18 May 2007
A new watchdog report monitoring promises made by governments and the United Nations to ensure that information technology is used to benefit millions of people, was launched in Geneva on May 22.
The fruits of the information technology 'revolution' are unevenly distributed between countries and within societies. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo it is claimed that as little as 2.5% of the population owns a telephone, whereas neighbouring Nigeria has one of the fastest-growing IT markets in Africa. In...
06 Nov 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...
02 Nov 2006
The Association for Progressive Communications (APC), a network of civil society organisations working with ICTs and the internet for social justice and sustainable development thinks that the IGF is a valuable space for policy dialogue.
As stated in APC’s Internet Rights charter, all people have the right to have access to the internet. For this to happen, it requires government leadership, market engagement, and most importantly, citizen and civil society participation. The IGF succeeded in being a platform...
25 Aug 2006
A new prize, the APC Chris Nicol FOSS Prize, will be launched on Friday in Mexico City. The biennial $4,000 USD prize will be awarded to a person or group doing extraordinary work to make it easy for ordinary computer users to start using free and open source software (FOSS).
There IS a cost to free and open source software
Nowadays, more and more free software applications are being developed and many of them are achieving standards of usability that not only meet the standards of proprietary software, but in...
03 Aug 2006
Today, July 30th, another massacre was committed in Lebanon: More than sixty civilians, among them 37 children, were killed by Israeli bombs while they were sleeping in shelters in the village of Qana. They died not very far away from the mass grave holding the bodies of 106 civilians burned by a previous Israeli attack in April 1996 inside a shelter provided by a UN battalion.
Reacting to these terrible news, Pope Benedict XVI said today: “In the name of God, I call on all those responsible...
24 Jul 2006
In July 2006, APC is to hold a workshop at Johannesburg, which will crystal-gaze into the future and discuss the future of SAT3, a crucial submarine cable on which hinges Africa's chances to get a smoother ride to cyberspace.
Estimated to cost US $639 million when launched in April 2002, this undersea telecommunications cable links western and south Africa with Europe and Asia.
02 Jun 2006
The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) condemns the unjust detention of free speech bloggers and journalists in Egypt.
Alaa Seif Al-Islam, a seasoned blogger and APC colleague, is one of four Egyptian online diarists being held in detention for criticising the current regime since May 7. In addition, APC has heard disturbing reports about violent actions taken by state security against several of the bloggers who were released from custody last week, only to be subsequently re-arrested....
08 Mar 2006
Africa currently has to pay for some of the most expensive bandwidth in the world. The region currently only has one major international fibre cable (SAT3) that connects countries in West and Southern Africa but East Africa has no fibre connection. Fibre connections usually mean cheaper prices than satellite for volume traffic but because of the monopoly structure of the SAT3 consortium, its operators have kept prices high.
All this will change if the proposed East African Submarine Cable System (EASSy) cable is...
18 Nov 2005
APC launched our new-look Africa ICT Policy Monitor website in French on the final day of the World Summit on the Information Society in Tunisia.
APC wants an information society based on social justice and human rights, and that’s only going to happen if the people affected by the policies get involved in their development.
Collecting indispensable documentation on information and communications technologies (ICTs) since 2001 in English and since May 2004 in French, the new look French ‘Africa Monitor’ has an...
14 Nov 2005
Under the incredulous eyes of the participants at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), journalists and human rights defenders were manhandled, insulted, and then violently beaten.
At 09.30 am on Monday, November 14, 2005, at the Place d’Afrique in Tunis, more than 30 plainclothes policemen impatiently awaited international and Tunisian delegates and members of civil society.
Omar Mestiri, Director of the online magazine Kalima and a founder member of the National Council for Freedom in Tunisia (...