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RightsCon 2018: Interrogating gender digital divides for the invisible unconnected women in the global South
RightsCon 2018: Interrogating gender digital divides for the invisible unconnected women in the global South 31 May 2018 Moses Owiny, WOUGNET

The recently concluded RightsCon held in Toronto, Canada as a platform that values respect, diversity and inclusion in the digital age was a remarkable event that saw wonderful discussions and insights into the current contemporary challenges facing the globe, ranging from free expression to online rights, cybersecurity, women and gender, and ICT policies and perspectives, among others. I was able to take part in this important event with support from the APC Member Exchange and Travel Fund. ...

RightsCon 2018: Being in the right place at the right time
RightsCon 2018: Being in the right place at the right time 24 May 2018 Cecilia Mwende Maundu

If the internet was a country I can confidently say I would be the current sitting president. Sounds ambitious? I know, but that’s the truth. I would run for office and make sure I won in order to do everything to make the internet better. I heard about RightsCon while attending Safe Sister: The East African Women’s Digital Safety Fellowship, funded by Internews and Bread for the World. I went online to find out more (this is where I pause and wonder, how was life before the internet?). A...

Advancing a gender-responsive approach to ICT policy and decision making
Advancing a gender-responsive approach to ICT policy and decision making 30 January 2018 Moses Owiny, WOUGNET

At the core of policy formulation and implementation processes lies the need to have diverse groups of stakeholders to make relevant input into the policy making process. Policy making is thus not only a preserve of the government, normally set within the framework of the top-bottom approach, but rather the contemporary environment contends that for policy formulation and implementation to be s...

A bit of IGF 2017: Access, fake news, hate speech and empowerment
A bit of IGF 2017: Access, fake news, hate speech and empowerment 16 January 2018 Veridiana Alimonti, Intervozes

The 12th annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) took place between 18 and 21 December 2017 in Geneva. Once again, different countries, perspectives and stakeholders were brought together to discuss relevant issues related to the internet and technology, ranging from access and human rights online to new technologies and "hot" emerging issues. Here I will look at a number of the issues discussed...

COCONET: Learning to maximise the benefits of technology for human rights advocacy
COCONET: Learning to maximise the benefits of technology for human rights advocacy 16 January 2018 Md. Toufikul Islam, Bangladesh Friendship Education Society

The COCONET Southeast Asia Digital Rights Camp 2017 was held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia on 22-26 October, organised by EngageMedia with the support of APC and the Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA). The camp mainly focused on interactive learning and longer-term network building. Most of the agenda relied on participants hosting sessions and discussions. More than 100 participants from differ...

Disrupting gender-power dynamics through community networks
Disrupting gender-power dynamics through community networks 23 December 2017 Angela M. Kuga Thas, EMPOWER

As an organisation that has worked with the Orang Asli indigenous women in peninsular Malaysia since 2013, one of the biggest challenges we have faced as EMPOWER is how best to integrate the work on the right to information and access to information and communication technologies (ICTs) with the most pressing of issues: native land rights. This challenge is further compounded by the fact that t...

COCONET: Learning from each other to achieve the social justice we all want
COCONET: Learning from each other to achieve the social justice we all want 23 December 2017 Srinidhi Raghavan, Point of View

A few kilometres away from the city of Yogyakarta, Indonesia, the COCONET Southeast Asia Digital Rights Camp was held between 22 and 26 October 2017. The camp was hosted by EngageMedia, APC and the Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA), along with key regional allies including SafeNet (Indonesia), EMPOWER (Malaysia), Thai Netizen Network, Witness, Myanmar ICT for Development Organization and t...

FIFAfrica17: A highly valuable experience for PROTEGE QV
FIFAfrica17: A highly valuable experience for PROTEGE QV 24 October 2017 Serge Daho

On 27-29 September I participated in the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica17), held in Johannesburg, South Africa, as a representative PROTEGE QV, an APC member organisation in Cameroon. This event was of great interest to us, since it is aligned with PROTEGE QV’s ICT4D programme, which advocates for free, open and affordable internet access for everyone. It was an ideal occasion...

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