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APC's subgranting programme benefits 18 members in 2017
APC's subgranting programme benefits 18 members in 2017 09 October 2017

APC’s subgranting programme in its second year awarded a total of USD 273,986 to support its members in achieving APC’s vision. Eighteen member organisations were recipients of 21 grants, 10 of which are project grants of up to USD 20,000 each, while the other 11 are research and campaign grants of up to USD 5,000 each. Funds were also used to support the research of 28 national reports for the 2017 Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) report...

The pre-internet days and early local efforts at linking activists
The pre-internet days and early local efforts at linking activists 03 October 2017 APC, in collaboration with Rising Voices

This piece was inspired by an article entitled "Mike Jensen: The pre-internet days" In the early 1980s, before the internet as we know it existed, groups of activists from different corners of the world were working on stand-alone systems with “human gateways”. Technicians had to physically travel from one part of the world to another to install software and programme code to allow different computer systems to communicate with each other and share information. Environmental awarenes...

Perspectives on universal free access to online information in South Africa: Free public Wi-Fi and zero-rated content
Perspectives on universal free access to online information in South Africa: Free public Wi-Fi and zero-rated content 27 September 2017 This paper was prepared for APC by Applied Law & Technology Ltd, in collaboration with the South African National Editors’ Forum, Media Monitoring Africa, and the Interactive Advertising Bureau of South Africa

The ability to receive and impart information online, in particular through the internet, has become central to the exercise and enjoyment of fundamental human rights and freedoms. It enables people to engage in an array of learning experiences, build information and knowledge societies, foster public and private debate, establish organisations, and contribute to public interest innovation. Thr...

Civil society organisations write to international bodies over internet shutdown in Togo
Civil society organisations write to international bodies over internet shutdown in Togo 14 September 2017 Various

A coalition of some 35 civil society organisations has written to several international bodies including the African Union and the United Nations Human Rights Council over the recent internet shutdown in Togo. Signatories to the letter include Paradigm Initiative, Reporters Without Borders, World Wide Web Foundation, Access Now, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), G...

Job opportunity at APC: Administration and Research Assistant for Local Access Networks Project
Job opportunity at APC: Administration and Research Assistant for Local Access Networks Project 08 September 2017

Main purpose of the job APC's new community-based connectivity action research project "Local Access Networks: Can the unconnected connect themselves?" is looking for an Administration and Research Support Assistant. The purpose of the position is to have an overall perspective of the project and it’s progress, have responsibility for implementation of the project’s internal administrative ...

Fantsuam holds training on identifying fake cables for improved internet access
Fantsuam holds training on identifying fake cables for improved internet access 11 July 2017

Fantsuam Foundation has hosted a training of its CSO partners and some members of the general public on how to identify fake connecting cables. The initiative, supported by Association for Progressive Communications (APC), is part of  Fantsuam’s research into how to improve Internet access in the country through regulation of Connecting Cables Marketing and Production in Nigeria.The trai...

National human rights institutions in digital spaces
National human rights institutions in digital spaces 10 July 2017 Gayatri Khandhadai with contributions from Mallory Knodel and Furhan Hussain (Editor: Deborah Brown) for APC

ICTs and more specifically, the internet create new and promising spaces where national human rights institutions (NHRIs) can improve the way they function and reach out to stakeholders in previously unimaginable ways. Digitalisation has fundamentally changed the way we work. NHRIs can develop practices that systematically help them record and store information about their work in digital form....

Fundraising campaign: Feminist Infrastructure in Latin America
Fundraising campaign: Feminist Infrastructure in Latin America 10 July 2017

Update: We are extending the fundraiser until 6 August 2017!. We are under chronic and severe surveillance, activism is criminalised, our digital commons are privatised and violence online is normalised. To build autonomous and resilient networks is, more than ever, vital and necessary. In Latin America, abortion access is both elemental and high risk. Online and offline, abortion collectives...

Human rights and the internet: The key role of national human rights institutions in protecting human rights in the digital age
Human rights and the internet: The key role of national human rights institutions in protecting human rights in the digital age 21 June 2017

The internet is changing the ways in which people interact, trade, learn and communicate. For those who have got access to it, it is becoming increasingly difficult to imagine life without it. It offers us all kinds of opportunities, including exercising our human rights both online and offline, as different United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council resolutions have established. The internet als...

Access and beyond: Navigating mobile costs in communication
Access and beyond: Navigating mobile costs in communication 16 June 2017 Chenai Chair

The African market is flooded with zero rating services such as Free Basics (Facebook’s zero rating scheme) and other subsidised data strategies. Do these schemes make internet more affordable and bring access to more people in Africa? The main plus for Free Basics has been that it provides free watered down internet access to those who don't usually have that kind of access, even to selected...

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