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New GenderIT.org edition explores connections between the feminist principles of the internet and community networks

sex, 15/11/2019 - 12:18

This edition of the GenderIT.org newsletter takes a closer look at the realities of the women who are working for and with their communities through enabling, weaving, sustaining installing, running and advocating for community networks.

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Response to the report of the UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation

qui, 14/11/2019 - 15:54

We agree that multilateralism and multistakeholderism are both necessary and can coexist. Both must be strengthened, and particular focus is needed to bring far more diverse voices to the table to ensure that such processes are inclusive and reflect the needs of those facing digital exclusion.

Inside the Digital Society: Reviewing a World Summit

seg, 11/11/2019 - 10:48

It’s fifteen years since the World Summit on the Information Society – and the United Nations is pledged to hold a review of what has happened since the Summit in 2025. But are the outcomes of the Summit still relevant today, after fifteen years of breakneck change in technology and services? How should the UN go about reviewing it?

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 23

qui, 07/11/2019 - 19:24

Welcome to the 23rd monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks.

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Statement of solidarity against the legal harassment of Malaysian author by local authorities

qui, 07/11/2019 - 18:52

We condemn the blatant attacks on Maryam Lee’s constitutional and internationally guaranteed rights, which are also inconsistent with commitments made by Malaysia at the Human Rights Council to repeal laws that restrict fundamental freedoms.

Weaving a community together – from grassroots to tech

qui, 07/11/2019 - 18:07

This visually stunning photo essay provides a glimpse into the life of a community network and the women working at the radio station and using the other services provided by the network, located just at the outskirts of Bangalore in India.

New age women: Women and their approach towards internet connectivity in rural India

qui, 07/11/2019 - 17:45

Availability and affordability of the internet have a major impact on whether women are able to access and use it. In this article, the authors explore what happens when community networks bring the internet closer to women and the small and big ways in which this changes their lives.

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Open letter to UN General Assembly: Proposed international convention on cybercrime poses a threat to human rights online

qua, 06/11/2019 - 19:59

Countering cybercrime is a key challenge that requires international cooperation. However, the approach taken in the draft resolution “Countering the use of information and communications technologies for criminal purposes” is fundamentally flawed and would restrict the use of the internet for human rights, and social and economic development.

TEDIC joins the APC network: “New ways of doing things, new approaches to improve the work we do, together”

qua, 06/11/2019 - 12:12

TEDIC is a Paraguayan non-profit organisation founded in 2012 that develops open civic technology and defends digital rights for a free culture on the internet. And now it is also one of the APC network's newest member organisations!

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Inside the Digital Society: How do we put the ethics in AI?

seg, 04/11/2019 - 07:45

Last week I wrote about ethical frameworks for artificial intelligence. This week I’ll draw on one initiative among these.

Online content: To regulate or not to regulate – is that the question?

sex, 01/11/2019 - 17:30

Recently there have been a flurry of proposals to “regulate the internet”, which in practice boils down to more narrowly regulating online content. In order to suggest a principles-based approach to regulation, this issue paper highlights positive and negative aspects of some recent initiatives.

News about our community network: Portal sem Porteiras

sex, 01/11/2019 - 13:29

In this layered podcast, Marcela and Luisa, members of Portal sem Porteiras, explore their excitement over the possibilities of their community network and how they are re-finding meaning and solace in connections. 

APC at the Internet Governance Forum 2019

qua, 30/10/2019 - 20:10

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) is mobilising for the 14th annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Berlin, Germany, where it will be participating in activities from 25 to 29 November 2019.

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GISWatch 2019 Sneak Peek! Read a selection of full-length reports on AI and human rights

ter, 29/10/2019 - 19:33

The 2019 edition of Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) will be officially launching next month, and this is your chance to have a first look at full-length content through this special GISWatch 2019 Sneak Peek!

Digital rights in the context of protests and social mobilisation in Ecuador in October 2019

ter, 29/10/2019 - 18:22

This report aims to outline the interruptions and their effects on certain social networks, mobile communications, websites and internet connections in the context of the recent national political crisis and social mobilisation in Ecuador in October 2019 against the austerity measures adopted as part of the agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Save the date! Launch of GISWatch 2019 on artificial intelligence at IGF

seg, 28/10/2019 - 20:14

The 2019 edition of Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) will be launching at the IGF in Berlin on 28 November! The theme this year is quite timely, as the new edition explores “Artificial intelligence: Human rights, social justice and development”.

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Inside the Digital Society: Why do we need ethics in AI?

seg, 28/10/2019 - 10:33

Artificial intelligence is not such a new idea as many think. It’s long been a dream or nightmare in science fiction. The term itself was coined in the 1950s. There’s been talk of ethics round it, too, for more than half a century.

Extreme poverty and digital welfare: New report from UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty raises alarm about the rise of a digital welfare dystopia

sex, 25/10/2019 - 13:45

A damning new report from the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, raises alarm about the rise of the digital welfare state, which uses data and technologies to automate, predict, identify, surveil, detect, target and punish the poor.

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Save the date! Disco-tech 2019 on the environmental impact of ICTs

qui, 24/10/2019 - 12:33

APC and partners are hosting their ninth Disco-tech event in conjunction with the 2019 IGF in Berlin, on 26 November. We invite you to join us for this peer-learning event about utilising the potential of ICTs in strategies to mitigate and adapt to the climate crisis.

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Statement of regional solidarity against attacks on digital rights activists in Southeast Asia

qui, 24/10/2019 - 10:24

A group of human rights activists and organisations from Southeast Asia are calling to stop the attacks on democracy and media activists, as well as other individuals-at-risk, for their expression online.