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Pakistan acid attack survivor's digital story runner-up for Red Cross award
Pakistan acid attack survivor's digital story runner-up for Red Cross award 08 February 2011 KB

“Her story might have daunted me but her strength and courage overwhelmed and even empowered me … I was impressed by how she had taken the bold step of coming forward, taking her life in control and deciding what was best for her,” said Sana Masood in a digital story she created about an acid attack survivor at an APC Feminist Tech Exchange workshop in Pakistan, and which recently won an award in the International Red Cross’ “Young Reporter” competition.    

Join education activists in Palestine on Saturday online
Join education activists in Palestine on Saturday online 27 October 2010

Activists from cities around the world will meet on-line with Palestinian activists on Saturday, October 30, at 14:00 GMT (16:00 in Bethlehem) a to develop a joint program of educational rights. The workshop is organised by APC member in the US May First/People Link’s part of the World Education Forum being held in Palestine this year. Photo: WEF    

Seven policy tips to ensure rural women equal access to ICTs
Seven policy tips to ensure rural women equal access to ICTs 19 September 2010 Sonia Jorge

Illiteracy, lack of electricity and poor infrastructure are just some of the challenges that are preventing rural women from benefiting from ICTs. But these gender-related challenges are often overlooked by policy makers, and policies that are developed that don’t consider the specific context of rural men and women are more likely to fail, as they will not meet the needs of everyone equally....

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Two sides of the same ICT coin
Democratic Republic of the Congo: Two sides of the same ICT coin 23 August 2010 Mavic Cabrera-Balleza

APC´s gender and ICT policy site GenderIT.org speaks with Sylvie Niombo and Françoise Mukuku, ICT activists from the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). They discuss the internet, mobile phones and how they are being used in their countries to reduce incidence of violence against women and how conversely they aggravate violence and lead to violation of privacy laws....

Content filtering in US libraries is haphazard
Content filtering in US libraries is haphazard 30 April 2010 Sex Work Awareness

Freedom of speech and its flipside, access to information, is guaranteed by the First Amendment of the US Constitution. However federally-funded libraries are required to prevent people under eighteen accessing “harmful” content. Kevicha Echols and Melissa Ditmore investigate the use of internet filters on public library computers and find that measures adopted by libraries range from insta...

Peru's farmers lack information: Why are telecentres being underused?
Peru's farmers lack information: Why are telecentres being underused? 27 March 2010 AL and KAH

Smallholders in the desert region of Huaral depend on irrigation cooperatives to water their crops. For ten years one coop association has been developing an information system based on telecentres to help them to make informed agricultural decisions. But the system is being under-utilised and they decided to find what was going wrong. Using APC’s Gender Evaluation Methodology (GEM) they foun...

Calling all readers in the USA: Survey on content filtering in public libraries
Calling all readers in the USA: Survey on content filtering in public libraries 19 March 2010 Sex Work Awareness

APC has teamed up with Sex Work Awareness in a study to look at content filtering systems in public libraries with internet access in the United States, with an eye towards reproductive health and sexuality. Find out more and take the survey!    

The APC women's programme at the Commission on the Status of Women
The APC women's programme at the Commission on the Status of Women 03 March 2010

APC is closely following the discussions about communications rights and the role ICTs play within this. Read GenderIT.org’s coverage.

Access to knowledge conference in Yale: Video interviews
Access to knowledge conference in Yale: Video interviews 16 February 2010 AL

More than 20% of human genes are patented in the US which, among other things, is preventing people from accessing affordable and appropriate testing and diagnoses of genetic diseases. This is only one example of how restrictive intellectual property legislation is impacting human rights. At the Yale Information Society Project’s conference, of which APC was an organising partner, these i...

APC at Yale: Access to knowledge and human rights conference
APC at Yale: Access to knowledge and human rights conference 12 February 2010

“Opening up access to knowledge is a demand of global justice; it is both a human rights issue and a crucial factor in spurring economic development and technological innovation,” said Yale Law School Professor Jack Balkin, who together with the APC and other institutions are currently discussing these issues at Yale University over 11 and 12 of February.

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