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The battle for sex worker's rights online: Proposed SESTA-FOSTA law in USA
The battle for sex worker's rights online: Proposed SESTA-FOSTA law in USA 01 November 2018 Azia Keever for GenderIT.org

An unexpected duo, tech bros and sex workers, banded together in February in opposition to two bills meant to curb online sex trafficking. Despite their efforts, the bills, Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA) and Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA), were incorporated into a conglomeration of the two, called the FOSTA-SESTA package. With a bipartisan approval of 388-25 in the House of Representatives and 97-2 in the Senate, the bill is now on its way to P...

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 11
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 11 25 October 2018

Welcome to the 11th monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks. 1. Call for grants The GSMA Connected Society will be launching its Connect Society Innovation Fund for Rural Connectivity this October 2018. With support from the UK Department for International Development, the program fund aims to support innovative new technology solutions for connecting unserved rural communities. Applications for the fund, which offers grants of up to £300,000, open this mo...

APC members in 2017: eQualit.ie at work on Deflect Labs: Online attack forensics for civil society empowerment
APC members in 2017: eQualit.ie at work on Deflect Labs: Online attack forensics for civil society empowerment 28 September 2018 eQualit.ie

This member story was featured in the 2017 APC Annual Report, as part of our work on use and development. eQualit.ie has had a busy year, with continuing development of Deflect, its flagship distributed denial of service (DDoS) mitigation service, available free as always and now including multi-language localisation for greater global accessibility. Check out their new and improved website, wh...

Rhizomatica, winner of the Mozilla NSF-WINS Challenge Grand Prize
Rhizomatica, winner of the Mozilla NSF-WINS Challenge Grand Prize 26 September 2018 APCNews

The High­-frequency Emergency and Rural Multimedia Exchange System (HERMES) project by APC member Rhizomatica is the winner of this year's Mozilla NSF-WINS Grand Prize for unconnected communities. On 26 September, Mozilla and the National Science Foundation announced the grand prize winners in the Wireless Innovation for a Networked Society (NSF-WINS) Ch...

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 9
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 9 30 August 2018

Welcome to the ninth monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks. 1. Call for grants OpenCellular Grants (OCG) is a programme to fund, promote and accelerate the non-commercial development and non-traditional deployment of OpenCellular (OC) in rural areas where access to cellular is limited due to availability of service, price of service or limited consumer demand. ...

"It is a lifetime experience": Interview with Èva Bélanger on Alternative's internship programme
"It is a lifetime experience": Interview with Èva Bélanger on Alternative's internship programme 03 August 2018 APCNews

The International Youth Internship Programme offers young people the exciting opportunity to work with civil society organisations around the world with a focus on “technology and communication at the heart of social change”. Learn more in this interview with Èva Bélanger, the internship programme manager at APC member organisation Alternatives.  

Universal Periodic Review
Universal Periodic Review 02 July 2018

In partnership with members and networks, APC’s Internet Rights programme advocates for the protection, promotion and respect of human rights at the national level through the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), a unique mechanism of the Human Rights Council involving a review of the human rights records of all UN member states. With our members and partners, APC has submitted stakehol...

Workers' rights in the digital age: LaborFest 2018
Workers' rights in the digital age: LaborFest 2018 27 June 2018 APC

The 25th annual LaborFest, established in 1994 to institutionalise the history and culture of working people in an annual labour cultural, film and arts festival, is taking place 1-31 July in San Francisco, USA. The theme of this year's event is “Surviving the Billionaire Robot Assault in the 21st Century”, and APC member organisation LaborNet is linking up the use of technology and communi...

Participate in the new International Youth Internship Programme
Participate in the new International Youth Internship Programme 07 May 2018

Technology and communication at the heart of social change You would like to participate in an international internship with one of Alternatives’ partners. You want to advance Alternatives' and its allies’ work in the areas of social communications, information and communications technology (ICT), human rights and gender equality. You are dynamic, curious and eager to have a rewarding inter...

Need to Know: Facebook, Cambridge Analytica and privacy concerns
Need to Know: Facebook, Cambridge Analytica and privacy concerns 02 May 2018 May First/People Link

"Facebook: a threat and an opportunity" is the name of the latest instalment of May First/People Link's audio interviews and discussions, as part of the Need to Know project. In this audio, Sainaba Ali and Praveen Sinha from Equality Labs, Nathan "nash" Sheard from the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Jamie McClelland from May First/People Link and the&...

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