APC in the media and selected publications

IT Web , Johannesburg , South Africa
13 June 2013

This IT Web article highlights APC’s role in the civil society movement against the United States government’s surveillance of internet traffic:
“In a statement addressed to the Human Rights Council (HRC), civil society body, the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), expressed concern over the revelations and the fact that US authorities make the results of that surveillance available to other governments such as the UK.
Of equal concern, says the APC, is the indication of apparent complicity of some US-based Internet companies with global reach.”

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The Morung Express
06 May 2013

This article in the Morung Express highlights the Take Back the Tech campaign as an innovative initiative that provides women and girls the opportunity and tools to tackle issues such as cyberbullying, spousal manipulation, online sex trafficking and other forms of gender-based violence against women.
“Innovations such as Take back the Tech! to end violence against women project in Uganda, a national initiative linked to the global campaign run by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) is one example of how this is being done.”

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The Mail and Guardian , Johannesburg , South Africa
03 May 2013

The Mail and Guardian highlights key points from APC’s contribution to the 2013 State of Civil Society Report published by Civicus:
“The potential of arguably the most liberating tool for activism – the internet and social media – is under threat by new restrictions limiting citizens’ ability to mobilise or hold governments to account. The Johannesburg-based Association for Progressive Communications estimates that 30% of global internet users face restrictions on access to content. Social media has mobilised citizen action, governments are placing greater restrictions on technology or taking action against those using it. More than 45 countries have imposed online restrictions.”

1,014 reads
Voice of America , Johannesburg , South Africa
29 April 2013

Voice of America interviews APC’s Executive Director Anriette Esterhuysen about the struggle for freedom of expression online:
“Anriette Esterhuysen, executive director of the Association for Progressive Communications, said Internet access may not be a human right in itself, but it is a part of the package. She recommended that African nations push telecoms companies to make their rates more affordable.”

1,207 reads
The Guardian , United Kingdom
26 April 2013

APC’s Jennifer Radloff, project coordinator for the Women’s Rights Programme, participates in an online panel hosted by the Guardian, debating how ICTs have the potential to transform activism and the new digital security risks associated:
Jennifer Radloff, project co-ordinator (capacity building in secure online communications), Association for Progressive Communications, … “Partnerships can help alert technology companies to the realities of users, encourage governments to create policies to improve accessibility and show NGOs how technology actually works, how the internet works, and where the points of engagement are between development issues and technology.”

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Digital Rights Watch , Montreal , Canada
20 March 2012

[…] In this inaugural edition of In Focus I talk to the Association For Progressive Communications‘ Lisa Cyr, Communications, Media and Promotions Associate and Grady Johnson, the communications associate for the Connect Your Rights! Campaign and Internet rights project on the evolving mission of APC, Internet Access as a human right and the intertwining issues of Internet Censorship and Internet Surveillance.

1,108 reads
United States Institute of Peace’s Social Networking Resource Center.
12 March 2012

[…] USIP’s New Media and Peacebuilding Resource Center provides peacebuilders with various tools that will help them integrate new media tools – mobile phones, social networking websites, and crisis mapping tools – into their work more effectively. New media tools change the way peacebuilders do their work in country, but they also bring with them a growing body of knowledge around security concerns, infrastructure needs, and best practices. This Resource Center aggregates this body of knowledge in one place, making it an ideal, one-stop-shop for NGOs, trainers, and peacebuilding professionals who are trying to expand their toolset to include new technology innovations.

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Rebecca Mackinnon
05 March 2012

[…] A growing number of nongovernmental organizations are also dedicating themselves to Internet policy advocacy: informing the public about complicated issues that the news media often doesn’t cover well and lobbying governments to change or improve laws so the Internet can remain as open and free as possible. The Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Center for Democracy and Technology are just two of many such groups in the United States. Counterparts exist all over the world: the Open Rights Group in the UK, Bit of Freedom in the Netherlands, Netzpolitik in Germany, La Quadrature du Net in France, Jinbonet in South Korea, and many others. Other more globally focused organizations such as the South Africa-based Associated for Progressive Communications are working to coordinate policy strategy on a global level lobbying the United Nations Human Rights Council, the Internet Governance Forum, ICANN, the OECD, and other regional and international organizations.

