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APC members in 2016: Natasha Msonza
APC members in 2016: Natasha Msonza 02 November 2017 Natasha Msonza

APC opened up membership to individual members in 2012, and was joined by seven that first year. By December 2016, there were 27 individual members in the APC network, from 24 countries on six continents. This year, we decided to launch a new section in the APC Annual Report to learn more about, and from, our individual members. We asked them two questions. This is what digital rights defender and trainer Natasha Msonza responded: What was your main “discovery” in the field...

ALIN making the connection between the internet and human rights at FIFAfrica17
ALIN making the connection between the internet and human rights at FIFAfrica17 01 November 2017 Bob Aston for ALIN

The Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa 2017 (FIFAfrica17) brought together human rights defenders, journalists, government officials, private sector players, global information intermediaries, bloggers, developers, the arts community, law enforcers and regulators – all of whom have a role to play in advancing internet freedom in Africa. As an organisation that has been promoting some of the key principles of the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms, the Arid Lands Informatio...

Fantsuam Foundation better equipped to ensure a free and open internet after FIFAfrica17
Fantsuam Foundation better equipped to ensure a free and open internet after FIFAfrica17 01 November 2017 Seyi Johnson for Fantsuam Foundation

On 27-29 September, I took part in the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa 2017 (FIFAfrica17), in Johannesburg, South Africa, representing the Fantsuam Foundation of Nigeria.   On the first day, I attended the human rights review mechanisms workshop, whose goal was to build the skills and knowledge needed for African civil society organisations and human rights defenders to use established...

APC members in 2016: First Kenya School of Internet Governance
APC members in 2016: First Kenya School of Internet Governance 26 October 2017 Kenya ICT Action Network 

This member story was featured in the 2016 APC Annual Report, as part of our work on governance. With support from Facebook and Hivos East Africa, the Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANet) held the first Kenya School of Internet Governance (KeSIG) in November 2016. The school aimed at bringing new voices into ICT policy dialogues. After convening the Kenya Internet Governance Forum in 2...

APC members in 2016: Pushing the agenda for digital inclusion of women
APC members in 2016: Pushing the agenda for digital inclusion of women 26 October 2017 Centre for Information Technology and Development 

This member story was featured in the 2016 APC Annual Report, as part of our work on a feminist internet. Women in Nigeria are digitally marginalised, especially in the northern part of the country where culture, religion and low female educational levels have combined to shut out women and girls from the internet. As part of the effort to overcome this, the Centre for Information Technolo...

APC 2016 Annual Report is out!
APC 2016 Annual Report is out! 26 October 2017 Flavia Fascendini

APC's Annual Report for 2016 narrates organisational life matters and the year's work around our six strategic areas: access, rights, a feminist internet, governance, use and development and the APC community, told through 60 short stories, 25 of them contributed by our members. 2016 was a year of several changes for APC. It is quite remarkable, this characteristic of change: it is slippery whi...

APC members in 2016: Do-it-yourself connectivity for rural communities
APC members in 2016: Do-it-yourself connectivity for rural communities 25 October 2017 Zenzeleni Networks

This member story was featured in the 2016 APC Annual Report, as part of our work on access. Zenzeleni Networks in Mankosi has finally managed to connect its networks to a cheaper, faster and more reliable internet option. Due to its remoteness, the options for internet connectivity in Mankosi, as in many other rural – and not-so-rural – areas in South Africa, are very limited. There i...

APC members in 2016: Ambassadors for better, faster internet
APC members in 2016: Ambassadors for better, faster internet 25 October 2017 PROTEGE-QV

This member story was featured in the 2016 APC Annual Report, as part of our work on access. In December 2016, with the support of an APC member small grant, PROTEGE-QV held a workshop to investigate the reasons behind the relatively poor access to and quality of the internet in Cameroon. For this purpose, 20 ambassadors were carefully selected and their capacities strengthened t...

FIFAfrica17: A highly valuable experience for PROTEGE QV
FIFAfrica17: A highly valuable experience for PROTEGE QV 24 October 2017 Serge Daho

On 27-29 September I participated in the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica17), held in Johannesburg, South Africa, as a representative PROTEGE QV, an APC member organisation in Cameroon. This event was of great interest to us, since it is aligned with PROTEGE QV’s ICT4D programme, which advocates for free, open and affordable internet access for everyone. It was an ideal occasion...

APC members in 2016: Award-winning digital farm records system helps farmers reach their full potential
APC members in 2016: Award-winning digital farm records system helps farmers reach their full potential 24 October 2017 ALIN

This member story was featured in the 2016 APC Annual Report, as part of our work on use and development. After years of information and knowledge exchange, the Arid Lands Information Network (ALIN) embarked on the incubation of enterprises that show potential for social impact. ALIN believes that young entrepreneurs need good organisational systems to grow to their full potentia...

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