Association for Progressive Communication

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Association for Progressive Communication (APC)

Mandated to help “people get access to the Internet where there is none or it is unaffordable,” APC assists grassroots groups in using technology to develop their communities and further their rights, and advocate on behalf of these communities, and the general population, on government policies related to information and communication, especially in the developing world. APC’s vision is for all people to have “easy and affordable access to a free and open internet to improve their lives and create a more just world.”

Formed in 1990, today APC, as both a network as well as an organization has over 50 members around the globe, the majority from developing countries. With no central headquarters (although they are legally recognized charity in the State of California, USA), APC employs small groups of staff in various regions, allowing them to be a truly virtual, international organization with local perspective. Since 1995, APC has served the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and other bodies as a major consultant on ICT policy discussions.

In 2009, their membership resolved to: advocate for affordable Internet access for all, make technology work to sustain the environment, use emerging technologies for social change, build the “information commons”, secure and defend Internet rights, improve governance, especially Internet governance.

You can visit their website here