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"Users across the globe may well see a rise in automated censorship and filtering thanks to the European Parliament"
"Users across the globe may well see a rise in automated censorship and filtering thanks to the European Parliament" 26 March 2019 APCNews

The updated EU copyright directive, which was voted on and approved on Tuesday, 26 March, poses a threat to creativity and freedom of expression online.

Open letter calling for the deletion of Articles 11 and 13 in the EU copyright directive proposal
Open letter calling for the deletion of Articles 11 and 13 in the EU copyright directive proposal 04 February 2019 Various

A coalition of 87 organisations sent a letter to the Council’s Working Party on Intellectual Property, European Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip and the European Parliament trilogue negotiators to ask for deletion of the controversial Articles 11 and 13 in the Copyright Directive proposal.

Joint letter opposes proposed EU regulation on "preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online"
Joint letter opposes proposed EU regulation on "preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online" 28 January 2019 Various

The undersigned organisations and individuals are dedicated to ensuring justice for human rights abuses around the world and to upholding human rights, including the right to freedom of expression. We write to urge you to oppose the proposed “regulation on preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online”.

16 voices for 16 days: One World Platform takes back the tech!
16 voices for 16 days: One World Platform takes back the tech! 07 January 2019 Take Back the Tech!

For this year's Take Back the Tech! campaign, One World Platform (OWP), based in Bosnia and Herzegovina, used videos to highlight the concerns, ideas and experiences of local activists.

Feminist internet in 2018: From cooking feminist recipes and deepening analysis, to femhacks, trainings and fostering learning communities
Feminist internet in 2018: From cooking feminist recipes and deepening analysis, to femhacks, trainings and fostering learning communities 19 December 2018

Women’s rights and sexual rights activists engage with internet and ICT policy and development as feminist issues. This is a compendium of the highlights from APC's Annual Report for 2018.

Letter to the EU Council: Stand for citizen’s rights and the European digital economy in the copyright negotiations
Letter to the EU Council: Stand for citizen’s rights and the European digital economy in the copyright negotiations 20 November 2018 Various

On 19 November 2018, EDRi, together with 53 other NGOs, including APC, sent a letter to the Council of the European Union. The letter draws attention to the ongoing concerns regarding the proposal on copyright in the Digital Single Market, ahead of a crucial meeting on 23 November.

Countering misinformation online: Strengthening media literacy skills to fight “fake news”
Countering misinformation online: Strengthening media literacy skills to fight “fake news” 16 November 2018 Gabrielle Willms for APCNews

In recent years, the scope and consequences of online disinformation and misinformation campaigns have drawn increasing attention, as concern builds about their ability to exacerbate social polarisation, undermine public trust in the media and influence political decisions.

Connecting the underserved: Innovation through knowledge sharing, “imagination” and a “community mindset”
Connecting the underserved: Innovation through knowledge sharing, “imagination” and a “community mindset” 15 November 2018 Gabrielle Willms for APCNews

During the Day 3 workshop “Innovative Approaches to Connecting Underserved Areas”, moderator Sebastian Bellagamba stressed that  "the cost of not being connected keeps increasing for people," noting the link between internet access and socioeconomic development.

Schools on Internet Governance at IGF 2018: Building a network and sharing resources
Schools on Internet Governance at IGF 2018: Building a network and sharing resources 13 November 2018 Gabrielle Willms for APCNews

As more Schools on Internet Governance pop up around the globe, it has become clear that there’s an appetite for greater collaboration, collective curriculum development and networking between organisers as well as a clearer picture of who is working on internet governance education and where. 

FABRICS: Emerging Artificial Intelligence Readiness
FABRICS: Emerging Artificial Intelligence Readiness 12 November 2018 Alex Comninos and Martin Konzett

FABRICS is an unpacking of artificial intelligence and an investigation of the regulatory challenges to AI and artificial decision making, in particular the “right to explanation” arising from the EU General Regulation on Data Protection (GDPR).

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