What does internet policy mean for the average Ugandan?

The word “internet” is not well understood in its full and wholesome context by a size-able number of Ugandans and perhaps the majority. Smart phone usage has grown tremendously and with it the gospel of this thing called the internet.

#Unboxing Gender- Stockholm Internet Forum pre-event: Gender and access

Cape Town

A gender digital divide has been recognised since the 1990s. It’s old news that there are gaps when it comes to women being able to easily, safely and affordably access technology. There are statistics, research evidence and anecdotal stories that support this.

Statement from the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) for the WSIS+10 High Level Meeting

NEW YORK 16 December 2015 (APC for APCNews)

APC urges member states who worked so hard to reach agreement on the WSIS+10 outcome document to uphold their human rights commitments online and offline. This means ending mass surveillance, both between and within countries. And releasing journalists, activists, bloggers who have been imprisoned as result of their use of the internet for human rights and social justice.

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The Working Group on Internet Governance - 10th Anniversary Reflections

14 December 2015 (Various authors. William J. Drake (editor) for APCNews)

2015 marks the 10th anniversary of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). It is also the anniversary of a multistakeholder experiment that helped bring the WSIS to a successful conclusion: the Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG). This book reflects on WGIG’s procedural and substantive contributions to the evolving global Internet governance dialogue and institutional ecosystem.

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Iranian blogger Hossein Derakhshan: "We need to make hyperlinks valuable again"

14 December 2015 (Leila Nachawati Rego for APCNews)

Credited with introducing the blogging culture to Iran, Derakhshan spent six years isolated from the web he had contributed to building. When he went back to the internet, what he found was appalling.

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Another Internet.org is possible: A developing country perspective on universal internet access

10 December 2015 (Cristiana González and Mohammad Tarakiyee for APCNews)

In 2015, four billion people, mostly from developing countries, remain disconnected. These inequalities have been used as justification by Mark Zuckerberg’s project Internet.org, which aims to “connect” two thirds of the world’s population by giving them access to a walled garden of “free” services.

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Understanding freedom of expression online and offline

Joao Pessoa, Brazil

Ritu Srivastava, from Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) India, participated in the workshop Freedom of Expression Online: Gaps in Policy and Practice at the Internet Governance Forum in Brazil. She writes:

We are no longer living in an offline society.

COP21: Can ICTs mitigate climate change?

2 December 2015 (APC for APCNews)


At APC, awareness of climate change and its relationship with information and communications technologies (ICTs) has been an integral part of our work since we were born, in 1990.

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South Africa Cybercrimes Bill will be impossible to implement without violating rights

2 December 2015 (APC for APCNews)

Cyber security is essential for the exercise of both online and offline rights, as it is key to privacy and the protection of personal data. At APC we understand the need for a cyber crime and cyber security bill to make South Africa a safer place online. However, we suggest, along with many experts from different backgrounds, that the Bill be rejected in its current form.

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Anabella Rivera from Instituto DEMOS Guatemala: "Central America is a fairly isolated region, and with APC we will open up doors of opportunity in these countries"

1 December 2015 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

The executive director of APC member Instituto DEMOS Guatemala, Anabella Rivera, was interviewed in Mexico by APCNews. She offers her perspective on APC’s milestones over the last 25 years and her expectations as a recent member of the network.

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