Strategic use of the internet

SMEX: Advancing self-regulating information societies in the Middle East and North Africa
SMEX: Advancing self-regulating information societies in the Middle East and North Africa 31 January 2017

Social Media Exchange (SMEX) is a registered Lebanese NGO that works to advance self-regulating information societies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). While they engage globally, Lebanon is their home, making Arab society and culture their primary context for action. APCNews interviewed Jessica Dheere and Mohamad Najem, the co-directors of SMEX, which just joined the APC network. APCNews: SMEX advocates for a free and open, diverse and dynamic Arab internet. When and how did you de...

Harnessing the internet to realise labour rights in Cambodia: Interview with Alexandra Demetrianova
Harnessing the internet to realise labour rights in Cambodia: Interview with Alexandra Demetrianova 13 January 2017 Radhika Radhakrishnan

Do internet campaigns work? This is what Alexandra Demetrianova reflects upon in her research for GISWatch about labour rights violations in garment factories of Cambodia. In this interview, she discusses how the internet has played a key role in the struggles of garment factory workers (mostly female) and trade unionists to demand for an increase in their minimum wage. She also speaks about the internet’s potential in humanising the garment industry and changing consumer consciousness acro...

Overcoming gender-based digital exclusion in northern Nigeria: A strategy document
Overcoming gender-based digital exclusion in northern Nigeria: A strategy document 06 December 2016 Center for Information Technology and Development (CITAD)

Although in a number of countries the gender dimension of the digital divide has been bridged, this is not so in Nigeria, where there is huge differential between men and women in terms of access to and use of the internet. Within the country, it is worse in the states in the northern parts of the country. This is due to a number of factors including culture, religion, education and attitudes. ...

See it, film it, change it: Training and supporting people using video for human rights
See it, film it, change it: Training and supporting people using video for human rights 17 September 2016 Flavia Fascendini

“In this age, when the mass media rest in fewer and fewer hands, we must have strong, vital, independent voices if we ever want to hear all the stories or seek justice. We have an incredible opportunity to change lives.” (Peter Gabriel – WITNESS co-founder) One of the distinct characteristics of these times is that many people have access to devices that in previous days were...

What is your organisation's DNA? An interview with Paz Peña on strategic communications for advocacy
What is your organisation's DNA? An interview with Paz Peña on strategic communications for advocacy 09 July 2016 Flavia Fascendini

In a changing environment with tremendous competition among messages, how can we ensure that our communications have maximum impact? APCNews talked to Paz Peña, a Chilean journalist and social communicator who has been working on digital rights issues for the past eight years. She was advocacy director for the NGO Derechos Digitales, APC’s member organisation in Chile, until recently when sh...

What is the state of digital security and digital rights advocacy in the Middle East and North Africa?
What is the state of digital security and digital rights advocacy in the Middle East and North Africa? 24 May 2016

During the “Arab Spring” of 2011, the internet was a space for mobilisation. Since then, it has become a space for oppression of activism and dissent as well, with the governments of numerous countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA, Maghreb-Machrek in Arabic) adopting or amending legislation to crack down on online speech, deploying censorship and surveillance tools in an attemp...

Digital rights advocacy in the Arab world and the Universal Periodic Review
Digital rights advocacy in the Arab world and the Universal Periodic Review 01 May 2016 Wafa Ben Hassine

The Arab world is undergoing tremendous change. From the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia in 2011 to the war and refugee crisis in Syria and the fight against fundamentalists in Iraq, the region is overburdened with change. The strengths and weaknesses of digital rights, as well as the mere ability to use the internet securely, are not immune to these geopolitical shifts. Parallel to these shifts...

Iranian blogger Hossein Derakhshan: "We need to make hyperlinks valuable again"
Iranian blogger Hossein Derakhshan: "We need to make hyperlinks valuable again" 14 December 2015 Leila Nachawati Rego

"The rich, diverse, free web that I loved  –  and spent years in an Iranian jail for –  is dying. Why is nobody stopping it?” Iranian-Canadian blogger Hossein Derakhshan wrote shortly after he was released from Evin prison in northern Tehran. Credited with introducing the blogging culture to Iran, Derakhshan spent six years isolated from the web he had contributed to building. When ...

Bytes for All Pakistan, Internet Rights Are Human Rights workshop
Bytes for All Pakistan, Internet Rights Are Human Rights workshop 02 November 2015 Haroon Baloch

“It was the first time I attended a training about Internet rights. I had very little idea about this topic before attending, but this two-day extensive workshop titled ‘Internet Rights are Human Rights’ helped me at great length to better understand these rights, especially in online spaces.” -Muhammad Ali Rana, Assistant Professor, Media Studies Department, Fatima Jinnah Women Univer...

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