We believe that Internet rights are Human rights

The Internet is a media, a tool, a space but most of all it is a HUMAN RIGHT that each and everyone need to enjoy everywhere. We explore the intersection of Internet rights and human rights, globally and locally. We talk and advocate for anonymity, privacy, affordable access, alternatives to copy right. We promote a feminist Internet and many more issues.

Whose Knowledge visited us!

April brought new energy to the organization and a big part of the responsibility for that goes to the powerful duo standing behind Whose Knowledge, founders Anasuya Sengupta and Siko Bouterse. Whose Knowledge joins forces with individuals, communities, organizations and movements worldwide in order to develop and strengthen the Internet for all and by all. With just a small proportion of the world’s knowledge in books and other forms of visual and oral material, the Internet even further misrepresents what we use as knowledge on a daily basis which makes them wonder whose knowledge is, and is not, represented on the Internet? This organization supports artists, activists, academics, researchers, technologists, libraries, museums, archives, and other interested individuals and institutions to join them in raising awareness about the importance of these digital sources, working on further digitisation and most importantly, fighting participation gap between those who have their say and those whose voices are muted. Our team spent three day with Anasuya and Siko, sharing valuable experiences and learning from each other. Big thanks to them for inspiring us to be active participants in the Wikipedia community and to collect and share knowledge from and with marginalized and underrepresented communities in the offline and online...

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!

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...
I grew up with the understanding that the world I lived in was one where people enjoyed a sort of freedom to communicate with each other in privacy, without it being monitored, without it being measured or analyzed or sort of judged by these shadowy figures or systems, any time they mention anything that travels across public lines.
Edward Snowden

There is no justice in following unjust laws. It’s time to come into the light and, in the grand tradition of civil disobedience, declare our opposition to this private theft of public culture.

Aaron Swartz