18 May 2011 APC
The Chief Justice of the Lahore High Court has just ruled in favour of a petition to filter several social networking websites including Facebook, Yahoo, MSN and Wikipedia. The ruling released on May 13 found that Facebook and other websites were in violation of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws and should be censored in Pakistan.
The Lahore High Court judgment in favour of the petition number 10392/2010 suggests that, given that several other countries —Saudi Arabia, Iran, the United Arab Emirates and...
04 Apr 2011 APC
African countries have committed to migrating to digital broadcasting by June 2015. It will be a costly process and it is not clear who will benefit — or where the resources needed to make the transition will come from. A new website provides independent information for policy-makers about making the transition and reports on digital migration in Ghana, Nigeria and Senegal.
Arguably the migration is one of the most fundamental changes in African broadcasting for over a decade and raises wider questions...
08 Dec 2010 APC-HIVOS
A new report launched at the start of the UN Climate Change conference questions the assumption that information and communications technologies (ICTs) will automatically be a panacea for climate change.
The report spells out the impact the production and disposal of computers, mobile phones and other technology is having on the earth’s natural resources, and the massive global carbon footprint produced by their use.
The potential of ICTs to mitigate and adapt to climate change is also discussed, as are the...
28 Nov 2010 APC WNSP
Take Back The Tech! partners with the Violence is Not our Culture global campaign to mark this year’s International Day on Women Human Rights Defenders and the 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women (VAW) . On 29 November 2010, we join hands in solidarity and call for all of our campaigners and allies in different parts of the world to support the work of women human rights defenders in demanding an end to violence against women justified in the name of “culture”, “religion...
10 Nov 2010 IPS
The United Nations estimates that 95% of aggressive behaviour, harassment, abusive language and denigrating images in online spaces are aimed at women and come from partners or former male partners. Other surveys show that the victims of cyber-stalking are predominantly female.
Many popular social networking websites include personal information such as email addresses, phone numbers, birthdays, names of family members, and even minute-to-minute updates on a person’s location, which is useful to friends...
18 Oct 2010 APC
A new publication which tells the story of a small grants programme that has awarded seed funding to grassroots groups to introduce or increase the use of ICTs to improve women’s livelihoods and status in agricultural and rural parts of Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific for almost a decade has just been published.
This book tells the story of the Gender, Agriculture and Rural Development in the Information Society (GenARDIS) journey thus far, provides lessons learned, stories from grantees and...
01 Feb 2010 BytesForAll
Formation of a Technical Committee at the Lahore High Court Bar Association to assist in assessing and analysing cyber laws and laws that affect women.
Advocate Nighat Daad and Fariha Akhtar organising the TBTT bagsWith the goal to create awareness about Information and Communication Technologies and Violence Against Women in cyber space, and the implications of various government policies on women, a seminar titled “ICTs and Violence Against Women – Policy Implications” was jointly organized by Bytes for...
17 Dec 2009 APC
The Dominican Republic is the first Latin American country to act on their commitments to involve women in the information society nationwide. This Caribbean island nation of ten million has promised to include a “gender perspective” in every information and communications technology initiative and policy developed by the government from now on. The tool the Dominicans have chosen to design and evaluate all the public policies is the APC gender evaluation methodology (GEM).
“This is great news for women’s...
12 Nov 2009
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Do you have a right to online knowledge? Report shows open internet in danger
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, November 16 2009 – A new report that reveals how vulnerable the internet as we know it is, has just been published by two global civil society organisations.
The annual report, called Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch), was released today by the Association for Progressive Communications and Dutch-funder Hivos. GISWatch 2009 is entitled Access...
25 Mar 2009 APC and partners
A draft framework towards a broadband strategy in South Africa was launched in Johannesburg on Tuesday. The framework was intended to highlight the current policy vacuum around broadband roll-out in South Africa, and to create a “popular movement” around broadband in the country.
It was also hoped that a reinvigorated policy direction in South Africa could propel the country back to the number one spot in internet access rankings on the continent.
The draft framework was one of the outcomes of a one-day...