Access to information

Rhizomatica, winner of the Mozilla NSF-WINS Challenge Grand Prize
Rhizomatica, winner of the Mozilla NSF-WINS Challenge Grand Prize 26 September 2018 APCNews

The HERMES (High­-frequency Emergency and Rural Multimedia Exchange System) project by Rhizomatica is the winner of the Mozilla NSF-WINS grand prize in the Off-the-Grid Internet Challenge.

How did APC contribute to change in 2017? Our annual report is out!
How did APC contribute to change in 2017? Our annual report is out! 25 September 2018 FF

2017 was a year of transition for APC. This report provides an overview of what APC and its network accomplished during that year.

APC's Karen Banks wins Oxford Internet Institute Award
APC's Karen Banks wins Oxford Internet Institute Award 22 September 2018 APCNews

Computer networking pioneer Karen Banks, APC's director of operations and a former core part of GreenNet, an APC founding member, was recognised with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 39th session
Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 39th session 09 September 2018 Deborah Brown and Sebastián Becker Castellaro (APC) and Aurora A. Sauter (Access Now)

The 39th session of the HRC is taking place on 10-28 September 2018 in Geneva. A number of reports, resolutions and side events will address the online dimension of human rights issues, in addition to Universal Periodic Review reports that touch on specific governments’ records on internet rights.

Action Steps: A decade of civil society advocacy in the information society - A baseline review of the Global Information Society Watch country reports (2007-2017)
Action Steps: A decade of civil society advocacy in the information society - A baseline review of the Global Information Society Watch country reports (2007-2017) 06 August 2018 Alan Finlay

The purpose of this review was to look back over the past decade of country reports published in Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) and attempt to identify trends in civil society perspectives on what needed to be done to create a people- centred information society.

HRC38: APC response to the Special Rapporteur's report on content regulation in the digital age
HRC38: APC response to the Special Rapporteur's report on content regulation in the digital age 17 July 2018 APC

APC welcomes the report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression on content regulation in the digital age, a topic that is of great concern to APC and our members.

CIPESA: Uganda blocks access to social media, VPNs and dating sites as new tax takes effect
CIPESA: Uganda blocks access to social media, VPNs and dating sites as new tax takes effect 02 July 2018 Juliet Nanfuka

As of midnight on 1 July 2018, telecom companies in Uganda blocked access to social media platforms for all users and required them to pay a newly introduced "over-the-top” (OTT) tax before regaining access. The tax will likely push basic connectivity further out of reach for millions.

Right to information: Clouds over Pakistan’s "sunshine laws"
Right to information: Clouds over Pakistan’s "sunshine laws" 27 June 2018 Sadaf Khan

In October 2017, APC member organisation Media Matters for Democracy and its team of reporters started a journalistic endeavour to test the effectiveness of the right to information (RTI) laws in Pakistan. This piece details their experience with the implementation of the laws.

The RTI implementation challenge: An overview of implementation status of RTI laws in Federal, Sindh, KP and Punjab
The RTI implementation challenge: An overview of implementation status of RTI laws in Federal, Sindh, KP and Punjab 27 June 2018 Waqas Naeem

This report presents an analysis of experiences with filing and following up on 195 right to information requests in the Sindh, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Federal regions of Pakistan.

A toolkit for researching women’s internet access and use
A toolkit for researching women’s internet access and use 23 May 2018 A4AI, the Worldwide Web Foundation, the GSMA and APC

This toolkit, produced between A4AI, the Worldwide Web Foundation, the GSMA and APC, has been designed for stakeholders who are interested in integrating gender into their research projects in order to better understand this gender gap in internet access and use.

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