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APC-wide activities and campaigns for 2009-2012
APC-wide activities and campaigns for 2009-2012 11 June 2009 APC

Since our inception, APC has been combining grass roots initiatives with local and national impact, with global experiences that amplify these impacts. An example of this is Take Back the Tech! – an international campaign that uses technology to fight against violence against women. We present this and other initiatives that the network hopes to be carrying on the next four years.

APC strategic priorities for 2009-12: The challenges and opportunities  to using internet for social justice today
APC strategic priorities for 2009-12: The challenges and opportunities to using internet for social justice today 14 May 2009 APC

After several days of intense debate, APC members identified six issues as the key strategic areas that APC must tackle in the next five years: advocating for affordable internet access for all, ICTs and the environment, building the “information commons” , defending internet rights, critical and creative engagement of emerging technologies from a social change perspective and improving governance, especially governance of the internet. Why did APC members prioritise those six issues? Wha...

APC's strategic priorities – 2009-2012
APC's strategic priorities – 2009-2012 14 May 2009 APC

In late 2007, APC members from almost forty countries and five continents met to define the strategic priorities for APC until 2012. They assessed the context faced by APC and civil society organisations using internet and other ICTs for social change. They considered trends in accessing the internet (including the role of mobile phones), in internet and information policy and regulation and in...

A rural area in Bolivia connects its institutions with the world via internet
A rural area in Bolivia connects its institutions with the world via internet 29 April 2009 Natalia Uval

In San Ignacio de Moxos, an area located in the Beni region of northern Bolivia, the only internet connection available was an expensive and intermittent telephone connection. Since March 2006, thanks to the local campesino centre and wireless internet, the main institutions in the area have been interconnected, so that the inhabitants can access the internet at a quarter of the price it used ...

Thousands of South Africans sign up to campaign for cheaper broadband
Thousands of South Africans sign up to campaign for cheaper broadband 28 April 2009 KAH

South Africa is on the cusp of major broadband infrastructure roll-out. Seacom, a submarine cable initiative, will link South Africa to India and Europe by mid-2009, breaking the state monopoly and bringing down the cost of international bandwidth. And the new government isn’t ready for this, say a coalition of South Africans. So to help, they’ve put together a policy framework that could ...

African parliamentarians support equitable access for all
African parliamentarians support equitable access for all 11 March 2009 KAH

Representatives from 29 different African parliaments met last week in Kigali to reaffirm that “equitable access to information is a right for all” and urge governments to enact laws that promote access to information, knowledge and communication for all citizens. Traditionally seen as civil and political rights, information rights are now becoming acknowledged as rights that are also socia...

FTX – A new way to bring together feminist techies and the women’s movement
FTX – A new way to bring together feminist techies and the women’s movement 10 March 2009 APC WNSP

APC women’s Feminist Tech Exchange (FTX) is training a key group of women’s rights advocates particularly those living in the developing world in essential internet, audio and other technical skills to enable them to use technology to most effectively document abuses, build knowledge, disseminate information, mobilise support and amplify pressures for change.

APC Internet Rights Charter now in Esperanto
APC Internet Rights Charter now in Esperanto 09 March 2009 LC

The Asocio de Verduloj Esperantistaj (AVE), an Esperanto organisation in Germany has translated the APC Internet Rights Charter into Esperanto. This takes the number of languages the charter is available up to twenty. Thanks, AVE!

Internet: Opening a door to development for the rural population in Paraguay
Internet: Opening a door to development for the rural population in Paraguay 09 March 2009 Natalia Uval

One hundred institutions in rural areas of Paraguay with access to the internet. Poor indigenous communities experiencing contact with the world beyond their local surroundings for the first time ever. These are just a few snapshots of the outcomes achieved by Oportunet, a project launched in 2007 in Paraguay that has demonstrated the potential of the internet as a door to economic and social d...

Background to EROTICS – a new research project on sexuality and the internet
Background to EROTICS – a new research project on sexuality and the internet 19 February 2009 Katerina Fialova and Jac sm Kee

The APC women’s programme looks at the current climate internationally regarding “harmful content” on the internet and explains the raison d’etre of their current exploration into the world of sexuality online.

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