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Virtual Community Networks Summit: Africa

qui, 03/09/2020 - 12:49

Community-owned networks provide alternative, locally driven and sustainable solutions that are critical in addressing connectivity gaps in Africa. To explore these solutions, the 5th Virtual Community Networks Summit: Africa is taking place starting 30 September 2020.

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APC calls for action to end Facebook’s complicity in enabling hate speech in India

qui, 03/09/2020 - 11:29

APC is alarmed by reports of Facebook India’s failure to apply its community standards to perpetrators of hate speech on its platform.

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Open letter from APC: Facebook’s complicity in enabling hate speech in India must end

qua, 02/09/2020 - 13:00

APC is alarmed by reports of Facebook India’s failure to apply its community standards to the perpetrators of hate speech on its platform, and calls for immediate and concrete steps to eradicate hate from the platform and move towards securing the rights and safety of all users.

30th anniversary: Our member WOUGNET shares its vision for APC in the next 10 years

qua, 02/09/2020 - 12:41

Listen to the vision for the next ten years of APC of our member Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET) which envisions APC setting the pace for the internet as a public good in the next ten years. 

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Remote working: Care for your body

ter, 01/09/2020 - 13:30

This article takes you through the process of building a work routine to help you avoid paying a hefty physical price for spending hours on a computer. This routine combines active and passive ergonomic practices with a caring mentality to sensitise you about your bodily health while working.

DEF's COVID-19 relief initiatives as a digitally enabled humanitarian organisation

seg, 31/08/2020 - 18:02

The Digital Empowerment Foundation launched the Digital Emergency Relief Programme through its Community Information Resource Centres (CIRC) in 600+ locations in India, which have been rigorously responding to the crisis by reaching out to the most vulnerable communities.

EngageMedia: Alternative ethical frameworks for AI: A critical view of AI ethics

seg, 31/08/2020 - 17:50

Going beyond traditional Western frameworks of artificial intelligence (AI), this article shares other lenses from various cultural landscapes from which to view AI ethics.

FMA submits report to UN special rapporteur on violence against women

seg, 31/08/2020 - 17:40

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated concerns on public life. Among the conditions faced in the Philippines during this period is gender-based violence, influenced by the quality of gender-responsive measures in times of crises.

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CIPESA: Niger passes new law on interception of communications

seg, 31/08/2020 - 17:32

In response to national security challenges related to terrorism, ethnic conflict and organized crime, Niger promulgated a new law on the interception of communications, with surveillance implications that threaten the right to free speech and privacy online.

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SMEX: How the global internet disruption affected Lebanon

seg, 31/08/2020 - 17:25

On Sunday afternoon, Lebanese internet users reported an internet disruption that made it almost impossible to access platforms like Twitter. This outage affected many websites and services globally, including Lebanon. However, not all the Internet Service Providers nor all the internet services in Lebanon were affected the same.

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What comes next after the Terror Law? FMA convenes civil society reps to talk about the future of free speech

seg, 31/08/2020 - 17:13

The Foundation for Media Alternatives organised a webinar on digital rights in the Philippinesdiscussing the exacerbation of the digital divide during the lockdown, freedom of expression and the effects of the controversial Anti-Terror Law. 

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Internet Rules: Unboxing digital laws in South Asia

seg, 31/08/2020 - 11:53

This online workshop creates an opportunity for participants to engage with experts and practitioners currently working to improve digital laws and to network with fellow digital rights defenders while building their capacity to impact change at the national, regional and international level.

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African internet resilience: What about complementary access models?

seg, 31/08/2020 - 10:48

<p>The fifth session of the African Internet Resilience webinar series took place on 30 July. The focus of the session was to foster a deeper understanding of complementary networks and address the need for internet services in rural and underserved areas across the continent.

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Organisations of the Americas demand respect for the autonomy of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

seg, 31/08/2020 - 10:19

Over 400 organisations signed this open letter demanding respect for the autonomy of the Inter-American Commission. The OAS Secretary General’s decision undermines the IACHR’s institutionality and puts its autonomy and independence at risk.

Hello? How can I help you today?: Mental health concerns for LGBTIQA+ people during COVID-19

qui, 27/08/2020 - 19:02

LGBTIQA+ people are often already isolated and invisibilised in their families, sometimes also facing abuse. In this article, mental health professionals speak about the vulnerability of these groups and people during the lockdown and how fragile links of community and support are being built.

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 28

qui, 27/08/2020 - 18:16

Welcome to the 28th monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks.

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The digital rights movement needs to be deliberately inclusive

qua, 26/08/2020 - 17:44

We often speak of, and understand, technology to be embedded in socio-political contexts, and imbued with a number of power struggles and their violences. What we do not speak of is how we as the movement are also caught up in these contexts and struggles.

#KeepItOn: Joint letter on keeping the internet and digital communication tools open, accessible, and secure in Chad

ter, 25/08/2020 - 18:18

Various members of the #KeepItOn coalition that works to end internet shutdowns globally signed this open letter to express serious concern about the continued disruptions of the internet and digital communications by the government of Chad.

30th anniversary: Our member 7amleh shares its vision for APC in the next 10 years

ter, 25/08/2020 - 12:52

Listen to the vision for the next ten years of APC from our member 7amleh - The Arab Center for Social Media Advancement, which focuses on continuing to support the most vulnerable communities.

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CIPESA: Tanzania entrenches digital rights repression amidst COVID-19 denialism and a looming election

seg, 24/08/2020 - 13:27

On 17 July, the Tanzania government issued new Electronic and Postal Communications (Online Content) Regulations. These new regulations entrench the licensing and taxation of bloggers, online discussion forums, radio and television webcasters, and repress online speech, privacy and access to information.

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