The internet is having a tremendous impact on freedom of expression and other human rights across the African continent, offering social, political and economic opportunities. But as a highly complex and fast-changing environment, the internet also brings with it its own challenges. In Africa, many of these challenges are playing out in a unique way.
In this interview published by the African Gender Institute’s journal, Feminist Africa 18, Jennifer Radloff and Jan Moolman recount APC’s trajectory against tech-related VAW, starting in 1995 after hearing first-hand accounts of violence from women members and partners about misogynistic and violent threats.
The sixth International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development will take place from 7-10 December in Cape Town, South Africa. APC members, members and partners will be attending. Find out more about our activities.
APC welcomes the announcement by the Brazilian government to convene a global meeting in 2014 to address current internet governance public policy challenges and issues, and suggests specific topics for the agenda and mechanisms to ensure a diverse, meaningful and effective participation of all interested stakeholders.
APCNews talked to Dalia Haj-Omar, a Sudanese human rights activist, about the recent internet blackout in Sudan, the implications for freedom of expression and association, and the role of the international community.
APC invites applications for a staff coordinator position for Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch), the premier information platform for civil society perspectives on the state of the Information Society on global, regional and national levels. The successful candidate will be responsible for the overall coordination of the GISWatch initiative.
Sudan experienced a massive internet outage on 25 September 2013 in addition to a violent crackdown on protests over fuel subsidy cuts by the Sudanese government. Evidence suggests that the connectivity blackout was not a catastrophic technical failure, but rather an intentional act to disconnect citizens of Sudan from the rest of the world and from each other.
Holding internet intermediaries liable is an increasing global trend that transfers the responsibilities of law enforcement, as well as of copyright enforcement, to internet service providers (ISP), both large and small. Internet intermediaries are therefore increasingly used to police and enforce the law on the internet and even to mete out punishments ranging from content control to...
On 20-21 September, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) held a regional dialogue and workshop on “Freedom of expression in cyberspace” in Johannesburg. The event explored how to empower human rights defenders in Southern Africa using the internet. Discussion brought to light issues of intermediary liability, surveillance, human rights, and internet governance.