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Myanmar ICT for Development Organisation: Supporting human rights defenders, journalists and human rights lawyers through ICTs
Myanmar ICT for Development Organisation: Supporting human rights defenders, journalists and human rights lawyers through ICTs 13 October 2019 APCNews

Myanmar ICT for Development Organisation (MIDO) is an APC member organisation working on ICTs for peace. They provide support to human rights defenders, journalists, activists and human rights lawyers in a country that has lately suffered long periods of internet shutdowns. Their work includes raising awareness about the effects of Myanmar’s Telecommunications Law, which criminalises free speech and has been used by the authorities to intimidate critics and journalists. Myo Min Aung, progra...

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...

Shared values and visions: Body & Data joins the APC network of member organisations
Shared values and visions: Body & Data joins the APC network of member organisations 17 January 2020 APCNews

  Body & Data is an organisation based in Bhaktapur, Nepal, that is focused on creating a free, open and just internet that respects the autonomy of individuals and upholds their dignity. Its aim is to increase the participation and visibility of women and queer people online by supporting the adoption of suitable technologies in campaigns and other communication strategies, and to hel...

A step closer to realising internet freedoms in India: Supreme Court rules indefinite internet shutdowns are unconstitutional
A step closer to realising internet freedoms in India: Supreme Court rules indefinite internet shutdowns are unconstitutional 14 January 2020 APC

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) welcomes the judgment of the Supreme Court of India, which held that the indefinite imposition of internet shutdowns is unconstitutional. In its judgement on 10 January 2020, the Court directed the government to review all orders relating to internet shutdowns within one week. The Court also directed the government to put in the public domai...

Challenge hate speech: What does your hate speech monster look like?
Challenge hate speech: What does your hate speech monster look like? 13 January 2020 Cathy Chen

What does your hate speech monster look like? This is the question posed in a video we have produced as part of our project "Challenging hate narratives and violations of freedom of religion and expression online in Asia". Our #ChallengeHateSpeech project aims to contribute to the efforts made by movements pushing back against hate speech through different strategies. These inclu...

APC condemns the crackdown on peaceful protesters in India, including the harassment of APC staff member
APC condemns the crackdown on peaceful protesters in India, including the harassment of APC staff member 05 January 2020 APC

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) condemns the crackdown on peaceful protesters in India, including the harassment of APC staff member Gayatri Khandhadai. We urge the Indian government and all relevant authorities to: Stop the crackdown on protesters. Respect and protect the rights of Indian citizens to peacefully protest, assemble and associate online and offline as guaran...

Meet the projects funded by catalytic intervention grants to create a more sustainable community network environment
Meet the projects funded by catalytic intervention grants to create a more sustainable community network environment 05 December 2019 APCNews

Catalytic intervention grants aim to support a more sustainable community network environment. To create such an environment, we have to explore ways to overcome the isolation of local community networks, improve their access to spectrum, actively foster their diversity and provide solutions for their resilience (e.g. alternative energy) as well as technological innovation. These grants are par...

Global Information Society Watch 2019 - Artificial intelligence: Human rights, social justice and development
Global Information Society Watch 2019 - Artificial intelligence: Human rights, social justice and development 28 November 2019 Various

Artificial intelligence (AI) is now receiving unprecedented global attention as it finds widespread practical application in multiple spheres of activity. But what are the human rights, social justice and development implications of AI when used in areas such as health, education and social services, or in building “smart cities”? How does algorithmic decision making impact on marginalised ...

APC submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief: Gender and freedom of religion or belief
APC submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief: Gender and freedom of religion or belief 28 November 2019 APC

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) presents this report on the experience and situation of women and lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, intersex, queer and asexual (LGBTIQA+) persons and communities in relation to the intersection of religion and online spaces, with particular examples from Asia given the pressing nature of the issues in the region. Women and people of diver...

Where is feminism in the Hong Kong protests? Issues in the context of the anti-extradition movement
Where is feminism in the Hong Kong protests? Issues in the context of the anti-extradition movement 27 November 2019 Petula - Sik Ying Ho for GenderIT.org

Online platforms and electronic communication have facilitated the spontaneous, dispersed, democratic forms of protest characterising the movement in Hong Kong. A variety of different forms of protest can thus be promoted and organised from the grassroots of a leaderless movement. Thus on any given weekend in Hong Kong, while those trashing symbols of "red capital" (Chinese banks and companies)...

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