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Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 36th session
Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 36th session 11 September 2017

The 36th session of the Human Rights Council is taking place from 11 to 29 September 2017 in Geneva. This session will consider a number of thematic reports from Special Rapporteurs Independent Experts, and the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights, some of which will touch on internet-related rights issues, including a report focused on assistive and robotics technology, artificial intelligence and automation with respect to the enjoyment of human rights by older persons.

Defining internet universality indicators: Participate in the first phase of the online consultation!
Defining internet universality indicators: Participate in the first phase of the online consultation! 22 June 2017

Work on a project to define Internet Universality indicators is being led for UNESCO by APC on behalf of a consortium which also includes ict Development Associates, Research ICT Africa, LIRNEasia and DIRSI. Please participate in this first stage of the online consultation!

APC has a new Board of Directors for the period 2017-2019
APC has a new Board of Directors for the period 2017-2019 22 September 2017

On 21 August, 39 APC Council members cast their votes during the APC Member Meeting in Ithala, South Africa, and elected a new Board of Directors for the next three years. Meet the new members of APC's Board of Directors!

APC’s Mike Jensen and Ermanno Pietrosemoli join the Internet Hall of Fame
APC’s Mike Jensen and Ermanno Pietrosemoli join the Internet Hall of Fame 20 September 2017

It is a week of celebration for APC, with two of our closest friends and internet pioneers joining the Internet Hall of Fame. Mike Jensen and Ermanno Pietrosemoli are two of the latest recipients of this honorary lifetime achievement award administered by the Internet Society (ISOC), which recognises individuals who have made significant contributions to the development and advancement of the i...

Economic, social and cultural rights - What does the internet have to do with them?
Economic, social and cultural rights - What does the internet have to do with them? 19 September 2017

This video draws on some of the many cases featured in the 2016 GISWatch edition on ESCRs and the internet, and adds an imaginary twist that enables easier understanding of the topic. How can we explain the impact of the internet with a simple metaphor? What if we imagined for a few minutes that the internet was a live animal, that moves and adapts, even camouflages itself, like a zebra? W...

Turkey: Secure digital communications are essential for human rights - Joint oral statement at the UN Human Rights Council 36th Session
Turkey: Secure digital communications are essential for human rights - Joint oral statement at the UN Human Rights Council 36th Session 19 September 2017

APC and over 60 organisations  express grave concern about the growing crackdown by states on the use of secure digital communications. In particular, we highlight Turkey's  arrest and continued pre-trial detention of IT consultant Ali Gharavi and non-violence trainer Peter Steudtner on 5 July.

Inside the Information Society: The future of cybersecurity
Inside the Information Society: The future of cybersecurity 18 September 2017

Last week I wrote about the need to shape our thinking on the Internet around its future rather than its past. This week I’m asking what that means for how we think about security.

"We cannot be what we cannot see": GenderIT.org maps gaps in research in gender and information society
"We cannot be what we cannot see": GenderIT.org maps gaps in research in gender and information society 11 September 2017

The articles in this bilingual edition point to how visibility, a complicated phenomenon in itself, is the starting point of a different way of being, and how the stories we tell – entangled in the fine wires of technology – are necessary and essential, and could be the foundations for the movement for change.

Inside the Information Society: How should we re-think the Information Society?
Inside the Information Society: How should we re-think the Information Society? 11 September 2017

It’s time for ‘Inside the Information Society’ to resume after its Northern-summer/Southern-winter break. There’s no shortage of issues. I’ll start this week by asking if/how we should rethink the Information Society?

Contribution from the Association for Progressive Communications to the Review of the 2012 International Telecommunication Regulations
Contribution from the Association for Progressive Communications to the Review of the 2012 International Telecommunication Regulations 08 September 2017

APC welcomes the opportunity to make this contribution to the second meeting of the Expert Group on International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs). APC, a Sector Member of ITU-D and ITU-R, is an international network of civil society organisations concerned with ICTs, the internet, development and rights. APC followed the WCIT-12 process very closely, and contributed to the extent possible ...