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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 Technology and Development (CITAD), with the support of an APC project member grant, implemented a...

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 while it is being made, hard to acknowledge and understand while it is happening, but mind-bending when...

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...

Digital rights strategic litigation: Suing governments when online freedoms are violated
Digital rights strategic litigation: Suing governments when online freedoms are violated 13 October 2017 Françoise Mukuku

Africa as a whole is facing a critical crisis when it comes to digital rights. Internet shutdowns are on the rise, breach of privacy is becoming common, and arbitrary charges and prosecution of journalists, bloggers and common citizens over critical opinions expressed on internet are rampant. It seems like everyone is waking up to the fact that after restricting physical civic spaces and making...

Call for applications for the fifth African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG)
Call for applications for the fifth African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG) 11 October 2017

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) is pleased to announce the call for applications for the fifth African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG). The 2017 School will be held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt from 28 November to 2 December, to coincide with the African Internet Governance Forum (AfIGF) which will also take place in Sharm El-Sheikh, from 4 to 6 December...

Joint submission to the United Nations Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review 2018 Cycle – Cameroon
Joint submission to the United Nations Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review 2018 Cycle – Cameroon 10 October 2017

This is a joint submission to the United Nations Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review on its 2018 Cycle for Cameroon, by Access Now, ADISI-Cameroun, APC and Internet Sans Frontières. The organisations submitting this report consider that Cameroon can improve its human rights record and treatment of digital rights in several areas and make recommendations to the government of Cameroon...

African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms platform launched in more languages for wider engagement and outreach
African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms platform launched in more languages for wider engagement and outreach 10 October 2017 Olga Tsafack-Koloko

The African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms, commonly called the African Declaration (AD), is a pan-African initiative to promote human rights standards and principles of openness in internet policy formulation and implementation on the continent. The AD is intended to elaborate on the principles which are necessary to uphold human and peoples' rights and to cultivate an internet en...

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