APC's Karen Banks wins Oxford Internet Institute Award 22 September 2018 By APCNews

Computer networking pioneer Karen Banks, APC's director of operations and a former core part of GreenNet, an APC founding member, was recognised with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

New APC member Damián Loreti: “Media laws are part of the political and legal battlefield” 21 September 2018 By APCNews

APCNews spoke with Damián Loreti, a new APC individual member and one of the leading experts on freedom of expression in Latin America, on the progress and setbacks in this area in Argentina and the rest of the region.

Free spectrum and freedom of expression in the 21st century 21 September 2018 By Adriano Belisário

Based on a review of the basic concepts regarding electromagnetic spectrum and its management, this article explores a few differences between the notions of “free spectrum” and “open spectrum” in order to understand some challenges related to freedom of expression in the 21st century.

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, an initiative co-organised by APC and NEPAD, 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.

I’m headed to AfriSIG 2018 and here’s why… 20 September 2018 Babatunde Okunoye

The African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG), organised by APC and the African Union Commission, has emerged as the leading platform for developing the next generation of internet governance professionals in Africa.

Right to Know - Episode 1: Into the Media Dark 17 September 2018 Andrew Garton

In this first episode, we discover what the United Nations Development Programme means by India's media dark, we find a broadband wireless tower made entirely from junk, and children from different castes sing together on a videoconferencing platform in Rajasthan.

How to use social media for activism 23 August 2018 Nana Darkoa for GenderIT.org

Here are some tips and insights on how to use social media for activism and movement building. These are learnings from the vocal and active African feminists who have used the internet and social media to amplify their causes.

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Inside the Information Society

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.

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.

Statement opposing Egypt’s legalisation of website blocking and communications surveillance
Statement opposing Egypt’s legalisation of website blocking and communications surveillance

The Cybercrime Law and Media Regulation Law are only the latest steps in the Egyptian government’s attempts to impose full control over the flow of information online. These actions must be opposed in order to defend Egyptians’ human rights.

Social Media Exchange, Lebanon: A Snapshot of Digital Rights Coverage in the Middle East and North Africa
Social Media Exchange, Lebanon: A Snapshot of Digital Rights Coverage in the Middle East and North Africa

APC member in Lebanon Social Media Exchange (SMEX) published this piece on digital rights issues in the Middle East and North Africa.

Foundation for Media Alternatives: Freedom of Information and Data Protection in the Philippines
Foundation for Media Alternatives: Freedom of Information and Data Protection in the Philippines

Freedom of information is the fundamental right of an individual to access information under the control or custody of the government. By its very nature, it sits at the core of any democratic nation.

Tanzania: Joint civil society letter calls on Human Rights Council member states to address crackdown on human rights
Tanzania: Joint civil society letter calls on Human Rights Council member states to address crackdown on human rights

Ahead of the 39th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in September 2018, 30 NGOs joined together to send an open letter to HRC member states, calling on them to address the ongoing crackdown on civic space and human rights backsliding in Tanzania.

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