Strategic use of the internet

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 he went back to the internet, what he found was appalling. APC’s Leila Nachawati Rego talked to De...

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 University. Ali Rana was among ten participants selected for the Internet Rights are Human Rights (IRHR) w...

LASIR: Empowering national and local actors in their defence of human rights on the internet
LASIR: Empowering national and local actors in their defence of human rights on the internet 10 September 2015 APC

Since early 2015, the Local Action to Secure Internet Rights (LASIR) project has focused on empowering national and local actors in their defence of human rights on the internet, in countries as diverse as South Korea, Brazil, the Philippines, India, Jordan, Uganda, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bangladesh, Kenya and Tunisia. All LASIR partners are strong local organisations, with ongoing work on int...

One World Platform: Internet rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina
One World Platform: Internet rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina 19 August 2015 APC

Since early 2015, the Local Action to Secure Internet Rights (LASIR) project has focused on empowering national and local actors in their defence of human rights on the internet, in countries as diverse as South Korea, Brazil, the Philippines, India, Jordan, Uganda, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bangladesh, Kenya and Tunisia. All LASIR partners are strong local organisations, with ongoing work on int...

IT for Change: Net neutrality and community broadband in India
IT for Change: Net neutrality and community broadband in India 19 August 2015 APC

Since early 2015, the Local Action to Secure Internet Rights (LASIR) project has focused on empowering national and local actors in their defence of human rights on the internet, in countries as diverse as South Korea, Brazil, the Philippines, India, Jordan, Uganda, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bangladesh, Kenya and Tunisia. All LASIR partners are strong local organisations, with ongoing work on int...

Foundation for Media Alternatives: A Philippine Multistakeholder Forum on Internet Governance
Foundation for Media Alternatives: A Philippine Multistakeholder Forum on Internet Governance 19 August 2015 APC

Since early 2015, the Local Action to Secure Internet Rights (LASIR) project has focused on empowering national and local actors in their defence of human rights on the internet, in countries as diverse as South Korea, Brazil, the Philippines, India, Jordan, Uganda, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bangladesh, Kenya and Tunisia. All LASIR partners are strong local organisations, with ongoing work on int...

Storify: Internet Rights Training Exchange in Jakarta
Storify: Internet Rights Training Exchange in Jakarta 03 June 2015 Leila Nachawati Rego

"The Internet corrupt young minds". "Social media are responsible for the Arab Spring". "If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear from surveillance". "If you don't want naked pictures of you online, don't take pictures of yourself". These were some of the internet myths challenged during the Internet Rights Training Exchange that APC organised in Jakarta between 29 M...

A Government-Centred Global Conference of Cyberspace
A Government-Centred Global Conference of Cyberspace 12 May 2015 Michael Graaf

I was alerted to the Global Conference of Cyberspace by one of my fellow African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG) alumni. In fact, I hoped to attend the civil-society-oriented pre-event, where I could have represented my organisation. However, my application for that failed, and instead I was invited only to the government-centred main event, seemingly as an observer, and on the basis of...

Digital Empowerment Foundation: “Not Too Inaccessible for Broadband: Connecting Remote Communities with Wireless Spectrum”
Digital Empowerment Foundation: “Not Too Inaccessible for Broadband: Connecting Remote Communities with Wireless Spectrum” 04 May 2015 Shahid Ahmed

As part of the Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF), my colleague Ritu Srivastava and I I participated in an interactive session on Broadband for All organised at the RightsCon conference in Manila, Philippines. This session explored how broadband services and access can be utilized by all populations across the world. We offered an approach from our experience in providing internet access thro...

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