Access to information

¿Cómo se contrata en América Latina el acceso a internet?

By Fundación Karisma, con apoyo de R3D, IPANDETEC, TEDIC, Apertura Radical y APC. (June 2016, )

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States must go beyond ensuring basic access... to empower citizens

Geneva

Access to information is a fundamental right that needs to be realised in support of economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRs) – whether it’s information on life skills, social security grants, science and culture, or access to legal or educational resources. Access to information is also high on the global sustainable development agenda.

Ending digital exclusion: Why the access divide persists and how to close it

JOHANNESBURG 13 April 2016 (APCNews)

In a new policy paper from APC, we unpack the underlying causes of limited connectivity, the shortcomings of current initiatives, and propose a set of policy responses to address the access gap.

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Ending digital exclusion: Why the access divide persists and how to close it

By APC (April 2016, Association for Progressive Communications (APC) )

In a new policy paper from APC, we unpack the underlying causes of limited connectivity, the shortcomings of current initiatives, and propose a set of policy responses to address the access gap.

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Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: The limitless textbook

South Africa

When we talk about economic, social and cultural rights we have to deal with the hard fact that realising them takes money. It costs money to build and staff hospitals that make the right to health a reality.

Rights groups respond to internet shutdown in Uganda during national elections

24 February 2016 (Access Now, et al. for APCNews)

On the morning of national elections, 18 February, Ugandan internet users were blocked from using Twitter, Facebook, and other communications platforms until three days later. Kampala-based APC member CIPESA along with Access Now and other civil society groups around the world called for renewed respect for human rights in the wake of this violation.

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Joint letter on internet shutdown in Uganda

By Access Now, et al. (February 2016, )

On the morning of national elections, February 18, Ugandan internet users were blocked from using Twitter, Facebook, and other communications platforms. The shutdown remained in place until the afternoon of Sunday, February 21. Kampala-based APC member CIPESA along with Access Now and other civil society groups around the world called for renewed respect for human rights in the wake of this violation.

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Another Internet.org is possible: A developing country perspective on universal internet access

10 December 2015 (Cristiana González and Mohammad Tarakiyee for APCNews)

In 2015, four billion people, mostly from developing countries, remain disconnected. These inequalities have been used as justification by Mark Zuckerberg’s project Internet.org, which aims to “connect” two thirds of the world’s population by giving them access to a walled garden of “free” services.

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Policy Options for Connecting the Next Billion. APC Submission to the 2015 IGF Intersessional

By APC (October 2015, APC )

As the internet becomes more ubiquitous, less is being heard from those who are disconnected – the less wealthy and more marginalised groups – who are unable to demand rights on the same footing as those who are connected.

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Building a context for self-development and learning through the provision of free access to the internet in public libraries in South Africa

By Association for Progressive Communications (APC) on behalf of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) (April 2015, )
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