APC welcomes new Executive Directress!

After 17 years of leading, Anriette Esterhuysen has decided to step down from her role as an executive director of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC). Since June 2000, she has been the inspirational force behind the APC’s growth as an organisation and a network with 74 members. Her contribution left a significant mark in the ICT for development, internet rights and governance arenas. As a passionate human rights activist and a committed leader, Anriette Esterhuysen led APC in some new directions while staying true to the roots of the organisation. At the request of the board, Esterhuysen will continue to play a role in APC’s management structure, particularly in the area of policy strategy and advocacy. The board of directors appointed the current deputy executive director, Chat Garcia Ramilo, as the new executive director. With a valuable experience, as an activist and a leader in struggle for democracy in Philippines, Chat joined APC in January 2000 as a gender and development expert. She led the development, fundraising and management of nine multi-country ICT for development projects that focused on gender equality and women’s empowerment. Since June 2013, Chat was appointed as deputy executive director. APC welcomes Chat García Ramilo in her new role and wishes her success in continuing to lead APC with the same strength and impassioned commitment that Edie Farwell, APC’s first executive director, and Anriette have, imprinting her own personal style on the way. APC’s dedication to ensuring that the internet serves to promote social justice will carry on under this new and very welcome leadership....

Hey, here is a seminar for you!

“Digitised security: How to read the surveillance discourse and fight it!” is a seminar organized by The Cooperation and Development Network Eastern Europe (CDNEE) for young activists with experience in digital and/or human rights activism, but also for those less experienced and members of young organisations coming from any Council of Europe member states, as well as Kosovo, Belarus, and Kazakhstan. The seminar will take place close to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, from 24-30 April 2017. All sessions will be conducted in English. The full cost of lodging (accommodation, food, and refreshments) during the seminar are covered by the organisers and up to 70% of travel costs will be reimbursed.. Participation fee is 30EUR for participants coming from non-EU countries and 50 EUR for participants coming from EU countries (and Norway, Switzerland, and Iceland). The DEADLINE for submitting the completed application is Sunday, 5 March 2017 at Midnight (CET). More information about the call, including a summary of the topics, draft program, project aims, and application form, can be found on the project...

CoE supports youth voices on BHIGF!

CoE supports youth voices on BHIGF! In 2016, Council of Europe not only proved to be a friend and supported of local Internet Governance Forum of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BHIGF), but also an immense support to voices of youth all over Bosnia and Herzegovina. Globally, there is a rising initiative to include voices of youth into policy making around internet, as it is innovative force that defies status quo. Locally, we strive for the same thing. We wanted to provided students all over Bosnia and Herzegovina a chance to join and have a conversation with biggest stakeholders that have a say in Internet Governance of BiH and with the support of Council of Europe, we have. During the two day event,  young people from Bihać, Banja Luka, Visoko, Bosanska Krupa, Sarajevo, Novi Travnik, Bijeljina, Oštra Luka, Šamac were part of conversation on issues around internet in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Students visiting the Parliament, 2016  BHIGF was formed out of three panels;  1. Universal access – Are we all equal?, 2. Countering violent extremism online, whilst protecting the right to freedom of expression, 3. Human Rights and Business in internet Economy of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Prior to BHIGF itself, students had the opportunity to hear from Gabriella Schittek from ICANN on the NextGen initiative. Ana Gascon Marcen from Council of Europe held an interactive presentation called “What is Internet Freedom? The response of the Council of Europe” in the Parliament building, together with Comm unications Regulatory Agency of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Press Council in Bosnia and Herzegovin a.  Later on, they met with organizations that are part of Associations for Progressive Communications netw ork, where...

We hosted APC Europe meeting in Sarajevo!

We hosted APC Europe meeting in Sarajevo! (From left to right) Filip Stojanovski, Rolf Kleef, valentina hvale pellizzer, Katerina Fialova, (sitting) Rozalia Klara Bako,  Tamara Resavska, Karen Banks,  Leila Nachawati, (first row) Eva Stoyanova and Edward Maw.     The APC European member meeting took place from October 19th to October 20th in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina and was followed by the Internet Governance Forum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which was held on October 21th. Both events were hosted by One World Platform. APC members had a very busy schedule, so aside from regular activities of two day meeting where they discussed regional events, regional strategies, different initiatives of the individuals and organizations as well as projects under APC umbrella, they also held an hour and a half session for 20 students from Bosnia and Herzegovina, that were guests of IGF of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Session was organized under the format of “World Café” where different APC members presented their work, and also talked about different ways of engaging youth from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Thank you APC! It was lovely having our extended family here with us!...

Registration for second IGF of Bosnia and Herzegovina: OPEN!

Registration for second  IGF of Bosnia and Herzegovina: OPEN! Internet Governance Forum (BHIGF) of Bosnia and Herzegovina is a national IGF initiative dedicated to open, inclusive, diverse and informal dialogue on Internet governance issues among all interested stakeholders in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BH). Last year, members of different stakeholder groups in BH who are active in their own fields of expertise, met for the first time and initiated the inter-stakeholder collaboration. It was just about the time for BH to join the dialogue on IG on regional and global levels trough its own national IGF process. On the 21st October 2016, we, One World Platform, in partnership with Communications Regulatory Agency of BH, and under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, are organizing second Internet Governance Forum of Bosnia and Herzegovina.  This year’s theme of BH IGF is “BH Internet: Open and secure?” Topic of panels are: Violent extremism, terrorism and right of reporting; How the state security collide with the right to reporting in the digital age? What are the practices, regulation and actors within that spectrum? How to ensure the public interest to the right to information?  Human rights and business in BH Internet economy Startups in BH, ISPs – practices, challenges and the role of the Internet in empowering the exercise of human rights and the promotion of innovation and economic growth.  Universal access, are we all equal? How to contribute to a better understanding of roles and responsibilities that stakeholders have in order to ensure an open and accessible Internet. Registration for event is mandatory and can be done via EventBrite HERE. Participation at the event is free of charge....