Powerful impact as public libraries enter ICT4D arena
Public libraries are effective and reliable partners in community development, reaching many thousands of people through networks, according to impact assessment results of 13 innovative public library services.
The results, newly released by EIFL’s Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP – www.eifl.net/plip), reflect outcomes of p
In his introduction to this year’s edition to Global Information Society Watch, which focuses on transparency and accountability online, David Sasaki explores the the double-edged sword of the internet as a tool for transparency, and how omnipresent observation by our peers can lead to greater accountability.
New report on internet and corruption looks at the internet's role in enabling and inhibiting a fair society
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[MONTREAL, 15 February 2013] – A new report released today by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and the Humanist Institute for Cooperation with Developing Countries (Hivos) explores the delicate role the internet plays as an enabler to an open and fair society – yet it can also be used to inhibit freedoms, in more oppressive societies.
Colnodo, KICTANet, and Foundation for Media Alternatives, all APC members and partners in the project “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online” were recognised with additional funding to support elements of their work focusing on the promotion of women’s rights and safety online.
While hidden cameras can document and flag human rights abuses by authoritarian governments, these same videos can then be used to identify dissidents who are later detained and tortured, explains David Sasaki in his introduction to this year’s Global Information Society Watch, which focuses on transparency and accountability online.
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APC launches Digital security first-aid kit for human rights defenders
[MONTREAL 29 January 2013] – The Association for Progressive Communications today released a new resource “Digital security first-aid kit for human rights defenders.” It is an interactive website publication available online at http://rights.apc.org/infosec
The Digital World 2012 – Knowledge to Prosperity conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh 6-8 December was an amazing mashup of private sector, government and civil society united in their interest in ICT for development. As coordinator of APC’s End violence: Women’s rights and safety online project, Jan Moolman presented Take Back the Tech! in a session spotlighting tech-related violence against women.
The 2012 TBTT campaign featured 16 stories for 16 days. Each of them presented a different way that ICTs affect the lives of women around the world. This GenderIT.org edition, editorialized by Françoise Mukuku from the Democratic Republic of Congo, reflects on some of the issues emerged from these stories of survivor and courage.
At a recent civil society workshop in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, co-organised by APC with Global Partners, NUPEF Institute and the Fundação Getulio Vargas, groups from the region looked beyond the World Conference on International Telecommunications in Dubai (WCIT) and outlined the following positive principles for constructive multi-stakeholder dialogue.
“Like Internet protocols, human rights standards attempt to articulate principles that will apply universally over time, as ideas and conditions evolve,” a new paper argues. Commissioned by the Association for Progressive Communications and the Internet Society, the issue paper released today compares the standards-making processes as well as the principles underlying human rights on the one hand and Internet protocols on the other.