Access to information
On the morning of national elections, February 18, Ugandan internet users were blocked from using Twitter, Facebook, and other communications platforms. The shutdown remained in place until the afternoon of Sunday, February 21. Kampala-based APC member CIPESA along with Access Now and other civil society groups around the world called for renewed respect for human rights in the wake of this violation.
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.
As the internet becomes more ubiquitous, less is being heard from those who are disconnected – the less wealthy and more marginalised groups – who are unable to demand rights on the same footing as those who are connected.
Building a context for self-development and learning through the provision of free access to the internet in public libraries in South Africa
Cuba’s UUCP connection was to the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) in Canada. APC provided connections for many non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and that attracted the attention of politicians, who saw NGOs as subversive.
Right to Access the Internet: Upholding a Human Right
Tuesday, March 24th, 2015
RightsCon, Manila, Philippines
Manila, Philippines—DEF team member, Ms. Ritu Srivastava, participated in the interactive session on Right to Access the Internet: Upholding a Human Right at the RightsCon conference in Manila, Philippines.
APC signs the Lyon Declaration on Access to Information and Development. Signed by more than 125 organisations, the declaration launched at the World Library and Information Congress in Lyon, France and aims to positively influence the United Nations post-2015 development agenda. “This is a great collective step forward. We have a lot of work ahead in the next 16 months to ensure access to information is recognised and included as an objective in the UN development agenda,” says APC’s Anriette Esterhuysen.