Communications and Information Policy Programme

CIPP responds to access, governance and rights problems in a consistent, systematic and integrated way, addressing national and regional particularities in Asia, Africa and Latin America and ensuring a multi-directional dynamic between the national, global and the regional levels. This is achieved by providing research/analysis-based substantive insights and framings; facilitating movement building and cross-movement interaction; enhancing the individual and collective agency of people to defend human rights online and to transform lives at local levels; addressing the transforming effect of technology through alternate viewpoints and approaches; developing and building the capacity of civil society and other stakeholders to engage with internet issues and processes, including those related to policy; and advocating for favourable policy options and solutions at global, regional and national levels.

Supporting Community-led Approaches to Addressing the Digital Divide
Supporting Community-led Approaches to Addressing the Digital Divide 27 February 2020

The initiative is being implemented by APC in partnership with Rhizomatica and aims to develop the models, capacities and sustainability of community networks.

CYRILLA: Global Digital Rights Law
CYRILLA: Global Digital Rights Law 28 May 2019

The CYRILLA Collaborative is a global initiative that seeks to map and analyse the evolution and impacts of legal frameworks in digital environments by aggregating, organising and visualising distributed legal data through open research methodologies, data models, taxonomies and databases.

Connecting the Unconnected: Supporting community networks and other community-based connectivity initiatives
Connecting the Unconnected: Supporting community networks and other community-based connectivity initiatives 11 March 2019

This project will contribute to an enabling ecosystem for the emergence and growth of community networks and other community-based connectivity initiatives in developing countries. It is part of a multi-year, multi-donor strategy envisaged to address the human capacity and sustainability challenges, along with the policy and regulatory obstacles, that limit the growth of community-based co...

Securing human rights online in Africa through a strong and active "African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms" network
Securing human rights online in Africa through a strong and active "African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms" network 06 March 2019

In order to more effectively address threats and advance human rights online in the region, this project will build the capacity of the African Declaration Secretariat and Coalition and of civil society organisations who use it in policy development and in responding to internet-related human rights violations.

Challenging hate narratives and violations of freedom of religion and expression online in Asia
Challenging hate narratives and violations of freedom of religion and expression online in Asia 18 December 2018

This project seeks to protect and promote respect for freedom of religion and expression on the internet, particularly by countering hate speech online on the basis of religion, and generating narratives and discourse that defend secular and diverse opinions touching upon religion. The three-year project focuses on five countries in South and Southeast Asia: Bangladesh, India, Indones...

Universal Periodic Review
Universal Periodic Review 02 July 2018

In partnership with members and networks, APC’s Internet Rights programme advocates for the protection, promotion and respect of human rights at the national level through the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), a unique mechanism of the Human Rights Council involving a review of the human rights records of all UN member states.

Local Access Networks: Can the unconnected connect themselves?
Local Access Networks: Can the unconnected connect themselves? 31 August 2017

This project aims to address the following questions: Are local access infrastructure models a viable alternative to connecting the unconnected, and if so, what are the circumstances that make them successful? What are the benefits to the local community in terms of well-being, gender equity and social or economic development where connectivity infrastructure is locally owned?

African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG)
African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG) 22 March 2017

AfriSIG is a multistakeholder training initiative that aims to give Africans from diverse sectors and stakeholder groups the opportunity to gain knowledge and confidence to participate effectively in internet governance processes and debates. 

Advocacy for Change through Technology in India, Malaysia and Pakistan
Advocacy for Change through Technology in India, Malaysia and Pakistan 23 October 2016

APC has teamed up with members and partners in India, Pakistan and Malaysia to protect and promote human rights on the internet. The project's objectives include research and documentation, capacity building and support for networking and advocacy.

Building feminist cross-movement collaboration and action on internet and human rights in Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean
Building feminist cross-movement collaboration and action on internet and human rights in Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean 13 May 2016

This project aims to build awareness and collaborative action on internet policy and regulation among activists in the global South by securing human rights in internet policy and regulation in Africa, and integrating a feminist and gender justice agenda in internet governance debates and processes.

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