As a technical person, I found the week-long school essential to having a good understanding of the governance side of the internet, which is different from running networks or conducting research on them. Topics related to digital rights, affordable internet access, internet history in Africa, sustainability, internet-related human rights, women and minorities’ participation, etc., were all covered, in addition to a number of other panel discussions and lectures.
How can accessibility in rural areas of Africa be improved? What are the challenges for women and girls in terms of internet access? How are internet shutdowns affecting African users? These are some of the issues that Josephine Miliza, Sophie Ngassa and Amanda Manyame focus on, as African experts on internet access with a strong gender perspective.
How we organise around shared causes and beliefs has changed with the internet. This piece looks at how the internet allows leadership to be decentralised, and responds to the idea that the age of influencers is necessarily a bad thing.
This study attempted to conduct an in-depth examination of the perceptions of male and female internet users about the positive and negative effects of internet activity in Pakistan.
APC is gravely concerned that the Sudanese authorities continue to implement internet restrictions to prevent citizens in the capital from communicating, as protesters try to reorganise after a brutal crackdown by government soldiers that left dozens of peaceful demonstrators dead.
The Call is a collaboration with the French government and a global call to a meeting in Paris on 15 May, which seeks to "bring together countries and tech companies in an attempt to bring to an end the ability to use social media to organise and promote terrorism and violent extremism."
My Internet Freedom Festival (IFF) started a little late as I was unable to get away from Brexit-gripped UK until Wednesday, but it was really refreshing to be in lovely Valencia in the spring and spend the end of the week in such a stimulating environment.
During its first and second Universal Periodic Review cycles, 395 recommendations were made to the DRC. The government supported more than 80% of the recommendations made, but none of these recommendations touched on human rights online.
The annual Internet Freedom Festival (IFF) in Valencia, Spain has become one of the main events for civil society on internet rights with a special focus on surveillance, censorship and circumvention worldwide. Here is a list of sessions that APC staff and members are organising or leading.
2019 started with five African countries facing internet disruptions, a very dangerous trend that reveals a rise in authoritarianism on the continent. This is the focus of a recently launched study by APC member Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA).