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The EU's plans for its digital future
The EU's plans for its digital future 03 March 2020 APCNews

APC outlines positions on some of the areas covered in the digital strategies presented by the European Commission that will undoubtedly set a key precedent for global discussions on issues such as regulating platforms, data governance and artificial intelligence.

"Access Denied": New research by 7amleh Center about Palestinian access to e-commerce
"Access Denied": New research by 7amleh Center about Palestinian access to e-commerce 24 February 2020 7amleh – The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media

New research about Palestinian access to e-commerce highlights how occupation, failure to fulfill the Oslo Accords and digital discrimination have stunted the development of the Palestinian economy and created challenges for Palestinian buyers, sellers and workers online.

Inside the Digital Society: Digital inclusion and social inclusion
Inside the Digital Society: Digital inclusion and social inclusion 23 February 2020 David Souter

In this week's column, David Souter explores how in the digital world we often assume that digital access improves access to services. And so it does – for most people in most cases, but not for all in all. Those designing policies and plans for digital access to public (and private) services should remember always that the real aim is access to services not digitalisation, he states.

#KeepIton: Joint letter on keeping the internet open and secure during the elections in Togo
#KeepIton: Joint letter on keeping the internet open and secure during the elections in Togo 21 February 2020 Various

APC joined this call on the government of Togo to ensure that the internet, including social media and other communication channels, remains open, secure and accessible before, during and after the upcoming presidential elections.

Telecommunications Reclaimed: A hands-on guide to networking communities
Telecommunications Reclaimed: A hands-on guide to networking communities 18 February 2020 Various (Edited by Mélanie Dulong de Rosnay and Félix Tréguer, CNRS)

This book is a guide on how to build a community network, a shared local telecommunications infrastructure, managed as a commons, to access the internet and other digital communications services. It was written collectively by a group of community network pioneers in Europe, activists and researchers during a writing residency week held in Vic, Catalonia in October 2018.

Comments in respect of the Provisioning of Mobile Broadband Wireless Open Access Services for Urban and Rural Areas Using the Complementary Bands, IMT700, IMT800, IMT2300, IMT2600 and IMT3500
Comments in respect of the Provisioning of Mobile Broadband Wireless Open Access Services for Urban and Rural Areas Using the Complementary Bands, IMT700, IMT800, IMT2300, IMT2600 and IMT3500 31 January 2020 Zenzeleni Networks and APC

Zenzeleni Networks and APC jointly submitted a response to the call for comments on the Licensing Process for International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) Spectrum made by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA).

APC submission to the ITU Council Working Group-Internet Open Consultation on “International Internet-related Public Policy Issues on Harnessing New and Emerging Telecommunications/ICTs for Sustainable Development”
APC submission to the ITU Council Working Group-Internet Open Consultation on “International Internet-related Public Policy Issues on Harnessing New and Emerging Telecommunications/ICTs for Sustainable Development” 22 January 2020 APC

In an increasingly interconnected world, it is easy to forget that many people lack basic internet connectivity. We encourage the ITU to continue to focus on its core mandate of “connecting all the world’s people”, and explore new and emerging technologies to improve connectivity.

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 24
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 24 10 January 2020

Welcome to the 24th monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks.

Nontsokolo Sigcau of Zenzeleni: "I want to take this community network to other communities, because internet is for everyone"
Nontsokolo Sigcau of Zenzeleni: "I want to take this community network to other communities, because internet is for everyone" 02 January 2020 APCNews

This is the fifth in a series of interviews that highlight the journey, struggles and achievements of women doing work in community networks. We are documenting their experiences with the intention to inspire more women to get involved in this field.

Marcela Guerra from Coolab, Brazil: "Now women feel safe to explain technology in a context where before they did not even feel safe to ask"
Marcela Guerra from Coolab, Brazil: "Now women feel safe to explain technology in a context where before they did not even feel safe to ask" 12 December 2019 APCNews

This is the fourth in a series of interviews we will be publishing until the end of the year that highlight the journey, struggles and achievements of women doing work in community networks. We will document their experiences with the intention to inspire more women to get involved in this field.

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