Hosted annually, the WSIS Forum is a space in which APC has participated actively since its inception. We are committed to the WSIS goal of a “people-centred, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society”; where everyone can create, access, use and share information to fully promote sustainable development and improve their quality of life. Our statement outlines ongoing efforts required to realise this goal.
If implemented, the Draft Online Regulation Policy proposed by the South African Film and Publication Board would, under the guise of child protection, pose serious threats to online freedom of expression. APC joins the many South African civil society and broader communications sector voices that are expressing their concern about the proposed regulations.
Founded in 1990, APC is the world’s longest-running network of civil society organisations and activists working with ICTs for social justice and sustainable development. This May we celebrate our 25th anniversary! That’s twenty-five years of building an international network online of organisations for ICTs and social justice.
Tokyo-based APC member Japan Computer Access for Empowerment (JCAFE) has launched a global survey on personal data and surveillance. Survey responses may explain how and why awareness of privacy and surveillance vary across countries.
Campaigners, get ready to occupy the internet! On Saturday, May 23, Take Back the Tech! is joining women around the world for #FemHack, and we want you to amplify women’s voices and #imagineafeministinternet. Check here how to participate!
The Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) aims to build policy analysis skills and methodologies into the work of civil society organisations in the field of ICT for development, democracy and social justice. Today, it makes us very happy to announce that our latest GISWatch report on surveillance has exceeded 10,000 page hits to the main report, becoming the most read in the history of GISWatch.
APC is happy to announce that we are partnering with The Web We Want to launch an open call for grant proposals. A limited number of grants will be offered to projects that support local campaign efforts to promote a free and open Web.
Since 2014, APC has been working with local partners in four countries to implement the Sexual Rights Project, aimed at building stronger relationships between the sexual rights and internet rights movements. The project’s goals are to support and deepen existing research on sex and technology, to increase understanding of how sexual rights, internet freedoms and democratisation are connected, and to advance these across the internet rights ecosystem. Learn more about the Sexual Rights Project!
Over the years, the Global Conference on Cyberspace (GCCS) has evolved from a space for developing principles for governing behaviour in cyberspace into a space to discuss emerging issues, particularly the relationship between internet rights and internet security. APC attended GCCS 2015 and has developed a statement on the issues discussed and what needs to be addressed before the next conference in 2017.
ICT ministries and regulators from Southern Africa are meeting this week to consider ways to use infrastructure sharing to help achieve more universal access to broadband.
In Pakistan, religious and cultural controls over women intersect with technology, language barriers prevent intermediaries from addressing abuse, and justice has a slippery meaning. Using the voices and stories of three women survivors and research led by human rights organisation Bytes for All under APC’s “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online” project, this GenderIT.org edition explores various facets of technology-related violence against women in Pakistan.
Fighting against the return of censorship in Tunisia: Women striving for freedom of speech and press
After having been held in silence and fear for years, public debate has been flourishing in Tunisia since 2011. Tunisian journalists Sana Sbouai and Lilia Weslaty actively participate in the day-to-day struggle to develop free alternative media. This is their account of the current situation.
On 6 May 2015, the anti-terrorism Bill C-51 was passed by the Canadian Parliament. Launched after the attacks of October 2014 that cost the lives of four people (the attackers and two military personnel), the law grants additional powers to the Canadian spy agency, including conducting disruptive actions.For some observers, this new law is “a version of the US Patriot Act on steroids” and implements an approach of “total information awareness” which has a profound impact on Canadians’ rights to privacy.
The proposed Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill poses serious threats to freedom of expression and privacy in Pakistan. To challenge it, a Charter of Demands has been developed by Bytes for All Pakistan, Media Matters for Democracy, and supporting organisations, APC among them.
Among over 4,800 submissions, APC’s Take Back the Tech! campaign was recognised with the prestigious award The Bobs in the People’s Choice for English category.
Statement: "We remain strongly committed to the goal of a people-centred, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society"
As civil society organisations committed to the goal of a “people-centred, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society”, APC, the International Federation of Library Associations and the Internet Democracy Project have released a statement to highlight this central goal of the World Summit on the Information Society.
On April 28, the police arrested Executive Director of EMPOWER Maria Chin Abdullah. Member of the BERSIH 2.0 Mandeep Singh was also brought in for questioning. Both were released on police bail after about an hour. They, along with Bayan Baru MP Sim Tze Tsin, are the latest targets of a wave of police investigations and arrests following Anwar Ibrahim’s incarceration and the Kita Lawan rallies.
The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), together with its Pakistani member Bytes for All, strongly condemns the killing of Sabeen Mahmud. The groups also call on the government of Pakistan to ensure the protection of human rights defenders and bring perpetrators of the brutal murder of Sabeen Mahmud to justice.
During May 2015, the Global Alliance on Media and Gender (GAMAG), led by UNESCO, will promote awareness on issues related to women and the media as part of the Beijing+20 Review/Campaign. APC is a member of GAMAG’s Steering Committee and coordinator of its Advocacy Committee, so it is fully involved in this campaign. Join us!
Is it still possible to imagine a debate on a feminist internet within the context of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)? This question has been resounding since the last session of the CSW took place in March 2015. This GenderIT.org edition analyses what happened around Section J at the 59th session of the CSW, as well as what did not happen, and brings forward ideas on how to strategise around this space in the future.