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Telecommunications Reclaimed: A hands-on guide to networking communities

ter, 18/02/2020 - 13:35

This book is a guide on how to build a community network, a shared local telecommunications infrastructure, managed as a commons, to access the internet and other digital communications services. It was written collectively by a group of community network pioneers in Europe, activists and researchers during a writing residency week held in Vic, Catalonia in October 2018.

Inside the Digital Society: Measuring the impact of ICTs on development

seg, 17/02/2020 - 08:49

The world thirty years from now will be as different from today, in terms of its technology, as today’s world is from that of the early twentieth century. Digitalisation’s changes will interact with others, especially with climate change and with the shifting sands of geopolitics.

APC statement at the UN Open-ended Working Group on International Cybersecurity

qui, 13/02/2020 - 11:50

APC welcomes this opportunity to address the United Nations Open-ended Working Group and to participate in this informal dialogue with stakeholders. We urge a rights-based and inclusive approach to understanding threats in cyberspace.

Inside the Digital Society: Responsible innovation

seg, 10/02/2020 - 06:09

What do we mean, at a time of growing environmental crisis, by responsible innovation?

Inside the Digital Society: The climate for digital development

seg, 03/02/2020 - 23:52

Predicting the future’s hard but there are two global trends that seem fairly certain. Digitalisation and climate change are likely to shape our future more than anything else that we can see at present. How are they linked? Or, to put it another way, why aren’t they linked more?

Comments in respect of the Provisioning of Mobile Broadband Wireless Open Access Services for Urban and Rural Areas Using the Complementary Bands, IMT700, IMT800, IMT2300, IMT2600 and IMT3500

sex, 31/01/2020 - 11:33

Zenzeleni Networks and APC jointly submitted a response to the call for comments on the Licensing Process for International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) Spectrum made by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA).

Nodes that bond: Meet the women building community networks in rural Brazil

seg, 27/01/2020 - 20:11

“Nodes That Bond” is a video that shows the journey of the women in the rural community of Souzas, Brazil, who share a curiosity and willingness to learn about technology, through familiar ways of meeting.

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Inside the Digital Society: A world without work?

seg, 27/01/2020 - 08:37

This week, I’ll comment on a new view of long-term employment and unemployment in the digital age, from Oxford economist Daniel Susskind. A World Without Work, he calls it. I’ll agree with his core arguments but challenge the optimism of his conclusion.

Open letter to Brazilian authorities on the charges against journalist Glenn Greenwald

sex, 24/01/2020 - 14:19

The undersigned press freedom and civil liberties organizations emphatically condemn the Brazilian authorities’ criminal charges against the award-winning investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald.

Civil society organisations condemn cybercrime charges against journalist Glenn Greenwald by Brazilian authorities

qui, 23/01/2020 - 23:49

APC joins over 40 organisations in an open letter to Brazilian authorities condemning the charges against investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald. The letter denounces Brazilian authorities’ criminal investigation and the charges brought against Greenwald.

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Report on use of ICTs for enabling economic, social and cultural rights in Chile

qui, 23/01/2020 - 20:25

Rreport by the Association for Progressive Communications and Derechos Digitales prepared for the 66th Pre-Sessional Working Group meeting of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights for Chile’s Compliance with the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

Joint statement calls for allocation of sufficient resources for UN’s principal human rights body

qui, 23/01/2020 - 15:23

Joint statement by organisations urging United Nations Secretary-General to ensure the allocation of sufficient resources for the UN’s principal human rights body to be able to function effectively, so that it can continue to promote and protect human rights across the globe.

Take Back the Tech! Feminist Learning Circles: Playful, conspirational strategising and experimentation with tech

qua, 22/01/2020 - 19:32

Feminist Learning Circle sessions took place in English, Spanish and French before and during the 2019 Take Back the Tech! 16 day campaign, and focused on creative discourse and expression, assessing risk, and digital safety.

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APC submission to the ITU Council Working Group-Internet Open Consultation on “International Internet-related Public Policy Issues on Harnessing New and Emerging Telecommunications/ICTs for Sustainable Development”

qua, 22/01/2020 - 17:40

In an increasingly interconnected world, it is easy to forget that many people lack basic internet connectivity. We encourage the ITU to continue to focus on its core mandate of “connecting all the world’s people”, and explore new and emerging technologies to improve connectivity.

Data Protection Africa: A tool for information, advocacy and activism in Africa

ter, 21/01/2020 - 17:19

Data Protection Africa (DPA) is an online open-access portal that provides information on data protection laws and access to data protection authorities in 31 African countries. The portal also lists digital rights organisations which work in the data protection space in Africa.

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New GenderIT.org edition explores connections between the feminist principles of the internet and community networks

sex, 15/11/2019 - 12:18

This edition of the GenderIT.org newsletter takes a closer look at the realities of the women who are working for and with their communities through enabling, weaving, sustaining installing, running and advocating for community networks.

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Response to the report of the UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation

qui, 14/11/2019 - 15:54

We agree that multilateralism and multistakeholderism are both necessary and can coexist. Both must be strengthened, and particular focus is needed to bring far more diverse voices to the table to ensure that such processes are inclusive and reflect the needs of those facing digital exclusion.

Inside the Digital Society: Reviewing a World Summit

seg, 11/11/2019 - 10:48

It’s fifteen years since the World Summit on the Information Society – and the United Nations is pledged to hold a review of what has happened since the Summit in 2025. But are the outcomes of the Summit still relevant today, after fifteen years of breakneck change in technology and services? How should the UN go about reviewing it?

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 23

qui, 07/11/2019 - 19:24

Welcome to the 23rd monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks.

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Statement of solidarity against the legal harassment of Malaysian author by local authorities

qui, 07/11/2019 - 18:52

We condemn the blatant attacks on Maryam Lee’s constitutional and internationally guaranteed rights, which are also inconsistent with commitments made by Malaysia at the Human Rights Council to repeal laws that restrict fundamental freedoms.