For those of us who have access to it, the internet has become an essential part of our daily information and communication needs. However millions of people still do not have affordable, reliable or sufficient connectivity. APC believes the internet is a global public good. Founded in 1990, we are an international network and non-profit organisation that wants everyone to have access to a free and open internet to improve our lives and create a more just world.

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Web We Want campaign announces new small grants

20 August 2015 (Web We Want)

Today, the Web We Want campaign, in collaboration with APC, supported by the Ford Foundation, is delighted to announce the partners who will receive five small grants: Asociația pentru Tehnologie și Internet, the Calyx Institute, European Digital Rights Initiative, Nuvem Estacao de Arte e Tecnologia and Proyecto MartAdero.

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Bangladesh: Government must ensure freedom of expression online, prevent arbitrary killings

19 August 2015 (APC for APCNews)

APC and Bytes for All strongly condemn the murder of Bangladeshi blogger Niloy Neel. We grieve over this senseless act of violence together with Niloy’s family and friends, and extend unconditional solidarity and our deepest condolences to the victims of crimes of intolerance towards free expression.

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Malaysia: Proposal to require registration of online news portals would contribute to crackdown on free expression

19 August 2015 (APC for APCNews)

APC and EMPOWER denounce the proposed reforms in Malaysia, as they will contribute to the crackdown on free expression in Malaysia.

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New Activist Toolkit: ICTs for Feminist Movement Building

11 August 2015 (JASS, APC and Women'sNet for APCNews)

This toolkit aims to assist activists to think through their communication strategies in a way that supports movement building. It offers a practical guide to writing a communication strategy and reviews a number of tools (ICTs) and technology-related campaigns which can be used in organising work.

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APC's new member, CITAD, in the words of a founder

7 August 2015 (APCNews)


Nigeria’s Centre for Information Technology and Development comes with an enlightening vision: “A knowledge-based democratic society free of hunger.” As CITAD joins APC, read its story in the words of one of its founders, Yanusa Ya’u.

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APC Statement of Solidarity with Netzpolitik Journalists

4 August 2015 (APCNews)


The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) decries the now suspended treason investigation into Netzpolitik journalists Markus Beckedahl and Andre Meister.

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Annual review: Our network's impact on internet rights

MONTREAL 31 July 2015 (Mallory Knodel for APCNews)

APC’s Annual Report for 2014 highlights the achievements of our membership and organisation towards securing and defending internet access and rights, fostering good internet governance, strengthening use and development of transformative technology, ending technology-based violence against women and girls, and strengthening APC community networks. Dozens of stories from around the world provide a look back at APC’s most significant moments in 2014.

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Celebrate with us! 25 years of working for ICTs for social justice and sustainable development

MONTREAL 31 July 2015 (Mallory Knodel for APCNews)

There are many opportunities to join our 25th anniversary celebrations – just check out this list of activities. Have a memory to share? Post it online with #APC25 or send it in! Then read about what else is happening in your region.

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Looking back to move ahead: A recap of the WSIS+10 Overall Review

NEW YORK 23 July 2015 (Deborah Brown for APCNews)

The 2005 UN World Summit on the Information Society set the tone for global discussions on internet and society that continue to dominate the sector. At the end of 2015, the UN General Assembly is holding a high-level meeting to review the WSIS, which again will profoundly shape the debate in the short and long term.

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APC welcomes appointment of UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy

17 July 2015 (APC for APCNews)

APC welcomes the appointment of Mr. Joseph Cannataci as the first United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy, which was announced on 3 July. Cannataci’s appointment is a historic step to address the right to privacy at the global level.

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Imagine a Feminist Internet: The conversation is on!

PERGAMINO 17 July 2015 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNoticias)

The second Imagine a Feminist Internet meeting organised by the Association for Progressive Communications will take place in Malaysia on 22-24 July 2015, as a continuation of the space opened in 2014. Share your analysis and thoughts on how you imagine a feminist internet using #imagineafeministinternet and join the conversation on Twitter!

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Whistleblowers need strong legal protections to protect them from retaliation

17 July 2015 (APC for APCNews)

APC submits a statement to UN special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, that makes the case that whistleblowers need strong legal protections to protect them from retaliation and enable them to report offences safely and freely.

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The Draft Online Regulation Policy of the Film and Publication Board of South Africa would allow classification of user-generated content

15 July 2015 (APC for APCNews)

On 4 March 2015, the Film and Publication Board (FPB) gazetted the Draft Online Regulation Policy and opened it for public comment. In effect the policy would allow the FPB, at its discretion, to classify user-generated content on any online content platform.

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Inspiring Gender and Internet Governance eXchange in Asia

PERGAMINO 15 July 2015 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

APC in collaboration with the Foundation for Media Alternatives held a successful two-day event in late June where advocates from the Asia region came together to exchange knowledge on the intersections of women’s rights and internet governance. Read all about the feminist talks inspired by the event here, and stay tuned for information on the next stop: LAC gigX on 1-2 August in Mexico.

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ICANN's new proposal will endanger domain owners and impact those who come from marginalised communities

10 July 2015 (APC for APCNews)

APC’s research shows that the reality of online abuse should be a serious concern for all those working on internet governance, development and access. Initiatives like ICANN’s new Domain Registration proposal are steps in the opposite direction.

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