Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)

Sida is a government agency working on behalf of the Swedish parliament and government, with the mission to reduce poverty in the world. Through their work and in cooperation with others, they contribute to implementing Sweden’s Policy for Global Development (PGU). They carry out enhanced development cooperation with a total of 35 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. The selection of cooperation countries are based on political decisions made by the Swedish government.

Work supported:

  • Core funding for APC Strategic Plan (2016-2019)

  • Core funding for APC Strategic Plan (2013-2016)

  • Global Information Society Watch (2008-2011)

  • Internet Rights Are Human Rights (2010-2012)

  • Placement of trainee staff through Bilateral Associate Expert Training Programme (2010-2011)

  • Study of Effects and Possibilities of ICT for Enhancement of Democracy with a Focus on Empowerment in East Africa (2008-2009)

Link: https://www.sida.se/Svenska/

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 16
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 16 30 March 2019 APCNews

Welcome to the 16th monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks. 1. Events and conferences On 29 March, from 9:00 to 10:30 CET, Global Access to the Internet for All (GAIA), a research group within the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF), is having its regular gathering. Their notes will be available here as well as the video livestream of the event here. The 9th International Conference on Communities and Technologies will be held 3-7 June in Vienna and it ...

The APC community’s work on access in 2018: Pushing for people-centred communications networks
The APC community’s work on access in 2018: Pushing for people-centred communications networks 14 March 2019 Gabrielle Willms

How can we help people gain easy and affordable access to a free and open internet to improve their lives and create a more just world? This question has driven our work and strategic priorities for almost 30 years. APC’s strategic plan for the period 2016-2019, developed with our members network, identified six key result areas to address emerging issues and opportunities in the use and development of information and communications technologies (ICTs) for social justice and advocacy: acces...

"Are You Ready?": New film explores how Myanmar's Article 66(D) affects freedom of expression
"Are You Ready?": New film explores how Myanmar's Article 66(D) affects freedom of expression 14 March 2019 APCNews

Article 66(D) of Myanmar's 2013 Telecommunications Law, which provides for up to three years in prison for “extorting, coercing, restraining wrongfully, defaming, disturbing, causing undue influence or threatening any person using a telecommunications network,” has had a dramatic impact on free speech in the country. The law is frequently used to silence dissent, and with more tha...

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 15
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 15 01 March 2019

Welcome to the 15th monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks. 1. Get involved The Internet Society is inviting applications for the online course "Building Wireless Community Networks". The e-learning course will be delivered through its learning portal Inforum. This online course covers essential topics for effective planning, deployment and operational support of ...

KICTANet: Is privacy a concern for mobile phone users in Africa?
KICTANet: Is privacy a concern for mobile phone users in Africa? 19 February 2019 KICTANet

"This was a major breach of trust. We have a basic responsibility to protect people's data. If we can't do that, we don't deserve to have the opportunity to serve people." These were Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's words after public revelations that Cambridge Analytica had collected the personal information of tens of millions of Facebook users without their consent. However, almost a...

“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 and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 14
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 14 01 February 2019

Welcome to the 14th monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks. 1. Get involved  All World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) stakeholders are invited to submit inputs on the Thematic Aspects and Innovations on the Format of the WSIS Forum 2019. The deadline is 10 February 2019. Read more. 2. Community networks in news and blogs Observing community n...

Community Networks Learning Grants: Connecting the Unconnected
Community Networks Learning Grants: Connecting the Unconnected 17 January 2019

Community Networks Learning Grants – Connecting the unconnected “Connecting the unconnected: Supporting community networks and other community-based connectivity initiatives” is a project by APC in partnership with Rhizomatica that aims to directly support the work of community networks, with the support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). The initiati...

Tech-related violence against women in peri-urban areas of Uganda
Tech-related violence against women in peri-urban areas of Uganda 09 January 2019 WOUGNET

The UN estimates that 95% of aggressive behaviour, harassment, abusive language and denigrating images in online spaces are aimed at women and come from current or former male partners. For such cases, it is then referred to as Technology-related Violence Against Women (Tech-related VAW). Tech-related VAW encompasses acts of gender-based violence that are committed, abetted or aggrava...

Raising awareness of human rights online in Myanmar
Raising awareness of human rights online in Myanmar 03 January 2019 APCNews

This is a version of an article published by EngageMedia on their website. To commemorate International Human Rights Day, APC member EngageMedia, along with also member Myanmar ICT for Development Organization (MIDO) and Phandeeyar Innovation Lab, organised a film screening and discussion on 16 December 2018 in Yangon. It featured two short films that showcased the...

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