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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...

Visibility and secrecy: Data protection, privacy and gender in Pakistan
Visibility and secrecy: Data protection, privacy and gender in Pakistan 18 July 2019 Bianca Baldo for GenderIT.org

Does technological progress support or hinder the human rights of women and gender diverse people? And what about their privacy rights? On the one hand, the right to privacy protects online spaces where people can securely navigate their sexual and gender identity. Yet, on the other hand, privacy has historically been considered a tool to control sexuality and gender identities by patriarchal institutions.    My interest in online privacy started with a very simple reflection: ...

Skin Stories: Disability, sexuality and gender from a South Asian perspective
Skin Stories: Disability, sexuality and gender from a South Asian perspective 17 July 2019 Point of View

Skin Stories, a publication on sexuality, disability and gender housed at Mumbai-based APC member organisation Point of View, is back for a second season with all-new essays, reportage and perspectives from a South Asian context. Launched in 2017, Skin Stories has been known for publishing first-person narratives by people with disabilities, "to bust harmful myths and tell complex stories about...

Statement at HRC draws attention to draconian and discriminatory measures in Sri Lanka
Statement at HRC draws attention to draconian and discriminatory measures in Sri Lanka 11 July 2019 APC and Women and Media Collective

Speaker: Gayatri Khandhadai Thank you, Madam Vice President. The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and the Women and Media Collective draw the attention of this Council to the situation in Sri Lanka. Since the bombings on 21 April, the country has been under a state of emergency, where the police and the security forces have sweeping powers to search and detain citizens. The pres...

HRC41: Statement regarding the spread of hate speech offline and online in Myanmar
HRC41: Statement regarding the spread of hate speech offline and online in Myanmar 11 July 2019 APC and MIDO

Speaker: Gayatri Khandhadai Madam Vice President, The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and the Myanmar ICT for Development Organization (MIDO) thank the Special Rapporteur for the update on the situation in Myanmar. We would like to draw the attention of Myanmar and the council to the rampant and unfettered spread of hate speech offline and online. We echo the observation of the...

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 19
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 19 27 June 2019

Welcome to the 19th monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks. 1. Events and conferences Until 30 June 2019, the call for travel support to attend the Internet Governance Forum 2019 annual meeting is open. The IGF, a global multistakeholder platform of the United Nations that facilitates the discussion of public policy issues pertaining to the internet, will happen...

Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Community-led small-scale telecommunication infrastructure networks in the global South
Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Community-led small-scale telecommunication infrastructure networks in the global South 26 June 2019 Research conducted by Nicola Bidwell and Michael Jensen

There is increasing concern over the worldwide slowdown in the growth of voice and internet users. The networks being deployed by national operators are now only expected to connect 60% to 70% of the world’s population by 2025. This indicates that the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which anticipate attaining universal connectivity by 2030, are unlikely to be achieved. Despite d...

Joint statement on the internet shutdown in Rakhine and Chin States by digital rights organisations and other civil society organisations
Joint statement on the internet shutdown in Rakhine and Chin States by digital rights organisations and other civil society organisations 24 June 2019 Various

1. All governments have the duty to protect the right to freedom of expression and information, all the more so if they are democratically elected. However, the decision to shut down internet access in nine townships in Rakhine and Chin States without any prior notice or limitation clearly infringes these human rights and is a matter of great concern to our organizations as it should be to all ...

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 18
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 18 31 May 2019 APCNews

Welcome to the 18th monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks. 1. Events and conferences The Africa Internet Summit is taking place from 9 to 21 June in Kampala, Uganda. Read more here and here.  Access Now’s RightsCon programme has been released, announcing the event taking place from 11 to 14 June in Tunis, and includes many sessions on co...

Bodies of Evidence: Big data, gender and sexuality
Bodies of Evidence: Big data, gender and sexuality 29 May 2019 APCNews

Award-winning digital imprint Deep Dives is back with a new season of essays. The recently launched new collection, called “Bodies of Evidence”, will feature writings that explore the intersection of big data, bodies, gender and sexuality. An initiative of Mumbai-based non-profit and APC member Point of View, Deep Dives specialises in long-form journalism, personal narrative, art, poetry an...

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