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SMEX: We demand Ministry of Telecommunications open the fixed and mobile internet capacity and reduce prices during the COVID-19 crisis

sex, 27/03/2020 - 17:50

The Lebanese government announced on 12 March that Ogero, the national internet service provider (ISP), will double the speed and capacity for users until the end of April, but it did not clarify whether the decision includes other privately owned ISPs.

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Digital Rights Monitor: Coronavirus crisis highlights digital divide in Pakistan

sex, 27/03/2020 - 12:29

COVID-19 is revealing the extent of the digital divide in Pakistan, and it has resulted in Pakistanis mobilizing on Twitter to demand affordable and accessible Internet services. 

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Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Meet the community networks studied during the research

qui, 26/03/2020 - 13:18

The research report "Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Community-led small-scale telecommunication infrastructure networks in the global South" explores the benefits of, and challenges facing, small-scale, community-based connectivity projects. Here we look at the initiatives studied.

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Digital Rights Monitor: How governments are using tech for coronavirus awareness, in Pakistan and beyond

qua, 25/03/2020 - 15:42

As governments around the world attempt to flatten the curve of coronavirus cases, authorities appear to be looking towards technology for support. Chatbots, online dashboards, and mobile caller tunes are some of the digital strategies put on display by officials to raise awareness around Covid-19.

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Inequality, the internet and the corona crisis

seg, 23/03/2020 - 13:41

In the current corona crisis, i’s important that we focus on the future as well as on the present. The digital will play a big part in recovery.

7amleh: Netanyahu imposes dangerous “Big Brother” surveillance under the pretext of a security response to the coronavirus

seg, 23/03/2020 - 12:34

7amleh – The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media warns of Israel committing mass violations of digital rights, especially the right to privacy, under the pretext of managing the health crisis caused by the coronavirus.

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What good can come out of the coronavirus?

sab, 21/03/2020 - 15:13

"Covid-19 may be the biggest global crisis yet that many of us have ever faced, and I am not making light of the situation," stresses June-E Tan. the author of this piece. "We did not ask for destruction, but now that it is here – this may be an opportunity never seen before to build back better."

EngageMedia responding to COVID-19

sex, 20/03/2020 - 10:29

We at EngageMedia have been busy ensuring the safety of our staff and affiliates in the countries we work in: Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, and Australia. This has included closing our offices and shifting to a fully remote setup, which fortunately has mostly been our default since we began in 2005. 

May First Movement Technology: Statement on the coronavirus situation

sex, 20/03/2020 - 10:28

We have always counted on personal interactions to discuss and analyze situations and plan our activities. As part of a global movement that values humanity over capital, we don’t have the resources to do things any other way; therefore, our response to this situation is vitally important.

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Ecuador: Surveillance measures to confront the pandemic pose a threat to human rights

qui, 19/03/2020 - 18:34

While emergency measures like these are adopted with the aim of slowing the spread of the virus in order to protect public health, it is crucial to ensure that any use of surveillance technology for these purposes strictly adheres to the criteria of necessity and proportionality.

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Ecuador: Surveillance technologies implemented to confront COVID-19 must not endanger human rights

qui, 19/03/2020 - 01:07

The undersigned organisations express their concern over the announcement of the use of satellite monitoring and georeferencing systems to track individuals in the framework of quarantine measures established in Ecuador to confront the COVID-19 epidemic.

Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Why is research on community networks necessary?

qua, 18/03/2020 - 14:18

The research report "Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Community-led small-scale telecommunication infrastructure networks in the global South" explores the benefits of, and challenges facing, small-scale, community-based connectivity projects. Here we look at the motivations behind the research.

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Inside the Digital Society: Going viral

seg, 16/03/2020 - 10:18

The priority at present isn’t digital, but like anything today the coronavirus crisis has implications that are so: how does the digital world impinge on the coronavirus?; how might the coronavirus affect the digital world?

Consultancy for the development of the APC 2020-2023 communications strategy

sex, 13/03/2020 - 19:33

We are looking for a consultant to develop APC's new communications strategy to support the advocacy goals contained in our 2020-2023 strategic plan. Send your expression of interest before 15 April 2020.

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APC member organisation EngageMedia celebrates 15 years of digital rights, video for change, and open technology

sex, 13/03/2020 - 16:54

Fifteen years ago, two youngsters met in a small house in Melbourne with the idea to build an online space for social issue documentaries from the Asia-Pacific. Today, the idea may seem a little banal. But the internet is no longer the free and open space it once was.

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"Communication is a basic right": Training for Latin American indigenous communities to develop their own communications and broadcasting networks

qui, 12/03/2020 - 14:56

The training programme, implemented by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in conjunction with local organisations, culminated with a face-to-face training camp held in Cuetzalán del Progreso, Puebla, Mexico, on 7-17 February 2020.

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CNX 2019 Report: Community Networks and the Internet of People

qui, 12/03/2020 - 06:20

This report presents an overview of the third edition of the Community Network Exchange (CNX) held in December 2019. The three-day summit in southern India brought together practitioners of community networks and community radio stations from 12 countries in Asia and South America.

Defending freedom of expression and ensuring the safety and security of journalists in Bangladesh

ter, 10/03/2020 - 20:53

In the face of a rising number of attacks on journalists in Bangladesh, Voices for Interactive Choice and Empowerment (VOICE), an APC member organisation, hosted a day-long media training workshop to discuss the challenges faced by journalists and explore solutions for this growing problem.

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HRC43: APC statement on the situation of human rights in Myanmar

ter, 10/03/2020 - 15:54

APC and the Myanmar ICT for Development Organization thank the Special Rapporteur for her report on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, particularly for highlighting how ICTs are being leveraged to perpetuate violations against religious minorities such as the Rohingya.

"Search for... Feminism. The more you search, the less you find": Exhibition in Vienna presents the Feminist Principles of the Internet

seg, 09/03/2020 - 22:13

The exhibition, launched in January 2020, critically investigated the online world from a feminist point of view. APCNews spoke with its curators to gain more insight on the event and to understand the part that the Feminist Principles of the Internet played in this unique display.

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