UN Committee: Accessible and affordable internet is critical for economic, social and cultural rights in South Africa 21 November 2018 By Mehar Gujral for APCNews

With its appearance at the Committee, South Africa has recognised the essential role of access to the internet as an enabler of rights. It is critical for the government to continue to engage with civil society and other stakeholders to advance rights-based approaches to internet access.

What's new on the spectrum? “We need more tools in the spectrum briefcase”: Discussing approaches to access with Mike Jensen 20 November 2018 By APCNews

Internet access specialist Mike Jensen elaborates on the need for “more tools in the spectrum briefcase”, the challenges of changing restrictive regulation and the other key factors to developing connectivity beyond access to spectrum.

Holding out for internet rights, access and use: Karen Banks recognised with Lifetime Achievement Award 16 November 2018 By APCNews

APC congratulates Karen Banks for being recognised with the Oxford Internet Institute Lifetime Achievement Award 2018 for her extraordinary, unique and long-lasting contributions towards the development, use and study of the internet for the public good.

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 (IDRC). 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. 

All Women Count: Take Back the Tech! All Women Count: Take Back the Tech! 04 September 2017

All Women Count: Take Back the Tech! is a four-year project from 2017 to 2020 being coordinated by APC’s Women's Rights Programme under the All Women Count consortium. The consortium’s concern is violence against women, in particular violence experienced by women, girls and trans* people at risk. 

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?

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).

5 thoughts on online content moderation from an insider 21 November 2018 Nada for GenderIT.org

What does content moderation on social media actually entail? How much artificial intelligence and human labour is being used, who is responsible for decisions around the removal of content or what complaints to ignore? An insider from social media companies shares five concise insights.

Meltdown of protections for data and privacy in Tanzania for LGBTQIA and others Tanzania 20 November 2018 Rebecca Ryakitimbo for GenderIT.org

The clampdown on gays and non-heteronormative people in Tanzania has been in the news, and while it seems it is the agenda of certain groups and people in the government, it is essential to examine the privacy, data and censorship implications of targeting LGBTQIA+ people online.

Online abuse: A monster that silences and curtails women's rights online Ghana 20 November 2018 Doreen Raheena Sulleyman for GenderIT.org

Online abuse and harassment prevent women from realising their full rights online. In this article we look at specific instances of harassment of women online in Ghana, and what needs to be done to ensure full and meaningful internet access for women.

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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.

Letter to the EU Council: Stand for citizen’s rights and the European digital economy in the copyright negotiations
Letter to the EU Council: Stand for citizen’s rights and the European digital economy in the copyright negotiations

On 19 November 2018, EDRi, together with 53 other NGOs, including APC, sent a letter to the Council of the European Union. The letter draws attention to the ongoing concerns regarding the proposal on copyright in the Digital Single Market, ahead of a crucial meeting on 23 November.

An open letter to Mark Zuckerberg: The World's Freedom of Expression is in Your Hands
An open letter to Mark Zuckerberg: The World's Freedom of Expression is in Your Hands

The undersigned civil society organizations, call on Facebook to provide a mechanism for all of its users to appeal content restrictions, and, in every case, to have the appealed decision re-reviewed by a human moderator.

Global Information Society Watch 2018: Community Networks
Global Information Society Watch 2018: Community Networks

The 43 country reports and eight thematic reports in this year's GISWatch focus on community networks, defined as “communication networks built, owned, operated, and used by citizens in a participatory and open manner.”

FABRICS: Emerging Artificial Intelligence Readiness
FABRICS: Emerging Artificial Intelligence Readiness

FABRICS is an unpacking of artificial intelligence and an investigation of the regulatory challenges to AI and artificial decision making, in particular the “right to explanation” arising from the EU General Regulation on Data Protection (GDPR).

APC priorities for the 13th Internet Governance Forum
APC priorities for the 13th Internet Governance Forum

These are APC's priorities for the 13th Internet Governance Forum (IGF), Paris, 2018.

Media Matters for Democracy, Pakistan: Bottlenecks, incompetence and abuse of power
Media Matters for Democracy, Pakistan: Bottlenecks, incompetence and abuse of power

This study presents a brief overview of the implementation of Pakistan's Prevention of Electronic Crime Act. 

In defense of freedom of expression and the right to communicate: Intervozes' public note on the 2018 presidential elections in Brazil
In defense of freedom of expression and the right to communicate: Intervozes' public note on the 2018 presidential elections in Brazil

As an organisation that has been active for 15 years in defending freedom of expression and political expression and in advocating for the right to communicate, in a commitment to consolidate democracy and promote human dignity, Intervozes from Brazil, considers that the election of Jair Bol...

Saudi Arabia: Kingdom must be held to account for suppression of dissent, following murder of journalist and widespread arrest of women’s rights defenders
Saudi Arabia: Kingdom must be held to account for suppression of dissent, following murder of journalist and widespread arrest of women’s rights defenders

We the undersigned civil society organisations call on the international community, including the United Nations, multilateral and regional institutions as well as democratic governments committed to the freedom of expression, to take immediate steps to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for grave hum...

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