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Africa in urgent need of a homegrown online rights strategy
Africa in urgent need of a homegrown online rights strategy 15 May 2019 Koliwe Majama

Events in the first quarter of 2019 indicate that Africa urgently needs to agree on a homegrown strategy for the protection and promotion of online rights and freedoms on the continent. During the Digital Rights and Inclusion Forum (DRIF) held in Lagos, Nigeria on 24-25 April 2019, at a session hosted by APC on behalf of the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms Secretariat, participants agreed that the African Declaration was a good start. The Declaration is an initiative to pr...

APC at the Stockholm Internet Forum 2019: Defending human rights in the context of shrinking democratic spaces online
APC at the Stockholm Internet Forum 2019: Defending human rights in the context of shrinking democratic spaces online 14 May 2019 APCNews

The Stockholm Internet Forum (SIF), organised by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) is taking place between 16 and 17 May in Stockholm, preceded by the activities happening at the Pre-SIF on 15 May. The Forum aims to provide a space to explore the most recent threats against democracy online and the responses needed to mobilise openness in the context of shrinking democratic spaces online, as this year’s theme addresses. A key goal of the APC community’s parti...

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 17
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 17 30 April 2019 APCNews

Welcome to the 17th monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks.   IMPORTANT TO NOTE: APC and Rhizomatica have released a call to apply for the catalytic intervention grants aimed at supporting a more sustainable community network environment. The deadline for applications is 15 May 2019. Read more. 1. Events and conferences “Community Networks and the Id...

Comments on the proposed review of the licensing framework for the telecommunications sector in Uganda
Comments on the proposed review of the licensing framework for the telecommunications sector in Uganda 26 April 2019 Various

APC joined Rhizomatica, Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA), the AfChix Uganda chapter, BOSCO Uganda and the Internet Society to submit comments to a public consultation on the proposed review of the licensing framework for the telecommunications sector in Uganda. The submission emphasises the need to enable alternative approaches to broadband deliver...

Kenya National Broadband Strategy: APC and partners advocate for bottom-up, community-driven approaches to bridge connectivity gaps
Kenya National Broadband Strategy: APC and partners advocate for bottom-up, community-driven approaches to bridge connectivity gaps 24 April 2019 Josephine Miliza

Access to connectivity is a critical driver for economic, political and social growth and development. Kenya’s first National Broadband Strategy (NBS) was envisioned for implementation between 2013 and 2017 with the objective of providing quality broadband for everyone. In the strategy, broadband was defined as: “Connectivity that is always-on and that delivers a minimum of 5 Mbps to indivi...

Joint submission to public consultation on Kenya's Revised National Broadband Strategy
Joint submission to public consultation on Kenya's Revised National Broadband Strategy 24 April 2019 Various

Kenya is currently in the process of adopting the 2018-2023 National Broadband Strategy, with the aim of providing equitable access to secure broadband for all citizens. The Communication Authority of Kenya invited stakeholders drawn from the public and private sectors, civil society and academia to provide their views, suggestions and recommendations on the Revised National Broadband Strategy ...

President ousted after brutal repression of protests in Sudan, both offline and online
President ousted after brutal repression of protests in Sudan, both offline and online 11 April 2019 Liemia El-Abubkr

Protests in Sudan have spread to an unprecedented level, with women and young people being at the forefront of a movement for change that seems to have succeeded in ousting President Omar al-Bashir, after months of struggle both online and offline. But how did this all start? Let's take a look back. Months of protests and repression, in the streets and online On 19 December 2018, a demonstratio...

African women face widening technology gap
African women face widening technology gap 01 April 2019

Africa this year commemorated “Women’s Month”, as March is known in a number of countries, faced with the reality of a highly gendered digital divide. That such a situation seems set to persist serves as a reminder of the need for a coordinated strategy in ensuring the inclusion of women and girls in the continent’s digital transformation. Despite having the highest growth in internet p...

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 16
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 16 30 March 2019 APCNews

Welcome to the 16th monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks. 1. Events and conferences On 29 March, from 9:00 to 10:30 CET, Global Access to the Internet for All (GAIA), a research group within the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF), is having its regular gathering. Their notes will be available here as well as the video livestream of the event here. The ...

Are you a community networks activist? These sessions at the Internet Freedom Festival are for you
Are you a community networks activist? These sessions at the Internet Freedom Festival are for you 28 March 2019 APCNews

Topics directly related to community networks will be addressed at the Internet Freedom Festival (IFF) happening in Valencia, Spain, on 1-5 April 2019. Understanding that community networks to access the internet are not only about networks, but first and foremost about organised communities, we put together a list of sessions that community network enthusiasts, promoters, techni...

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