Call for applications to work with APC: Global policy advocacy project coordinator 20 March 2019 By APC

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) has an exciting opening for someone with experience and knowledge around digital rights and internet policy to join our team working on global policy advocacy.

The APC community’s work on access in 2018: Pushing for people-centred communications networks 14 March 2019 By Gabrielle Willms

How can we help people gain easy and affordable access to a free and open internet to improve their lives and create a more just world? This question has driven our work and strategic priorities for almost 30 years. As the first in a series of six articles, this piece will focus on access.

"Are You Ready?": New film explores how Myanmar's Article 66(D) affects freedom of expression 14 March 2019 By APCNews

The short animated film narrates how Article 66(D) of the 2013 Telecommunications Law has been continuously used by the military and political parties to silence critics and dissenters of the government.

Connecting the unconnected: Supporting community networks and other community-based connectivity initiatives Connecting the unconnected: Supporting community networks and other community-based connectivity initiatives 11 March 2019

This project will contribute to an enabling ecosystem for the emergence and growth of community networks and other community-based connectivity initiatives in developing countries. It is part of a multi-year, multi-donor strategy envisaged to address the human capacity and sustainability challenges, along with the policy and regulatory obstacles, that limit the growth of community-based connectivity initiatives.

Securing human rights online in Africa through a strong and active "African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms" network Securing human rights online in Africa through a strong and active "African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms" network 06 March 2019

In order to more effectively address threats and advance human rights online in the region, this project will build the capacity of the African Declaration Secretariat and Coalition and of civil society organisations who use it in policy development and in responding to internet-related human rights violations.

Challenging hate narratives and violations of freedom of religion and expression online in Asia Challenging hate narratives and violations of freedom of religion and expression online in Asia 18 December 2018

This project seeks to protect and promote respect for freedom of religion and expression on the internet, particularly by countering hate speech online on the basis of religion, and generating narratives and discourse that defend secular and diverse opinions touching upon religion. The three-year project focuses on five countries in South and Southeast Asia: Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Myanmar and Pakistan. 

FIRN: Feminist Internet Research Network FIRN: Feminist Internet Research Network 15 November 2018

The Feminist Internet Research Network is a three-and-a-half-year collaborative and multidisciplinary research project led by APC, funded by the International Development Research Centre. The project draws on the study “Mapping research in gender and digital technology”, and the Feminist Principles of the Internet collectively crafted by feminists and activists, primarily located in the global South. 

Turning from Tumblr: Where is sex positivity on the internet going? 12 March 2019 Tiffany Kagure Mugo for GenderIT.org

The Tumblr porn ban reveals how laws in one country against sex trafficking can be used to police content online, which especially has an impact on queer, trans and other sexuality-related content. Here Tiffany Mugo talks about what that does to the discourse around sex positivity online.

Inside the Information Society: Measuring the impact of ICTs on sustainable development 11 March 2019 David Souter

If we’re worried about the volume of data that’s gathered about us every time we click a mouse or tap a smartscreen, surely there must be more than enough to tell us all we need to know about how the Information Society’s evolving. Not so, and especially not so when it comes to measuring the impact of ICTs on sustainable development.

Use of social media in Manipur: Women lag behind in technological advancement 28 February 2019 Ninglun Hanghal for GenderIT.org

In this article we explore what uses women make of the internet in urban and rural parts of Manipur, India. Is this use limited to social media? What about the generation gap, and the rampant spread of election propaganda?

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Inside the Information Society

David Souter writes a column for APC twice a month, looking at different aspects of the information society, development and rights. David’s pieces take a fresh look at many of the issues that concern APC and its members, with the aim of provoking discussion and debate. Issues covered include internet governance and sustainable development, human rights and the environment, policy, practice and the use of ICTs by individuals and communities.

The internet of memory: Stories from the APC community

What were information and communication technologies like in the 1980s and 1990s? What are the stories of the genesis and evolution of non-profit computer networks working for social change? Twice a month, this section will take a historical look at the APC community's journey of internet activism and make links to where we are now. Join Jennifer Radloff in this retrospective trip exploring the connections between the past and the present.

Media Matters for Democracy: Challenges to media and digital freedoms
Media Matters for Democracy: Challenges to media and digital freedoms

The report touches upon various issues including violent and regulatory  actions against the media, online censorship,  right to information regime, disinformation, internet disconnections, data protection and legislative developments related to the cyberspace.

Chad must end its year-long blackout of social media
Chad must end its year-long blackout of social media

APC joined African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) members and other organisations that work to promote freedom of expression offline and online across the globe to express deep concern about the shutdown of social media platforms by the government of Chad over the past 11 months.

HRC40: States should defend environmental human rights defenders
HRC40: States should defend environmental human rights defenders

As negotiations at the Human Rights Council enter their final phase, APC and over 150 other civil society organisations join ISHR's call on all states and civil society to use the remaining days to work towards the adoption of a strong resolution on environmental human rights defenders.

Free To Be Mobile: Ensuring that women, girls, queer and trans persons can inhabit digital spaces freely and fearlessly
Free To Be Mobile: Ensuring that women, girls, queer and trans persons can inhabit digital spaces freely and fearlessly

APC member Point of View launches Free To Be Mobile, a publication that features ten stories of teenagers, women, trans and queer persons, and their experiences of digital violence.

HRC40: Oral statement highlighting the shrinking of civic space online
HRC40: Oral statement highlighting the shrinking of civic space online

APC echoes the deep alarm expressed by the Secretary-General at the opening of this session over the shrinking of civic space online. We highlight the disturbing trend of internet shutdowns, which in violation of international law, restrict a range of rights and harm communities.

Cultural rights for all: The UN must continue to support the mandate of the Special Rapporteur
Cultural rights for all: The UN must continue to support the mandate of the Special Rapporteur

The Association for Women’s Rights in Development and the Association for Progressive Communications delivered this statement during the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on cultural rights during the 40th session of the Human Rights Council.

HRC40: Oral statement on freedom of religion and expression online
HRC40: Oral statement on freedom of religion and expression online

The Association for Progressive Communications welcomes the report of the Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of religion or belief, which yet again emphasises the interrelatedness and mutually reinforcing nature of the rights to freedom of expression and freedom of religion or belief.

Joint submission on the consultation paper on light licensing of the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz band in Zimbabwe
Joint submission on the consultation paper on light licensing of the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz band in Zimbabwe

This is a joint submission by Murambinda Works, the Association for Progressive Communications, Internet Society and Rhizomatica. We support the objectives of this proposed regulatory change but feel the changes could go even further in order to more effectively realise those objectives.

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