Finding solutions: Using ICTs to face the climate emergency

Daily reports keep coming out about the myriad ways in which our planet is changing. We are rapidly approaching the cap of 1.5 degrees Celsius agreed as the upper acceptable limit of global warming at the Paris talks in 2015.

Sekoetlane Phamodi, APC’s new Africa policy coordinator: “Women are holding knives by their blades”

13 January 2017 (APC for APCNews)

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.

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V for Vale: 10 year journey of TBTT! campaign in Bosnia and Herzegovina

US

Initiated in 2006, the campaign Take Back the Tech! in Bosnia and Herzegovina has greatly contributed to raising awareness of how ICTs are connected to violence against women, and it has strengthened the ICT capacity of women’s rights advocates, while creating original and varied content.

At the cutting edge: TBTT campaigner Francoise Mukuku in DRC

South Africa

Take Back The Tech! celebrates 10 years of working with grassroots movements around the world to take control of technology to end violence against women. Throughout the year Take Back the Tech!

Trafficking in women: Female objectification

Brazil

96% of people interviewed in an unprecedented national survey believe that women are being trafficked in Brazil, and 82% estimate that it takes place in their own town. These results dismiss the prevailing belief that human trafficking is an urban legend or a fictional subject from a famous Brazilian soap opera.

Groundbreaking report on the shrinking spaces for online freedom of assembly and association in Pakistan

11 January 2017 (APC for APCNews)

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.

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Shrinking Spaces: Online Freedom of Assembly and of Association in Pakistan

By Bytes for All, Pakistan (January 2017, APC )

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Reshaping the internet for women

9 January 2017 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

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.

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FLOSS development is a best practice in cybersecurity

Nairobi

I participated in the 10th annual Internet Governance Forum in Guadalajara, Mexico last month in December 2016.

Inside the Information Society: Cyber-optimists, cyber-pessimists and cyber-realism

London [9 January 2017]

Cocktail hour. Source: Yumikrum, Wikimedia CommonsCocktail hour. Source: Yumikrum, Wikimedia Commons Each week David Souter comments on an important issue for APC members and others concerned about the Information Society. This week’s blog post looks at cyber-optimism, cyber-pessimism and the challenges ahead.

Are you a cyber-optimist or a cyber-pessimist?

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