28 Nov 2010 APC WNSP
Take Back The Tech! partners with the Violence is Not our Culture global campaign to mark this year’s International Day on Women Human Rights Defenders and the 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women (VAW) . On 29 November 2010, we join hands in solidarity and call for all of our campaigners and allies in different parts of the world to support the work of women human rights defenders in demanding an end to violence against women justified in the name of “culture”, “religion...
10 Nov 2010 IPS
The United Nations estimates that 95% of aggressive behaviour, harassment, abusive language and denigrating images in online spaces are aimed at women and come from partners or former male partners. Other surveys show that the victims of cyber-stalking are predominantly female.
Many popular social networking websites include personal information such as email addresses, phone numbers, birthdays, names of family members, and even minute-to-minute updates on a person’s location, which is useful to friends...
18 Oct 2010 APC
A new publication which tells the story of a small grants programme that has awarded seed funding to grassroots groups to introduce or increase the use of ICTs to improve women’s livelihoods and status in agricultural and rural parts of Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific for almost a decade has just been published.
This book tells the story of the Gender, Agriculture and Rural Development in the Information Society (GenARDIS) journey thus far, provides lessons learned, stories from grantees and...
01 Feb 2010 BytesForAll
Formation of a Technical Committee at the Lahore High Court Bar Association to assist in assessing and analysing cyber laws and laws that affect women.
Advocate Nighat Daad and Fariha Akhtar organising the TBTT bagsWith the goal to create awareness about Information and Communication Technologies and Violence Against Women in cyber space, and the implications of various government policies on women, a seminar titled “ICTs and Violence Against Women – Policy Implications” was jointly organized by Bytes for...
17 Dec 2009 APC
The Dominican Republic is the first Latin American country to act on their commitments to involve women in the information society nationwide. This Caribbean island nation of ten million has promised to include a “gender perspective” in every information and communications technology initiative and policy developed by the government from now on. The tool the Dominicans have chosen to design and evaluate all the public policies is the APC gender evaluation methodology (GEM).
“This is great news for women’s...
12 Nov 2009
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Do you have a right to online knowledge? Report shows open internet in danger
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, November 16 2009 – A new report that reveals how vulnerable the internet as we know it is, has just been published by two global civil society organisations.
The annual report, called Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch), was released today by the Association for Progressive Communications and Dutch-funder Hivos. GISWatch 2009 is entitled Access...
25 Mar 2009 APC and partners
A draft framework towards a broadband strategy in South Africa was launched in Johannesburg on Tuesday. The framework was intended to highlight the current policy vacuum around broadband roll-out in South Africa, and to create a “popular movement” around broadband in the country.
It was also hoped that a reinvigorated policy direction in South Africa could propel the country back to the number one spot in internet access rankings on the continent.
The draft framework was one of the outcomes of a one-day...
27 Jan 2009 GISWatch 2008
How do we ensure access to the internet is a human right enjoyed by everyone?
This is one of the critical questions asked by an annual publication that highlights the importance of people’s access to information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure – and where and how countries are getting it right or wrong, and what can be done about it.
Global Information Society Watch 2008 (or GISWatch), published in print and online by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), the Third World...
10 Dec 2008 APC
The rationale for the report is featured in an APCNews article Rural communication: Is there still a need for telecentres now that there are mobile phones? which is also available in French and Spanish.
Unbounded possibilities: Observations on sustaining rural...
25 Sep 2008 Central European University
70 international experts and e-activists met in Budapest on Friday
September 19 to discuss EU-wide policies on data retention and to develop
strategies for defending and enhancing privacy. Hosted by the Center for
Media and Communication Studies (CMCS) at the Central European
University in Budapest, the workshop “Data retention on the Internet:
Challenges for small, alternative and citizen-based internet service
providers (ISPs)” brought together scholars, lawyers, policy experts,