internet access

Access and beyond: Navigating the gendered cyberspace
Access and beyond: Navigating the gendered cyberspace 17 April 2017

Affordability is one of the primary barriers to internet access, and particularly to optimal use. Knowing this fully from our previous research, Research ICT Africa (RIA) conducted focus groups in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Rwanda in November 2016.

APC contribution to the ITU Council Working Group on International Internet-related Public Policy Issues: Open consultation on “Building an enabling environment for access to the Internet”
APC contribution to the ITU Council Working Group on International Internet-related Public Policy Issues: Open consultation on “Building an enabling environment for access to the Internet” 01 September 2016

APC’s input to the open consultation reflects particularly on the reasons why digital exclusion persists and offers some suggestions to address it.

Internet access and economic, social and cultural rights
Internet access and economic, social and cultural rights 23 September 2015

This paper addresses the relationship between access to the internet as a key to facilitate and enjoy ESCRs, comparing discourses surrounding internet access, and the frameworks to allow internet access as a right within the larger context of access to different economic, social and cultural rights. The second section summarises the analysis of internet access as a right, concluding with a list...

Poland: Acting Together Against ACTA
Poland: Acting Together Against ACTA 26 April 2012

Recent human rights battles have shown the world that Poland’s civil society is alive and kicking. APCNews contacted Michał “rysiek” Woźniak, chairman of the Free and Open Source Foundation, to discuss human rights, the internet and ACTA.

Congo –  internet access for a day’s wage
Congo – internet access for a day’s wage 16 July 2009

In the Congo, people are paying for a service that cannot even meet their needs. Poor connectivity and staggering costs that can be as high as USD 2 make it difficult to promote widespread use of the internet. In a country where people earn as little as three or four dollars (US) a day, it is impossible for 97% of Congolese to even access the internet. And those who do, are not guaranteed to g...

Why APC continues to obsess over “internet access”
Why APC continues to obsess over “internet access” 13 October 2008

According to March 2008 statistics only 3.6% of internet users in the world were from Africa. Asia contributed to 37.6% of internet users globally, but this percentage is inflated by large numbers of users from China. The number of fixed lines has not increased significantly, and in some cases has even shrunk. And, in addition to this, a new divide is emerging: the broadband (or “high spee...

Building consensus on internet access at the IGF
Building consensus on internet access at the IGF 01 May 2008

This paper identifies and documents the main areas of discussions and ‘recommendations’ that were generated under the Access theme at the second Internet Governance Forum in Rio De Janeiro, November 2007.

The challenge of getting online - Fantsuam brings satellite internet to villages in rural Nigeria
The challenge of getting online - Fantsuam brings satellite internet to villages in rural Nigeria 30 July 2004

APC member in rural Nigeria, Fantsuam Foundation, has recorded yet another first in rural ICT programmes. Earlier this year, Fantsuam launched a VSAT facility which provides the first rural-based internet access in Kaduna State, if not in Nigeria. APCNews talked to Fantsuam’s director, John Dada, about the impact the new internet satellite connection is having on the community and the Fou...