local impact

Seeding change: Communities mobilise open data to challenge oil industry pollution in Nigeria
Seeding change: Communities mobilise open data to challenge oil industry pollution in Nigeria 13 September 2022 Débora Prado

A groundbreaking project showcases how Nigerian communities are using low-cost, free technologies to monitor air pollution and stand up to hold the responsible accountable.

Seeding change: Rhizomatica’s high frequency radio showcases the power of communication in remote regions of the Amazon
Seeding change: Rhizomatica’s high frequency radio showcases the power of communication in remote regions of the Amazon 11 August 2022 Maja Romano

Imagine you are in the middle of the Amazon rain forest. There is no mobile coverage or internet access. The long distances and rugged landscapes make communication highly challenging. These communities are precisely the ones Rhizomatica aims to support when building new technologies that connect people.

Seeding change: Foundation for Media Alternatives challenges rampant surveillance in public health in the Philippines
Seeding change: Foundation for Media Alternatives challenges rampant surveillance in public health in the Philippines 21 June 2022 Leila Nachawati Rego

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen rampant surveillance and citizen monitoring under the guise of public health. FMA's recent research focused on understanding how such privacy and freedoms were being curtailed in the Philippines, providing recommendations for a more equitable response and helping civil society hold the government accountable.

Seeding change: Bytesforall Bangladesh advocates for online education as a fundamental right
Seeding change: Bytesforall Bangladesh advocates for online education as a fundamental right 29 April 2022 APCNews

Recognising the need for a rapid and effective response to the pressing issue of access to online education, Bytesforall Bangladesh saw an opportunity to advocate for equitable access to the internet as a public good, affirming access to education as a fundamental human right.

Seeding change: Open Culture Foundation campaign blocks digital ID cards in Taiwan until privacy safeguards exist
Seeding change: Open Culture Foundation campaign blocks digital ID cards in Taiwan until privacy safeguards exist 16 March 2022 APCNews

Open Culture Foundation worked with civil society groups to push the Taiwanese government to reject digital ID cards until legislation is implemented to safeguard the privacy and information of the public.

Seeding change: Creating a digital community network with the Ju|’hoan people in Namibia
Seeding change: Creating a digital community network with the Ju|’hoan people in Namibia 25 November 2021 APCNews

How are APC partners improving their communities' lives? In this column we’re highlighting stories of impact and change by our partners, supported by APC subgranting. This catalytic project built a digital community network for the Ju|’hoan people living in the remote Nyae-Nyae Conservancy in Namibia.

Seeding change: Pangea on reducing our digital footprint
Seeding change: Pangea on reducing our digital footprint 11 November 2021 APCNews

How are APC members improving their communities’ lives with the support of APC subgranting? In Catalonia, Pangea embarked on a research project that resulted in a guide to more environmentally sustainable use of the internet, focused on Spain and Latin America.

Seeding change: EsLaRed helps defend access to information and freedom of expression in Venezuela
Seeding change: EsLaRed helps defend access to information and freedom of expression in Venezuela 29 October 2021 APCNews

Concerned about how digital technologies bring new challenges to fighting censorship, APC member EsLaRed has been defending access to information and freedom of expression in restrictive environments, with a recent study focusing on communication blockades in Venezuela.

Seeding change: BAIF partners with community members to create a digital ecosystem in the tribal village of Pathardi, India
Seeding change: BAIF partners with community members to create a digital ecosystem in the tribal village of Pathardi, India 06 October 2021 APCNews

How are APC partners improving their communities' lives? BAIF is partnering with community members to enable a digital ecosystem in Pathardi, a tribal village in India, as a way to archive local knowledge and culture, protect biodiversity, and provide new income alternatives.

Seeding change: Murambinda Works on building community networks and ICT solutions that respond to people’s needs
Seeding change: Murambinda Works on building community networks and ICT solutions that respond to people’s needs 16 September 2021 APCNews

How are APC partners improving their communities’ lives? Murambinda Works is fostering digital inclusion and literacy while building the link between internet access and other fundamental rights, such as education, in Zimbabwe.

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