Statements, positions and contributions from the APC
|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.
|Comments to ICANN on Discussion Draft: Affirmative Reviews||Mar 2010|
|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|
|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.
|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|
|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|
|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.
|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.
|Statement presented by APC's Anriette Esterhuysen at the closing of OECD ministerial in Seoul, June 2008||Jun 2008||English|
|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.
|APC statement from the 2007 Internet Governance Forum||
The Association for Progressive Communications’ initial assessment of the second Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and suggestions for moving towards the third forum in New Delhi in 2008.
|Map: APC networking and collaboration||Nov 2007||Map|
|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.
|Monitoring ICT policy in Latin America||
APC’s ICT policy projects monitor relevant policy developments at national and regional levels. This involves research, building online content (through websites and e-newsletters) and networks, and implementing capacity-building workshops with civil society organisations.
|Nov 2005||English, Spanish|
|World Summit on the Information Society Phase II, Tunis, PrepCom I Report||
This report touches on issues such as the human rights and ‘north-south’ agendas, as well as the preparation by civil society in the WSIS process up to 2004. It includes brief observations, suggested discussion points and strategies needed to protect and strengthen civil society participation in the WSIS process.
|The Holy Family Communique from African Electronic Communicators||
The Holy Family Communique from African Electronic Communicators came out of an APC Africa meeting held in early February 1997. A full report of the meeting is available on the IDRC website.