Connecting rural South Africa: The case for community networks Pretoria 05 October 2018 By APCNews

“There is so much potential in rural South Africa, and with a little bit of capacity building, a lot of things could happen around affordable internet access,” said Carlos Rey-Moreno of APC's Local Access Networks project at the end of a workshop with the Technology Innovation Agency.

South Africa: Civil society organisations test government’s commitment to human rights at the United Nations 02 October 2018 By APC and others

South Africa risks continued failures to fulfil its human rights obligations to people if the government’s austerity policy is maintained, civil society organisations have warned at the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

Sixth African School on Internet Governance to take place in Zanzibar, 11-16 October 2018 Zanzibar 01 October 2018 By APCNews

The School's primary goal is to give Africans from multiple sectors and stakeholder groups the opportunity to gain knowledge that will enable them to participate in internet governance processes and debates at the national, regional and global levels.

Local Access Networks: Can the unconnected connect themselves? Local Access Networks: Can the unconnected connect themselves? 31 August 2017

This project aims to address the following questions: Are local access infrastructure models a viable alternative to connecting the unconnected, and if so, what are the circumstances that make them successful? What are the benefits to the local community in terms of well-being, gender equity and social or economic development where connectivity infrastructure is locally owned?

African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG) African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG) 22 March 2017

AfriSIG is a multistakeholder training initiative that aims to give Africans from diverse sectors and stakeholder groups the opportunity to gain knowledge and confidence to participate effectively in internet governance processes and debates. 

Building EROTICS Networks in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka Building EROTICS Networks in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka 25 April 2016

Building on a strong pre-existing coalition, this project will strengthen the participation of an already participating country (India, with active network member Point of View), and bring in new actors from two new countries:  Sri Lanka, with Women and Media Collective, and Nepal, with LOOM.

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.

AfriSIG 2018: Overview of the EuroSIG2018 and AfriSIG2018 Internet Society’s Collaborative internet governance project workshop experience Zanzibar 17 October 2018 Adewale Idowu Anthony

The Internet Society’s Collaborative Internet Governance Project Workshop, facilitated by Larry Strickling and Fiona Asonga of the Internet Society (ISOC), evaluates different negotiation processes by exploring multiple case studies and scenarios. The purpose of the event is to help fellows from the school of internet governance to build their capacity for effective negotiation in complex, real-life situations.

AfriSIG 2018: Reflecting on multistakeholder engagement in Africa Zanzibar 16 October 2018 Koliwe Majama

This year’s African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG) was preceded by a two-day skills training workshop, facilitated by the Internet Society, aimed to equip fellows with the skills to effectively participate in multistakeholder discussions.

AriSIG 2018: How does the General Data Protection Regulation affect Africa? Zanzibar 16 October 2018 Afi Edoh (Afia Faith)

One of the ways the African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG) equips leading African scholars and activists from diverse sectors, backgrounds and ages to participate in local and international internet governance structures is through a hands-on practicum. This practical exercise is intended to give AfriSIG fellows the chance to participate in multistakeholder decision-making, using available methods and processes in a realistic environment, while discussing an issue related to internet governance.

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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.

The internet of memory: Stories from the APC community

What were information and communication technologies like in the 1980s and 1990s? What are the stories of the genesis and evolution of non-profit computer networks working for social change? Twice a month, this section will take a historical look at the APC community's journey of internet activism and make links to where we are now. Join Jennifer Radloff in this retrospective trip exploring the connections between the past and the present.

APC calls for strong data protection safeguards following Supreme Court of India's verdict on Aadhar, India's biometric identity programme
APC calls for strong data protection safeguards following Supreme Court of India's verdict on Aadhar, India's biometric identity programme

APC calls on the government of India to adopt and implement strong data protection safeguards in view of the Supreme Court of India's verdict upholding the constitutionality of Aadhar, India's unique biometric identity programme.

Women's digital inclusion: Background paper for the G20
Women's digital inclusion: Background paper for the G20

This briefing, jointly published by the Internet Society and APC, outlines ways in which policy makers can facilitate the internet’s positive potential through an enabling framework for women’s digital inclusion.

Contribution from APC to the 2018 Internet Governance Forum Best Practice Forum on Cybersecurity
Contribution from APC to the 2018 Internet Governance Forum Best Practice Forum on Cybersecurity

The 2018 IGF Best Practice Forum on Cybersecurity issued a call for contributions to gain perspectives from all interested stakeholders on existing norms development efforts, how those norms are being implemented, and whether they are successful.

HRC 39: Calling on states to halt the dismantling of our human rights systems
HRC 39: Calling on states to halt the dismantling of our human rights systems

APC, the Association for Women’s Rights in Development, the Coalition of African Lesbians and the Sexual Rights Initiative call upon states to speak out and counter anti-rights propaganda and the dismantling of the global and African human rights mechanisms.

Mapping Segregation: Google Maps and the Human Rights of Palestinians
Mapping Segregation: Google Maps and the Human Rights of Palestinians

This report by 7amleh – Arab Center for Social Media Advancement reveals new insights about how Google Maps’ mapping process in the occupied Palestinian territories serves the interests of the Israeli government and contradicts Google’s commitment to international human rights frameworks.

HRC 39: Oral Statement on Cybercrime Law and Media Regulation Law in Egypt
HRC 39: Oral Statement on Cybercrime Law and Media Regulation Law in Egypt

The Cybercrime Law and the Media Regulation Law in Egypt represent an attempt to impose full control over the flow of information online, in what seems to be an effort to close the space for public debate and prevent the exercise of the fundamental right to freedom of expression.  

Open letter on the establishment of the UN Secretary General's High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation
Open letter on the establishment of the UN Secretary General's High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation

There is a clear need for greater cooperation in the digital sphere and we hope that the panel brings a fresh approach to this Digital Cooperation. 

India: Decriminalisation must pave the way to positive rights
India: Decriminalisation must pave the way to positive rights

The Association for Progressive Communications welcomes the verdict of the Supreme Court of India on 6 September 2018 decriminalising consensual sex between all adults, irrespective of gender.

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