What does good government mean in principle? How is it altered by the digital society? How should government and the digital world respond?
Community-led Connectivity: Assessing the potential of community network models in the context of forced displacement in East Africa
This report by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) was commissioned by the UNHCR Innovation Service as part of the Digital Access, Inclusion and Participation programme.
Palestinian civil society organisations raise alarm over the selection of Emi Palmor, former General Director of the Israeli Ministry of Justice, to Facebook’s Oversight Board
Palestinian civil society organisations condemn the selection of Palmor, voicing concern about the impact that her role will play in further shrinking the space for freedom of expression online and the protection of human rights.Language English
Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: What can we learn from the research to make advocacy for community networks more effective?
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, projects of this kind. This week we look at the recommendations that emerged from the research.Language English
Media Matters for Democracy expresses concern over safety of journalists covering COVID-19 health crisis
Media Matters for Democracy is deeply concerned about reports of journalists in Pakistan forced to cover the COVID-19 public health crisis without adequate protective measures and safety precautions.Language English
The last time a network was forced to stop broadcasting was during martial law under the dictator Ferdinand Marcos. At a time when credible sources of news and information are needed more than ever, the shutdown is seen as a blatant attack on freedom of the press and freedom of expression.Language English
See how videojournalists in the Philippines are responding to the pandemic in this video from EngageMedia.Language English
Open letter from APC and the IFLA to President Cyril Ramaphosa concerning the Copyright Bill that currently awaits his signature, following its approval by the South African Parliament.
Open letter from APC and the IFLA to the EU Ambassador to South Africa concerning the Copyright Bill that currently awaits the signature of President Ramaphosa, following its approval by the South African Parliament.
A crisis like the present shows the importance of thinking issues like privacy through beforehand rather than trying to fix them after the event.
This position paper was prepared as part of 7amleh's advocacy work, focused on defending Palestinian digital rights. It is a part of a series of position papers examining the effects of the policies and practices of governments and companies on Palestinian digital rights.
Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: What is stopping community networks from reaching their full potential?
The report "Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Community-led small-scale telecommunication infrastructure networks in the global South" explores the benefits of, and challenges facing, projects of this kind. This week we look at impediments to the realisation of the benefits of community networks.Language English
APC member KICTANet hosted a webinar in partnership with Huawei on the realities of 5G in Kenya. Panellists discussed the claims that 5G causes health problems, then moved to the regulatory environment and what would need to change in order for 5G to be viable for the Kenyan market.Language English
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, countries are resorting other measures that may have the incidental effect of concentrating power to a few, providing an opportunity for authoritarian leaders to consolidate the government’s might in order to stifle some essential freedoms.Language English
Explaining concepts in a language that brings them closer to people and their realities is a form of resistance to the hegemonic and patriarchal language in which technology is often taught.
The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified our need for a safe and secure internet. This article explores what happened at the original epicentre of the pandemic and what measures of internet censorship were deemed necessary by the Chinese government to bring it under control.Language English
The Bilal Bagh protests in India snowballed from an all-women sit-in to a highly disciplined, non-violent revolution, even as it headed on a collision course with the Indian state and, as the government claimed, the COVID-19 virus.
In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, the importance of connectivity in staying informed has become more evident than ever. As this recent webinar makes clear, 5G is not conducive to reaching those who are currently disconnected, but will probably instead further the digital divide.Language English
This report offers a storytelling journey through the various meetings, forums, peer visits, field experiences and collective exchanges that Common Room, along with APC, Rhizomatica and other peers, were part of in their work towards creating and fostering a local access peer learning community.
GISWatch 2020 call for proposals: Technology, the environment and a sustainable world: Responses from the global South
This 2020 edition of GISWatch seeks to provide a fresh perspectives to these challenges confronting civil society in our efforts to build a just and sustainable world.Language English