The Chronicle of Philanthropy recently reported the Ford Foundation is advocating that the internet is not merely a way to help further social change, but is integral to making that change happen.
By limiting access to internet, claiming to avoid obscenity and preserve gender and sexual norms, governments are actually preventing communities from exercising their rights and freedoms. The growing practice of regulation may have an impact in how people learn about sexuality and express it – especially the most affected by regulation, women and people of diverse sexualities. APC’S EROTICS conducted research in five countries: Brazil, India, Lebanon, South Africa and the United States. The EROTICS issue paper contains executive summaries for each country as well as an incisive introduction by EROTICS coordinator, Jac sm Kee.
The recent literature review of information and communications technologies(ICTs), climate change and development by Angelica Ospina and Richard Heeks points to a clear role for civil society organisations at many levels of climate change response, including advocacy, information dissemination, helping local communities adapt, and providing a voice for affected people.
Women survivors of domestic violence in Pakistan have long endured twofold abuse – not only at home but by a government that does not protect them. In 2009 there was hope the government would step up to protect women from domestic violence – the National Assembly passed the Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Bill, but the bill expired after the Senate failed to pass it. However, a Pakistani women’s rights organisation is working to reintroduce the bill in parliament – through the use of information and communication technology, and after training from APC.
APC’s ‘What can you do to end violence against women? Take Back The Tech!’ video is the featured video on the United Nations’ Say NO – UNiTE to End Violence Against Women campaign this week.
“Her story might have daunted me but her strength and courage overwhelmed and even empowered me … I was impressed by how she had taken the bold step of coming forward, taking her life in control and deciding what was best for her,” said Sana Masood in a digital story she created about an acid attack survivor at an APC Feminist Tech Exchange workshop in Pakistan, and which recently won an award in the International Red Cross’ “Young Reporter” competition.
In light of this year’s World Social Forum in Dakar Senegal, APC member Mayfirst/People Link is teaming up with IndyMedia Africa and will be hositing live events via the Indymedia convergence centre for those who can not attend the Forum in person. Media activists from over 10 African countries will give their impressions on what’s going on, and respond to the questions of others around the world. Live streams of the events take place on Tuesday 8 February at 7:00 pm (EST) and on Thursday 10 February at 7:00 pm (EST). Find out more about the events.
Bringing together APC staff and members from around the world for the first time since 2007.
The world has witnessed in Egypt and Tunisia that when governments feel threatened not only do they censor individuals but they also try to take away the tools they use to contact and inform each other and organise. APC thinks that internet rights, such as freedom of expression and freedom of association, should not be taken from granted, and is working both globally and locally to make them a reality for all.