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APC asserts `access´ to the internet & capacity-building are key to participative internet governance

2 November 2006
ATHENS, GREECE 2 November 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.

APC asserts `access´ to the internet & capacity-building are key to participative internet governance

ATHENS, GREECE 2 November 2006 (APC)

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 the first Internet Governance Forum that took place Athens in early November 2006 draws to a close, APC would like to insist on two issues be given priority: access to internet infrastructure and capacity building.

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Latin America makes noise at the Forum on Internet Governance

ATHENS, GREECE 2 November 2006 (AL for APCNews)

Latin America makes noise at the Forum on Internet Governance. What priorities is Latin America carrying around in its briefcase for this first Forum on Internet Governance? How are all the sectors participating in a pioneer event in this format? APCNews spoke to Raúl Echeberría, LACNIC executive director, the Latin America and the Caribbean internet address registry.

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Utopia called diversity?

ATHENS, GREECE 2 November 2006 (AL for APCNews)

What does diversity mean in the internet? The linguistic and content plurality approach is what the organising committee for the Internet Governance Forum, that is going on in Athens, Greece from October 29th to November 2nd, chose.

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Equal Access on the Web

ATHENS, Greece

The workshop held on 1st of November under title Equal Access on the Web at the first Internet Governance Forum in Greece reminded us that as one of the panelists pointed out, IS stands not only for Information Society but for Inclusive Society as well.

Piracy, FLOSS, peer production, new models, innovation... a voice at the IGF

GOA, India

Of all the many bytes emerging out of Athens and the IGF, this one made the most sense to me: Piracy creates jobs, but [Free Software and] Open Source and Open Standards create opportunity, create entrepreneurs. And I think that’s the challenge for the href=“http://www.igfgreece2006.gr”>IGF as well, how to look at it is a public interest forum, the
Internet is a public space
, and how can we facilitate maximum sharing, maximum creativity, peer production, new models, innovation.
Anriette Esterhuysen, at the Internet Governance Forum, Athens, November 1, 2006 http://www.intgovforum.org/IGF-Panel2-311006am.txt.

A (quiet) word on gender

ATHENS, Greece

Natasha Primo – executive director of South Africa-based WomensNet – was the only person to talk about gender issues at the plenary session this morning. She said she hoped the Forum would spell out
plans that had a significant impact on women. Read it all on the i-witnesses blog. This blog post and several others on this Panos-sponsored website is definitely worth checking out.


What academia's doing at the IGF

ATHENS, Greece

Jeremy Shtern from media@mcgill, a new "hub of research, scholarship and public outreach on issues and controversies in media, technology and culture" is on the spot in Athens to provide an overview of the discussions. I bumped into him today and asked him a couple of questions about academia at the IGF and about other impressions he’d be willing to share. Visit his latest report on the IGF.

Internet Governance Forum - What is it All About?

ATHENS, Greece

Internet Governance is a difficult concept to grapple with for many of us. Even those who have been keeping track of discussions on gender and the new information and communication technologies (ICTs). Naturally, people who know or who have heard about the Internet Governance Forum, are asking what this meeting is all about. Read the full article here: http://www.genderit.org/en/index.shtml?apc=f—e—1&x=94976

Setting the scene at IGF without gender perspective?

IGF Athens

The first IGF session entitled Multistakehoder Policy Dialogue / Setting the Scene, was facilitated by Kenneth Cukier and spectacularly ignored the question on gender and ICTs.

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