Statements, positions and contributions from the APC

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APC's reflections on the Fifth Internet Governance Forum

On September 17 the fifth Internet Governance Forum (IGF) came to an end in Vilnius, Lithuania. The five-year UN-run annual event is a uniquely experimental and influential space on the road to guaranteeing open, universal and affordable internet and ICT access to all. However the continuity of the IGF is uncertain. Download and read our analysis of the most recent forum.

Nov 2010 English
CSTD Working Group IGF Questionnaire: APC response Nov 2010 English
Analysis of the broadband policy of South Africa

The Broadband policy of South Africa was approved by Cabinet in June 20101. This paper analyses the main differences between the draft policy and the final policy. It looks at the shortcomings in the policy development process and makes recommendations on how to salvage the situation.

Oct 2010
APC's submission to the IGF Multistakeholder Advisory Group questionnaire

The Internet Governance Forum’s Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) is a group of governments, private sector and civil society representatives, among which there are APC staff and members. This is APC’s submission to a questionnaire that the MAG distributed as a follow up to its May meeting.

Oct 2010 English
Internet governance issues on sexuality and women's rights

In preparation for the 2010 IGF, this briefing document highlights key issues on internet regulation that are relevant for gender equality and sexuality. It also brings to the debate findings from various research initiatives undertaken by APC and key partners, including a cross-country research initiative – EROTICS – that is being conducted in five countries: Brazil, India, Lebanon, South Africa and the United States.

Oct 2010
APC Brief on the Fifth Internet Governance Forum

The Internet Governance Forum is a platform for policy dialogue on internet governance, that emerged from the second phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). The fifth annual meeting of the IGF will take place in Vilnius, Lithuania from 14 – 17 September 2010.

Sep 2010 English
Submission by South African civil society organisations on Intellectual Property Amendment Bill

The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill seeks to address an important issue. However the way it does so threatens to hinder the preservation of traditional knowledge, severely diminish the South African public domain and limit access to knowledge.

May 2010 English
Comments to ICANN on Discussion Draft: Affirmative Reviews Mar 2010
APC perspective on the future of the Internet Governance Forum

Willie Currie expressed APC’s support for the world’s only existing global debate space on the future of the internet saying “The IGF is an innovation in multi-stakeholder internet governance, it works, it is evolving and should continue” but stressed that it should evolve to be more than a dialoguing space and produce concrete outcomes.

Nov 2009
APC's assessment of the fourth Internet Governance Forum

APC’s assessment of the fourth Internet Governance Forum held at Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt 15-18 November 2009.

This year the fourth internet governance forum was playing it safe – perhaps because next year could be its last – but we still saw real progress. Privacy no longer plays second fiddle to security, people’s rights online are recognised as central by all sides. Social networking was the new star centre stage. There are still too few women and people of colour but participants are getting younger which is a good sign. Next year APC hopes for an IGF focusing on development and human rights and looking to the future.

We would like to thank NUPEF in Brazil for producing a Portuguese translation of the assessment.

Nov 2009 Português, Français, Español, English
Internet Governance and Information Society: Developing an African Strategy - An agenda for African MPs

Presentation on internet governance, information society and developing a strategy for African MPs. The presentation looks at current processes an institutions, how MPs can approach Internet governance and finally suggests some activities for MPs.

Nov 2009 English
Written Submission to the United Nations Group on the Information Society (UNGIS) Oct 2009 English
Comments to ICANN: Proposed bylaw changes to improve accountability

The Board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) opened new accountability measures for public comments. Willie Currie, APC's policy manager, said in his submission that “The community still does not have the power to dismiss the Board [which] is a signifier of a lack of accountability and democratic procedure that cannot be cured by the current proposed amendments.”

Sep 2009
Paper 1 (12/2008): Concept and possible scope of a code of good practice on information, participation and transparency Dec 2008 English
Statement presented by APC's Anriette Esterhuysen at the closing of OECD ministerial in Seoul, June 2008 Jun 2008 English
WSIS Follow up: APC contribution to the Secretary General's report on progress

The Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) is one of the UN bodies that took up the follow up of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). This is APC’s contribution to a CSTD meeting where a report from the Secretary General on progress made in WSIS follow-up and implementation was presented, that took place on May 2007 in Geneva, as part of a series of WSIS follow-up meetings.

Jun 2008
WSIS Follow up: APC contribution to the session on Development-oriented policies for an inclusive information society

The Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) is one of the UN bodies that took up the follow up of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). This is APC’s contribution to a CSTD meeting meeting dealing with development-oriented policies for a social-economic inclusive information society, including access, infrastructure and an enabling environment, that took place on May 2007 in Geneva, as part of a series of WSIS follow-up meetings.

Jun 2008
Submission to the ITU: The Case for “Open Access” Communications Infrastructure in Africa: The SAT-3/WASC cable May 2008
Statement from APC on the IGF open consultations, Geneva, February 2008

The first preparatory meeting for the next Internet Governance Forum (scheduled for December 2008 in India) was held in Geneva on 26 February 2008. APC issued a statement recommending the implementation of regional and national IGFs, using sustainable development as a key theme and advising on the format of working groups to address and follow up on key issues.

Feb 2008
APC reflections at the commencement of the 2nd IGF

APC’s reflections and priorities at the commencement of the second Internet Governance Forum held in Rio de Janeiro in November 2007. This document includes APC’s assessment of the first forum, held in Athens in 2006, and highlights our priorities for the second IGF.

Nov 2007 English

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