For those of us who have access to it, the internet has become an essential part of our daily information and communication needs. However millions of people still do not have affordable, reliable or sufficient connectivity. APC believes the internet is a global public good. Founded in 1990, we are an international network and non-profit organisation that wants everyone to have access to a free and open internet to improve our lives and create a more just world.

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Looking back to move ahead: A recap of the WSIS+10 Overall Review

NEW YORK 23 July 2015 (Deborah Brown for APCNews)

The 2005 UN World Summit on the Information Society set the tone for global discussions on internet and society that continue to dominate the sector. At the end of 2015, the UN General Assembly is holding a high-level meeting to review the WSIS, which again will profoundly shape the debate in the short and long term.

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APC welcomes appointment of UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy

17 July 2015 (APC for APCNews)

APC welcomes the appointment of Mr. Joseph Cannataci as the first United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy, which was announced on 3 July. Cannataci’s appointment is a historic step to address the right to privacy at the global level.

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Imagine a Feminist Internet: The conversation is on!

PERGAMINO 17 July 2015 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNoticias)

The second Imagine a Feminist Internet meeting organised by the Association for Progressive Communications will take place in Malaysia on 22-24 July 2015, as a continuation of the space opened in 2014. Share your analysis and thoughts on how you imagine a feminist internet using #imagineafeministinternet and join the conversation on Twitter!

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Whistleblowers need strong legal protections to protect them from retaliation

17 July 2015 (APC for APCNews)

APC submits a statement to UN special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, that makes the case that whistleblowers need strong legal protections to protect them from retaliation and enable them to report offences safely and freely.

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The Draft Online Regulation Policy of the Film and Publication Board of South Africa would allow classification of user-generated content

15 July 2015 (APC for APCNews)

On 4 March 2015, the Film and Publication Board (FPB) gazetted the Draft Online Regulation Policy and opened it for public comment. In effect the policy would allow the FPB, at its discretion, to classify user-generated content on any online content platform.

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Inspiring Gender and Internet Governance eXchange in Asia

PERGAMINO 15 July 2015 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

APC in collaboration with the Foundation for Media Alternatives held a successful two-day event in late June where advocates from the Asia region came together to exchange knowledge on the intersections of women’s rights and internet governance. Read all about the feminist talks inspired by the event here, and stay tuned for information on the next stop: LAC gigX on 1-2 August in Mexico.

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ICANN's new proposal will endanger domain owners and impact those who come from marginalised communities

10 July 2015 (APC for APCNews)

APC’s research shows that the reality of online abuse should be a serious concern for all those working on internet governance, development and access. Initiatives like ICANN’s new Domain Registration proposal are steps in the opposite direction.

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“We need to avoid a situation where the DNS is used to police content”: A conversation with ICANN's Rafik Dammak

BUENOS AIRES 2 July 2015 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

APC attended the 53rd meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) that took place in Buenos Aires on 21-25 June 2015. We interviewed Rafik Dammak, a Tunisian engineer living in Tokyo, who is an APC individual member and chair of the Non-Commercial Stakeholder Group at ICANN. He explains why internet rights activists should get involved in ICANN, since any policy around domain names has a dramatic and global effect.

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APC hosts “open web” advocate for 2015 Ford-Mozilla fellowship

MONTREAL 2 July 2015 (Mallory Knodel for APCNews)

APC will host Andrea Del Río, a participant in the 2015 Open Web Fellows programme, which is an international leadership initiative by the Ford Foundation and Mozilla. For the next 10 months, Del Río will use her cutting-edge technology skills alongside APC policy experts to safeguard the internet as a global public resource.

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WSIS+10: APC's statement on 'The way forward: Harnessing information and communications technologies for development'

NEW YORK 2 July 2015 (APC for APCNews)

Much still needs to be done to realise the WSIS goal of a “people-centered, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society”, where everyone can create, access, use and share information to fully promote sustainable development and improve their quality of life.

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Internet Governance Forum 2014: Results from the Gender Report Card

22 June 2015 (APC)

Since 2011, APC’s Women’s Rights Programme has been compiling Gender Report Cards to monitor and assess the level of gender parity and inclusion at the IGF’s workshop sessions. Check out the results for 2014 IGF!

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Women activists exchanging knowledge on gender and internet governance

PERGAMINO 19 June 2015 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

Between June and September 2015, APC will hold three Gender and Internet Governance eXchanges (gigX), two-day meetings prior to the regional Internet Governance Forums in Asia, Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean, where activists will come together to share knowledge on the intersections of gender and internet governance. The first gigX, organised in collaboration with Foundation for Media Alternatives, will take place on 29-30 June 2015 in Macau.

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Pulling apart the patriarchy: GenderIT.org edition in commemoration of Heike Jensen

18 June 2015 (GenderIT.org for GenderIT.org)

This edition is in tribute to this amazing woman who contributed to our ability to question, interrogate and rebuild the institutions and architecture of the internet in more equitable ways. We hope that through this edition, readers will be driven not only to investigate Heike’s work more deeply, but also to engage in the deeper project of imagining, sharing and building an internet and a broader future without the shackles of patriarchy.

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HRC29: Freedom of expression and association is deteriorating in Malaysia

GENEVA 18 June 2015 (APCNews)

At the Human Rights Council, Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) and the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) delivered a joint statement calling for urgent attention to the deteriorating situation in Malaysia with regards to the rights to freedom of expression and association.

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HRC29: Encryption and anonymity are key for people who face discrimination and persecution based on their sexual orientation and gender identity

GENEVA 17 June 2015 (APC for APCNews)

APC together with the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission and the International Lesbian and Gay Association delivered a joint statement highlighting the importance of encryption and anonymity for people who face discrimination and persecution based on their sexual orientation and gender identity.

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    The second Imagine a Feminist Internet meeting organised by the Association for Progressive Communications will take place in Malaysia on 22-24 July 2015, as a continuation of the space opened in 2014. We will be tweeting on #imagineafeministinternet and we invite you to participate in the conversation by engaging with the hashtag and following @takebackthetech!

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