Middle East and North Africa

SMEX: We demand Ministry of Telecommunications open the fixed and mobile internet capacity and reduce prices during the COVID-19 crisis
SMEX: We demand Ministry of Telecommunications open the fixed and mobile internet capacity and reduce prices during the COVID-19 crisis 27 March 2020 SMEX

This open letter and petition was originally published on the website of Lebanon-based APC member organisation SMEX. In a decision to encourage citizens, including students, to stay home during the coronavirus crisis, the Lebanese government announced on Thursday, March 12, that Ogero, the national internet service provider (ISP), will double the speed and capacity for users until the end of April. Ogero chairman, Imad Kreidieh, said to LBC that this decision will benefit around 370,000 subs...

7amleh: Netanyahu imposes dangerous “Big Brother” surveillance under the pretext of a security response to the coronavirus
7amleh: Netanyahu imposes dangerous “Big Brother” surveillance under the pretext of a security response to the coronavirus 23 March 2020 7amleh – The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media

This press statement was originally published on the website of APC member organisation 7amleh – The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media. 7amleh – The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media warns of Israel committing mass violations of digital rights, especially the right to privacy, under the pretext of managing the health crisis caused by the Coronavirus. Last night [14 March], the Israeli Attorney General approved the request of the Prime Minister of Israel t...

"Access Denied": New research by 7amleh Center about Palestinian access to e-commerce
"Access Denied": New research by 7amleh Center about Palestinian access to e-commerce 24 February 2020 7amleh – The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media

7amleh – The Arab Center for Advancement of Social Media published “Access Denied – E-Commerce in Palestine.” The research highlights how occupation, failure to fulfill the Oslo Accords and digital discrimination from international tech companies have stunted the development of the Palestinian economy and created challenges for Palestinian buyers, sellers and workers online. 7amleh – ...

Global Information Society Watch 2019 - Artificial intelligence: Human rights, social justice and development
Global Information Society Watch 2019 - Artificial intelligence: Human rights, social justice and development 28 November 2019 Various

Artificial intelligence (AI) is now receiving unprecedented global attention as it finds widespread practical application in multiple spheres of activity. But what are the human rights, social justice and development implications of AI when used in areas such as health, education and social services, or in building “smart cities”? How does algorithmic decision making impact on marginalised ...

Save the date! Disco-tech 2019 on the environmental impact of ICTs
Save the date! Disco-tech 2019 on the environmental impact of ICTs 01 November 2019

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and partners are hosting their ninth Disco-tech event in conjunction with the 2019 Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Berlin, on the evening of 26 November. We invite you to join us for this peer-learning event about utilising the potential of information and communications technologies (ICTs) in strategies to mitigate and adap...

Silenced Net: The Chilling Effect among Palestinian Youth in Social Media
Silenced Net: The Chilling Effect among Palestinian Youth in Social Media 30 October 2019 7amleh – The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media

According to this new research report, the current legal, political and social environment is having a significant impact on the political activity of Palestinian youth on the internet. Many young Palestinians have had their content removed from online platforms, experienced harassment, or were interrogated in relation to what they posted on social networks. This has created a “chilling effec...

APC Annual Report 2018
APC Annual Report 2018 22 October 2019

APC's 2018 Annual Report offers an engaging dive into one year in the network's life. It’s been a year of intense work and satisfaction at APC, through community networks in rural villages in Cauca, Colombia, and Mankosi, South Africa; digital rights campaigns in Lebanon, Macedonia and Kenya; rights-based policy advocacy in Bangladesh, Cameroon, Chile and Mexico; film production in ...

A look into one year of APC's impact: About roots, flowers and moving tiles
A look into one year of APC's impact: About roots, flowers and moving tiles 19 October 2019 Flavia Fascendini

APC's 2018 Annual Report offers an engaging dive into one year in the network's life. However, as comprehensive as it is, it is just a sample of the multifaceted and tireless work we all do at APC. As APC's executive director Chat Garcia Ramilo said in her introduction to this report, it is a compendium of "stories about how APC collectively strives for change," from what Bishakha Dat...

 Egypt: Stop the crackdown on civil society
Egypt: Stop the crackdown on civil society 02 October 2019 APC

Update: On 10 October, Alaa was able to inform his lawyers, and put it officially on record, that he has been beaten, threatened and robbed at the Tora Prison. He was told if he spoke out it would become worse, and faces the risk of further beating and torture. In the words of his family, "Alaa decided, as always, not to be silent. We, now, must do our part."  ---------...

Rights in 2018: From resolutions on online gender-based violence, discrimination and privacy, to internet shutdowns in Africa, hate speech in Asia and work with youth and visual stories
Rights in 2018: From resolutions on online gender-based violence, discrimination and privacy, to internet shutdowns in Africa, hate speech in Asia and work with youth and visual stories 19 September 2019

Human rights norms and standards integrate gender and development, and are respected and promoted in internet and ICT policy, governance, development and practice. This is a compendium of the highlights from APC's Annual Report for 2018. Contributed to policy by addressing new threats to human rights online The 38th Human Rights Council session saw the updating of its landmark re...

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