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Talking community networks at AfChix TechWomen Summit 2018
Talking community networks at AfChix TechWomen Summit 2018 12 June 2018 Kazanka Comfort for GenderIT.org

For a one-day event, AfChix 2018 was well attended and really packed full of exciting activities. Among the notable participants were undergraduates from the University of Technology, Dakar. The presence of these young women at this high-profile ICT event for women was a reassuring sign that the future of AfChix is secured. The importance of the event was also underscored by the fact this was the first time the Africa Internet Summit (AIS) was dedicating a day to African women in ICTs. Khoudi...

RightsCon 2018: Being in the right place at the right time
RightsCon 2018: Being in the right place at the right time 24 May 2018 Cecilia Mwende Maundu

If the internet was a country I can confidently say I would be the current sitting president. Sounds ambitious? I know, but that’s the truth. I would run for office and make sure I won in order to do everything to make the internet better. I heard about RightsCon while attending Safe Sister: The East African Women’s Digital Safety Fellowship, funded by Internews and Bread for the World. I went online to find out more (this is where I pause and wonder, how was life before the internet?). A...

 South Africa becomes the first country in the region to support community networks 
South Africa becomes the first country in the region to support community networks  23 May 2018 APCNews

Some governments in the global South are devoting increasing attention to the divide between urban and rural areas, a key issue to address the fact that millions of people are becoming left out of the information society. Access to communications in rural areas is made possible mainly by big mobile phone operators, but their services are usually not affordable for people with lower incomes. Con...

Call for applications for the Sixth African School on Internet Governance now open!
Call for applications for the Sixth African School on Internet Governance now open! 16 May 2018

Are you a current or potential leader in internet governance forums and debates in Africa? Do you want to deepen your understanding of the “multistakeholder” approach to internet-related policy making? Whether you are a policy maker, a researcher, a regulator, an engineer, a journalist, an entrepreneur or a gender equality and human rights defender – if you care about internet policy in A...

Tanzania: Civil society groups express concern over rapid decline in human rights
Tanzania: Civil society groups express concern over rapid decline in human rights 10 May 2018 CIVICUS

To President John Magufuli Your Excellency, We, the undersigned civil society organisations (CSOs) from across the world, write to express our deep concern over the worrying decline in respect for human rights, including the rights to freedom of association, expression and peaceful assembly, in Tanzania. We urge your government to take proactive measures to protect these rights which are crucia...

Participate in the new International Youth Internship Programme
Participate in the new International Youth Internship Programme 07 May 2018

Technology and communication at the heart of social change You would like to participate in an international internship with one of Alternatives’ partners. You want to advance Alternatives' and its allies’ work in the areas of social communications, information and communications technology (ICT), human rights and gender equality. You are dynamic, curious and eager to have a rewarding inter...

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 5
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 5 26 April 2018

Welcome to the fifth monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks. Categories 1. Get involved Digital Empowerment Foundation is calling for sessions for their Digital Citizen Summit. The deadline to submit your session proposal is 30 April 2018. Read more. 2. Calls for grants The Beyond the Net Medium and Large Grants Programme is now open for applications until 1...

Ten years of TV white space advocacy
Ten years of TV white space advocacy 17 April 2018 Steve Song

On Friday, March 23rd 2018, the South African communications regulator (ICASA) formally gazetted Regulations on the Use of Television White Spaces spectrum. This means that, subject to type approval and to authorisation through a geo-location database, TV White Space (TVWS) wireless communication equipment can legally be used in South Africa. This is a pretty big deal. ...

El programa de subsidios de APC favorece a 16 miembros en 2018
El programa de subsidios de APC favorece a 16 miembros en 2018 04 April 2018

El programa de subsidios de APC, en su tercer año de existencia, lleva otorgados 291.534 U$S a los miembros de la organización con el objetivo de hacer realidad la visión de APC. Diecisiete organizaciones recibieron 17 subsidios, 14 de los cuales son de 20 mil dólares estadounidenses y están destinados a apoyar proyectos, mientras los tres restantes son fondos destinados a investigación y...

CIVICUS: Joint letter on recent arrests of journalists and human rights defenders in Ethiopia
CIVICUS: Joint letter on recent arrests of journalists and human rights defenders in Ethiopia 03 April 2018 CIVICUS

In a letter to the Ethiopian Prime Minister-designate, a coalition of over 40 civil society organisations express their concern regarding the recent arrests of journalists and human rights defenders To: Prime Minister-Designate, Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali  Cc: Abadula Gemeda, Speaker of the House of Peoples’ Representative                    ...

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