A call to action to defy internet shutdowns and suppression of political opinion online London 05 December 2019 By GreenNet

GreenNet, the ethical internet service provider that has been connecting people and groups since 1986, suffered a DDoS attack on 22 and 23 November 2019. Forensic examinations revealed that the attack was targeted at an organisation publishing new research that weekend.

Anriette Esterhuysen, new chair of IGF Multistakeholder Advisory Group, will strive to ensure the global South is part of the conversation 05 December 2019

An announcement by UN Secretary-General António Guterres at the opening of the 2019 Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Berlin made particularly big waves in the APC community: his appointment of Anriette Esterhuysen as the new chair of the IGF’s Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG).

Meet the projects funded by catalytic intervention grants to create a more sustainable community network environment 05 December 2019 By APCNews

Catalytic intervention grants aim to support a more sustainable community network environment. Eleven community network projects from different regions were selected, and we want you to meet them and the organisations and representatives behind them.

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. 

Take Back the Tech! Take Back the Tech! 10 December 2007

Take Back the Tech! is a call to everyone, especially women and girls, to take control of technology to end violence against women. It is a global, collaborative campaign project that highlights the problem of tech-related violence against women, together with research and solutions from around the world. Take Back the Tech! leads several campaigns at various points in the year, but our biggest annual campaign takes place during 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (25 Nov - 10 Dec).

Inside the Digital Society: Where next for the IGF? London 02 December 2019

The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) met last week, for the fourteenth time. I’m one of the few, I suspect, that has been to every one. Some background – because not everyone knows about the IGF. Some comments on its progress. And some challenges for Anriette Esterhuysen, who has just been appointed by the UN Secretary General to chair the IGF’s Multistakeholder Advisory Group.

Making a Feminist Internet in Africa: The importance of including the most marginalised among us 28 November 2019 Fabiola Ingabire

Organised by the APC Women’s Rights Programme, the four-day MFI convening brought together feminists from 18 African countries to contribute towards the ongoing work of collectively imagining and locating diverse understandings and experiences of digital technologies and spaces.

Where is feminism in the Hong Kong protests? Issues in the context of the anti-extradition movement 27 November 2019 Petula - Sik Ying Ho for GenderIT.org

In this article about the recent uprising in Hong Kong against the control of the Beijing government, we take a look at the complexities that feminists and LGBTIQ+ activists have to live with, in spite of working for freedom and democracy alongside and in movements.

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Inside the Digital 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.

Global Information Society Watch 2019 - Artificial intelligence: Human rights, social justice and development
Global Information Society Watch 2019 - Artificial intelligence: Human rights, social justice and development

While pointing to the positive use of AI to enable rights in ways that were not easily possible before, this edition of GISWatch highlights the real threats that we need to pay attention to if we are going to build an AI-embedded future that enables human dignity.

APC priorities for the 14th Internet Governance Forum
APC priorities for the 14th Internet Governance Forum

The 14th edition of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), the United Nations’ most significant multistakeholder platform for discussing internet governance, is taking place in Berlin from 25 to 29 November. These are APC's priorities for IGF 2019.

Statement of solidarity against the legal harassment of Malaysian author by local authorities
Statement of solidarity against the legal harassment of Malaysian author by local authorities

We condemn the blatant attacks on Maryam Lee’s constitutional and internationally guaranteed rights, which are also inconsistent with commitments made by Malaysia at the Human Rights Council to repeal laws that restrict fundamental freedoms.

Online content: To regulate or not to regulate – is that the question?
Online content: To regulate or not to regulate – is that the question?

Recently there have been a flurry of proposals to “regulate the internet”, which in practice boils down to more narrowly regulating online content. In order to suggest a principles-based approach to regulation, this issue paper highlights positive and negative aspects of some recent initiativ...

GISWatch 2019 Sneak Peek! Read a selection of full-length reports on AI and human rights
GISWatch 2019 Sneak Peek! Read a selection of full-length reports on AI and human rights

The 2019 edition of Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) will be officially launching next month, and this is your chance to have a first look at full-length content through this special GISWatch 2019 Sneak Peek!

Digital rights in the context of protests and social mobilisation in Ecuador in October 2019
Digital rights in the context of protests and social mobilisation in Ecuador in October 2019

This report aims to outline the interruptions and their effects on certain social networks, mobile communications, websites and internet connections in the context of the recent national political crisis and social mobilisation in Ecuador in October 2019 against the austerity measures adopted as ...

Statement of regional solidarity against attacks on digital rights activists in Southeast Asia
Statement of regional solidarity against attacks on digital rights activists in Southeast Asia

A group of human rights activists and organisations from Southeast Asia are calling to stop the attacks on democracy and media activists, as well as other individuals-at-risk, for their expression online. 

APC Annual Report 2018
APC Annual Report 2018

APC's 2018 Annual Report offers an engaging dive into one year in the network's life. All the 67 stories are clustered under the six priority areas that have informed APC's work from 2016 until 2019: Access, rights, a feminist internet, governance, use and development and APC community. 

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