APC has a new board of directors for the period 2020-2023 04 December 2020 By APCNews

    Every three years, APC members, through their member representatives on the APC council, elect between four and seven directors from among council representatives nominated by members. Here we introduce the members of the new board and share their reflections on what lies ahead for APC.

    EngageMedia's Pretty Good Podcast: How digital rights challenges reflect democratic ones in Myanmar 04 December 2020 By EngageMedia

    Following the recently concluded elections in Myanmar, EngageMedia sits down with Maung Zarni, Burmese scholar and co-founder of Forces of Renewal Southeast Asia (FORSEA), to discuss how the poll results tie into the bigger digital rights challenges that the country is facing today.

    APC 30th anniversary: Our members share their vision for APC in the next 10 years 03 December 2020 By APCNews

    In 2020, the Association for Progressive Communications turns 30 years old, and to commemorate this special date we have asked the members of our network about their vision for APC in the next 10 years to come.

    Connecting the Unconnected: Supporting community networks and other community-based connectivity initiatives Connecting the Unconnected: Supporting community networks and other community-based connectivity initiatives 11 March 2019

    This project will contribute to an enabling ecosystem for the emergence and growth of community networks and other community-based connectivity initiatives in developing countries. It is part of a multi-year, multi-donor strategy envisaged to address the human capacity and sustainability challenges, along with the policy and regulatory obstacles, that limit the growth of community-based connectivity initiatives.

    Challenging hate narratives and violations of freedom of religion and expression online in Asia Challenging hate narratives and violations of freedom of religion and expression online in Asia 18 December 2018

    This project seeks to protect and promote respect for freedom of religion and expression on the internet, particularly by countering hate speech online on the basis of religion, and generating narratives and discourse that defend secular and diverse opinions touching upon religion. The three-year project focuses on five countries in South and Southeast Asia: Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Myanmar and Pakistan. 

    FIRN: Feminist Internet Research Network FIRN: Feminist Internet Research Network 15 November 2018

    The Feminist Internet Research Network is a three-and-a-half-year collaborative and multidisciplinary research project led by APC, funded by the International Development Research Centre. The project draws on the study “Mapping research in gender and digital technology”, and the Feminist Principles of the Internet collectively crafted by feminists and activists, primarily located in the global South. 

    Global Information Society Watch Global Information Society Watch 30 August 2010

    Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) is an annual report co-produced by the APC network and partners, which looks at the progress being made in creating an inclusive information society worldwide (particularly in implementing WSIS goals), encourages critical debate, and strengthens networking and advocacy for a just, inclusive information society.

    Include LGBTIAQ+ voices in internet governance conversations 03 December 2020 Nyx McLean for GenderIT.org

    Throughout the sessions I have been sitting in at this year’s Internet Governance Forum (IGF), one thought has continuously come to mind: Where is the LGBTIAQ+ community in all of this? We cannot ignore LGBTIAQ+ people in our conversations on the internet, especially not in spaces like the IGF.

    Amidst hate speech, hoaxes and fake news, CIPG report finds that Indonesian media played it safe during 2019 presidential election coverage 03 December 2020 APCNews

    Did the proliferation of hate speech, hoaxes and fake news affect the result of Indonesia’s 2019 presidential elections? Was the media able to fact check their own news and coverage? These are some of the questions explored in this new report by the Center for Innovation, Policy and Governance.

    Regulating freedom of association amidst the COVID-19 response in South Africa 02 December 2020 Tusi Fokane for CIPESA

    The global infodemic accelerated in part by the COVID-19 pandemic has raised important debates on how best to respond to the proliferation of false and misleading information online. The Report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression addressed the critical issue of misinformation.

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    David Souter writes a weekly column for APC, looking at different aspects of the information society, development and rights. David’s pieces take a fresh look at many of the issues that concern APC and its members, with the aim of provoking discussion and debate. Issues covered include internet governance and sustainable development, human rights and the environment, policy, practice and the use of ICTs by individuals and communities.

    "We will observe the evaluation and preparatory trial hearing of the Ola Bini case"
    "We will observe the evaluation and preparatory trial hearing of the Ola Bini case"

    Ola Bini is a computer expert and human rights defender facing a political-judicial process in Ecuador since April 2019. The undersigned Ecuadorian and international civil society organisations have set up a mission to observe the preparatory hearing and trial evaluation of 3 December 2020.

    Joint civil society statement on the outcomes of the UN General Assembly Third Committee 75th session
    Joint civil society statement on the outcomes of the UN General Assembly Third Committee 75th session

    This joint statement from APC and other civil society organisations around the world addresses the outcomes of the most recent session of the UNGA Third Committee.

    Joint letter in solidarity with the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights
    Joint letter in solidarity with the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights

    The undersigned organisations express their deepest concern about the unprecedented escalation against EIPR, one of Egypt’s oldest and most reputable human rights organisations, including the arbitrary arrest and detention of three EIPR employees by Egyptian security forces since 15 November.

    Unshackling Expression: A study on online freedom of expression in Indonesia
    Unshackling Expression: A study on online freedom of expression in Indonesia

    This report aims to provide an overview of the fulfilment and protection of online freedom of expression, identify specific issues related to laws that are often used against it, and also provide recommendations for improvements related to online freedom of expression in Indonesia.

    APC policy explainer: A human rights-based approach to cybersecurity
    APC policy explainer: A human rights-based approach to cybersecurity

    A human rights-based approach to cybersecurity means putting people at the centre and ensuring that there is trust and security in networks and devices that reinforce, rather than threaten, human security. APC explains why, where and how we work on this issue.

    Consumer and digital rights groups call on the international joint initiative on e-commerce to safeguard data protection and privacy
    Consumer and digital rights groups call on the international joint initiative on e-commerce to safeguard data protection and privacy

    This joint statement calls on countries participating in the WTO negotiations on global rules to make it easier for consumers and companies to trade online to design a deal that puts people at its the centre and fully protect their rights.

    Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: A guide to circular economies of digital devices (A preview)
    Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: A guide to circular economies of digital devices (A preview)

    Digital technologies can help us fight climate change, environmental degradation and pollution, but we must significantly reduce their impact on the planet. One of the key strategies in mitigating this impact is to treat the devices as part of circular economies. This edition of this gu...

    Joint letter calling for reforms to EU funding to ensure the right to privacy
    Joint letter calling for reforms to EU funding to ensure the right to privacy

    In this joint letter, APC, Privacy International and other civil society organisations raise their concerns over the funding and development of projects and initiatives which threaten the right to privacy and other fundamental rights, such as freedom of expression and freedom of assembly.

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