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Last Month to apply for ECOSOC consultative status in order to be considered by the 2014 NGO Committee (Deadline: 1 June 2013)

1 June 2013 is the last day for non-governmental organizations to apply for Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) consultative status in order to have an opportunity to take part in UN deliberations.

WSIS and Civil Society: Ten Years On

Geneva

What is the role of civil society groups in the development of ICT policy and how has that role changed in the ten years since the first World Summit on the Information Society?

These questions were at the heart of the discussion at this morning’s APC workshop entitled Civil Society and WSIS+10, held at the WSIS 2013 Forum in Geneva.

Contribution to the WTPF Secretary General's report

Deborah Brown, Avri Doria, Nnenna Nwakanma and Matthew Shears, members of the Informal Expert Group (IEG), contributed to the International Telecommunications Union’s (ITU) Secretary General’s report.

ICANN 46 in Beijing

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) self-described role is:

To reach another person on the Internet you have to type an address into your computer — a name or a number. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN coordinates these unique identifiers across the world.

Community Radio Contributes in Shaping Bangladesh a Rural Republic

Participatory development with a people-centric vision can make an effective promotion of community radios in Bangladesh. Aiming to achieve this objective —- a daylong Annual Planning and Review Meeting of Community Radio in Bangladesh was held on 30th April, 2013 at 10 am in IDB Auditorium, Dhaka.

Alternatives organises activities at the 2013 World Social Forum

Montreal

APC member Alternatives helped organise a delegation of 200 people from Quebec to attend the 2013 World Social Forum in Tunis, where the Arab Spring movement was born, from 26 – 30 March 2013.

Understanding impact: an Internet Rights are Human Rights training curriculum from APC

Bogotá, Colombia

Increasingly the internet is being viewed in the context of a global public good – that access to information can be a liberator and equaliser.

While it is a space for people around the world to exercise their fundamental human rights and freedoms,

Award for libraries using ICT to empower women and girls

EIFL’s Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP) is inviting applications for a new award – for public and community libraries that empower women and girls through information and communication technology (ICT).
• The call is open to public and community libraries in developing and transition countries
• The prize includes US$1,500 and the opportunity to publicize your service widely.
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Sexuality and the internet: a five country perspective

‘The internet is an unregulated space where you can connect to other people… It is a new frontier, it is a new imagination that makes things possible… It is this space that is so central to our existence and being.’ – Jac sm Kee, APC Women´s Rights Programme

How does the relationship between sexuality and the internet play out in different countries? What does this mean for sexual rights?

‘Choli ke peeche kya hai?’: censorship and pornography

Banned: advertisements promoting sex-selection on Google, Microsoft Bing and Yahoo.

Banned: searches from India with the words ‘sex’ or ‘sexual’ on Microsoft Bing.

Banned: porn cartoon Savita Bhabhi, depicting the sexual exploits of a married Indian woman.

The discourse of censorship is well-known to most people, as India’s right-wing moral brigades routinely flock to the streets to

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