1. A conversation with Srilatha Batliwala.

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  2. In 2016, APC produced its annual edition of the Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) on economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRs) and the internet. Some of the topics are familiar to information and communications technology for development (ICT4D) activists: the right to health, education and culture; the socioeconomic empowerment of women using the internet; the inclusion of rural and indigenous communities in the information society; and the use of ICT to combat the marginalisation of local languages. Others deal with relatively new areas of exploration, such as using 3D printing technology to preserve cultural heritage, creating participatory community networks to capture an “inventory of things” that enables socioeconomic rights, crowdfunding to realise rights, or the negative impact of algorithms on calculating social benefits.

    This video draws on some of the many cases featured in the 2016 GISWatch edition on economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRs) and the internet, and adds an imaginary twist that enables easier understanding of the topic. How can we explain the impact of the internet with a simple metaphor? What if we imagined for a few minutes that the internet was a live animal, that moves and adapts, even camouflages itself, like a zebra? What if a six-year-old girl had the chance to connect the dots between ESCRs and the internet in front of our very own eyes? Enjoy and reuse this video, produced by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) with support from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

    There are subtitles available in Spanish (look for the CC button and choose the language option) and in Italian (special thanks to Paula Carrión for her help translating the script into Italian!)

    To learn more about the ESCRs and the internet, read the full GISWatch edition here: giswatch.org/2016-economic-social-and-cultural-rights-escrs-and-internet

    Story (based on an original script by APC): Frédéric Dubois
    Illustration/Animation: Macaia Studio
    Sound design: Hannes Schulze
    Voice: Thaddea Tsering

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  3. “It was an eye-opener,” says privacy advocate Gus Hosein when he talks about the findings from APC's exploratory research on sexuality and the internet in Brazil, India, Lebanon, South Africa, and USA. And it's given him some good ammunition with which to field those radio callers who question the need for privacy online.

    But as a serious researcher himself based at the London School of Economics and deputy director of Privacy International responsible for research and networking, what impresses Hosein most is the soft part of the research -- the stories and the contextualisation.

    EroTICs has given advocates more stories and more contexts to think about, that debates about privacy and censorship lacked he says. “It was the first time I saw debates of this nature, told in these deeply emotive ways. [And it] reeks of research, clinical research.”

    “I wish real research did this more often,” he says. “I have not seen real research of this nature.”

    EroTICs is an exploratory research on sexuality and internet (apc.org/en/projects/erotics-exploratory-research-project-sexuality-and-0) carried out by APC in 2009-10. The full report will be out later this year. Summaries of the EroTICs findings in each of the five countries under study (apc.org/en/system/files/Erotics_Exec_Summary.pdf) are now online.

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  4. Francis Mwatu of Ugabytes talks about GEM and how it has changed his perspective at work and on the ground.

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  5. Huda Sarfraz of the Dareecha localization project in Pakistan talks about GEM at the GEM II information exchange in Bali, 2009.

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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. The Association for Progressive…


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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. The Association for Progressive Communications (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. Here are videos of some of the people we work with to make this a reality.

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