NETmundial was a remarkable and historic event. To give it its due and build on it going forward, in this assessment we acknowledge its achievements as well as its flaws.
Nominations deadline for APC Chris Nicol FLOSS prize, a global award to recognize outstanding FLOSS initiatives, has been extended till May 8. The award recognises initiatives that are making it easy for people to start using free/libre and open source software (FLOSS), and it will be awarded to a person or group doing extraordinary work in this area.
This 4-5 June, human rights advocates and transformative technology providers will meet in Barcelona to discuss solutions to today’s climate of internet-enabled human rights violations, at a one-of-a-kind event organised by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC). One year after the Edward Snowden revelations, it is time that social change activists TakeBackTheNet! and exercise their choice to migrate to transformative technologies that respect their rights.
A statement was read at the end of the NETMundial which expressed the disappointment of several civil society organisations present with the outcome document, and especially with the lack of acknowledgement of net neutrality and lack of sufficient denunciation of mass surveillance.
APC welcomes the new Internet Rights and Freedoms Bill proposal launched by Green Party Member of Parliament Gareth Hughes in New Zealand. We believe it adds to the progressive trend to put internet rights at the centre of the political debate and opens the opportunity to address internet freedoms in a structural way.
APC held a global meeting on gender, sexuality and the internet in Malaysia to explore and develop the collective understanding of what a feminist internet looks like. One of the goals of the meeting was to find, within a sex-positive queer framework, an agreement on core feminist principles for a transformative internet, in order to develop a set of evolving Feminist Principles of the Internet. We invite you to look through some of the materials reflecting the debates that took place during the meeting.
Throughout phase 1 on digital access, the World Pulse community blew us away with incredible stories of women championing access to the internet and driving home the need for a free, open and universal web. World Pulse is now excited to announce the launch of the second phase of their campaign on digital literacy. World Pulse is crowdsourcing stories and solutions from grassroots women leaders on the importance of digital literacy. Share your story!
This GenderIT.org edition addresses the negotiations and bargaining in agreements during the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW58) around information and communication technologies and women’s rights, as well as the prospects for 2015, a key year for the women’s movement agenda. Despite the advances made, once again advocates had to focus their efforts on defending previous agreements instead of building on them for visible progress.
The meeting, a joint civil society strategy gathering independently organised ahead of NetMundial 2014, will be held in and all day 22 April in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
APC is delighted to see Dorcas Muthoni inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame. Dorcas attended one of the first free and open source software trainings for women in Africa hosted by Women’sNet and the APC Women’s Rights Programme back in 2004. Dorcas initiated AfChix soon after this workshop and has inspired many African women to take up technology and to focus on using free and open source software. (Photo: AfChix)
“What is NETmundial?” and other Frequently Asked Questions about the meeting on the future of the internet
NETmundial will take place on 23-24 April 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Find out more about this meeting, its importance, the issues that will be discussed there, and why and how you should be involved in this FAQ.
APC has come together with other members of our community to submit five proposals to the Knight News Challenge. This year’s theme is “Towards a stronger internet” and we’ve put our network’s experience and knowledge into the five proposals. Support us by voting for and commenting on them!
APC has an opening for a communications officer for APC’s Communications and Internet Policy Programme (CIPP). The position is 60-80% time on a one-year contract. Candidates should be available to begin in June 2014. The deadline for applications is 29 April 2014.
Is a feminist internet possible? How has the internet shifted the way we understand power, politics, activism and agency? Join us in a global conversation on how the internet can strengthen and better facilitate feminist activism and what you think are key issues we need to engage with and interrogate to realise its transformative potential. Check out the Storify on the conversation! .
APC call for expression of interest: Research Design Coordinator at the Association for Progressive Communications
The deadline for applications for this position is 12 April 2014. Research is one of APC’s core strategic activities and supports learning, analysis, advocacy and capacity building. The nature of the research and the research problems being addressed vary greatly, and the research takes place in different parts of the world.
APC is holding a Global Meeting on Gender, Sexuality and the Internet in Malaysia between 12 and 17 April to explore and develop the collective understanding of what a feminist internet looks like. The meeting will bring together academics, activists and policy specialists from local, regional and international organisations and networks.
In response to a consultation being undertaken by the UN in accordance with December’s General Assembly resolution on the right to privacy in the digital age, APC, together with other partner organizations, called on the UN to recognise that mass surveillance is incompatible with human rights.
The APC Chris Nicol FLOSS Prize recognises initiatives that are making it easy for people to start using free/libre and open source software (FLOSS). Individual or group nominations for the prize will be collected until 8 May 2014 at midnight UTC.
APC congratulates the Brazilian people on the adoption by the Chamber of Deputies of the Marco Civil da Internet (Civil Rights Framework for the Internet) on 25 March 2014: the outcome of a four-year-long, inclusive consultation process in which civil society played a leading role.
The Web We Want campaign, which supports global, national, and regional efforts to make the web universal, free, and open, has launched its second round of small grants in two categories: Rapid Response grants (open and rolling) and Web 25 Year of Action grants (deadline: 7 April 2014).