Free online course on media freedom in Africa 29 May 2020 By APCNews

    The University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg is launching the third iteration of their online course Media Freedom and Freedom of Expression in Africa. The updated version includes a session on African media in the time of COVID-19 as well as the impact of the pandemic on journalists....

    Coconet: Singing about global issues and COVID-19 with the Marapu community 29 May 2020 By Fendi Widianto and Joseph Lamont for Coconet

    Amid the current COVID-19 pandemic, health recommendations need to be conveyed to communities in remote areas that are separated both by distance and by the minority languages they speak. One medium that can be used to convey public messages is through song.   

    KICTANet: Online gender-based violence in times of COVID-19 29 May 2020 By Cecilia Maundu for KICTANet

    Online violence against women during this pandemic has taken a turn for the worst. The "keyboard warriors”, as they are popularly known, have gone to the extent of cyberbullying victims of coronavirus.

    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. 

    Global Information Society Watch Global Information Society Watch 30 August 2010

    Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) is an annual report co-produced by the APC network and partners, which looks at the progress being made in creating an inclusive information society worldwide (particularly in implementing WSIS goals), encourages critical debate, and strengthens networking and advocacy for a just, inclusive information society.

    Community Networks Stories: "Pink... the colour of my internet" 28 May 2020 Anjali Vajre for Gram Marg Rural Broadband

    Anjali Vajre shares a personal account of how the connectivity enabled by the Gram Marg Rural Broadband project has changed her life and how she would like to use the skills she has gained to empower other women in her village.

    Cummunity standards 27 May 2020 Morgan Barbour for GenderIT

    Globally there has been a recorded surge of domestic violence against women especially, but has there been an increase in violence online? Morgan Barbour shares how she has dealt with increased violence and harassment online since the lockdown began, and how it is now part of her art.  

    Who run the Instagram Live? Girls! 27 May 2020 Joshua Muyiwa for GenderIT

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Shakespeare wrote most of his plays during the bubonic plague, and now women and queer artists are using the internet and social media to open up spaces for marginalised communities and bodies.  

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    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.

    Protocol for Accompanying Community Network Deployments in Social Isolation Scenarios
    Protocol for Accompanying Community Network Deployments in Social Isolation Scenarios

    In the current scenario of social isolation, the network deployment work stages have been adapted through this specific protocol  that guarantees the recommendations for social distancing and prevention of COVID-19.

    Understanding community networks through comics
    Understanding community networks through comics

    Explaining concepts in a language that brings them closer to people and their realities is a form of resistance to the hegemonic and patriarchal language in which technology is often taught.

    Connecting the Unconnected
    Connecting the Unconnected

    This report offers a storytelling journey through the various meetings, forums, peer visits, field experiences and collective exchanges that Common Room, along with APC, Rhizomatica and other peers, were part of in their work towards creating and fostering a local access peer learning community.

    #FreeAlaa: Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel Fattah on hunger strike protesting his continued illegal detention
    #FreeAlaa: Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel Fattah on hunger strike protesting his continued illegal detention

    In this joint statement, APC and other civil society organisations, lawyers, journalists and activists call on the Egyptian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Alaa Abdel Fattah, our courageous friend, human rights activist and blogger.

    Forum for Freedom of Expression, Bangladesh audit of attacks on the media during the 30 days of lockdown
    Forum for Freedom of Expression, Bangladesh audit of attacks on the media during the 30 days of lockdown

    The Forum for Freedom of Expression, Bangladesh, of which APC member VOICE is part, expresses deep concern over the series of attacks on journalists during the 30 days of countrywide lockdown imposed by the government for containment of the COVID-19 outbreak.

    Why Gender Matters in International Cyber Security
    Why Gender Matters in International Cyber Security

    This report, commissioned by Global Affairs Canada and co-published by the Association for Progressive Communications and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, explores how multilateral cybersecurity processes can incorporate a gender perspective into future work.

    Closer than ever: Keeping our movements connected and inclusive – The Association for Progressive Communications' response to the COVID-19 pandemic
    Closer than ever: Keeping our movements connected and inclusive – The Association for Progressive Communications' response to the COVID-19 pandemic

    This position paper outlines APC's current thinking on the pandemic. It identifies several key, interrelated issues that require attention by governments, the private sector and civil society.

    Closer than ever: A guide for social change organisations who want to work online
    Closer than ever: A guide for social change organisations who want to work online

    APC is relaunching this guide as one response to the crisis that the COVID-19 pandemic has generated worldwide, sharing knowledge harvested through three decades of remote working in the hopes that other non-profit organisations will find it useful. Chapters 1, 2 and 3 are now available.

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