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Celebrating 15 years of GISWatch:  “GISWatch links critical thinking and analysis to concrete proposals for change”
Celebrating 15 years of GISWatch: “GISWatch links critical thinking and analysis to concrete proposals for change” 19 August 2022 Anriette Esterhuysen

In the second installment of the Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) 15th anniversary series, Anriette Esterhuysen reflects on the birth of the project during her time as APC's executive director, as well as its evolution and longevity as a meaningful resource.

Data and online privacy under attack in Southern Africa: Showcasing the will and commitment of those fighting
Data and online privacy under attack in Southern Africa: Showcasing the will and commitment of those fighting 18 August 2022 Frederico Links

African internet users remain resilient in the face of all manner of state-sponsored and private tech-enabled cyber threats and obstacles, and civil society actors continue to raise and amplify their voices even as spaces for free expression, online and offline, are squeezed tighter and tighter.

Celebrating 15 years of GISWatch: "This journey has shaped how I frame the internet's role in our lives"
Celebrating 15 years of GISWatch: "This journey has shaped how I frame the internet's role in our lives" 16 August 2022 Alan Finlay

APC's landmark publication Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. This inaugural piece by its long-time editor is the first in a series that will celebrate and examine how far we've come and where we need to head next. 

Seeding change: Rhizomatica’s high frequency radio showcases the power of communication in remote regions of the Amazon
Seeding change: Rhizomatica’s high frequency radio showcases the power of communication in remote regions of the Amazon 11 August 2022 Maja Romano

Imagine you are in the middle of the Amazon rain forest. There is no mobile coverage or internet access. The long distances and rugged landscapes make communication highly challenging. These communities are precisely the ones Rhizomatica aims to support when building new technologies that connect people.

OEWG: APC emphasises key role played by civil society in cybersecurity capacity building
OEWG: APC emphasises key role played by civil society in cybersecurity capacity building 28 July 2022 APC

APC's statement at the OEWG dedicated stakeholder session also notes that it is encouraging to see the inclusion of language connected with narrowing the digital divide and a growing number of states calling for a gender-sensitive approach to international cybersecurity.

APC at the OEWG II third substantive session
APC at the OEWG II third substantive session 25 July 2022 Verónica Ferrari

APC is attending the third substantive session of the UN Open-ended Working Group on developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security 2021-2025 (OEWG II), taking place this week, from 25 to 29 July, in-person in New York.

OEWG third substantive session: Key messages from the Association for Progressive Communications
OEWG third substantive session: Key messages from the Association for Progressive Communications 25 July 2022 APC

In this submission to the third substantive session of the UN Open-Ended Working Group on the security of, and in the use of, information and communications technologies (OEWG), APC addresses some of the recommended next steps outlined in the draft progress report.

OEWG: APC stresses importance of a human rights-based and gender-sensitive approach to cybersecurity
OEWG: APC stresses importance of a human rights-based and gender-sensitive approach to cybersecurity 21 July 2022 APC

These APC priorities were reiterated in a statement delivered at the informal dialogue with the Chair of the UN Open-ended Working Group on developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security (OEWG) 2021-2025.

Inside the Digital Society: What impact has COVID had in practice?
Inside the Digital Society: What impact has COVID had in practice? 20 July 2022 David Souter

Two years ago, the assumption was that the pandemic and ensuing lockdowns would have lasting impacts on digitalisation – that they would accelerate the process by which offline turned to online, increase its pace and shift the way we do things towards digital alternatives. But has this happened as much as was expected?

HRC 50: Civil society presents key takeaways from Human Rights Council
HRC 50: Civil society presents key takeaways from Human Rights Council 14 July 2022 Various

 APC and other civil society organisations from around the world share reflections on the key outcomes of the 50th session of the UN Human Rights Council, as well as the missed opportunities to address key issues and situations.

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