How is ICT use changing African societies? To what extent are ICTs fostering inclusive and participatory democracies? To what degree do they reinforce existing political and social institutions, practices and exclusions? The articles gathered in this edition of Perspectives capture the complex and plural ways in which Africans are attempting to use ICTs to democratise democracy on the continent, the challenges they face, and the valuable lessons learned.
The 29th session of the Human Rights Council is taking place from 15 June to 3 July in Geneva. Internet rights will be prominent on the Council’s agenda, with the release of a number of reports relating to the internet, including a new report on encryption and anonymity by the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression.
APC, co-organiser of the Asia Regional Consultation on Expression, Opinion and Religious Freedom, interviewed Kaye about his recent report on encryption and anonymity and strategies to promote freedom of expression in the digital age.
Human rights defenders, including activists working on gender and sexual rights, are increasingly experiencing technology-related human rights violations. As a response to these challenges, APC is carrying out an internet rights training exchange in Jakarta, the first in a series of capacity-building activities.
Founded in 1990, APC is the world’s longest-running network of civil society organisations and activists working with ICTs for social justice and sustainable development. This year we are celebrating our 25th anniversary! That’s twenty-five years of building an international network online of organisations for ICTs and social justice.
The Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) aims to build policy analysis skills and methodologies into the work of civil society organisations in the field of ICT for development, democracy and social justice. Today, it makes us very happy to announce that our latest GISWatch report on surveillance has exceeded 10,000 page hits to the main report, becoming the most read in the history of GISWatch.
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.
Statement: "We remain strongly committed to the goal of a people-centred, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society"
As civil society organisations committed to the goal of a “people-centred, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society”, APC, the International Federation of Library Associations and the Internet Democracy Project have released a statement to highlight this central goal of the World Summit on the Information Society.