Access to information
On January 18th, APC joined dozens of sites and organisations in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect-IP Act (PIPA) by blacking out. These two bills, if passed, represent an unprecedented threat to the open internet as we know it, with impacts felt far beyond the borders of the United States.
5th Knowledge Sharing Workshop
Community Radio is now in existence in Bangladesh
“This is a great news for all of us that Community Radio is now in existence in Bangladesh!”-said Mr.
APC and Hivos investigate how governments and internet and mobile phone companies are restricting freedom online – and how citizens are responding using the very same technology.
Rural people of Bangladesh entered into an era of community broadcasting to amplify the voices of vulnerable and marginalized groups through 14 community radio stations around the country. Community Radio provides the local community access to information and through exchange of information, leads them towards empowerment.
Bangladesh formally entered the era of community radio with the launch of Radio Padma FM 99.2, a community radio station
RAJSHAHI, Oct 7 Information Minister Abul Kalam has said the present
government believes in freedom of the mass media and protecting the rights
of the media men.
He stated this while inaugurating the broadcasting program of community
radio `Radio Padma’ in Rajshahi Medical College auditorium here this
evening as the chief guest.
Centre for Communication and Development(CCD), Rajshahi,
“APC member Colnodo has issued a report about Colombia’s controversial “two strikes” bill. Under this law, file-sharers caught with copyrighted content can lose their internet connections or even face jail time.” See full article in Spanish.
APC supports the WSIS process and remains committed to participating in the processes that emerged from the WSIS with a view to improving the process, promoting the participation of civil society and monitoring implementation of areas of most interest to APC. In this spirit, APC submitted the following contribution.
Turkey abandons plans to install mandatory filtering software after months of widespread protest. The reversal of this controversial policy shows the power of determined advocacy.
Following last week’s riots, British PM David Cameron said that his government is considering a crackdown on online communications. However he forgets that the same websites and phone networks were also used to locate friends and plan safe exits from trouble-spots. APC and GreenNet issue a statement.
APC is organising a series of events in the context of the next IGF in Nairobi.