access to the internet

National human rights institutions in digital spaces
National human rights institutions in digital spaces 10 July 2017

This paper was developed by APC in response to the call for submissions on the role of national human rights institutions in Southeast Asia in protecting human rights by the Asia Centre. It addresses the ways ICTs and the internet create new spaces where NHRIs can improve the way they function.

APC statement at the WSIS Forum 2017 High-Level Policy Session
APC statement at the WSIS Forum 2017 High-Level Policy Session 05 July 2017

Access to information and knowledge has been recognised as a key principle for achieving the WSIS vision since 2003. Information and knowledge for all are key for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals because they link to empowerment and mobility, enabling people to improve their lives.

Framing access and power at Stockholm Internet Forum 2017
Framing access and power at Stockholm Internet Forum 2017 22 June 2017

The focus on this year’s SIF was around the critical issues of access and power. When talking about access and power, the discussion naturally comes to why there aren’t as many women in online spaces even after years of civil society’s hard work.

Access and beyond: Navigating mobile costs in communication
Access and beyond: Navigating mobile costs in communication 16 June 2017

The African market is flooded with zero rating services such as Free Basics (Facebook’s zero rating scheme) and other subsidised data strategies. Do these schemes make internet more affordable and bring access to more people in Africa?

Tackling the gender digital divide in Africa
Tackling the gender digital divide in Africa 01 June 2017

The emergence of the internet is touted as an opportunity for women in Africa to "play catch up" after years of being "left out". But what are African women’s realities and to what extent can the internet be made accessible to them and have meaningful impact in their lives?

Internet use barriers and user strategies: Perspectives from Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Rwanda
Internet use barriers and user strategies: Perspectives from Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Rwanda 02 April 2017

This comparative country study, based on focus groups conducted in November 2016 in Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda and South Africa, sought to develop evidence of why people use the internet the way they do, specifically when their data is subsidised.

APC subgrant supports advocacy to solve internet access problems in Cameroon
APC subgrant supports advocacy to solve internet access problems in Cameroon 22 December 2016

APC member organisation PROTEGE QV is hosting a training workshop on advocacy strategies to push for a faster internet in Cameroon. The workshop has brought together close to 20 participants including telecommunication students, media representatives, industry players and members of civil society.

Written statement by the Association for Progressive Communications on the right to education and the internet
Written statement by the Association for Progressive Communications on the right to education and the internet 10 June 2016

APC welcomes the report by the Special Rapporteur on the right to education, particularly the substantial consideration given to the role of the internet and technology in education, and the observation that the digital divide persists and continues to result in unequal opportunities for education.

Ending digital exclusion: Why the access divide persists and how to close it
Ending digital exclusion: Why the access divide persists and how to close it 13 April 2016

In a new position paper from APC, we unpack the underlying causes of limited connectivity, analyse the shortcomings of current initiatives, and propose a set of policy responses to address the access gap.    

Submission to Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance and the internet
Submission to Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance and the internet 24 October 2012

APC has developed this submission in response to the request for input by the UN Special Rapporteur on racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, and related intolerance, in his research into “the appropriate balance between the protection of freedom of opinion and expression and the control of racist and xenophobic content and incitement to violence through the internet.” Drawing on Artic...