MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, 05 November 2006
“The internet can only be a tool to empower the peoples of the world if a number of crucial rights* are recognised, protected and respected,” states Association for Progressive Communications (APC) in a new charter for internet rights.
APC’s charter was first developed by APC members and partner organisations at “internet rights” workshops held in Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa in 2001-2002. APC’s new charter revised in November 2006 includes a section on internet governance – the focus of recent UN summits – and our position that the internet is a global public good.
An essential reference for anyone concerned about the freedom of the internet and ‘internet access for all’ nationally and internationally.
Read the APC Internet Rights Charter in English or download the charter [pdf]. The Charter is also available in Albanian, Bengali, Bosnian-Serbian-Croatian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Czech, Filipino, French, Hausa, Khmer, Spanish, Macedonian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian and Yoruba
*Theme 1 Internet access for all
Theme 2 Freedom of expression and association
Theme 3 Access to knowledge
Theme 4 Shared learning and creation (free and open source software and technology development)
Theme 5 Privacy, surveillance and encryption
Theme 6 Governance of the internet
Theme 7 Awareness, protection and realisation of rights