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The identity predicament: A story about statelessness and the fight for denied rights
The identity predicament: A story about statelessness and the fight for denied rights 22 July 2021 Cecilia Maundu for GenderIT.org

The integrated biometric database system in Kenya exposes multilayered challenges of statelessness, loss of basic human rights and obstacles to availing government services. Through conversations with Mariam, a Nubian woman we learn about the tedious and lengthy process to obtain an ID card.

Seeding change: La Différence strengthens Pamoja Net, a community-owned network for people living on a remote island in DRC
Seeding change: La Différence strengthens Pamoja Net, a community-owned network for people living on a remote island in DRC 21 July 2021 APCNews

How are APC partners improving their communities' lives? By working side-by-side with the local community, La Différence builds Pamoja Net, a community-owned network providing internet access, while facilitating technological learning for youth on the island of Idjwi.

Digital rights in Zimbabwe: Joint submission to the third cycle of the Universal Periodic Review of Zimbabwe
Digital rights in Zimbabwe: Joint submission to the third cycle of the Universal Periodic Review of Zimbabwe 20 July 2021 Various

This UPR submission was co-authored by the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Zimbabwe Chapter, Small Media and Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA), and supported by APC and numerous other global and regional organisations.

Virtual Summit on Community Networks in Africa: Essential tools and resources for sustainable networks
Virtual Summit on Community Networks in Africa: Essential tools and resources for sustainable networks 15 July 2021 Internet Society and APC

The first session of the Virtual Summit on Community Networks in Africa season 2021/2022, taking place on 28 July, will present tools and resources to navigate the stages and processes needed to set up and operate a sustainable community network. Find out more and register to join us. 

Local Networks 2021 grants: Meet the 15 projects selected to strengthen community networks in Asia, Africa and Latin America
Local Networks 2021 grants: Meet the 15 projects selected to strengthen community networks in Asia, Africa and Latin America 13 July 2021

The open call received 96 applications from initiatives and projects directly engaged with existing or new community networks around the world. Find out more about the 15 initiatives selected to receive the grants from among the many impressive proposals.

Seeding change: Colnodo supports the operation of community networks in Colombia while learning together
Seeding change: Colnodo supports the operation of community networks in Colombia while learning together 30 June 2021 APCNews

How are APC members improving their communities’ lives? Colnodo made meaningful contributions to the community networks movement by supporting three such initiatives in Colombia while strengthening its own strategy.

HRC47: Joint oral statement on Colombia
HRC47: Joint oral statement on Colombia 28 June 2021 Various

Karisma, FLIP, ILEX, CEJIL, IFEX, Derechos Digitales and APC urge the Human Rights Council to call on the Colombian state to guarantee, respect and protect the exercise of human rights online and offline in the country.

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 37
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 37 24 June 2021 APCNews

Welcome to the 37th monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks.

Human rights online at the Human Rights Council 47th session
Human rights online at the Human Rights Council 47th session 21 June 2021 Paula Martins and Veronica Ferrari

The HRC will hold its 47th session in Geneva from 21 June to 13 July. APC considers the HRC sessions an important opportunity to influence the formulation of international standards on human rights online and to raise awareness regarding violations of human rights online in specific countries.

Joint civil society statement: People’s health and rights – and not intellectual property and profit – should be at the centre of responses to the COVID-19 crisis
Joint civil society statement: People’s health and rights – and not intellectual property and profit – should be at the centre of responses to the COVID-19 crisis 16 June 2021 Various

As international, regional and national civil society organisations working at the intersection of technology and human rights, we call on the world's governments to lift the intellectual property barriers that hinder universal access to health care and free COVID-19 vaccination for all.

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