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APC members in 2016: Out of sight
APC members in 2016: Out of sight 25 October 2017 Point of View

This member story was featured in the 2016 APC Annual Report, as part of our work on access. Sometimes, a tweak to technology can open your eyes. To what you never saw. So in October 2016, when the Mumbai International Film Festival invited Point of View to collaborate, we suggested a special screening: for those without sight. Globally, there are more than 285 million people with visual impairment, 90% of whom live in low-income settings. Most of them rarely see movies – simply b...

APC members in 2016: Empowering women and girls through ICT
APC members in 2016: Empowering women and girls through ICT 25 October 2017 APC

This member story was featured in the 2016 APC Annual Report, as part of our work on access. With the support of an APC member project grant, Colnodo developed a new app, PiensaEnTIC, which uses interactive learning activities to raise young women’s awareness of digital security and their internet rights. The app has been downloaded over 600 times. Colnodo has also continued to develop systems that specifically respond to the growing needs of organisations for simple, accessible and se...

APC members in 2016: Do-it-yourself connectivity for rural communities
APC members in 2016: Do-it-yourself connectivity for rural communities 25 October 2017 Zenzeleni Networks

This member story was featured in the 2016 APC Annual Report, as part of our work on access. Zenzeleni Networks in Mankosi has finally managed to connect its networks to a cheaper, faster and more reliable internet option. Due to its remoteness, the options for internet connectivity in Mankosi, as in many other rural – and not-so-rural – areas in South Africa, are very limited. There i...

APC members in 2016: Building skills to demand government transparency
APC members in 2016: Building skills to demand government transparency 25 October 2017 Asociación Trinidad

This member story was featured in the 2016 APC Annual Report, as part of our work on access. Among the highlights of Asociación Trinidad’s work in 2016 were the activities undertaken as part of its ongoing project Mirá: Observatorio Ciudadano, a citizens’ observatory to ensure the effective implementation of Law 5.282/14 on access to public information and government transparency in ...

APC members in 2016: Ambassadors for better, faster internet
APC members in 2016: Ambassadors for better, faster internet 25 October 2017 PROTEGE-QV

This member story was featured in the 2016 APC Annual Report, as part of our work on access. In December 2016, with the support of an APC member small grant, PROTEGE-QV held a workshop to investigate the reasons behind the relatively poor access to and quality of the internet in Cameroon. For this purpose, 20 ambassadors were carefully selected and their capacities strengthened t...

Call for applications for the fifth African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG)
Call for applications for the fifth African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG) 11 October 2017

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) is pleased to announce the call for applications for the fifth African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG). The 2017 School will be held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt from 28 November to 2 December, to coincide with the African Internet Governance Forum (AfIGF) which will also take place in Sharm El-Sheikh, from 4 to 6 December...

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 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 dif...

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...

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