Latin America & the Caribbean

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.

Civil society organisations reject attempts to silence and criminalise social movements in the context of protests in Ecuador and demand that human rights are respected
Civil society organisations reject attempts to silence and criminalise social movements in the context of protests in Ecuador and demand that human rights are respected 22 June 2022 Various

The undersigned organisations and activists firmly reject the violent repression, arbitrary arrests and use of surveillance technologies to intimidate, harass, persecute and silence defenders of human rights and nature in Ecuador in the context of the protests that started on 13 June 2022.

Universal Periodic Review 41st session – Ecuador: Human rights in the digital environment
Universal Periodic Review 41st session – Ecuador: Human rights in the digital environment 17 June 2022 APC and Derechos Digitales

Within the framework of the 41st cycle of the Universal Periodic Review of the United Nations (UPR), APC and Derechos Digitales want to draw attention to some relevant aspects for the exercise of human rights in the digital environment in Ecuador.

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.

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.

Feminist by Design: COVID-19, homophobia and the Bolsonarista vernacular
Feminist by Design: COVID-19, homophobia and the Bolsonarista vernacular 07 May 2022

After the election of Jair Bolsonaro as president, Brazilian social media became an increasingly fertile ground for the exercise of public violence. This article focuses on two episodes that illustrate social media engagement with homophobic hate speech uttered by or attributed to Bolsonaro.

Local Access: What does it take for communities to make change happen?
Local Access: What does it take for communities to make change happen? 28 April 2022 APCNews

What does it take for communities to make change happen? In this newsletter, discover the elements that make it possible for community networks to emerge and enable rural development in Zimbabwe. Welcome to the 46th monthly round-up of developments impacting your community-based initiatives.

Joint stakeholder contribution to the 41st session of the Universal Periodic Review: Brazil
Joint stakeholder contribution to the 41st session of the Universal Periodic Review: Brazil 27 April 2022 APC, ARTIGO 19 Brasil e América do Sul, Derechos Digitales and Intervozes

This joint submission to the 41st session of the UN Universal Period Review focuses on Brazil's fulfilment of human rights obligations in the digital context.

Seeding change: Meet Hackers Comunitarias, the women challenging communications, tech and access inequalities in Mexico
Seeding change: Meet Hackers Comunitarias, the women challenging communications, tech and access inequalities in Mexico 01 April 2022 APCNews

In this photo essay we will discover the experiences and learnings from two communities in Mexico – Cherán and Xocoyolo. The women in these communities get together to redefine technologies and develop their networks locally.

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