How do we get to the ‘people-centred, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society’ promised at the World Summit in 2003? What lessons can we learn from the experience of One Laptop Per Child?
In the third part of the webcomic "The Internet's Footprint", Nadège tells us how greenwashing hides the complex intersections between technologies, territory and capitalism, as well as highlighting the resistance and self-determination of local communities.
Feminist activists have played an important role in pointing out how the internet rights of those who are marginalised on account of gender, sexuality and gender expression are particularly precarious. But where is the funding for feminist work on technology and infrastructure?
Consumer and digital rights groups call on the international joint initiative on e-commerce to safeguard data protection and privacy
This joint statement calls on countries participating in the WTO negotiations on global rules to make it easier for consumers and companies to trade online to design a deal that puts people at its the centre and fully protect their rights.
Digital technologies can help us fight climate change, environmental degradation and pollution, but we must significantly reduce their impact on the planet. One of the key strategies in mitigating this impact is to treat the devices as part of circular economies. This edition of this guide to circular economies of digital devices is a preview, to solicit feedback and suggestions prior to the publication of the full document.
Examining women’s access to digital platforms: A case of mobile broadband connections in Uganda - Policy brief
This policy brief presents the findings from an evidence-based study that examines the gendered aspects to women’s internet access on mobile broadband connections in Uganda.
The annual Internet Governance Forum, the United Nations’ most significant multistakeholder platform for discussing internet governance, is taking place from 2 to 17 November remotely. Here are some highlights on the participation of APC and its members.Language English
In this joint letter, APC, Privacy International and other civil society organisations raise their concerns over the funding and development of projects and initiatives which threaten the right to privacy and other fundamental rights, such as freedom of expression and freedom of assembly.
EngageMedia's Pretty Good Podcast: Protecting the stories of marginalised people in the digital space
Bishakha Datta, executive director of Point of View, elaborates on how the challenges that marginalised communities face on the internet are parallel to the obstacles encountered offline, as well as how allies in solidarity can protect and amplify these stories in the digital space.Language English
Community-owned networks provide alternative, locally driven and sustainable solutions that are critical in addressing connectivity gaps in Africa. To explore these solutions, the next session of the Virtual Summit on Community Networks in Africa is taking place on 28 October 2020.Language English
In the midst of the pandemic, Muslims in India suffer from hate speech, physical attacks and Islamophobia
What is the “corona jihad”? In the time of a pandemic, how has hate speech made matters worse for the Muslim population in India? How do we curb hate speech online? These are just some of the questions that a new report published by APC, The Contagion of Hate in India, aims to answer.Language English
What is the “corona jihad”? In the time of a pandemic, how has hate speech made matters worse for the Muslim population in India? How do we curb hate speech online? These are just some of the questions that this report aims to answer.
APC's reflection on the Options for the Future of Global Digital Cooperation on Recommendation 5A/B of the UN High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation
APC’s view is that global digital cooperation should aim to improve and democratise the governance of the internet at all levels, not only to establish more equitable influence for and among sovereign states, acknowledging that multilateralism and multistakeholderism are mutually reinforcing.
India has the world's third-largest population with HIV, after South Africa and Nigeria. This report looked into the situation of people living HIV in India and how their plight was affected by the lockdown measures imposed as a means to address the COVID-19 pandemic.Language English
State-mandated internet shutdowns are becoming more frequent as governments use these to quell dissent and silence critics. Can citizens push back against these shutdowns? Do countries in the global South have a legal framework to address and counter internet shutdowns?Language English
This report outlines jurisprudence across the global South on the legality of internet shutdowns. It tackles the growing challenge of government-mandated disruptions of internet access around the world, often under the guise of safeguarding public order and upholding national security interests.
KICTANet, together with partners including APC, is holding the first virtual Kenya Internet Governance Forum (IGF) on 29 October 2020. The Kenya IGF is preceded by the Kenya School of Internet Governance (KeSIG) in what is dubbed the Kenya IGF Week.Language English
Shivkumari, an Internet Saathi from Rewa, Madhya Pradesh, is currently producing 300 masks per day and supplying them to the local hospitals. At the time of writing, she had received an order for 16,000 masks from a government hospital, out of which she has delivered 2,500.
The global Internet Governance Forum (IGF) begins its fifteenth outing this week – but it’s an IGF the like we haven’t previously seen. Thanks to COVID-19, it’s online and it’s spread over two weeks.
Companies should use international human rights law as the authoritative global standard for ensuring freedom of expression and other rights on their platforms, not the varying laws of states or their own private interests. In this document, APC explains why and how we work on this issue.