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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

The initiative “Connecting the unconnected: Supporting community networks and other community-based connectivity initiatives” is a project being implemented by APC in partnership with Rhizomatica that aims to directly support the development of community networks, with funds from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). This project builds on APC’s existing local access-related work currently being implemented with Sida’s core support, and the knowledge ga...

Save the date: South Africa to host Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa, 27-29 September 2017
Save the date: South Africa to host Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa, 27-29 September 2017 21 April 2017

The Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) and APC are happy to announce the date and location for the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica) 2017. This year’s edition of the Forum will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 27-29 September. The decision to hold the event here will contribute to expanding the physical footprint of FIFAfrica, which has since its inception in 2014 been held in Kampala, Uga...

Civil society organisations issue statement denouncing internet shutdowns in Sudan
Civil society organisations issue statement denouncing internet shutdowns in Sudan 12 July 2019

Dear MTN Sudan CEO Melik Melamu & MTN Group CEO Rob Shuter: We write to urgently request that you publicly denounce the internet shutdowns in Sudan, and pledge your support to maintain unfettered internet access in the country, especially in moments of conflict or unrest. In line with your past commitments to respect digital rights in the places where you operate, it is crucial that you exe...

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 19
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 19 27 June 2019

Welcome to the 19th monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks. 1. Events and conferences Until 30 June 2019, the call for travel support to attend the Internet Governance Forum 2019 annual meeting is open. The IGF, a global multistakeholder platform of the United Nations that facilitates the discussion of public policy issues pertaining to the internet, will happen...

Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Community-led small-scale telecommunication infrastructure networks in the global South
Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Community-led small-scale telecommunication infrastructure networks in the global South 26 June 2019 Research conducted by Nicola Bidwell and Michael Jensen

There is increasing concern over the worldwide slowdown in the growth of voice and internet users. The networks being deployed by national operators are now only expected to connect 60% to 70% of the world’s population by 2025. This indicates that the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which anticipate attaining universal connectivity by 2030, are unlikely to be achieved. Despite d...

Community networks meet in Nairobi to enhance learning across Latin America, Asia and Africa
Community networks meet in Nairobi to enhance learning across Latin America, Asia and Africa 24 June 2019 APCNews

As part of our work connecting the unconnected, APC convened a community networks meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, between 30 April and 3 May 2019.  Its purpose was to gather the twelve community networks that were selected for the community network learning grants and provide a platform for them to exchange their knowledge. The programme hopes to contribute to ongoing l...

“Our Constitution is strong”: Straight digital discourse and disremembered queer accounts
“Our Constitution is strong”: Straight digital discourse and disremembered queer accounts 20 June 2019 Mumbi Kanyogo for GenderIT.org

A brief observation of the analytical frameworks used by a great number of Kenyan social media users around the controversy surrounding the release of the Kenyan film Rafiki may make you more familiar with the rubrics of “artistic freedom” and “freedom of speech” than those of “queerness” and “precariousness”  (here “queerness” accounts for those Kenyans who live outsid...

Why is it good that Ethiopians are debating homosexuality?
Why is it good that Ethiopians are debating homosexuality? 19 June 2019 GenderIT.org

It is awfully painful to read online trolling, threats, hateful and dehumanising comments, and insults on Twitter against the queer Ethiopian community. Yet, I can’t help feeling that there are opportunities that arise from the explosion of support in spite of the extreme hatred on social media platforms. It started when religious groups, particularly the Ethiopian Orthodox church, protested ...

When the government shuts down the internet: Disco-tech event in Tunis
When the government shuts down the internet: Disco-tech event in Tunis 18 June 2019 APCNews

What do you do when your government shuts down the internet? How can we as civil society respond to such restrictions? This was the focus of this year's Disco-tech event, organised by Hivos/Digital Defenders Partnership, the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), Columbia Global Freedom of Expression, Columbia Global Centers Tunis and other partners on 1...

Brutal repression of protests in Sudan, both offline and online
Brutal repression of protests in Sudan, both offline and online 12 June 2019 Liemia El-Abubkr

Update - 12 June 2019: APC is gravely concerned that the Sudanese authorities continue to implement internet restrictions to prevent citizens in the capital from communicating, as protesters try to reorganise after a brutal crackdown by government soldiers that left dozens of peaceful demonstrators dead. Following Sudan’s network operators Sudatel, Zain and MTN switching off mobile internet a...

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