Press Releases

7 October 2019
CAIRO, Egypt - At the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) we are alarmed at the crackdown on Egyptian civil society, which has intensified over the past weeks amidst demonstrations calling for President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to resign. Among those arrested is software developer and activist Alaa Abdel Fattah, a friend of APC and longtime advocate for human rights and social justice in Egypt and elsewhere. 
2 September 2019
For six days, 45 participants from 23 countries will gather at sessions, lectures and workshops to gain greater insight on internet governance processes at the local, national, regional, sub-regional and global levels.
4 July 2019
As current connectivity strategies seem limited when it comes to addressing the communications needs of billions of people in developing countries, small community-based networks are proving to be an effective access solution, a newly launched APC research report reveals.
2 July 2019
GENEVA, 25 June 2019 - HRC41, which is taking place between 24 June and 12 July in Geneva, will cover a number of key issues for internet rights, including efforts to rein in the surveillance technology industry, to advance freedom of assembly and association in the digital age, and to get justice for Jamal Kashoggi’s murder. 
11 June 2019
TUNIS, 11 June 2019 - How can we promote a human rights-based approach to cybersecurity? What is the intersection of freedom of expression and freedom of religion in the online space? How can we work for a feminist internet? These are some of the issues that APC will be focusing on at RightsCon in Tunis, which will gather more than 2,500 expert practitioners to discuss human rights in the digital age. 
6 June 2019
What is an internet shutdown? What forms can it take? What are the effects of shutdowns on human rights at an individual, national or regional level? How can they be countered? Join us on 10 June, before RightsCon Tunis, to learn more about strategies and techniques to deal with with internet shutdowns.
22 May 2019
STOCKHOLM – Democratic space online is shrinking. This is the theme of this year's Stockholm Internet Forum (SIF) taking place between 16 and 17 May, where the APC community is participating to highlight strategies to promote meaningful internet access and decrease the digital divide.
29 March 2019
STRASBOURG -  The updated EU copyright directive, which was voted on and approved in Strasbourg on Tuesday, 26 March, is considered by free speech campaigners as a “victory of the censorship machine". The vote came after large mobilisations by civil society to raise awareness of the negative impact of Article 13 (previously Article 17) of the draft directive.
12 March 2019
On International Women’s Day, APC made an oral statement at the Human Rights Council's 40th session. Within the context of shrinking of civic space online, we expressed deep concern about the online backlash against feminist voices, the extension and amplification of misogyny and discrimination and violence online.
26 January 2019
Throughout the African continent, where many APC members and partners are based, recent weeks have seen a fresh spate of internet shutdowns that have hindered public access to information and communications. Sudan, Gabon and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are three of the latest countries to experience government-led restrictions on internet access. In Zimbabwe, the most recent addition to the list, constriction gave way to a total shutdown on 14 January. 
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