Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica) 2019 to take place in Addis Ababa in September 22 August 2019 By CIPESA

Hosted by CIPESA, the Forum convenes stakeholders from across the internet governance and online rights arenas in Africa and beyond to deliberate on gaps, concerns and opportunities for advancing privacy, free expression, non-discrimination and the free flow of information online.

Colnodo, access to spectrum and community networks: “Quality connectivity in rural areas is possible” Cauca 13 August 2019 By APCNews

This pilot project involves mounting a mobile telephone network in the municipality of Buenos Aires, Cauca. We spoke with Colnodo director Julián Casasbuenas about the use of spectrum in Colombia and how important it is for the communities involved to be able to use it directly.

Making a feminist internet: Movement building in a digital age in Africa 12 August 2019 By APCNews

The APC Women's Rights Programme is organising a four-day "Making a feminist internet: Movement building in a digital age in Africa" convening from 28 to 31 October 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Interested? Find out here how to apply!

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. 

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?

Kondoa Community Network: Breaking gender digital divides 21 August 2019 Rebecca Ryakitimbo for GenderIT.org

Community networks provide alternatives to internet access infrastructure that is controlled by either companies or the state. In the remote area where Kondoa Community Network works, even patchy services have been helpful to ensure access to better education and medical services. 

A response to "The age of the feminist influencer" 16 August 2019 Sheena Magenya for GenderIT.org

How we organise around shared causes and beliefs has changed with the internet. This piece looks at how the internet allows leadership to be decentralised, and responds to the idea that the age of influencers is necessarily a bad thing.  

Enabling community participation of young girls and women: Janastu community mesh radio network 01 August 2019 Sarbani Banerjee Belur

As part of the “Connecting the Unconnected” project, Sarbani Banerjee Belur of Gram Marg, an India-based member organisation in the project’s peer learning community, recently visited the Janastu Community Mesh Radio Network initiated by Servelots in the village of Halekote, Karnataka.

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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.

APC statement against communications shutdown in Jammu and Kashmir
APC statement against communications shutdown in Jammu and Kashmir

APC condemns the prolonged and intentional disruption of communications services in Jammu and Kashmir by the government of India. Communications blackouts often precede other violations of human rights, and given the history of widespread abuse of rights in Kashmir, this is particularly worrying.

Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Community-led small-scale telecommunication infrastructure networks in the global South
Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Community-led small-scale telecommunication infrastructure networks in the global South

To document the benefits of, and challenges facing, small-scale, community-based connectivity projects, APC researchers visited 12 rural community networks in the global South in 2018 and studied a number of others through desk research and interviews. 

APC and 7amleh statement at Human Rights Council echoes alarm over unlawful surveillance
APC and 7amleh statement at Human Rights Council echoes alarm over unlawful surveillance

Oral Statement Delivered during clustered interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteurs on the right to freedom of opinion and expression and on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association Human Rights Council 41st Session.

Joint statement on the internet shutdown in Rakhine and Chin States by digital rights organisations and other civil society organisations
Joint statement on the internet shutdown in Rakhine and Chin States by digital rights organisations and other civil society organisations

APC supports the call to the Myanmar government to immediately lift all restrictions on internet access and to restore telecommunication unconditionally to full capacity in the nine townships of Rakhine and Chin States.

Feminist Internet Research Domains of Change: Planning and assessment
Feminist Internet Research Domains of Change: Planning and assessment

The Feminist Internet Research Domains of Change diagram created and explored through the FIRN inception meeting is designed to provide a framework for research project planning that can identify and prioritise specific fields where impact can be made; identify strategies towards that impact by s...

Feminist internet ethical research practices
Feminist internet ethical research practices

This practices document builds on feminist politics and values, and existing or conventional ethical requirements and frameworks for researchers. It draws from decades of feminist work in relation to ethics, care, intersectionality, positionality and standpoint, and also more recently on work in ...

APC statement to the UN High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation
APC statement to the UN High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation

On 10 June 2019, the UN High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation's report was made public and the Secretary-General and members of the Panel held a briefing at the UN General Assembly. APC had the opportunity to participate in the briefing and made the following statement.

Free Ola Bini: APC and ARTICLE 19 support UN petitions against serious rights violation
Free Ola Bini: APC and ARTICLE 19 support UN petitions against serious rights violation

The Association for Progressive Communications and ARTICLE 19 strongly support the statement issued by the different United Nations bodies against the unwarranted punishment of Ola and join the manifested expressions of deep concern at the gaps in the legal process.

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