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APC at the Internet Freedom Festival 2019 Valencia 01 April 2019 By APCNews

The annual Internet Freedom Festival (IFF) in Valencia, Spain has become one of the main events for civil society on internet rights with a special focus on surveillance, censorship and circumvention worldwide. Here is a list of sessions that APC staff and members are organising or leading.

African women face widening technology gap 01 April 2019 By African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG)

Despite having the highest growth in internet penetration across the globe,  Africa remains the only continent whose digital gender gap has widened since 2013. It is this that motivates AfriSIG to focus deliberate gender lenses on its planning and coordination.

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 16
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 16 30 March 2019 By APCNews

Welcome to the 16th monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks.

#WelcomeHomeAlaa: Egyptian revolution activist Alaa Abd El Fattah released after five years in prison
#WelcomeHomeAlaa: Egyptian revolution activist Alaa Abd El Fattah released after five years in prison 29 March 2019 By Global Voices, IFEX, APC and others

Egyptian blogger and activist Alaa Abd El Fattah was released by authorities late on the night of 28 March after serving five years in prison for defying a protest ban. 

Are you a community networks activist? These sessions at the Internet Freedom Festival are for you
Are you a community networks activist? These sessions at the Internet Freedom Festival are for you 28 March 2019 By APCNews

Topics directly related to community networks will be addressed at the Internet Freedom Festival in Valencia, Spain, 1-5 April. We compiled a list of sessions that community network enthusiasts, promoters, technicians or activists just interested in the topic might want to participate in. ...

Exploring the impact of internet protocols and architectures on human rights
Exploring the impact of internet protocols and architectures on human rights 26 March 2019 By Avri Doria

The Human Rights Protocol Considerations Research Group (HRPC) in the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) is about to gather for its 11th meeting in a little over three years, on Thursday, 28 March.

"Users across the globe may well see a rise in automated censorship and filtering thanks to the European Parliament"
"Users across the globe may well see a rise in automated censorship and filtering thanks to the European Parliament" 26 March 2019 By APCNews

The updated EU copyright directive, which was voted on and approved on Tuesday, 26 March, poses a threat to creativity and freedom of expression online.

Despots and disruptions: The greater the tendency to authoritarianism, the higher the chances of internet shutdowns
Despots and disruptions: The greater the tendency to authoritarianism, the higher the chances of internet shutdowns 25 March 2019 By APCNews

2019 started with five African countries facing internet disruptions, a very dangerous trend that reveals a rise in authoritarianism on the continent. This is the focus of a recently launched study by APC member Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA).

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