As the second wave of COVID-19 hits Indian cities, rural India is also experiencing a rise in numbers, which could become a catastrophe of unimaginable scale if ignored. In response, DEF has launched an ICT-enabled and community-specific relief programme.Language English
In an increasingly digitised world, safeguarding data rights has become central to protecting individuals’ rights to access and share information, express themselves, and associate using the internet and related platforms.
Journalism Blocked, Information Seized: A tale of how internet shutdown crippled media work in Uganda
This study sought to explore the impact of the recent internet shutdown on journalists during the election period in Uganda. It further captures specific journalist experiences of the internet shutdown on their work both in the city and countryside.
Guide launch: Technological autonomy as a constellation of experiences – a guide on training programmes for technical community promoters
We are pleased to announce the online launch of this unique publication on the participatory implementation of training initiatives. Find out more and be sure to save the date on 20 May 2021 to join us for a conversation on training experiences from communities around the world.Language English
Seeding change: EMPOWER Malaysia on staging a women’s film festival and tackling gender discrimination
How are APC members improving their communities’ lives? In this column we’re highlighting stories of impact and change by our members, supported by APC subgranting. EMPOWER Malaysia has been contributing to women’s rights and gender equality through on-the-ground initiatives aimed at developing a more vibrant and just democracy.
#Hashtag Palestine 2020 is 7amleh’s sixth annual review of key digital rights issues facing Palestinians living in the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel, drawing on events that took place from January through December 2020.
#Hashtag Palestine 2020: An overview of digital rights abuses of Palestinians during the coronavirus pandemic
7amleh launched its annual report on Palestinian digital rights, entitled “#Hashtag Palestine 2020”. The report details violations that took place in 2020, and specifically during the coronavirus pandemic, by authorities, technology companies and the Palestinian society itself.Language English
International civil society organisations demand that the Colombian government immediately stop its repression of the protests and guarantee the exercise of human rights, offline and online
We firmly reject the violent repression in Colombia in response to the massive protests which began on 28 April. The Colombian state has the obligation to adopt the necessary measures to guarantee freedom of assembly and association and freedom of speech, on the internet and on the streets.
Summary of the joint stakeholder report to the UPR 38th session on online gender-based violence and access to justice in Paraguay
The joint report presented to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group ahead of its 38th session by TEDIC and APC consists of information around three specific areas related to online gender-based violence and access to justice in Paraguay. A synthesis of each of them is offered here.
Seeding change: Open World Platform on support and safety for women and LGBTIQ communities in Bosnia and Herzegovina
How are APC members improving their communities' lives? Today, let's see how Open World Platform works on supporting women and LGBTIQ communities in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
APC's participation will focus on highlighting strategies to counter gender-based violence online, discussing the intersections between technology, the environment and the exercise of human rights, debating the impact of COVID-19 on human rights, and promoting meaningful internet access.Language English
Last week I wrote about what digitalisation may be doing to creativity. This week, a look at what it may already have done to the way that we ‘consume’ creative culture.
New toolkit offers insights into advocacy around the growing need for privacy and personal data protection in Africa
The toolkit, developed by the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms Coalition, offers an overview of relevant national, regional and international mechanisms and a checklist for analysing data protection and privacy-related policy and legislation using the human rights-based approach.Language English
When countries invoke peripheral laws such as pharmaceutical violations or conscientious objection clauses as justification for blocking, restricting, or limiting abortion access, they are invariably creating additional barriers, not upholding legal integrity.
In September 2020, our research on the State of Internet Freedom in Africa established that the ultimate effect of the measures instituted in fighting COVID-19 was that they had deepened the democracy deficit in several African countries.
Code, even when it is open, is not neutral with respect to who contributes and for what. What happens to our contributions when we reveal our gender or sexuality? How can a project in which a significant portion of the work is invisible and not counted really be “free” and open source?
Welcome to the 35th monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks.Language English
Garnett Achieng takes a deep-dive look into the Telegram app from the perspective of African women’s experience, particularly that of data privacy and online gender-based violence.
How are APC members improving their communities' lives? Find out how Zenzeleni Community Networks has been growing its capacity to provide internet access while building a local source of income alongside community members in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province.
The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) is looking for a lead editor to write analytical content and to develop and lead the implementation of an editorial plan for APC, with a focus on websites and newsletters. Apply before 14 May 2021!Language English