ICT policy

Closer than ever: Keeping our movements connected and inclusive – The Association for Progressive Communications' response to the COVID-19 pandemic
Closer than ever: Keeping our movements connected and inclusive – The Association for Progressive Communications' response to the COVID-19 pandemic 07 April 2020

This position paper outlines APC's current thinking on the pandemic. It identifies several key, interrelated issues that require attention by governments, the private sector and civil society.

30th anniversary: Our member Digital Empowerment Foundation shares its vision for APC in the next 10 years
30th anniversary: Our member Digital Empowerment Foundation shares its vision for APC in the next 10 years 09 September 2020 APCNews

Listen to the vision for the next 10 years of APC of our member Digital Empowerment Foundation from India, which envisions APC’s next 10 years as guiding information and knowledge within the digital ecosystems.

FMA submits report to UN special rapporteur on violence against women
FMA submits report to UN special rapporteur on violence against women 31 August 2020 Foundation for Media Alternatives

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated concerns on public life. Among the conditions faced in the Philippines during this period is gender-based violence, influenced by the quality of gender-responsive measures in times of crises.

CIPESA: Niger passes new law on interception of communications
CIPESA: Niger passes new law on interception of communications 31 August 2020 Simone Toussi and Thomas Robertson

In response to national security challenges related to terrorism, ethnic conflict and organised crime, Niger promulgated a new law on the interception of communications, with surveillance implications that threaten the right to free speech and privacy online.

SMEX: How the global internet disruption affected Lebanon
SMEX: How the global internet disruption affected Lebanon 31 August 2020 Abed Kataya

On 30 August, Lebanese internet users reported an internet disruption that made it almost impossible to access platforms like Twitter. This outage affected many websites and services globally, but not all internet service providers nor all internet services in Lebanon were affected the same.

What comes next after the Terror Law? FMA convenes civil society reps to talk about the future of free speech
What comes next after the Terror Law? FMA convenes civil society reps to talk about the future of free speech 31 August 2020 Foundation for Media Alternatives

The Foundation for Media Alternatives organised a webinar on digital rights in the Philippines, discussing the exacerbation of the digital divide during the lockdown, freedom of expression and the effects of the controversial Anti-Terror Law.

African internet resilience: What about complementary access models?
African internet resilience: What about complementary access models? 31 August 2020 Marta Kopp

The fifth session of the African Internet Resilience webinar series took place on 30 July. The focus of the session was to foster a deeper understanding of complementary networks and address the need for internet services in rural and underserved areas across the continent.

Organisations of the Americas demand respect for the autonomy of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
Organisations of the Americas demand respect for the autonomy of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights 31 August 2020 Various

Over 400 organisations signed this open letter demanding respect for the autonomy of the Inter-American Commission. The OAS Secretary General’s decision undermines the IACHR’s institutionality and puts its autonomy and independence at risk.

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 28
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 28 27 August 2020

Welcome to the 28th monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks.

CIPESA: Tanzania entrenches digital rights repression amidst COVID-19 denialism and a looming election
CIPESA: Tanzania entrenches digital rights repression amidst COVID-19 denialism and a looming election 24 August 2020 Edrine Wanyama for CIPESA

On 17 July, the Tanzania government issued new Electronic and Postal Communications (Online Content) Regulations. These new regulations repress online speech, privacy and access to information.

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