Global Information Society Watch 2009

The Global Information Society Watch report focuses on information and communications technologies and how they are being implemented in different countries across the world. The purpose of the report is to stimulate a collaborate approach to policy advocacy, and to create a common platform where disparate experiences can be shared. Ultimately, GISWatch hopes to impact on policy development processes in countries, regions, and at a global level.

GISWatch takes a different thematic focus each year. The report for 2009 focuses on access to online information and knowledge – advancing human rights and democracy and will be launched in late 2009.

The report includes several thematic reports covering areas such as intellectual property rights, knowledge rights, open standards and access to educational materials and libraries, as well as an institutional overview and a reflection on indicators that track access to information and knowledge. There is also an innovate section on visual mapping of global rights and political crises.

48 country reports analyse the status of access to online information and knowledge in countries as diverse as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mexico, Switzerland and Kazakhstan, while regional overviews (Africa, South Asia, European Union, Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean, and North America) offer a bird’s eye perspective on regional trends.

Country reports for the following countries have been commissioned:

Algeria; Argentina; Bangladesh; Bosnia Herzegovina; Bulgaria; Brazil; Cameroon; Chile; Colombia; Costa Rica; Croatia; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Ecuador; Egypt; Ethiopia; India; Iraq; Jamaica; Japan; Jordan; Kazakhstan; Kenya; Kyrgyzstan; Mexico; Morocco; Namibia; The Netherlands; Nigeria; Pakistan; Palestine; Paraguay; Peru; Philippines; Republic of Congo; Romania; Rwanda; Saudi Arabia; South Africa; South Korea; Spain; Syria; Switzerland; Tajikistan; Tunisia; Uganda; Uruguay; Uzbekistan; Zambia; Zimbabwe.

Global Information Society Watch 2009 will be dedicated in honour of Amy K. Mahan, a long-time collaborator of APC and former GISWatch contributor who died on March 5 2009.

You can download the entire Global Information Society watch publication, or individual country reports and regional reports directly from the GISWatch site.

Global Information Society Watch 2009 is a joint initiative of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and Hivos and carries a “Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 licence”:http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/.

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