11 August 2015 (JASS, APC and Women'sNet for APCNews)

This toolkit aims to assist activists to think through their communication strategies in a way that supports movement building. It offers a practical guide to writing a communication strategy and reviews a number of tools (ICTs) and technology-related campaigns which can be used in organising work.

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APC's new member, CITAD, in the words of a founder

7 August 2015 (APCNews)


Nigeria’s Centre for Information Technology and Development comes with an enlightening vision: “A knowledge-based democratic society free of hunger.” As CITAD joins APC, read its story in the words of one of its founders, Yanusa Ya’u.

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APC Statement of Solidarity with Netzpolitik Journalists

4 August 2015 (APCNews)


The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) decries the now suspended treason investigation into Netzpolitik journalists Markus Beckedahl and Andre Meister.

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Annual review: Our network's impact on internet rights

MONTREAL 31 July 2015 (Mallory Knodel for APCNews)

APC’s Annual Report for 2014 highlights the achievements of our membership and organisation towards securing and defending internet access and rights, fostering good internet governance, strengthening use and development of transformative technology, ending technology-based violence against women and girls, and strengthening APC community networks. Dozens of stories from around the world provide a look back at APC’s most significant moments in 2014.

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Celebrate with us! 25 years of working for ICTs for social justice and sustainable development

MONTREAL 31 July 2015 (Mallory Knodel for APCNews)

There are many opportunities to join our 25th anniversary celebrations – just check out this list of activities. Have a memory to share? Post it online with #APC25 or send it in! Then read about what else is happening in your region.

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Looking back to move ahead: A recap of the WSIS+10 Overall Review

NEW YORK 23 July 2015 (Deborah Brown for APCNews)

The 2005 UN World Summit on the Information Society set the tone for global discussions on internet and society that continue to dominate the sector. At the end of 2015, the UN General Assembly is holding a high-level meeting to review the WSIS, which again will profoundly shape the debate in the short and long term.

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APC welcomes appointment of UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy

17 July 2015 (APC for APCNews)

APC welcomes the appointment of Mr. Joseph Cannataci as the first United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy, which was announced on 3 July. Cannataci’s appointment is a historic step to address the right to privacy at the global level.

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Imagine a Feminist Internet: The conversation is on!

PERGAMINO 17 July 2015 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNoticias)

The second Imagine a Feminist Internet meeting organised by the Association for Progressive Communications will take place in Malaysia on 22-24 July 2015, as a continuation of the space opened in 2014. Share your analysis and thoughts on how you imagine a feminist internet using #imagineafeministinternet and join the conversation on Twitter!

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Whistleblowers need strong legal protections to protect them from retaliation

17 July 2015 (APC for APCNews)

APC submits a statement to UN special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, that makes the case that whistleblowers need strong legal protections to protect them from retaliation and enable them to report offences safely and freely.

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The Draft Online Regulation Policy of the Film and Publication Board of South Africa would allow classification of user-generated content

15 July 2015 (APC for APCNews)

On 4 March 2015, the Film and Publication Board (FPB) gazetted the Draft Online Regulation Policy and opened it for public comment. In effect the policy would allow the FPB, at its discretion, to classify user-generated content on any online content platform.

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Inspiring Gender and Internet Governance eXchange in Asia

PERGAMINO 15 July 2015 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

APC in collaboration with the Foundation for Media Alternatives held a successful two-day event in late June where advocates from the Asia region came together to exchange knowledge on the intersections of women’s rights and internet governance. Read all about the feminist talks inspired by the event here, and stay tuned for information on the next stop: LAC gigX on 1-2 August in Mexico.

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ICANN's new proposal will endanger domain owners and impact those who come from marginalised communities

10 July 2015 (APC for APCNews)

APC’s research shows that the reality of online abuse should be a serious concern for all those working on internet governance, development and access. Initiatives like ICANN’s new Domain Registration proposal are steps in the opposite direction.

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“We need to avoid a situation where the DNS is used to police content”: A conversation with ICANN's Rafik Dammak

BUENOS AIRES 2 July 2015 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

APC attended the 53rd meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) that took place in Buenos Aires on 21-25 June 2015. We interviewed Rafik Dammak, a Tunisian engineer living in Tokyo, who is an APC individual member and chair of the Non-Commercial Stakeholder Group at ICANN. He explains why internet rights activists should get involved in ICANN, since any policy around domain names has a dramatic and global effect.

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APC hosts “open web” advocate for 2015 Ford-Mozilla fellowship

MONTREAL 2 July 2015 (Mallory Knodel for APCNews)

APC will host Andrea Del Río, a participant in the 2015 Open Web Fellows programme, which is an international leadership initiative by the Ford Foundation and Mozilla. For the next 10 months, Del Río will use her cutting-edge technology skills alongside APC policy experts to safeguard the internet as a global public resource.

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WSIS+10: APC's statement on 'The way forward: Harnessing information and communications technologies for development'

NEW YORK 2 July 2015 (APC for APCNews)

Much still needs to be done to realise the WSIS goal of a “people-centered, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society”, where everyone can create, access, use and share information to fully promote sustainable development and improve their quality of life.

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Internet Governance Forum 2014: Results from the Gender Report Card

22 June 2015 (APC)

Since 2011, APC’s Women’s Rights Programme has been compiling Gender Report Cards to monitor and assess the level of gender parity and inclusion at the IGF’s workshop sessions. Check out the results for 2014 IGF!

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Women activists exchanging knowledge on gender and internet governance

PERGAMINO 19 June 2015 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

Between June and September 2015, APC will hold three Gender and Internet Governance eXchanges (gigX), two-day meetings prior to the regional Internet Governance Forums in Asia, Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean, where activists will come together to share knowledge on the intersections of gender and internet governance. The first gigX, organised in collaboration with Foundation for Media Alternatives, will take place on 29-30 June 2015 in Macau.

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