1,197 reads
iTweb , South Africa
02 February 2012

[…] Anriette Esterhuysen, director of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), adds that TV white spaces technology is ideally suited to the provision of Internet services in rural Africa. Not only do television broadcast frequencies cover enormous geographic areas, but in Africa, there are very few broadcasters and therefore fewer opportunities for interference between different transmissions, she says. APC’s call for the deregulation of the TV white spaces spectrum is part of its wider campaign aimed at ensuring free and open Internet access for all people in SA.

1,323 reads
The New Age Online , South Africa
29 September 2011

[…] Take Back The Tech! is one example of this. A global collaborative campaign of the APC’s Women’s Networking and Support Programme, it takes place during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence and is a useful resource for women. The campaign is a call to everyone, especially women and girls, to take control of technology to end violence against women. Its website (www.takebackthetech.net) has a wealth of information and tips for women on how to be safer online.

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27 September 2011

[…] “What we have seen in the last three years is that no longer do governments shy away from attempting to regulate Internet content,” said Joy Liddicoat, project co-ordinator at New Zealand-based Association for Progressive Communications, which seeks to protect people’s rights on and to the Internet.

1,064 reads
Independent Online , SOUTH AFRICA
25 September 2011

[…] “Take Back The Tech!”, is one example of this. A South African collaborative campaign, it takes place during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence (25 November to 10 December) and is a useful resource for women.

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Voice of America
04 September 2011

[…] The Global Information Society Watch reported last year that ICTs could help to cut total production of greenhouse gases by as much as fifteen percent by twenty twenty. Alan Finlay is with the Association for Progressive Communications. He also helped to prepare the GISWatch report. He says the effect of using ICTs to build cleaner environments is far more powerful than their harmful effects

1,137 reads
02 September 2011

[…] “Without a doubt information and communication technologies (ICTs) are changing the way we carry out our activism – in our neighbourhoods or globally – and women´s rights activists are in the thick of it.” AWID interviewed Erika Smith of the Association for Progressive Communications Women’s Networking Support Programme (APC WNSP) on women using ICTs to mobilize.

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IPS , Wellington , New Zealand
01 September 2011

[…] APC is strongly opposed to holding intermediaries liable in this way for what users do on their network. Intermediaries are neither appropriate nor qualified actors to enforce copyright policy. There are many legitimate uses of copyright material such as fair use for news reporting, political satire, and research.

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Aljazeera , Pakistan
26 July 2011

“[…] As the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) points out, the petition appeals to moral and ethical concerns but cites examples that aren’t backed up by facts. Coupled with the alarming citation of Saudi Arabia and China as effective models for internet governance, Pakistan’s approach to the internet has taken a dramatic turn unfitting of a democracy.”

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14 July 2011

[…] Moawad is part of a women’s collective called Nasawiya which runs programs in various fields from politics to writing. It has an ongoing program called Take Back the Tech aimed mainly at women in their 20s.

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ENRICH Magazine , Manila , Philippines
06 June 2011

As the country with the highest amount of Facebook users in the world, the Philippines are becoming increasingly tech savvy. But cases of cyber-harassment and cyber-stalking are now on the rise in the country and in the entire world. Kara Santos lists tips that women and girls can use to stay safe online.

View the article pages 1 , 2 , 3

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RFI , Paris , France
21 May 2011

The Chief Justice of the Lahore High Court has ruled in favour of a petition to ban several
social networking websites including Facebook Yahoo, MSN and Wikipedia. The ruling released on 13 May 13 found that Facebook and other websites were in violation of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, and should be banned. Clea Caulcutt of RFI interviews APC’s Grady Johnson to find out more.

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The Jakarta Post , Philippines
24 April 2011

[…] Through grants given by the Association for Progressive Communications and the Foundation for Media Alternatives, various NGOs have launched projects that seek to empower women and children using ICTs. The grant winners were announced last December.

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