The 34th session of the Human Rights Council will take place from 27 February to 24 March 2017 in Geneva. Internet rights remain at the forefront of the HRC agenda, with the Council scheduled to debate a new resolution on the right to privacy in the digital age.
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.
On 1 April 2017 APC’s current deputy executive director, Chat Garcia Ramilo, will assume the position of executive director. Anriette Esterhuysen will step down as ED and assume a position as director of advocacy.
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.
We have interviewed Jessica Dheere and Mohamad Najem, the co-directors of Lebanese NGO Social Media Exchange, which just joined the APC network.
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.
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.
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.
Groundbreaking report on the shrinking spaces for online freedom of assembly and association in Pakistan
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
With the annual Internet Governance Forum kicking off this week in Guadalajara, Mexico, we developed a guide for participants from the Middle East and North Africa, identifying sessions on themes relevant in the region: human rights, security, trade, and the internet economy.
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 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; APC’s priorities for IGF 2016 in the areas of access, human rights, gender and cybersecurity; our reflections on strengthening the Forum and related institutions; and APC’s key activities.
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.