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).
APC joins the international community in congratulating member and friend Shahzad Ahmad on his recent Doughty Street Advocacy Award, and is proud to stand with Ahmad in the fight for freedom of expression wherever it is threatened.
The APC Women’s Rights Programme was present at the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, which took place in New York on 10-21 March 2014. This year’s priority theme was “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls”. Women’s and girls’ access to and participation in education, training, science and technology, and the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work, were also on the meeting agenda.
APC expresses concern over the Turkish government’s decision to block access to Twitter in the country. We are particularly concerned in the light of Turkey being the host country of the 2014 Internet Governance Forum, a space that strives for a democratic and inclusive internet.
The UN Human Rights Council officially adopted the outcome report on Malaysia’s second Universal Periodic Review (UPR) today. “It is disappointing that while Malaysia received the most recommendations regarding the abolition of the death penalty, all such recommendations were rejected,” said a coalition of Malaysian NGOs in a statement supported by APC.
2014 ASEAN Civil Society Conference to address freedom of expression and women's human rights online
The ASEA People’s Forum is holding its first ICTs related workshop co-organised by APC, EROTICS Indonesia, Women’s Legal and Human Rights Bureau, Inc, Myanmar ICT Development organization, and the Foundation for Media Alternatives. It will take place on 22 March in Myanmar, and will address issues such as freedom of expression, privacy, and women’s human rights in evolving digital information societies.
Civil society groups spoke out today at the Human Rights Council 25th session in Geneva as Nigeria rejects recommendations to ensure the universality of human rights as part of its Universal Periodic Review.
A strategising meeting for Beijing Platform for Action Section J was held on 13 March during this year’s CSW 58. The meeting was attended by representatives of APC, Isis International, Women and Media Collective, and Search for Common Ground, to plan for Beijing+20, emphasising Section J concerns, particularly the use of all media and ICTs to be seen as an issue that cuts across all the 12 critical areas of concern in the Beijing Platform.