Thirty-five people from all over Africa are gathered in Durban for three days to study internet governance and why they need to be involved in it.
Women’s rights and threats to online freedom: reflections from the Freedom Online Conference 17 to 18 June 2013
From 17 to 18 June 2013 I took part in the conference on online freedom known as Freedom Online. This conference, carrying the same name of the coalition behind it, highlighted the continent in which it was hosted.
Last week the US Federal Trade Commission announced the results of its 19 month investigation into Google, concluding that the company had not violated antitrust laws in the algorithms used to arrange its web search results.
Nigerian freelance journalist Emeka Umejei already reported on African internet governance during last September’s Highway Africa (HA) http://www.americandailyherald.com/world-news/africa/item/africa-s-place.... Since then, we’re being confronted with internet governance issues at the current ITU-organised World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) in Dubai.
The Internet stands at a crossroads. Built from the bottom up, powered by the people, it has become a powerful economic engine and a positive social force.
At 10:26 UTC on November 29th, Syria’s international internet connectivity was shut down. APC strongly condemns this shut down, which threatens the safety and security of the Syrian people, and clearly violates international human rights law.
A big hangar, with an eternal noise that ask people to wear headphones and talk to each other in the same rooms trough microphones, an internet network that do not allow all participants to be simultaneous online, with an average on 1 person out of three full online and the other struggling with their different devices to reach out, comment and communicate what is happening and what should not hap
Attending the IGF for the first time came with no expectations, however it is difficult to ignore the usual disparity that I face everyday in Egypt, and in many other countries when I travel.
This is my first IGF, I have snicked in the premises of Internet Governance during the WSIS at that time I have decided to retire and be a distant witness.
In edition 4 of the MIND magazine, which questions human rights in internet governance, Joy Liddicoat of the Association for Progressive Communications makes the point that freedom of expression only takes its full force for democratic change when we can exercise it together with all of our other rights and freedoms. She argues that human rights must be a main focus of all discussions at the IGF.