APC is mobilising for the 18th annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) that will take place in hybrid format, both online and offline, from 8-12 October 2023 in Kyoto, Japan. This page offers everything you need to know about APC at IGF 2023.Language English
Civil society actors must understand emerging technologies: Reflecting on my participation in the Tech Camp for Civic Space Defenders
Arsène Tungali, executive director of the DRC-based APC member organisation Rudi International, shares his takeaways from this international learning and exchange experience made possible with support from APC’s Member Engagement and Travel Fund.
Personal data protection laws have proliferated across the Asia-Pacific but they are often misused to abuse citizens’ right to privacy. We must examine their autocratic bent in the context of a global framework like Europe’s GDPR which is also regularly abused.Language English
This statement was presented at a ministerial meeting convened by the Freedom Online Coalition (FOC), which brought together high-level representatives of FOC member states and other relevant stakeholders in New York on the margins of the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
How can the internet of things (IoT) be used to promote environmental justice? On Thursday, 21 September, APC will dedicate its monthly #EcoThursday initiative to exchanges around this issue through our social media and platforms.Language English
Do you love thy neighbour as you love thyself? Uganda’s homophobic law seeds further hatred in a precarious rape culture
Uganda passed one of the world's strictest anti-homosexuality bills this year, raising a legal spectre that goes back a decade in the making. This law weaponises hatred fueled by digital misinformation in a society that must reckon with not just its homophobia but its larger fear of any 'difference'.
Individual researchers and/or organisations are invited to submit research proposals that address critical and emerging issues related to technology-facilitated gender-based violence (TFGBV). The deadline for applications is 2 November 2023.Language English
We are delighted to announce the new episodes of the Routing for Communities podcast are out! This month, we travel to Brazil and Nigeria to find out more about experiences with community networks, reflecting on how access inequalities combine with gender and race.Language English
Call for applications for the virtual workshop Internet Rules: Unboxing digital laws in Southeast Asia
APC in partnership with the CYRILLA Collaborative is organising the 2023 edition of Internet Rules: Unboxing digital laws in Southeast Asia. The four-day online workshop will be held from 30 October to 2 November 2023. The deadline for applications is 20 September.Language English
Overview of the manifestations and impacts of technology-facilitated gender-based violence and the need for safety by design
Technology-facilitated gender-based violence (TFGBV) not only hurts women and girls, it impacts on society as a whole, making our societies less peaceful and safe and our democracies less diverse and plural. It is pervasive and constitutes both a cause and an effect of gender inequality.
Community networks newsletter: Can connectivity enable a worthwhile digital future leaving no one behind?
In this edition we can see many examples of community-centred initiatives flourishing in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Welcome to the 61th monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks and community-based initiatives.Language English
Come work with us! APC is looking for a project administrator for the Feminist Internet Research Network
The Feminist Internet Research Network (FIRN) focuses on the making of a feminist internet, through data-driven research that provides substantial evidence to drive change in policy and law and in the discourse around internet rights. The deadline for applications is 15 September.Language English
New GenderIT.org edition shares feminist perspectives on technology-facilitated gender-based violence
This edition focuses on research conducted as part of the Feminist Internet Research Network (FIRN) initiative that showcases the interconnections of online gender-based violence with different countries' local contexts and everyday realities.Language English
The Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (AprIGF) is one of the key regional initiatives on internet governance. This year will be a hybrid event in Brisbane, Australia, from 28 to 31 August. APC staff and members are hosting and involved in key sessions.Language English
In the latest edition of poliTICS, a publication produced by APC member Insituto Nupef, Carlos Afonso explores the "curious contradiction" between the fear of an AI-caused extinction and the uncontainable desire to make fame and money from its spectacular and frightening advances.Language English
With heavy hearts, we learned this week that Scott Weikart, one of the indispensable ones who made the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) possible, has passed away.Language English
With the introduction of Threads by Meta, there's a need to question whether adding another social media platform to the list of online spaces contributes to the existing problems that women face on the internet, or if instead it is a step in the right direction.
MAJI in Nigeria recently co-hosted an #EcoThursday Twitter discussion on deploying open data and low-cost technologies for monitoring air pollution and creating evidence-based advocacy. This photo essay captures their journey in holding oil polluters accountable.Language English
New GenderIT.org edition explores algorithmic anxieties and feminist futures in the Middle East and North Africa
This edition of GenderIT.org came together at a time of daily breaking news around artificial intelligence and the risks it poses. In the MENA region, these problems are compounded with a litany of daily struggles, the most devastating of these being occupation, war, conflict and displacement.Language English
In many parts of East Africa, lack of connectivity has a big impact on education, especially among the most vulnerable. Addressing this is the goal of Kenya-based organisation Arid Lands Information Network, whose latest project provided teachers and schools with open educational resources.