Access to information

Joint letter on internet shutdown in Uganda

By Access Now, et al. (February 2016, )

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.

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Another 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, 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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Policy Options for Connecting the Next Billion. APC Submission to the 2015 IGF Intersessional

By APC (October 2015, APC )

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.

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Building a context for self-development and learning through the provision of free access to the internet in public libraries in South Africa

By Association for Progressive Communications (APC) on behalf of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) (April 2015, )
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Internet access and economic, social and cultural rights

By Juan Carlos Lara, Derechos Digitales (September 2015, APC )
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Report on the Southern Africa Regional Infrastructure Sharing Workshop

By CRASA and APC (May 2015, )
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APC and the Cuban internet


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.

Draft Provisions for Amendment of the South African Copyright Act of 1978

By Andrew Rens, Emilar Vushe, Anriette Esterhuysen (March 2015, APC )
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Digital Empowerment Foundation on the Right to Access the Internet: Upholding a Human Right

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.

Lyon Declaration On Access to Information and Development launched

LYON 19 August 2014 (IFLA)

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.

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