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The APC community’s work on access in 2018: Pushing for people-centred communications networks
The APC community’s work on access in 2018: Pushing for people-centred communications networks 14 March 2019 Gabrielle Willms

How can we help people gain easy and affordable access to a free and open internet to improve their lives and create a more just world? This question has driven our work and strategic priorities for almost 30 years. APC’s strategic plan for the period 2016-2019, developed with our members network, identified six key result areas to address emerging issues and opportunities in the use and development of information and communications technologies (ICTs) for social justice and advocacy: acces...

Free To Be Mobile: New publication from Point of View
Free To Be Mobile: New publication from Point of View 08 March 2019 Point of View

Point of View, an APC member organisation in India, celebrated International Women's Day on 8 March with the launch of its newest publication, Free To Be Mobile, as part of its mission to ensure that women, girls, queer and trans persons can inhabit digital spaces freely – and fearlessly. The introduction begins with the question, "What do we talk about when we talk about technology-enabled violence?" "We mostly talk about online violence, or violence on the internet," it continues. "B...

Helping women and non-binary communities gain access: Reflections from the Best Practice Forum on Gender and Access on the potential of alternative models of connectivity
Helping women and non-binary communities gain access: Reflections from the Best Practice Forum on Gender and Access on the potential of alternative models of connectivity 07 March 2019 Gabrielle Willms

The transformative power of the internet has offered unprecedented access to information, possibilities for socioeconomic growth and the opportunity for increased exercise of a range of human rights, including cultural, social and economic rights and freedom of expression. Global growth in connectivity, however, has begun to slow and, for many, meaningful access to the internet remains elusive....

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 15
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 15 01 March 2019

Welcome to the 15th monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks. 1. Get involved The Internet Society is inviting applications for the online course "Building Wireless Community Networks". The e-learning course will be delivered through its learning portal Inforum. This online course covers essential topics for effective planning, deployment and operational support of ...

Joint submission on the consultation paper on light licensing of the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz band in Zimbabwe
Joint submission on the consultation paper on light licensing of the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz band in Zimbabwe 25 February 2019 Murambinda Works, Association for Progressive Communications, Internet Society and Rhizomatica

This is a joint submission by Murambinda Works, the Association for Progressive Communications, Internet Society and Rhizomatica. We support the objectives of this proposed regulatory change but feel the changes could go even further in order to more effectively realise those objectives. We fully support Minister Kazembe’s recent statement that young people are key to closing the digital gap ...

#KeepitOn: Joint letter on keeping the internet open and secure in Nigeria
#KeepitOn: Joint letter on keeping the internet open and secure in Nigeria 18 February 2019 Various

Re: Internet shutdown in upcoming elections in Nigeria Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (EVC/CEO) Nigerian Communications Commission CC: Maria Arena, Chief Observer European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) to Nigeria We the #KeepItOn Coalition welcome your statement dated 1 February 2019 reaffirming your commitment to ensure the stability...

Joint NGO report to UN Committee: Internet shutdowns in Cameroon violate economic, social and cultural rights
Joint NGO report to UN Committee: Internet shutdowns in Cameroon violate economic, social and cultural rights 05 February 2019 Mehar Gujral

Intentional disruptions of internet access – commonly known as internet shutdowns – restrict a range of human rights, including economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRs). Ahead of Cameroon’s review at the 65th session of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) (18 February-8 March 2019), where the government’s compliance with the International Covenant on Eco...

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 14
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 14 01 February 2019

Welcome to the 14th monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks. 1. Get involved  All World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) stakeholders are invited to submit inputs on the Thematic Aspects and Innovations on the Format of the WSIS Forum 2019. The deadline is 10 February 2019. Read more. 2. Community networks in news and blogs Observing community n...

Connection Interrupted: Israel’s control of the Palestinian ICT infrastructure and its impact on digital rights
Connection Interrupted: Israel’s control of the Palestinian ICT infrastructure and its impact on digital rights 31 January 2019 Anan AbuShanab for 7amleh

APC member 7amleh – The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media launched the report “Connection Interrupted” in English and Arabic. It details the Israeli control over the Palestinian ICT infrastructure in the West Bank and Gaza and its impact on the digital rights of the Palestinian people. Since the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories in 1967, Israel took complete ...

Women and community networks in Africa
Women and community networks in Africa 23 January 2019 APCNews

Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have been universally acknowledged as enablers for socio economic development. However, women in Africa still face large barriers in terms of access and capacity to benefit from the use of these technologies, especially women living in rural areas. In the words of Nicola Bidwell, Professor of Computer Science at Namibia's Internat...

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