New GenderIT.org edition explores connections between the feminist principles of the internet and community networks 15 November 2019 By GenderIT.org

    This edition of the GenderIT.org newsletter takes a closer look at the realities of the women who are working for and with their communities through enabling, weaving, sustaining installing, running and advocating for community networks.

    Save the date! Disco-tech 2019 on the environmental impact of ICTs Berlin 12 November 2019 By APCNews

    APC and partners are hosting their ninth Disco-tech event in conjunction with the 2019 IGF in Berlin, on 26 November. We invite you to join us for this peer-learning event about utilising the potential of ICTs in strategies to mitigate and adapt to the climate crisis.

    Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 23 07 November 2019 By APCNews

    Welcome to the 23rd monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks.

    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.

    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. 

    Take Back the Tech! Take Back the Tech! 10 December 2007

    Take Back the Tech! is a call to everyone, especially women and girls, to take control of technology to end violence against women. It is a global, collaborative campaign project that highlights the problem of tech-related violence against women, together with research and solutions from around the world. Take Back the Tech! leads several campaigns at various points in the year, but our biggest annual campaign takes place during 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (25 Nov - 10 Dec).

    Inside the Digital Society: A phone is not a phone London [18 November 2019] 18 November 2019 David Souter

    Words change their meaning over time – but the words we use have lasting impacts on the ways in which we see things. This week I’m asking what we mean when we talk about the “telephone”.

    Inside the Digital Society: Reviewing a World Summit London [11 November 2019] 11 November 2019 David Souter

    It’s fifteen years since the World Summit on the Information Society – and the United Nations is pledged to hold a review of what has happened since the Summit in 2025. But are the outcomes of the Summit still relevant today? How should the UN go about reviewing it?

    Weaving a community together – from grassroots to tech India 07 November 2019 Gayatri Ganju for GenderIT.org

    This visually stunning photo essay provides a glimpse into the life of a community network and the women working at the radio station and using the other services provided by the network, located just at the outskirts of Bangalore in India.

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    Inside the Digital 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.

    Statement of solidarity against the legal harassment of Malaysian author by local authorities
    Statement of solidarity against the legal harassment of Malaysian author by local authorities

    We condemn the blatant attacks on Maryam Lee’s constitutional and internationally guaranteed rights, which are also inconsistent with commitments made by Malaysia at the Human Rights Council to repeal laws that restrict fundamental freedoms.

    Online content: To regulate or not to regulate – is that the question?
    Online content: To regulate or not to regulate – is that the question?

    Recently there have been a flurry of proposals to “regulate the internet”, which in practice boils down to more narrowly regulating online content. In order to suggest a principles-based approach to regulation, this issue paper highlights positive and negative aspects of some recent initiativ...

    GISWatch 2019 Sneak Peek! Read a selection of full-length reports on AI and human rights
    GISWatch 2019 Sneak Peek! Read a selection of full-length reports on AI and human rights

    The 2019 edition of Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) will be officially launching next month, and this is your chance to have a first look at full-length content through this special GISWatch 2019 Sneak Peek!

    Digital rights in the context of protests and social mobilisation in Ecuador in October 2019
    Digital rights in the context of protests and social mobilisation in Ecuador in October 2019

    This report aims to outline the interruptions and their effects on certain social networks, mobile communications, websites and internet connections in the context of the recent national political crisis and social mobilisation in Ecuador in October 2019 against the austerity measures adopted as ...

    Statement of regional solidarity against attacks on digital rights activists in Southeast Asia
    Statement of regional solidarity against attacks on digital rights activists in Southeast Asia

    A group of human rights activists and organisations from Southeast Asia are calling to stop the attacks on democracy and media activists, as well as other individuals-at-risk, for their expression online. 

    APC Annual Report 2018
    APC Annual Report 2018

    APC's 2018 Annual Report offers an engaging dive into one year in the network's life. All the 67 stories are clustered under the six priority areas that have informed APC's work from 2016 until 2019: Access, rights, a feminist internet, governance, use and development and APC community. 

    Innovations in Spectrum Management - Enabling community networks and small operators to connect the unconnected
    Innovations in Spectrum Management - Enabling community networks and small operators to connect the unconnected

    Changes in access policy and regulation are required, in particular with regard to the management of radio spectrum, which is still largely rooted in 20th century analogue paradigms. This report is intended as a resource for regulators and policy makers tasked with addressing affordable access.

     Egypt: Stop the crackdown on civil society
    Egypt: Stop the crackdown on civil society

    At the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) we are alarmed at the crackdown on Egyptian civil society, which has intensified over the past weeks amidst demonstrations calling for President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to resign. Among those arrested is blogger, software developer and activist...

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