Panel on Public participation in internet governance considers applicability of Aarhus Convention

Montevideo, Uruguay

In a panel entitled “Public participation in internet governance, emerging issues, and good practices”, panellists Anriette Esterhuysen, executive director of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and Pavel P Antonov, board member of BlueLink, emphasised the potential for ICTs to inform, involve and empower people.

SNAPSHOTS: Who is at the IGF II? Andrew Garton


Learn more about the people at the ground in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. And don’t miss the pictures!

SNAPSHOTS: Who is at the IGF II? Pavel Antonov


Learn more about the people at the ground in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. And don’t miss the pictures!

Africa: Steps taken for multilingual internet


An article posted today on the website reports on the collaborative efforts of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the International Telecommunication Union, and UNESCO to address the multilingualism issue posed by the rapid expansion of the internet.

UN conference tackles problem of bringing another billion users to internet

Rio de Janeiro

Here’s an article from the International Herald
Tribune, published 12 November, on the challenges of expanding the internet to include
less-developed regions: "Now that more than 1 billion people use the Internet, international
policy makers and experts are struggling with how link the world’s
other 5 billion to the increasingly crucial network".

Internet governance, public good governance


Anriette Esterhuysen's opening session speech featured in Intellectual Property Watch article

Montevideo, Uruguay

Intellectual Property Watch, a non-profit independent news service that reports on international intellectual property policies, quotes APC executive director Anriette Esterhuysen, in an article featured today on their website under Latest Open Access News.

Issue of online free expression overshadowed by debate about US control over Internet

Reporters Without Borders has picked up an APC press release, reporting: "The Council of Europe and the Association for
Progressive Communications (APC) today proposed a new model inspired by
the Aarhus Convention, signed in 1998 in Denmark, which brings together
access to information, public participation in decision-making and
environmental rights".

To act now or not act: Clash of views on content regulation at internet forum


Today I sat in a workshop in Rio de Janeiro. A workshop in Rio de Janeiro? A capoeira, volleyball or football workshop, you must be thinking. Even though I’m just 25 metres away from a beautiful beach, imagine, I sat in a room in a hotel, full of people with laptops… on their laps. Such is life in the second Internet Governance Forum. And let me tell you that it’s worth it. One of the 97 workshops unfolding here in Rio was called “Content regulation and the duty of states to protect fundamental rights”, brought to you by the APC’s women’s programme, the APC WNSP for all of you acronym-lovers. Read the full article on Feminist Talk.

Yahoo settles its China lawsuit

Vancouver, Canada

Yahoo has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought against it on behalf of several Chinese dissidents, according to papers filed in a California court.

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