Routing for Communities: An online film festival about community networks and people decentralising the internet for change 26 November 2021 By APCNews

The Local Networks (LocNet) initiative, led by APC in partnership with Rhizomatica, invites you to take part in the premiere screening of these creative and inspiring short videos produced by communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

How weaponisation of network disruptions during elections threatens democracy 26 November 2021 By Evelyn Lirri for CIPESA

In August 2021, Zambia became the latest country to restrict citizens’ access to social media platforms as the country went to the polls. The disruption of digital communications has become a recurring theme in numerous countries during elections and in times of public protest.

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 42 25 November 2021 By APCNews

Welcome to the 42nd monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks and community-based initiatives.

International civil society warns about the dangers to the exercise of rights of the bill to regulate digital platforms presented in Chile

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International civil society warns about the dangers to the exercise of rights of the bill to regulate digital platforms presented in Chile

APC joins other organisations and individuals to express concern over Digital Platforms Regulation Bill Nº 14.561-19, which is being discussed in the Chilean congress. The bill establishes rules that end up being dangerous for the exercise of fundamental rights on the internet.

Joint civil society statement on outcomes of the UNGA 76 Third Committee

Joint statement

Joint civil society statement on outcomes of the UNGA 76 Third Committee

APC and other civil society organisations marked the conclusion of the UN General Assembly's 76th Third Committee session with these observations on both thematic and country-specific resolutions. We urge all states to implement the commitments made in these resolutions to their full extent.

Promoting stakeholder engagement at the Open-Ended Working Group on ICTs

Briefing paper

Promoting stakeholder engagement at the Open-Ended Working Group on ICTs

The aim of this brief is to support the implementation of the agreed language in the United Nations Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) resolution pertaining to stakeholder engagement.

Global Encryption Day statement

Joint statement

Global Encryption Day statement

On Global Encryption Day, APC joined with over 150 other organisations to call on governments and the private sector to reject efforts to undermine encryption and instead pursue policies that enhance, strengthen and promote use of strong encryption to protect people everywhere.

APC Annual Report 2020

Annual Report

APC Annual Report 2020

This publication tells a story of collective adaptation and resilience, closeness and collaboration, care and connections, of a growing community navigating change.  

Policy brief and recommendations for an enabling environment for community networks in Brazil

Policy brief

Policy brief and recommendations for an enabling environment for community networks in Brazil

This policy brief explores how to better build community network policies to facilitate their emergence and sustainability in Brazil. Its executive summary presents the main recommendations focused on regulation and formulation of public policies

Community Networks Manual

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Community Networks Manual

This manual in Portuguese gathers information from concrete experiences of community networks in Brazil and Latin America to answer questions such as: What are community networks? What are the different kinds of community networks? How can you plan, implement, install and manage one yourself?

APC policy explainer: Artificial intelligence

Policy explainer

APC policy explainer: Artificial intelligence

AI technologies, are still in their infancy, so there is still enormous potential to channel AI to address global challenges – but also much concern regarding its effects on social justice and the enjoyment of human rights. 

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Seeding change: Creating a digital community network with the Ju|’hoan people in Namibia 25 November 2021 APCNews

How are APC partners improving their communities' lives? In this column we’re highlighting stories of impact and change by our partners, supported by APC subgranting. This catalytic project built a digital community network for the Ju|’hoan people living in the remote Nyae-Nyae Conservancy in Namibia.

Inside the Digital Society: WSIS and the world today 24 November 2021 David Souter

In my keynote speech to the intersessional meeting of the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development, I discuss how our progress reviews of the World Summit on the Information Society must account for how digital society is now inextricably linked to all aspects of global development and crises.

Inside the Digital Society: Metamorphosis? 17 November 2021 David Souter

Facebook-Meta's metaverse might be less Toy Story and more like The Matrix. Either way, here are five reasons we need to be cautious about the ethics of such virtual visions.

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In this weekly column, longstanding associate of APC David Souter looks at different aspects of the digital society. Issues covered include internet governance and sustainable development, human rights and the environment, policy, practice and the use of ICTs.

How are APC members improving their communities' lives? In this section we're highlighting stories of impact and change by our members, supported by APC sub-granting.

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