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Half the World is Online. Now We Must Make the Web Work for Everyone, Everywhere.

News Update |

Just over one month ago, the Web Foundation made headlines when we revealed that less than half of the global population was online. The shocking statistic was a rallying point for the launch of the Contract for the Web — a new collaborative project that brings together governments, companies, civil society organisations and citizens around the world to collectively define our responsibilities towards…

NetBlocks and the Internet Society Launch Tool to Calculate the Cost of Internet Censorship Worldwide

News Update |

10 DECEMBER 2018 — A new tool to support internet freedom is being launched by NetBlocks and The Internet Society, a global non-profit organisation dedicated to the open development, use and evolution of the Internet.

Launch COSTRun the Cost of Shutdown Tool

The organisations have partnered up to build COST, a tool that seeks to measure the economic…

UNESCO’s IPDC Gives Go Ahead for Internet Universality Indicators

“The project to develop Internet Universality Indicators is at the very heart of UNESCO’s mandate. It is one of the best examples of UNESCO supporting its Member States in addressing digital gaps and contributing to sustainable development” commented the Representative of Sweden, one of the donors of the project, at the 31st Session of IPDC (International Program for Development of…

NetBlocks and CIPESA to launch COST tool at the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa

Announcement |

LONDON — Today, the Collaboration on International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) and digital rights group NetBlocks are announcing plans for the Africa launch of the Cost of Shutdown Tool – COST, at the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica) 2018, set to take place 26 – 28 September, 2018, in Accra, Ghana.

The tool, developed by NetBlocks…

Oral Statement Delivered At The United Nations Human Rights Council

Joint Statement |
 

Thank you, Mr. President.

This statement is delivered on behalf of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA), Derechos Digitales, and the Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET).

As organisations committed to maintaining the use of the internet for human rights, social justice and sustainable development, we are concerned about…

Let Us Bring People to The Centre of The Digital Future

Joint Call to G20 Leaders |

G20 countries have both the opportunity and the responsibility to lead efforts to reinstate trust in the digital age. G20 members can inspire hope and embrace the goal that no country, no community, and no individual will be left behind and that their rights will be respected. G20 countries can set a digital agenda that…

Let’s SwitchItOn and KeepitOn!

Joint Statement |
Access Now and The Internet Society on The Need to Protect The Core of The Internet for Digital Rights.
The internet is changing our world. It can empower us. It can connect us and facilitate information exchange across borders. It allows our voice to be heard when others want to silence us. Internet access has been recognized by the United…

State of the Industry Report on Mobile Money

News Update|
As a burgeoning fintech community seeks to marry start-up innovation with mobile money scale, the potential to serve as the gateway to the digital economy is becoming increasingly central to the story of mobile money.
Policy objectives also play an increasingly important role, as the scope of mobile money regulation broadens
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Access Now responds to Special Rapporteur Kaye on “Content Regulation in the Digital Age”

Access Now|

Governments globally are moving aggressively to coerce private internet intermediaries to restrict online content under the banner of fighting “fake news,” countering terrorism, or combating illegal content and hate speech. Efforts like the those in France and Brazil to “ban” false information on social media platforms create a minefield for human rights. David Kaye, U.N. Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection…

What does it cost to purchase broadband data in developing countries?

The Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) — an initiative of the Web Foundation — has just released new data which assesses the cost to purchase 1GB of mobile broadband data across 59 low- and middle-income countries.

The new pricing data, which was collected by A4AI at the end of 2016, finds that while mobile broadband affordability continues to improve across the board, the cost to…