New video toolkit helps achieve greater impact, especially in the global South 17 May 2019 By APCNews

The Video for Change Impact Toolkit helps activists harness the power of video to advocate for issues as pressing as extrajudicial killings in the Philippines or the death penalty in Malaysia. 

Africa in urgent need of a homegrown online rights strategy 15 May 2019 By Koliwe Majama

Participants at the Digital Rights and Inclusion Forum in Lagos, Nigeria agreed that the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms is a good starting point for the protection and promotion of online rights and freedoms on the continent, which are increasingly under threat.

APC at the Stockholm Internet Forum 2019: Defending human rights in the context of shrinking democratic spaces online 14 May 2019 By APCNews

The APC community will be actively participating in the Stockholm Internet Forum (SIF), organised by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), which is taking place 16-17 May, preceded by the activities happening at the Pre-SIF on 15 May.

Expanding the EROTICS network in South Asia Expanding the EROTICS network in South Asia 21 March 2019

As a continuation of the previous work to deepen the EROTICS network in Asia, this two-year project will expand the network of sexual rights and digital rights activists from India, Sri Lanka and Nepal and include new partners in Bangladesh, as well as strengthening the network with partners in Malaysia and Indonesia.

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.

Securing human rights online in Africa through a strong and active "African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms" network Securing human rights online in Africa through a strong and active "African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms" network 06 March 2019

In order to more effectively address threats and advance human rights online in the region, this project will build the capacity of the African Declaration Secretariat and Coalition and of civil society organisations who use it in policy development and in responding to internet-related human rights violations.

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. 

How TikTok is a platform for performance and play for women in Sri Lanka 13 May 2019 Sachini Perera for GenderIT.org

TikTok is a wildly popular short video platform and has led to myriad forms of creative and playful expressions. This piece explores videos from Sri Lanka in relation to heteronormativity, gender, and how the boundaries between the personal and public are blurred.

Digital rights and inclusion advocacy is making an impact in Africa, despite persistent challenges Nigeria 10 May 2019 Babatunde Okunoye

Over 200 delegates from across Africa and the world attended the 2019 edition of the Digital Rights and Inclusion Forum hosted by Paradigm Initiative in Lagos, Nigeria, where sessions focused on securing human rights in the digital age and expanding digital access to marginalised populations.

Responding to the Christchurch Call Christchurch 07 May 2019 Joy Liddicoat

The Call is a collaboration with the French government and a global call to a meeting in Paris on 15 May, which seeks to "bring together countries and tech companies in an attempt to bring to an end the ability to use social media to organise and promote terrorism and violent extremism."

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Inside the Information Society

David Souter writes a column for APC twice a month, 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.

CIPESA Executive Director detained at Tanzania airport
CIPESA Executive Director detained at Tanzania airport

APC stands in solidarity with Dr. Wairagala Wakabi, Executive Director of the Uganda-based Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA), who was detained and finally deported upon arrival at the International Airport in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Hashtag Palestine 2018: An Overview of Digital Rights Abuses of Palestinians
Hashtag Palestine 2018: An Overview of Digital Rights Abuses of Palestinians

7amleh – The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media launched its annual report on  Palestinian digital rights. The report details violations by governments, authorities, international technology companies and Palestinian society.

State of media and digital freedoms report in Pakistan 2018
State of media and digital freedoms report in Pakistan 2018

The report touches upon various issues including violent and regulatory actions against the media, online censorship, the right to information regime, disinformation, internet disconnections, data protection, and legislative developments related to cyberspace.

Chad must end its year-long blackout of social media
Chad must end its year-long blackout of social media

APC joined African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) members and other organisations that work to promote freedom of expression offline and online across the globe to express deep concern about the shutdown of social media platforms by the government of Chad over the past 11 months.

HRC40: States should defend environmental human rights defenders
HRC40: States should defend environmental human rights defenders

As negotiations at the Human Rights Council enter their final phase, APC and over 150 other civil society organisations join ISHR's call on all states and civil society to use the remaining days to work towards the adoption of a strong resolution on environmental human rights defenders.

Free To Be Mobile: Ensuring that women, girls, queer and trans persons can inhabit digital spaces freely and fearlessly
Free To Be Mobile: Ensuring that women, girls, queer and trans persons can inhabit digital spaces freely and fearlessly

APC member Point of View launches Free To Be Mobile, a publication that features ten stories of teenagers, women, trans and queer persons, and their experiences of digital violence.

HRC40: Oral statement highlighting the shrinking of civic space online
HRC40: Oral statement highlighting the shrinking of civic space online

APC echoes the deep alarm expressed by the Secretary-General at the opening of this session over the shrinking of civic space online. We highlight the disturbing trend of internet shutdowns, which in violation of international law, restrict a range of rights and harm communities.

Cultural rights for all: The UN must continue to support the mandate of the Special Rapporteur
Cultural rights for all: The UN must continue to support the mandate of the Special Rapporteur

The Association for Women’s Rights in Development and the Association for Progressive Communications delivered this statement during the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on cultural rights during the 40th session of the Human Rights Council.

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