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Body & Data: Privacy in the pandemic
Body & Data: Privacy in the pandemic 28 March 2020 Body & Data

This piece was originally published on the website of Body & Data, an APC member organisation in Nepal. The corona pandemic isn’t a purely medical issue, it entangles all aspects of human lives, including our privacy, protection and dignity. Recently, the list of passengers who flew on the same flight from France to Nepal with a woman who tested positive, along with the details of the passengers of the same airways, has been public. The list includes personal information of the people ...

Digital Rights Monitor: Coronavirus crisis highlights digital divide in Pakistan
Digital Rights Monitor: Coronavirus crisis highlights digital divide in Pakistan 27 March 2020 Hija Kamran

This article was originally published on the website of Digital Rights Monitor, an initiative of Media Matters for Democracy, an APC member organisation in Pakistan.   As Pakistan deals with the constantly increasing number of coronavirus cases with each passing day, this pandemic is also revealing societal imbalance that advocates of digital rights have been talking about for years. Where the government is slowly moving towards implementing lockdown across most of the country and encour...

Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Meet the community networks studied during the research
Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Meet the community networks studied during the research 26 March 2020

The research publication "Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Community-led small-scale telecommunication infrastructure networks in the global South", authored by Nicola J. Bidwell and Michael Jensen and launched in 2019, studied the benefits of, and challenges facing, small-scale, community-based connectivity projects. The report presented the findings gathered through visits to 12 rural commu...

Digital Rights Monitor: How governments are using tech for coronavirus awareness, in Pakistan and beyond
Digital Rights Monitor: How governments are using tech for coronavirus awareness, in Pakistan and beyond 25 March 2020 Waqas Naeem

This article was originally published on the website of Digital Rights Monitor, an initiative of Media Matters for Democracy, an APC member organisation in Pakistan. As governments around the world attempt to flatten the curve of coronavirus cases, authorities appear to be looking towards technology for support. Chatbots, online dashboards, and mobile caller tunes are just some of the digital s...

EngageMedia responding to COVID-19
EngageMedia responding to COVID-19 20 March 2020 Andrew Lowenthal from EngageMedia

How quickly the world can move when forced. The escalation of COVID-19 cases worldwide has greatly impacted the daily lives of citizens in many countries. In the Philippines, the entire Luzon island is on lockdown. Malaysia as a whole is on lockdown. While some countries are still dragging their heels, most countries in Southeast Asia have already increased restrictions. This past wee...

Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Why is research on community networks necessary?
Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Why is research on community networks necessary? 18 March 2020

The research publication "Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Community-led small-scale telecommunication infrastructure networks in the global South", authored by Nicola J. Bidwell and Michael Jensen and launched in 2019, studied the benefits of, and challenges facing, small-scale, community-based connectivity projects. The ultimate goal of the research was to contribute to creating a more enab...

APC member organisation EngageMedia celebrates 15 years of digital rights, video for change, and open technology
APC member organisation EngageMedia celebrates 15 years of digital rights, video for change, and open technology 13 March 2020 EngageMedia

Fifteen years ago, two youngsters met in a small house in Melbourne with the idea to build an online space for social issue documentaries from the Asia-Pacific. Today, the idea may seem a little banal. But the internet is no longer the free and open space it once was. Surveillance, disinformation, corporate consolidation, and an often toxic online culture have made the internet less open a...

CNX 2019 Report: Community Networks and the Internet of People
CNX 2019 Report: Community Networks and the Internet of People 12 March 2020 Ritu Srivastava, Saurabh Srivastva and Kriti Singh

In December 2019, the third edition of the Community Network Exchange (CNX) took place in India. Over 50 people from 12 countries across Asia and South America met for a three-day summit, and this report provides an overview of the agenda, objectives and context of the event. The purpose of the CNX is for practitioners of community networks and community radio stations to discuss...

Defending freedom of expression and ensuring the safety and security of journalists in Bangladesh
Defending freedom of expression and ensuring the safety and security of journalists in Bangladesh 10 March 2020 Voices for Interactive Choice and Empowerment (VOICE)

In the face of a rising number of attacks on journalists in Bangladesh, Voices for Interactive Choice and Empowerment (VOICE), an APC member organisation, hosted a day-long media training workshop titled “Defending freedom of expression and ensuring safety and security of journalists”. The workshop, held on 22 February in Jamalpur, was organised with the support of the United Nations Develo...

HRC43: APC statement on the situation of human rights in Myanmar
HRC43: APC statement on the situation of human rights in Myanmar 10 March 2020 APC

Statement delivered during the Interactive Dialogue (ID) with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, 26th meeting, 43rd regular session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 4: Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention 10 March 2020   The Association for Progressive Communications and the Myanmar ICT for Development Organization thank the Spe...

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