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Local access: Challenges and joys while building a community network mid-pandemic
Local access: Challenges and joys while building a community network mid-pandemic 30 June 2022 APCNews

When the COVID-19 pandemic challenged the whole world, the experience of communities in the rural and remote Ciracap sub-district in West Java, Indonesia, showed the importance and power of building a local response to the crisis. Welcome to the 48th monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks and community-based initiatives.

Shutdown order against Rappler must be revoked immediately
Shutdown order against Rappler must be revoked immediately 30 June 2022 Hold the Line Coalition

APC and other members of the Hold the Line Coalition condemn the shutdown order against Maria Ressa's Rappler media group, approved by the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission this week.

Seeding change: Foundation for Media Alternatives challenges rampant surveillance in public health in the Philippines
Seeding change: Foundation for Media Alternatives challenges rampant surveillance in public health in the Philippines 21 June 2022 Leila Nachawati Rego

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen rampant surveillance and citizen monitoring under the guise of public health. FMA's recent research focused on understanding how such privacy and freedoms were being curtailed in the Philippines, providing recommendations for a more equitable response and helping civil society hold the government accountable.

Seeding Change: Common Room’s challenges and joys while building a community network mid-pandemic in Indonesia
Seeding Change: Common Room’s challenges and joys while building a community network mid-pandemic in Indonesia 08 June 2022 APCNews

When the COVID-19 pandemic challenged the whole world, the experience of communities in the rural and remote Ciracap sub-district in West Java, Indonesia, showed the importance and power of building a local response to the crisis. Common Room fostered the deployment of the "Ciracap Sub-district Community Network", a connectivity infrastructure, in a region where people face many challenges to a...

Meaningful connectivity: Pledges to enable bottom-up and rights-based solutions
Meaningful connectivity: Pledges to enable bottom-up and rights-based solutions 06 June 2022 APCNews

Within the Partner2Connect Digital Coalition, APC was invited to be part of the "Empowering Communities" focus area lead. In that role, we have been highlighting the importance of commitment to policy, regulation and financial mechanisms to enable bottom-up and rights-based initiatives.

Reflections on hate speech and other thoughts
Reflections on hate speech and other thoughts 01 June 2022 Multiple contributors

This report captures the first results of a project aimed at creating generative processes and spaces for discussions in Bangladesh around free speech and hate speech and their implications which could continue beyond the scope and timeline of the project.

Local Access: How are grassroots communities promoting digital inclusion?
Local Access: How are grassroots communities promoting digital inclusion? 26 May 2022 APCNews

Welcome to the 47th monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks and community-based initiatives.

Meet the national schools empowering grassroots communities to bridge the digital divide
Meet the national schools empowering grassroots communities to bridge the digital divide 26 May 2022 APCNews

How are grassroots communities promoting digital inclusion while strengthening their autonomy? By sharing knowledge and thinking together how to build and strengthen community networks. Around 35 communities are joining the national community networks schools, the first of their kind, taking place in five countries.

Cambodia should scrap rights-abusing National Internet Gateway
Cambodia should scrap rights-abusing National Internet Gateway 16 May 2022 Various

APC and other civil society organisations are concerned that the gateway will supercharge the government’s censorship capabilities, allowing it to scale up its website blocking, and could generate self-censorship online among critical voices and independent media outlets.

Our Voices, Our Futures
Our Voices, Our Futures 04 May 2022

Our Voices, Our Futures is a global South-led consortium, comprising CREA, APC, UHAI -The East African Sexual Health and Rights Initiative and WO=MEN, complemented by strategic partner IM-Defensoras. This initiative will amplify voices and increase visibility of structurally silenced women in Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Lebanon, Sudan and Uganda, so they can take their rightfu...

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