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Inside the Digital Society: WSIS+20 is closer than you think

seg, 06/07/2020 - 09:43

Twenty years ago, some of us old-timers were beginning to gear up for what became the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).

Grassroots solidarity to fight the pandemic: From farmers to queer communities

sex, 03/07/2020 - 17:52

How are LBTIQ+ people and communities facing the difficulties posed by the global pandemic and the lockdown? This article explores the emergence of solidarities among different marginalised groups in Indonesia, including farmers and queer communities, to ensure food, work and basic survival.

Comments on the draft 2020-2024 spectrum policy in Colombia

qui, 02/07/2020 - 13:31

Most of the spectrum sharing to date has focused on TV white spaces, and extending it to the IMT bands, those used for mobile broadband, and hence being able to reach users' handsets, is a major advance in the advocacy work that Colnodo has been leading in Colombia for this to happen.

Community Networks Stories: ComunicArte gathering in Colombia fosters mutual learning among peers

qua, 01/07/2020 - 12:22

The five-day event combined workshops in Popayán, where representatives of community networks from throughout the region shared experiences and knowledge with the others, and a day-trip visit to the RedINC community network in the municipality of Buenos Aires, Cauca.

Rights body VOICE urges scrapping DSA

ter, 30/06/2020 - 13:51

Rights and advocacy organisation Voice expresses deep concern over the arrest of journalists, online activists, teachers, students, writers, and cartoonists, among others, under Digital Security Act 2018, and urges the Bangaldeshi government to scrap the law.

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Joint submission to the Ethiopian Communications Authority on draft telecommunications licensing regulations

ter, 30/06/2020 - 13:26

On 17 June 2020, APC collaborated with other organisations  to submit a contribution to the draft Telecommunications Licensing Directive No. 1/2020. In the contribution, we recommend the Ethiopian Communications Authority consider international recommendations, as well as best practices in other countries both regionally and globally.

Upholding human rights online in the context of COVID-19: APC statement at the 44th session of the Human Rights Council

seg, 29/06/2020 - 16:57

APC  submits this written statement ahead of the Human Rights Council's 44th session to express our concerns about the online human rights implications of states’ measures adopted to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 44th session

seg, 29/06/2020 - 14:27

APC’s priorities at this HRC session include the implications of COVID-19 for human rights online, the impact of digital technologies on freedom of assembly and association online, racial discrimination and inequality and new information technologies, and online gender-based violence.

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Inside the Digital Society: What have we learnt about a digital society from lockdown?

seg, 29/06/2020 - 12:38

Yes, we’ve been able to substitute digital ways of doing things for the ways we’ve previously done them across much of our lives – or, at least, some of us have. But it’s proved more partial and less universal than some expected, which poses questions for the future.

Community Networks Stories: Knowledge and experience sharing among networks brings the spirit of teamwork and the power of collaboration

sex, 26/06/2020 - 16:07

Alternative Solutions for Rural Communities (ASORCOM) in Myanmar believes that building a community network is not just about internet connectivity, but also working with the community, building trust, providing support and sharing skills for their sustainable development.

Video4Change: Recording a video podcast remotely using free and open-source software

sex, 26/06/2020 - 12:49
King Catoy, Video Lead of EngageMedia, breaks down the FOSS tools he used to record EngageMedia’s recently launched video podcast on digital rights in the Asia-Pacific. Language English

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 26

qui, 25/06/2020 - 18:53

Welcome to the 26th monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks.

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Engage Media's Pretty Good Podcast: Discussions on digital rights in Asia-Pacific

qui, 25/06/2020 - 11:58

The second episode of Pretty Good Podcast delves deeper into the Philippine court cyber libel ruling against journalists Maria Ressa and Reynaldo Santos Jr. of Rappler, a Philippine news organisation known to be critical of incumbent President Rodrigo Duterte.

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Community Networks Stories: When internet access goes beyond service provision to become a community-managed common good

qua, 24/06/2020 - 14:24

It’s sometimes difficult to see changes in the short term, but it is undeniable that internet access as a common good made a big difference in these Brazilian communities who have control over their own infrastructure.

Brazilian disinformation bill threatens freedom of expression and privacy online

qua, 24/06/2020 - 13:02

APC and other regional and global civil society organisations call on Brazilian legislators to reject the latest version of the bill and open a participatory discussion on how to respond to the challenges of disinformation while respecting Brazil’s international human rights commitments.

Rudi International: Respect for internet rights and freedoms during the COVID-19 pandemic

qua, 24/06/2020 - 12:36

Rudi International released an op-ed with the aim of drawing attention to the importance of access to the internet during the COVID-19 pandemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and to offer suggestions on how to ensure and enforce internet rights and freedoms.

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Can we address sexual violence by collecting more data?

qua, 24/06/2020 - 11:52

Kate Sim is a DPhil student at the Oxford Internet Institute researching the datafication and automation of sexual harassment reporting systems in US higher education. In this interview with Deep Dives, Kate talks about her research on sexual harassment, digital technologies and big data. 

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Communications consultancy to support APC's work in Asia

seg, 22/06/2020 - 20:22

The purpose of this consultancy is to support APC's activities and project-related work in Asia, with particular attention to APC’s Challenge project, which focuses on the intersection of expression, religion and hate speech online. Send your expression of interest by 30 June 2020.

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Joint letter to United States Congress: Save internet freedom, support the Open Technology Fund

seg, 22/06/2020 - 14:28

APC joined over 400 other civil society organisations and thousands of individuals in this open letter calling on the US Congress to voice its support for the Open Technology Fund, an independent non-profit grantee of the United States Agency for Global Media in danger of being dismantled.

Questions for white liberals

seg, 22/06/2020 - 13:29

White allies rarely explain why particular racist actions might have occurred. White liberal intellectuals frequently learn anti-racist discourse and mimic it back at us with little trenchant thought given to their own experiences of whiteness.