For five days last year, I was privileged to attend the Second (2014) African School on Internet Governance in Mauritius, curtsey of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and Association for Progressive Communications (APC).
APC is happy to announce that we are partnering with The Web We Want to launch an open call for grant proposals. A limited number of grants will be offered to projects that support local campaign efforts to promote a free and open Web.
How does internet policy affect Maghreb-Machrek human rights defenders (HRDs) in their work? Who are the major players in internet policy and how can Maghreb-Machrek HRDs effectively engage them? These were the questions discussed at the regional seminar on freedom of expression, freedom of association and the right to the internet, in Marrakesh, Morocco.
How does the internet work? How is it managed and developed? While the importance of universalising internet access and use becomes increasingly recognised, reflection on the concrete aspects of internet governance is often missing. This is why APC organises events like the National Meeting on Internet Governance – Ecuador, which will take place on 27 November.
The Internet has become a space for people to express themselves, to dig up information, even mobilizing the masses.
APC presents a Multimedia training kit on human rights and the internet, a set of modules concerned with the relationship between human rights, information and communications technologies (ICTs) and the internet. These modules can be used freely to help those who work on human rights and ICTs to understand how the internet is affecting the protection of rights.
The Association for Progressive Communications has started a project called Connect Your Rights! in early 2011. Meant to make the links between fundamental human rights offline and online, it published an infographic in mid-2012 to offer a visualization of the impact that the internet provokes on the human rights regime. After a successful first run in social media and at events worldwide, the infographic was translated to Portuguese by Brazilian group NUPEF.
GISWatch 2012 explores how the internet is being used to ensure transparency and accountability, the challenges that civil society activists face in fighting corruption, and when the internet fails as an enabler of a transparent and fair society.