Miss Internet Bali: A huge step back for gender equality on internet governance

Climate change agenda (or lack thereof) at the 2013 IGF

Bali

In September at a Stockholm conference of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change climate scientists released a key report which concluded that global warming is human induced with at least 95 percent certainty (let’s be honest – we’ve known this for years).

APC Progress Report 2009 - 2012

By APC (August 2013, APC )

APC takes a look back at the 2009-2012 strategic planning period, during which our work and the work of our members has been defined by the same set of six strategic priorities. The report also contains the most recent developments in APC’s strategic priorities as well as stories from 25 of our members highlighting their greatest achievements in the past year.

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Freedom of expression: Where do we set the lines

Democratic Republic of Congo

The second African Internet Governance Forum istarted in Nairobi, Kenya just a day after a terrorist attack was launched on this African country.

The media reported 24 hours a day from the site of the attack; Twitter hashtags were created to make sure messages related to the crisis were passed on to the masses; and Facebook ready-to-use pictures of support to Kenya were circulated.

DRC: "Coming up with innovative ways of making the most of the existing infrastructures is a must"

Democratic Republic of Congo

It is 7Pm, under a streetlight, almost hundred students are gathering. All of them are trying to get the best of the yellow light coming on their notepads. It is school examination time, and the only place where there is electricity.

Practical Guide for Digital Switchover (DSO) in Cameroon

By Lishan Adam, Mike Jensen, Steve Song, Russell Southwood (APC and Balancing Act) (March 2013, APC )

This guide was produced to help with the process of changing the underlying radio broadcast technology from the outdated analogue system to a system based on equipment capable of transmitting and receiving digital signals. It is aimed at groups and individuals implementing the DSO, including policy makers, regulators, telecommunications operators and service providers, and broadcasters and media professionals.

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Cyber Martial Law year one: Full stop, no mere pause

16 September 2013 (PIFA)

The Philippine Internet Freedom Alliance (PIFA), integrated by APC member Foundation for Media Alternatives, released a statement in commemoration of the 1st year of the passage of the repressive Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 in the Philippines into law. PIFA is developing a week-long online campaign to make sure that netizens will not forget that even though the law was temporarily halted, vigilance should remain to ensure that the law is completely junked.

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2013 IFLA Trend Report

By International Federation of Library Associations (August 2013, IFLA )

The IFLA Trend Report is a collection of resources to explain how libraries fit into a changing society. The 2013 report includes the starter resource “Riding the Waves or Caught in the Tide?” APC’s Anriette Esterhuysen contributed to the report in a section titled “The vulnerability of new technologies to over-regulation.”

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Communication rights ten years after the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS): Civil society perceptions

By Association for Progressive Communications (April 2013, APC )

This GISWatch special report by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) collates civil society perceptions of the changes that have taken place in the information and knowledge-sharing society over the last ten years, capturing the kinds of shifts that have been experienced by communications activists and stakeholders in a rich and nuanced way. The results respond to the opportunity provided by the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) +10 review, which will culminate in 2015.

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What is at stake? Working for pluralism in internet governance at the 6th LAC IGF

Winnipeg, Canada

Last week stakeholders from across Latin America and the Caribbean met in Cordoba for the Sixth Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). Although a multi-stakeholder forum, civil society was best represented, with only a handful of participants from the private sector and government.

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