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International civil society organisations demand that the Colombian government immediately stop its repression of the protests and guarantee the exercise of human rights, offline and online

qua, 05/05/2021 - 11:38

We firmly reject the violent repression in Colombia in response to the massive protests which began on 28 April. The Colombian state has the obligation to adopt the necessary measures to guarantee freedom of assembly and association and freedom of speech, on the internet and on the streets.

Summary of the joint stakeholder report to the UPR 38th session on online gender-based violence and access to justice in Paraguay

ter, 04/05/2021 - 20:08

The joint report presented to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group ahead of its 38th session by TEDIC and APC consists of information around three specific areas related to online gender-based violence and access to justice in Paraguay. A synthesis of each of them is offered here.

Seeding change: Open World Platform on support and safety for women and LGBTIQ communities in Bosnia and Herzegovina

ter, 04/05/2021 - 11:43

How are APC members improving their communities' lives? Today, let's see how Open World Platform works on supporting women and LGBTIQ communities in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

APC at the Stockholm Internet Forum

ter, 04/05/2021 - 11:00

APC's participation will focus on highlighting strategies to counter gender-based violence online, discussing the intersections between technology, the environment and the exercise of human rights, debating the impact of COVID-19 on human rights, and promoting meaningful internet access,

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Inside the Digital Society: "Consuming" creative culture in the digital society

ter, 04/05/2021 - 07:00

Last week I wrote about what digitalisation may be doing to creativity.  This week, a look at what it may already have done to the way that we ‘consume’ creative culture.

New toolkit offers insights into advocacy around the growing need for privacy and personal data protection in Africa

seg, 03/05/2021 - 12:09

The toolkit, developed by the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms Coalition, offers an overview of relevant national, regional and international mechanisms and a checklist for analysing data protection and privacy-related policy and legislation using the human rights-based approach.

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South Korea: Censorship of telemedical services as a form of denying abortion access

sex, 30/04/2021 - 14:37

When countries invoke peripheral laws such as pharmaceutical violations or conscientious objection clauses as justification for blocking, restricting, or limiting abortion access, they are invariably creating additional barriers, not upholding legal integrity.

One year in: COVID-19 deepening Africa's democratic regression

sex, 30/04/2021 - 09:36

In September 2020, our research on the State of Internet Freedom in Africa established that the ultimate effect of the measures instituted in fighting Covid-19 was that they had deepened the democracy deficit in several African countries.

EngageMedia's Pretty Good Podcast: Freedom of expression online

sex, 30/04/2021 - 09:11

EngageMedia sits down with Mong Palatino, Southeast Asia and Oceania editor of the community media website Global Voices, to talk about the threats to freedom of expression on the internet. Most importantly, we ask Mong: Is the internet still a safe space for us to freely express ourselves?

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Gender, diversity and inclusion in open source communities

qui, 29/04/2021 - 18:48

Code, even when it is open, is not neutral with respect to who contributes and for what. What happens to our contributions when we reveal our gender or sexuality? How can a project in which a significant portion of the work is invisible and not counted really be “free” and open source?

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 35

qui, 29/04/2021 - 14:46

Welcome to the 35th monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks.

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Women are talking but Telegram is not listening

qua, 28/04/2021 - 12:12

Garnett Achieng takes a deep-dive look into the Telegram app from the perspective of African women’s experience, particularly that of data privacy and online gender-based violence.

Seeding change: Zenzeleni provides community-rooted connectivity in rural South Africa

qua, 28/04/2021 - 10:28

Find out about the ways Zenzeleni Community Networks has been growing its capacity to provide internet access while building a local source of income alongside community members in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province.

APC is looking for a lead editor

ter, 27/04/2021 - 15:35

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) is looking for a lead editor to write analytical content and to develop and lead the implementation of an editorial plan for APC, with a focus on websites and newsletters. Apply before 14 May 2021!

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Leave no one behind: A people-centered approach to achieve meaningful connectivity

ter, 27/04/2021 - 11:48

In light of the importance of addressing the digital divide in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Sustainable Development Goals, the President of the General Assembly has convened a one-day High-level Thematic Debate on Digital Cooperation and Connectivity on 27 April 2021.

Privacy and personal data protection in Africa: Advocacy toolkit

seg, 26/04/2021 - 18:55

This advocacy toolkit provides an overview of the legal standards concerning the right to privacy and personal data protection in Africa and offers a set of practical tools for stakeholders in the formulation and implementation of data protection frameworks.

Inside the Digital Society: Human and digital creativity

seg, 26/04/2021 - 11:56

Can artificial intelligence be ‘creative’? Can it be original? Can it make art, or music, or literature that is as meaningful as art of music or literature that’s made by humans? Can it understand emotion as well as we do?

Global Information Society Watch 2020 - Technology, the environment and a sustainable world: Responses from the global South

seg, 26/04/2021 - 11:20

This edition of Global Information Society Watch seeks to understand the constructive role that technology can play in confronting the crises. It disrupts the normative understanding of technology being an easy panacea to the planet’s environmental challenges and suggests that a nuanced and contextual use of technology is necessary for real sustainability to be achieved.

Taking action: GISWatch 2020 authors speak out on creating a sustainable world

qua, 21/04/2021 - 19:31

On Earth Day 2021, APC launched its 2020 edition of Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) on the theme of "Technology, the environment and a sustainable world: Responses from the global South". Listen to voices from around the globe as we join the global movement for climate justice.

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Seeding change: 7amleh on mapping the digital occupation of Palestine

ter, 20/04/2021 - 04:19

How are APC members improving their communities' lives? Today, let's see how Palestinian organisation 7amleh advocates for Palestinian digital rights.