Research

Global Commission on Internet Governance Report: One Internet
Global Commission on Internet Governance Report: One Internet 22 June 2016

Internet governance is one of the most pressing global public policy issues of our time. Some estimates put the economic contribution of the internet as high as 4.2 trillion dollars in 2016. Yet across multiple levels, the internet’s basic functionality and the rights of users are under strain.

The right to education and the internet: Case study on the role of the internet in provision and accessibility of educational resources in South Africa
The right to education and the internet: Case study on the role of the internet in provision and accessibility of educational resources in South Africa 16 May 2016

This case study was produced as part of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) research project Connecting your rights: Economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRs) and the internet. This is a three-year project funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

Freedom of assembly and association online in India, Malaysia and Pakistan: Trends, challenges and recommendations
Freedom of assembly and association online in India, Malaysia and Pakistan: Trends, challenges and recommendations 31 March 2016

This paper, produced as part of the APC project Advocacy for Change through Technology in India, Malaysia and Pakistan (APC-IMPACT), draws upon the work previously done by APC in providing guidance to the interpretation of the rights to freedom of association and assembly in the digital age.    

Examining Internet Freedom in Latin America: Colombia country report
Examining Internet Freedom in Latin America: Colombia country report 27 March 2016

This report provides a rapid overview of current regulations and the most relevant cases – in the courts and the media – affecting positively or negatively the exercise of human rights online by Colombian citizens.

Examining Internet Freedom in Latin America: Costa Rica country report
Examining Internet Freedom in Latin America: Costa Rica country report 27 March 2016

Costa Rica has laws that recognise and protect the following rights: privacy, freedom of expression, honour, freedom of conscience, religion, association and assembly, and non-discrimination. This report analyses the protection of these rights on the internet.

Examining Internet Freedom in Latin America: Mexico country report
Examining Internet Freedom in Latin America: Mexico country report 27 March 2016

Some legislative initiatives in Mexico, such as a bill to create a law on cyber crime, lack technical and legal rigour, and could criminalise legitimate uses of technology, which would affect the exercise of internet rights as well as the overall functioning of the internet.

Examining Internet Freedom in Latin America: Paraguay country report
Examining Internet Freedom in Latin America: Paraguay country report 27 March 2016

This report analyses surveillance and violations of basic rights that continue in this democratic period in Paraguay, including surveillance and rights violations involving the internet.

Global Information Society Watch 2015: Sexual rights and the internet
Global Information Society Watch 2015: Sexual rights and the internet 19 March 2016

This edition of GISWatch presents stories from around the world on how the politics of sex and sexual rights activism takes place online. It examines how generally accepted sexual identities, as well as marginalised sexualities, are expressed, regulated and moralised on the internet.    

How the technical community frames the Internet and economic, social and cultural rights
How the technical community frames the Internet and economic, social and cultural rights 23 December 2015

The purpose of this paper is to discuss the issues surrounding strategies for cooperation with the technical community in the effort to advance economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRs) on the Internet.

The Working Group on Internet Governance - 10th Anniversary Reflections
The Working Group on Internet Governance - 10th Anniversary Reflections 30 November 2015

This book,  written by former WGIG members and others who played key roles in the debates on the WGIG and WSIS, reflects on the WGIG’s procedural and substantive contributions to the evolving global internet governance dialogue and institutional ecosystem.