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Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: What is stopping community networks from reaching their full potential?
Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: What is stopping community networks from reaching their full potential? 08 May 2020

The report "Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Community-led small-scale telecommunication infrastructure networks in the global South" explores the benefits of, and challenges facing, projects of this kind. This week we look at impediments to the realisation of the benefits of community networks.

Foundation for Media Alternatives: Stop stifling free speech under the guise of COVID-19!
Foundation for Media Alternatives: Stop stifling free speech under the guise of COVID-19! 07 May 2020 Foundation for Media Alternatives

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, countries are resorting other measures that may have the incidental effect of concentrating power to a few, providing an opportunity for authoritarian leaders to consolidate the government’s might in order to stifle some essential freedoms.

What you need to know about censorship in China around COVID-19
What you need to know about censorship in China around COVID-19 05 May 2020 Dana Zhang for GenderIT

The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified our need for a safe and secure internet. This article explores what happened at the original epicentre of the pandemic and what measures of internet censorship were deemed necessary by the Chinese government to bring it under control.

The story of the protest in Bilal Bagh and how it is not shut down by COVID-19
The story of the protest in Bilal Bagh and how it is not shut down by COVID-19 05 May 2020 Sneha Rajaram for GenderIT

The Bilal Bagh protests in India snowballed from an all-women sit-in to a highly disciplined, non-violent revolution, even as it headed on a collision course with the Indian state and, as the government claimed, the COVID-19 virus.

Connecting the Unconnected
Connecting the Unconnected 05 May 2020 Gustaff H. Iskandar (Project coordinator and chief editor)

This report offers a storytelling journey through the various meetings, forums, peer visits, field experiences and collective exchanges that Common Room, along with APC, Rhizomatica and other peers, were part of in their work towards creating and fostering a local access peer learning community.

Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: What are the local and global benefits offered by community networks?
Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: What are the local and global benefits offered by community networks? 30 April 2020

The research report "Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Community-led small-scale telecommunication infrastructure networks in the global South" explores the benefits of, and challenges facing, projects of this kind. This week we look at the wide range of benefits these networks offer.

Forum for Freedom of Expression, Bangladesh audit of attacks on the media during the 30 days of lockdown
Forum for Freedom of Expression, Bangladesh audit of attacks on the media during the 30 days of lockdown 30 April 2020 Forum for Freedom of Expression, Bangladesh

The Forum for Freedom of Expression, Bangladesh, of which APC member VOICE is part, expresses deep concern over the series of attacks on journalists during the 30 days of countrywide lockdown imposed by the government for containment of the COVID-19 outbreak.

#BebaskanRavio: Free Ravio Patra and reveal the WhatsApp hackers
#BebaskanRavio: Free Ravio Patra and reveal the WhatsApp hackers 28 April 2020 Pitra Hutomo for Coconet

On April 22,  researcher and government critic Ravio Patra was arrested in Jakarta, Indonesia, not long after an attempt to protect his safety due to a WhatsApp privacy breach, prompting a larger discussion on the scale of authoritarian oppression in Indonesia. 

Coconet: To fight COVID-19 in Myanmar, stop the war and internet shutdown in Arakan
Coconet: To fight COVID-19 in Myanmar, stop the war and internet shutdown in Arakan 27 April 2020 Kyaw Lynn for Coconet

The internet is the primary source of information on the global COVID-19 pandemic. But Arakan in western Myanmar is currently experiencing the longest-running internet shutdown in the world, and the lack of access to information could put an already vulnerable population in a dangerous situation. 

MMfD: New draft of data protection law will create a dangerous precedent
MMfD: New draft of data protection law will create a dangerous precedent 27 April 2020 Media Matters for Democracy

Media Matters for Democracy (MMfD) is concerned about the insertion of draconian and anti-democratic sections in the draft Personal Data Protection Bill 2020 that has been made public by the Pakistani Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications. 

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