APC Talk

This section is a space where APC's staff, members and readers can open up conversations on topics that are of interest for the ICT community. It is a space where authors get to be themselves – sometimes to express opinions and challenge the readers on issues and topics that are close to them, sometimes to share their personal experience on an event or a current debate. The views expressed in this section do not necessarily reflect the views of APC or its network, but that does not make them any less valuable.

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
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.

Non-consensual dissemination of intimate images and unfair laws: Ugandan women caught in between
Non-consensual dissemination of intimate images and unfair laws: Ugandan women caught in between 30 July 2019 Nyamishana Prudence

Women in Uganda find themselves in a position where they have nowhere to turn; they are caught between a rock and a hard place, or between the reality of non-consensual dissemination of intimate images (NCII) and the laws that police their bodies.

RightsCon, ORGCon and how we are going to rescue the internet, part 2
RightsCon, ORGCon and how we are going to rescue the internet, part 2 23 July 2019 Edward Maw

Using best practices in ethics, ecology and tech, we can set an example and show the way to reinstate the free, open, positive internet as part of a sustainable future, says Edward Maw of APC member organisation GreenNet in his reflections on RightsCon.

Visibility and secrecy: Data protection, privacy and gender in Pakistan
Visibility and secrecy: Data protection, privacy and gender in Pakistan 18 July 2019 Bianca Baldo for GenderIT.org

In this interview with GenderIT.org, Shmyla Khan of Digital Rights Foundation in Pakistan talks about the ways in which privacy rights are relevant, used and abused in the lives of women and gender diverse people.

Community networks help foster active citizen participation in the global South
Community networks help foster active citizen participation in the global South 11 July 2019 Talant Sultanov

Internet connectivity opens many opportunities for civil society groups and activists to participate in their countries’ political life, defend their rights and promote government transparency and accountability.

Reaching for the next net: Experiences from the 2019 Internet Freedom Festival and RightsCon
Reaching for the next net: Experiences from the 2019 Internet Freedom Festival and RightsCon 05 July 2019 Pellaeon Lin

This year, I had the honour of becoming one of the Internet Freedom Festival fellows (my first time attending the IFF!) and attending my third RightsCon, as part of my organisation Open Culture Foundation, with the support of APC’s Member Exchange and Travel Fund.

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