Access to information

Civil society organisations write to international bodies over internet shutdown in Togo
Civil society organisations write to international bodies over internet shutdown in Togo 14 September 2017 Various

A coalition of some 35 civil society organisations has written to several international bodies including the African Union and the United Nations Human Rights Council over the recent internet shutdown in Togo. Signatories to the letter include Paradigm Initiative, Reporters Without Borders, World Wide Web Foundation, Access Now, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Ghanaian Centre of PEN International, the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), and APC m...

APC statement at the WSIS Forum 2017 High-Level Policy Session
APC statement at the WSIS Forum 2017 High-Level Policy Session 05 July 2017 APC

Access to information and knowledge has been recognised as a key principle for achieving the WSIS vision since 2003. Information and knowledge for all are key for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals because they link to empowerment and mobility, enabling people to improve their lives. In this statement delivered at the High-Level Policy Session on Inclusiveness – Access to Information and Knowledge for All at the WSIS Forum 2017, APC considers the ways in which access to information...

Human rights and the internet: The key role of National Human Rights Institutions in protecting human rights in the digital age
Human rights and the internet: The key role of National Human Rights Institutions in protecting human rights in the digital age 21 June 2017

The internet is changing the ways in which people interact, trade, learn and communicate. For those who have got access to it, it is becoming increasingly difficult to imagine life without it. It offers us all kinds of opportunities, including exercising our human rights both online and offline, as different United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council resolutions have established. The internet als...

Access and Power: APC at the Stockholm Internet Forum 2017
Access and Power: APC at the Stockholm Internet Forum 2017 15 May 2017 APC

The Stockholm Internet Forum (SIF), an international forum for discussions on how a free, open and secure internet promotes human rights and development worldwide, has started in Stockholm. At APC, we have been involved in the Forum since its inception, mostly focusing on ensuring that a global South and feminist perspective is incorporated into the discussions about access, ...

What is the relationship between access and power? APC at the Stockholm Internet Forum 2017
What is the relationship between access and power? APC at the Stockholm Internet Forum 2017 14 May 2017

The Stockholm Internet Forum (SIF), an international forum for discussions on how a free, open and secure internet promotes human rights and development worldwide, has started in Stockholm. Hosted by the the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), this space aims to bring together policy makers, civil society representatives, activists, business representatives...

APC statement on World Wide Web Consortium move towards standardising digital rights management
APC statement on World Wide Web Consortium move towards standardising digital rights management 07 April 2017

Frank La Rue, Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information at UNESCO, has publicly expressed concern to the main international standards-setting body for the web, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), on the implementation of a technical change known as encrypted media extensions (EME). EME standardises a practice called digital rights managemen...

Zenzeleni Networks
Zenzeleni Networks 14 March 2017

In a context where communications are accessible but not affordable for rural communities in South Africa, Zenzeleni Networks is a locally owned and operated cooperative that is providing services in one of the most disadvantaged rural areas in the country, to contribute to reducing their communication costs. To do so, they have installed and are operating a solar-powered wireless mesh network ...

Promoting the right to information across Africa at the Forum on Internet Freedom
Promoting the right to information across Africa at the Forum on Internet Freedom 24 February 2017 Sunday Adeoti, Fantsuam Foundation

Internet freedom, according to the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica) 2016, means access to any kind of information through the internet. Free flow of information. Nothing should hinder your access. However, the following issues must be considered: What is the authenticity of the information on the net? How was the data collected? Who did the validation of the data before processin...

Joint civil society submission to the CESCR: Briefing on copyright as a barrier to the exercise of cultural rights online in the Republic of Korea
Joint civil society submission to the CESCR: Briefing on copyright as a barrier to the exercise of cultural rights online in the Republic of Korea 16 February 2017 APC, Korean Progressive Network Jinbonet and OpenNet Korea

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC), Korean Progressive Network Jinbonet and OpenNet Korea submit this report for the adoption of the List of Issues in order to review the Republic of Korea’s compliance with the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). Through this document, APC, Jinbonet, and OpenNet Korea seek to provide the UN Committee on E...

Zenzeleni: Do-it-yourself telecoms networks in rural South Africa
Zenzeleni: Do-it-yourself telecoms networks in rural South Africa 26 January 2017 APC

A project registered as a cooperative, Zenzeleni means “do it yourselves” in isiXhosa, one of the official languages of South Africa. What led to this amazing community initiative? is the question featured on the project’s website. The short answer is prices, since compared to similar countries, South African communication costs are still very high. However, there is more to it than price...

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