Ford Foundation

The Ford Foundation supports visionary leaders and organisations on the frontlines of social change worldwide. Its goals for more than half a century have been to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation and advance human achievement. Its headquarters are in the US and it has regional offices in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

APC is particularly appreciative of the programme support that the Ford Foundation provided from 1997 to 2000. The foundation also supported the APC council meeting in South Africa in 1997.

In 2001 and 2002 its general support for management systems and programmes continued. In 2006, the Foundation provided core support to CIPP, and funded global advocacy on communication rights in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

It provided funds to support a civic voice in global policy dialogues relating to communication technology (CIPP), from 1 June 2006 to 30 May 2008, as well as support for Global Information Society Watch 2008.

From 2014 to 2015, Ford supported the "Local Action to Secure Internet Rights (LASIR)" project, from from 2015 to 2017 the "Building feminist cross-movement collaboration and action on internet and human rights in Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean" project and currently (2017), Ford is providing 2 years core support for APC's global and regional policy advocacy work.

FeministInternet.net is here!
FeministInternet.net is here! 31 August 2016 APC

Version 2.0 of the Feminist Principles of the Internet is already out, and it is hosted on a new online platform that allows you to contribute to the collective construction of the Principles. Visit FeministInternet.org and help us shape the internet we want! What are the Feminist Principles of the Internet? In 2014 and 2015, more than 100 activists from women’s rights, sexual rights and internet rights movements came together to imagine a feminist internet. The Feminist Principles of the I...

Call for contributions on the internet and human rights in Africa
Call for contributions on the internet and human rights in Africa 13 July 2016

APC is calling for submissions of articles, case studies, interviews, publication reviews and other creative audio and visual contributions that explore how the internet [can / does / could] play a role in upholding human rights in Africa. Deadline for submissions is 25 July!  

Queering internet governance in Indonesia
Queering internet governance in Indonesia 14 November 2015 Kamilia Manaf, Dewi Nova Wahyuni, and Ikram Baadila

Refused to become part of the silent majority, Institut Pelangi Perempuan conducted an exploratory research related to the LGBTIQ rights in the internet governance in Indonesia. This research is an attempt to challenge and build social movements through a process of advocacy in the fight against cyber-homophobia and blocking decisions unilaterally LGBTIQ sites in Indonesia.

APC hosts “open web” advocate for 2015 Ford-Mozilla fellowship
APC hosts “open web” advocate for 2015 Ford-Mozilla fellowship 02 July 2015 Mallory Knodel

APC will host Andrea Del Río, a participant in the 2015 Open Web Fellows programme, which is an international leadership initiative by the Ford Foundation and Mozilla. For the next 10 months, Del Río will use her cutting-edge technology skills alongside APC policy experts to safeguard the internet as a global public resource.    

An EROTICS call: Survey on internet regulation and sexual rights
An EROTICS call: Survey on internet regulation and sexual rights 07 March 2013 Flavia Fascendini

Are you member of a non-governmental or a community-based organisation? Are you an academic or a researcher? Do you work within networks or coalitions? Are you an independent blogger? If you are a sexuality rights activist and you use the internet in your work, this call is for you.    

EROTICS: Sex, rights and the internet (An exploratory research study)
EROTICS: Sex, rights and the internet (An exploratory research study) 08 August 2011 APC

This breakthrough study carried out in five countries looks at how the internet plays host to critical information about sex education, health, fighting sex discrimination and defining one’s own sexuality. It debunks the commonly held view that sexuality online is just about pornography.    

EROTICS: Exploratory research on sexuality and the internet (executive summary)
EROTICS: Exploratory research on sexuality and the internet (executive summary) 17 February 2011 Jac sm Kee et al

APC’S EROTICS project conducted research on sexuality and the internet in five countries: Brazil, India, Lebanon, South Africa and the United States. This issue paper contains executive summaries for each country as well as an incisive introduction by EROTICS coordinator Jac sm Kee.    

The APC ICT Policy Handbook (Second edition)
The APC ICT Policy Handbook (Second edition) 15 November 2009 APC/Ed. David Souter

APC launched its first ICT policy handbook “for beginners” in 2003 to critical acclaim. It was the first comprehensive guide for non-technicians. Now APC has published an entirely rewritten second edition, available free and online for anyone to download.    

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