Asia

Has ASEAN turned a blind eye to human rights online?
Has ASEAN turned a blind eye to human rights online? 05 December 2017 EngageMedia

In line with this, EngageMedia and the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), collaborated with EMPOWER Malaysia, Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA), and Viet Tan to hold 'Tech, activism, human rights,' a roundtable discussion on the state of activism and digital rights in Southeast Asia on 10 November 2017 at the Journalism Department of University of the Philippines Diliman, College of Mass Communications. Over 35 human rights defenders...

Myanmar ICT for Development Organization (MIDO)
Myanmar ICT for Development Organization (MIDO) 02 November 2017

Myanmar ICT for Development Organization works on ICT for peace. They have developed a diversity of digital security initiatives, monitor online hate speech and develop counter speech, produce handbooks on online peace mobilisation system and social media verification guidelines.

APC members in 2016: Supporting the digital rights movement in Myanmar
APC members in 2016: Supporting the digital rights movement in Myanmar 26 October 2017 Engage Media

Amidst troubling trends in relation to digital rights and internet freedoms in Myanmar in 2016, EngageMedia partnered with Phandeeyar, MIDO and the Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business to host the first Myanmar Digital Rights Forum.

APC members in 2016: Civil society filibuster against anti-terror bills in South Korea
APC members in 2016: Civil society filibuster against anti-terror bills in South Korea 26 October 2017 Jinbonet

In 2015, the South Korean government and ruling party introduced the Anti-Terror Bill and the Anti-Cyberterror Bill to the National Assembly. These bills had the potential to threaten civil liberties and human rights by giving excessive powers to the Korean National Intelligence Service (NIS) in the name of preventing terrorism. Civil society groups and opposition parties, including Jinbon...

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 wh...

APC members in 2016: Putting information in the hands of the rural population
APC members in 2016: Putting information in the hands of the rural population 25 October 2017 Digital Empowerment Foundation

As much as 67% of India’s population lives in rural India. This population is largely dependent on government services for some of their most basic needs and livelihoods. Realising the need to serve India’s rural, remote and marginalised population with relevant information about governments services, schemes and entitlements in a timely manner, Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF...

APC members in 2016: Out of sight
APC members in 2016: Out of sight 25 October 2017 Point of View

Sometimes, a tweak to technology can open your eyes. To what you never saw. So in October 2016, when the Mumbai International Film Festival invited Point of View to collaborate, we suggested a special screening: for those without sight.

Bangladesh: Joint submission on freedom of speech, expression and thought under the Third Cycle of the Universal Periodic Review
Bangladesh: Joint submission on freedom of speech, expression and thought under the Third Cycle of the Universal Periodic Review 17 October 2017 Sultana Kamal (CSA) and Gayatri Khandhadai (APC)

This joint submission was prepared after extensive consultations and closed group meetings with civil society organisations, the media and the academic community in Bangladesh, in addition to extensive monitoring and desk review.

COCONET: Southeast Asia Digital Rights Camp to take place in Indonesia
COCONET: Southeast Asia Digital Rights Camp to take place in Indonesia 16 October 2017 Engage Media, APC and SEAPA

EngageMedia, the Association for Progressive Communications and the Southeast Asian Press Alliance, along with key regional allies, will be hosting COCONET, a Southeast Asia Digital Rights Camp, in Indonesia. 

Digital citizens and their rights in India
Digital citizens and their rights in India 13 October 2017 Digital Empowerment Foundation

Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) in association with Friedrich Naumann Stiftung für die Freiheit (FNF) and UNESCO India organised the second Digital Citizen Summit (DCS) in New Delhi on September 21 and 22, 2017. Supported by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and the Internet Society (ISOC), the summit was organised ...