Internet Society (ISOC)

The Internet Society is a global cause-driven organisation with offices around the world, governed by a diverse Board of Trustees that is dedicated to ensuring that the internet stays open, transparent and defined by users. While the Internet Society is not a membership-driven organisation, it has a growing number of members and chapters that have chosen to join the Internet Society to share its mission and to promote the open development, evolution and use of the internet for the benefit of all people throughout the world. In 2012, ISOC provided APC with travel funds to support the participation of African civil society in the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT). In 2013 and 2016 ISOC supported the African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG).

Work supported:

  • African School of Internet Governance (AFRISIG) (2013-2016)

  • Travel funds to support the participation of African civil society in the World Conference on International Telecommunications (2012)

Link: http://www.internetsociety.org/

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 Myanmar; a regional feminist internet meeting in Serbia; feminist learning communities in El Salvado...

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 Datta, our board chair, describes in her own introductory piece as "a year when so many deeply-rooted i...

Innovations in Spectrum Management - Enabling community networks and small operators to connect the unconnected
Innovations in Spectrum Management - Enabling community networks and small operators to connect the unconnected 18 October 2019 Stephen Song, Carlos Rey-Moreno and Michael Jensen

The value of being connected to a communication network is steadily rising. And yet, half of the world population remains unconnected to the Internet. Traditional solutions are showing signs of having reached their limits. Attempts to address this problem, whether through universal service strategies/funds, private sector initiatives or philanthropy, have met with limited success. This presents...

Over 100 civil society organisations call on Facebook to implement end-to-end encryption across its platforms
Over 100 civil society organisations call on Facebook to implement end-to-end encryption across its platforms 07 October 2019 APCNews

Last week it was revealed that the governments of the US, UK and Australia are pressuring Facebook to "not proceed with its plan to implement end-to-end encryption across its messaging services without ensuring that there is no reduction to user safety and without including a means for lawful access to the content of communications to protect our citizens." APC joined over a hundred civil socie...

Open Letter: Facebook’s End-to-End Encryption Plans
Open Letter: Facebook’s End-to-End Encryption Plans 07 October 2019 Various

Dear Mr. Zuckerberg, The organizations below write today to encourage you, in no uncertain terms, to continue increasing the end-to-end security across Facebook’s messaging services. We have seen requests from the United States, United Kingdom, and Australian governments asking you to suspend these plans “until [Facebook] can guarantee the added privacy does not reduce public safety”. We ...

“We can't just sit back and wait”: Indigenous, black and campesino communities in Colombia meet their own communications needs with community wireless network
“We can't just sit back and wait”: Indigenous, black and campesino communities in Colombia meet their own communications needs with community wireless network 12 February 2019 APCNews

A version of this article in Malagasy can be found on the Rising Voices website. Thanks Andriamifidisoa Zo for the translation! The “digital divide” in Colombia is particularly wide in rural communities, since service coverage, especially cellular mobile service, is concentrated in urban centres. In September 2017, communities in the municipality of Buenos Aires, located in the de...

Community Networks in Latin America: Challenges, Regulations and Solutions
Community Networks in Latin America: Challenges, Regulations and Solutions 11 November 2018 Carlos Baca, Luca Belli, Erick Huerta and Karla Velasco

Over the past decade, numerous discussions have highlighted the essential role that internet connectivity plays in driving fundamental changes in economic and social development. The purpose of this study is not only to highlight the potential of community networks in terms of expanding connectivity and its positive social, cultural and economic externalities, but also to point out the regulato...

Sixth African School on Internet Governance to take place in Zanzibar, 11-16 October 2018
Sixth African School on Internet Governance to take place in Zanzibar, 11-16 October 2018 01 October 2018 APCNews

The sixth African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG) will take place in Zanzibar, 11-16 October 2018. The School, organised by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), the African Union Commission and Research ICT Africa, will be attended by 34 Africans fellows drawn from multiple sectors and stakeholder groups. AfriSIG 2018 will give the fellows the opportunity to g...

Community networks: The internet by the people, for the people
Community networks: The internet by the people, for the people 09 December 2017 Various

This book reflects many of the ideas discussed by the members of the Dynamic Coalition on Community Connectivity (DC3) of the United Nations Internet Governance Forum, between 2016 and 2017.  In 2015 the world made an important promise to itself. The United Nations set out 17 Global Goals – the Sustainable Development Goals – aimed at achieving extraordinary things in the next 15 years...

Community Networks: Regulatory issues and gaps – Experiences from India
Community Networks: Regulatory issues and gaps – Experiences from India 15 October 2017 Ritu Srivastava

The emergence of a global “information society” is driven by the continuing development of converging telecommunications, multimedia broadcasting, and information technologies linked together by the internet. The flow of information facilitated by the internet strengthens democratic processes, stimulates economic growth, and allows for cross-fertilisation of knowledge exchange and creativit...

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