Ford Foundation

The Ford Foundation supports visionary leaders and organisations on the frontlines of social change worldwide. Its goals for more than half a century have been to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation and advance human achievement. Its headquarters are in the US and it has regional offices in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

APC is particularly appreciative of the programme support that the Ford Foundation provided from 1997 to 2000. The foundation also supported the APC council meeting in South Africa in 1997.

In 2001 and 2002 its general support for management systems and programmes continued. In 2006, the Foundation provided core support to CIPP, and funded global advocacy on communication rights in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

It provided funds to support a civic voice in global policy dialogues relating to communication technology (CIPP), from 1 June 2006 to 30 May 2008, as well as support for Global Information Society Watch 2008.

From 2014 to 2015, Ford supported the "Local Action to Secure Internet Rights (LASIR)" project, from from 2015 to 2017 the "Building feminist cross-movement collaboration and action on internet and human rights in Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean" project and currently (2017), Ford is providing 2 years core support for APC's global and regional policy advocacy work.

Perspectives on universal free access to online information in South Africa: Free public Wi-Fi and zero-rated content
Perspectives on universal free access to online information in South Africa: Free public Wi-Fi and zero-rated content 27 September 2017 This paper was prepared for APC by Applied Law & Technology Ltd, in collaboration with the South African National Editors’ Forum, Media Monitoring Africa, and the Interactive Advertising Bureau of South Africa

The purpose of this issue paper is to examine the background and legal framework that support a right to universal free access to online information, with a specific focus on the South African context.

Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa to take place in Johannesburg
Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa to take place in Johannesburg 26 September 2017 APC

Gaps, concerns and opportunities for advancing privacy, access to information, free expression, non-discrimination and the free flow of information online are the focus of this year's Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa.

Due diligence and accountability for online violence against women
Due diligence and accountability for online violence against women 31 July 2017 Zarizana Abdul Aziz

This paper explores what online violence against women is; what can be done to stem and ultimately eliminate it; and whose responsibility it is to do so.

Human rights and the internet: The key role of National Human Rights Institutions in protecting human rights in the digital age
Human rights and the internet: The key role of National Human Rights Institutions in protecting human rights in the digital age 21 June 2017

What can National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) do to uphold and promote internet rights? We extend an invitation to National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) to be part of a worldwide movement that seeks to respect, protect and promote human rights in the digital age.

A feminist action framework on development and digital technologies
A feminist action framework on development and digital technologies 29 May 2017 Anita Gurumurthy and Nandini Chami

Through a feminist lens that brings together economic justice and gender justice concerns, this paper traces the key elements of the right to access, right to knowledge and right to development in the network society, and chalks out strategic directions for feminist advocacy in relation to ICTs.

A history of feminist engagement with development and digital technologies
A history of feminist engagement with development and digital technologies 29 May 2017 Anita Gurumurthy

This paper historicises gender justice struggles and feminist engagement with ICT policies, tracing the idea of development put forward by women from the global South through the years leading to the Beijing Conference on Women and later, the WSIS process.

African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG)
African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG) 22 March 2017

AfriSIG, an initiative co-organised by APC and NEPAD, is a multistakeholder training initiative that aims to give Africans from diverse sectors and stakeholder groups the opportunity to gain knowledge and confidence to participate effectively in internet governance processes and debates. 

GISWatch: An annual snapshot of the information society, 10 years running
GISWatch: An annual snapshot of the information society, 10 years running 02 December 2016 Florencia Roveri, from Nodo TAU

Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) has reached its 10th edition, providing the international community with yearly reports on the state of the constantly evolving information society from the perspective of local civil society organisations and experts from all around the world.

FeministInternet.net is here!
FeministInternet.net is here! 31 August 2016 APC

Version 2.0 of the Feminist Principles of the Internet is already out, and it is hosted on a new online platform that allows you to contribute to the collective construction of the Principles. Visit FeministInternet.org and help us shape the internet we want! What are the Feminist Principles of the Internet? In 2014 and 2015, more than 100 activists from women’s rights, sexual rights and inte...

Call for contributions on the internet and human rights in Africa
Call for contributions on the internet and human rights in Africa 13 July 2016

APC is calling for submissions of articles, case studies, interviews, publication reviews and other creative audio and visual contributions that explore how the internet [can / does / could] play a role in upholding human rights in Africa. Deadline for submissions is 25 July!