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Call for Nomination for DEF's eNGO Challenge
Call for Nomination for DEF's eNGO Challenge 18 September 2013

The Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) and the Public Interest Registry call for nominations for the 2013 eNGO Challenge. The Challenge seeks to recognise, salute and honour best NGO practices using ICTs worldwide. The deadline has been extended to 25 September 2013.

Lavabit shuts up shop to avoid ‘big brother’ encroachments
Lavabit shuts up shop to avoid ‘big brother’ encroachments 05 September 2013 Phil Mincher

Some email providers and other internet intermediaries have opted to shut down operations before “big brother’’ interferences gather more momentum.

For us, free software is not just about software
For us, free software is not just about software 20 August 2013 AG

The APC network is enthusiastic about its newest member from India, SPACE Kerala. SPACE’s membership comes at a critical time when APC has renewed its commitment to implementing and promoting the use of Transformative Technologies. To mark this occasion and introduce SPACE, APCNews interviewed Executive Director Arun Madhavan.

UPDATE: APC down time over the weekend of 2 to 4 August
UPDATE: APC down time over the weekend of 2 to 4 August 09 August 2013 Anriette Esterhuysen

Since 10 am on Thursday 1 August 2013, connectivity problems at the data centre where APC servers are hosted through our member, GreenNet, affected most of our websites, email and mailing lists. This appears to be caused by a massive distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, and a loss of routing to GreenNet’s network.

AfriSIG 2013: 10-12 July, Durban, South Africa
AfriSIG 2013: 10-12 July, Durban, South Africa 09 July 2013 AG

The APC and the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency–e-Africa Programme are proud to present the first African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG) to be held in Durban, South Africa, from 10-12 July 2013.

Freedom of expression under threat in Macedonia
Freedom of expression under threat in Macedonia 27 June 2013 AG

APC and Metamorphosis Foundation made a joint-submission to the United Nations Universal Periodic Review in light of recent legislative threats to freedom of opinion and expression, freedom of press, privacy and security, and hate speech.

CIVICUS publishes state of civil society report 2013
CIVICUS publishes state of civil society report 2013 29 April 2013 AG

CIVICUS just launched its State of Civil Society report for 2013, “Creating an enabling environment for civil society.” APC contributed a section of the report on the state of the internet from a civil society perspective.

South African ISPs squeezed by newly proposed legislation
South African ISPs squeezed by newly proposed legislation 11 December 2012 FD

South Africa is one of several countries that possesses a “notice and take down regime” for online content, meaning that internet service providers are obliged to take down content that is deemed controversial by a complainant. Understanding this regime as unconstitutional since its inception in 2002, an attorney in Johannesburg has embarked on crusade to change it.

APC's Anriette Esterhuysen a finalist for IT personality of the year
APC's Anriette Esterhuysen a finalist for IT personality of the year 01 December 2012

Now in its 34th year, the IT Personality of the Year recognises a person who has made an outstanding impact on the South African ICT industry and a significant contribution to the ICT profession. Among this year’s five finalists (out of 10 nominees) was APC Executive director, Anriette Esterhuysen.

APC opens its membership to individual affiliates!
APC opens its membership to individual affiliates! 31 October 2012 APC

The APC network is now open to individuals as well as organisations! If you believe that the internet can be a force for creating a more just world, you belong in the APC. Apply to become a member of the world’s longest standing ‘ICT for social justice’ network.

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