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Hashtag Palestine 2021
Hashtag Palestine 2021 18 January 2022 7amleh - the Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media

The seventh annual report “Hashtag Palestine” illuminates the digital rights violations of Palestinians and pro-Palestinian advocates online, at the hands of the three authorities as well as different social media companies in relation to the escalations and developments on the ground.

APC co-founder Carlos Afonso inducted into Internet Hall of Fame
APC co-founder Carlos Afonso inducted into Internet Hall of Fame 16 December 2021 APCNews

The APC community celebrates this well-deserved recognition of the contributions made by Afonso, who was one of the original founders of APC over 30 years ago and has continued to play an active and invaluable role in the network up until today.

The strength of a network: A look back on how APC members have been seeding change in their communities
The strength of a network: A look back on how APC members have been seeding change in their communities 15 December 2021 APCNews

in 2021, we highlighted 27 stories of impact and change by our members, supported by APC subgranting. These stories demonstrate that listening to multiple voices and learning from positive impacts made locally are important ways to keep seeding and harvesting change.

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

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.

International civil society warns about the dangers to the exercise of rights of the bill to regulate digital platforms presented in Chile
International civil society warns about the dangers to the exercise of rights of the bill to regulate digital platforms presented in Chile 24 November 2021 Various

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.

APC at Tech for Democracy: How can digital technology support environmental justice and its defenders?
APC at Tech for Democracy: How can digital technology support environmental justice and its defenders? 11 November 2021 Shawna Finnegan and Jack Leevers

Our use of technology can often separate us from the reality of environmental degradation. This session identified threats and opportunities for digital technologies to work for local communities and environmental justice.

Seeding change: EsLaRed helps defend access to information and freedom of expression in Venezuela
Seeding change: EsLaRed helps defend access to information and freedom of expression in Venezuela 29 October 2021 APCNews

Concerned about how digital technologies bring new challenges to fighting censorship, APC member EsLaRed has been defending access to information and freedom of expression in restrictive environments, with a recent study focusing on communication blockades in Venezuela.

Harnessing the collective power of communities in 2020
Harnessing the collective power of communities in 2020 22 October 2021 APCNews

We want the collective power of communities within and beyond the APC network to be harnessed through existing and new relationships built around transformative actions and our shared visions. Check out our achievements in this area in 2020.

Inside the Digital Society: Data, data everywhere…
Inside the Digital Society: Data, data everywhere… 18 October 2021 David Souter

Who “owns” data? Who should have access to them or rights to exploit them?

Creative Commons Global Summit: Creativity and innovation open to everyone, everywhere
Creative Commons Global Summit: Creativity and innovation open to everyone, everywhere 05 October 2021 Frederick Noronha

Frederick Noronha, co-founder of APC member Bytes for All Bangladesh, participated in the 2021 Creative Commons Global Summit and has shared a few links to a selection of diverse and exciting initiatives that were introduced at the event.

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