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Job call: APC is looking for a new member of our tech team

qua, 22/04/2020 - 11:57

We are looking for an IT expert to join APC’s technical team and our virtual office, to create and maintain new and existing systems that support our work as a distributed network and organisation. The deadline for applications is 10 May 2020.

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Joint civil society open letter to the UN on public-private partnerships

ter, 21/04/2020 - 18:56

The open letter, signed by APC and other civil society organisations, emphasises the fundamental importance of ensuring transparency and adequately assessing the human rights impact of any public-private partnerships that the UN may enter into, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Why Gender Matters in International Cyber Security

ter, 21/04/2020 - 18:32

This report, commissioned by Global Affairs Canada and co-published by the Association for Progressive Communications and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, explores how multilateral cybersecurity processes can incorporate a gender perspective into future work.

Social media’s response to COVID-19 misinformation

ter, 21/04/2020 - 13:43

While social media sites tend to respond slowly or not at all to misinformation on their platforms, during the COVID-19 pandemic, many have taken steps to address and stop the spread of misinformation, as well as to steer users towards reliable sources of information and support.

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VOICE: The whole-of-society approach to the COVID-19 pandemic

seg, 20/04/2020 - 15:04

Voices for Interactive Choice and Empowerment (VOICE), an APC member organisation in Bangladesh, argues that an inclusive approach featuring all sectors of society is required to beat COVID-19. 

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Unwanted Witness: Internet barriers constrain the work of Ugandan human rights defenders amidst COVID-19 pandemic

seg, 20/04/2020 - 14:29

With the COVID-19 pandemic, people everywhere are asked to cease physical interactions and the internet has become the lifeline for the work of human rights defenders currently working from home. What does this mean in Uganda, a country with low internet access?

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Inside the Digital Society: Is homeworking working?

seg, 20/04/2020 - 13:08

We’re in the midst of an experiment in the benefits, the challenges and the limits of homeworking. Millions upon millions have turned spare rooms (if they have them) into home offices and now spend their days in Zoom chats and on Microsoft Teams in virtual rather than physical proximity with their co-workers. How’s that going? And what questions should we ask?

DEF: We need free talk time and internet during COVID-19

sex, 17/04/2020 - 14:58

Digital Empowerment Foundation argues that free talk time and internet are crucial to help India's migrant works during the pandemic. 

Civil society comments on Kenya's "Draft Dynamic Spectrum Access Framework for Authorisation of the Use of TV White Spaces"

sex, 17/04/2020 - 13:09

In March 2020, the Communications Authority of Kenya invited comments on the Draft Dynamic Spectrum Access Framework for Authorisation of the Use of TV White Spaces. Five civil society organisations presented their comments with the common objective to help create a quality and affordable telecommunications service to all Kenyans, especially those in rural and underserved areas.

DEF releases COVID-19 digital emergency relief programme

sex, 17/04/2020 - 12:27

This is a compilation of articles and other resources and initiatives featured by the Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF), an APC member organisation, in their latest newsletter.

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7amleh recognised with Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Award 2020

qui, 16/04/2020 - 17:15

APC member organisation 7amleh – The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media received this year's award in the digital activism category for its outstanding work educating the Palestinian public and the world about Palestinian digital rights issues.

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Feminist practices in forced lockdowns and remote lives: From Madrid, Sarajevo and Mumbai

qui, 16/04/2020 - 07:56

What is a feminist practice in a time when the entire world is pushed into a one-size-fits-all way of living and working? Here are some reflections and highlights of our feminist practices in forced lockdowns and remote lives.

The resilience of Kenya’s internet freedoms during the COVID-19 pandemic

ter, 14/04/2020 - 21:22

There is a need to balance the use of technology with human rights in response to the pandemic. Otherwise, we might risk losing the rights and freedoms we had steadily gained over many years.

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CIPESA: Why access to information on COVID-19 is crucial to persons with disabilities in Africa

ter, 14/04/2020 - 20:29

While COVID-19 continues to ravage the world, there is growing concern that critical messages about the disease that are disseminated by health authorities, telecom companies, and broadcasters are not reaching persons with visual and hearing impairments.

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KICTANet submission on technology-related solutions to COVID-19

seg, 13/04/2020 - 18:12

Following consultation with its stakeholders, the Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANet) prepared this submission to the Kenyan Senate COVID-19 Ad Hoc Committee, with a series of recommendations related to ICT solutions to confront the pandemic.

Inside the Digital Society: Another way to look at access and equality?

seg, 13/04/2020 - 09:03

My last four blogs discussed the impact of the current virus crisis on the digital society. I’m moving for the next few weeks to other subjects, but it’s worth noting that the crisis will have an impact on every aspect of the digital society.

Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Technical and operational strategies in community networks

qui, 09/04/2020 - 10:29

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 various technical and operational strategies adopted.

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Closer than ever: Keeping our movements connected and inclusive – The Association for Progressive Communications' response to the COVID-19 pandemic

ter, 07/04/2020 - 19:12

This briefing paper outlines APC's current thinking on the pandemic. It identifies several key, interrelated issues that require attention by governments, the private sector and civil society.

Coconet: Artificial intelligence and human rights in Southeast Asia – an overview

ter, 07/04/2020 - 13:02

The context of how artificial intelligence (AI) affects our rights as digital natives is worth unpacking, especially during political and public health crises, where online communication is a lifeline for many, and citizens are possibly being subjected to government surveillance and manipulation.

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Closer Than Ever: A guide for social change organisations who want to work online

ter, 07/04/2020 - 12:45

APC is relaunching this guide as one response to the crisis that the COVID-19 pandemic has generated worldwide and which is affecting each and every one of us, wherever we live, wherever we work. In this guide, we share knowledge harvested through three decades of remote working in the hopes that other non-profit organisations will find it useful. 

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