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Joint letter to the UN on social media and device collection at US borders 17 February 2017 Various for APCNews

In a joint letter sent to High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, William Lacy Swing, Director General of the International Organization for Migration, and UN experts, a group of organisations urged these authorities to investigate r...

Roots with wings: Changes in APC senior management 16 February 2017 APC for APCNews

On 1 April 2017 APC’s current deputy executive director, Chat Garcia Ramilo, will assume the position of executive director (ED). Anriette Esterhuysen will step down as ED and assume a position as director of advocacy. Anriette Esterhuysen has been the executive director of the Association for Pro...

Women in tech: We want to share your stories!
Women in tech: We want to share your stories! 13 February 2017 TBTT for Take Back the Tech!

As a woman or non-binary person, have you faced discrimination in the tech industry? How did you find support? Did the experience change you? What advice do you have for other women, queer, and non-binary folks – or for the IT sector to help them get their act together? On 23 February tech compani...

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 APC for APCNews

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 J...

Cameroon maintains internet shutdown despite international outcry
Cameroon maintains internet shutdown despite international outcry 31 January 2017 APC for APCNews

Restrictions on internet access – commonly known as internet shutdowns – in north-west and south-west Cameroon are now in their 14th day. The restrictions ordered by the government of Cameroon, which have been in effect since 17 January 2017, have specifically targeted Anglophone regions, report...

Zenzeleni: Do-it-yourself telecoms networks in rural South Africa
Zenzeleni: Do-it-yourself telecoms networks in rural South Africa 26 January 2017 APC for APCNews

A project registered as a cooperative, Zenzeleni means “do it yourselves” in isiXhosa, one of the official languages of South Africa. What led to this amazing community initiative? is the question featured on the project’s website. The short answer is prices, since compared to similar countrie...

Sekoetlane Phamodi, APC’s new Africa policy coordinator: “Women are holding knives by their blades”
Sekoetlane Phamodi, APC’s new Africa policy coordinator: “Women are holding knives by their blades” 13 January 2017 APC for APCNews

A fundamental challenge in need of urgent resolution in the digital age is how to protect human rights and freedoms on the internet, and the African continent is no exception. African internet rights are at the core of APC’s work and will take another step forward with our new Africa policy region...

Groundbreaking report on the shrinking spaces for online freedom of assembly and association in Pakistan
Groundbreaking report on the shrinking spaces for online freedom of assembly and association in Pakistan 11 January 2017 APC for APCNews

The rights to freedom of assembly and of association (FoAA) are among the fundamental human rights, enshrined in the domestic law of Pakistan and the International Bill of Human Rights. These rights are among the fundamental requisites for a democracy and a vital means for exercising many other civi...