Access to information
Bringing together APC staff and members from around the world for the first time since 2007.
APC Networking and Learning Forum on Research, Advocacy and Collaboration for an Open, Fair and Sustainable Internet
The “APC Action Research Network” (ARN) is a new initiative by APC funded by the International Development Research Centre of Canada (IDRC), with the overall goal of building and strengthening research capacity in the existing APC research community, and growing the current network of researchers that do national and regional advocacy in initiatives led by APC.
Popular celebrities (Ahn Seong-gi, Park Joong-hoon, etc.) in South Korea have launched a public campaign called good downloader The message of this “public campaign” is that films and animations where these actors/actresses and singers
are starring are in danger due to illegal downloading.
“The power of people communicating in solidarity and joint action is a power that even the most over-confident rulers and regimes cannot overcome, not in the long term”, said APC’s executive director Anriette Esterhuysen. “What is happening in Egypt and Tunisia is a demonstration of people’s outrage and courage in the face of long term repression – now played out on and supported by the internet and mobile technologies.” APC joins the global solidarity with the Egyptian people as they take to the streets in the struggle for democratic reform and human rights.
Open Data, Open Society is a report written by Marco Fioretti for the
Institute of Economics of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna.
The Office Québécois de la Langue Française, Canada’s official French linguistic authority, is using APC’s 105-word ICT- and human rights-related glossary in a new database that it is creating in partnership with an international francophone linguistic network, Rifal. The database is to act as a standing linguistic reference across the francophone world and can now be accessed online.
SABC Radio, JOHANNESBURG, South Africa
APC and WikiLeaks
08 December 2010
The Association for Progressive Communications says it believes the ability to use the Internet to share information and communicate freely is vital to the realisation of human rights. The association’s statement comes after WikiLeaks website outraged Washington by releasing thousands of secret American documents. The association says the website plays a vital role in aiding the fight against corruption in governments and corporations. According to the association, WikiLeak has enhanced efforts to use the internet to contribute more accountable and transparent governance at global and national levels. The association is the world’s longest-running online progressive network which was founded in 1990.
APC has issued a statement to express our deep concern about recent attempts by governments and businesses to close down the whistleblower website WikiLeaks. We call on all governments and the internet community to explicitly reject any form of online content control that limits freedom of expression and information, particularly information that contributes to making governments more transparent, and that empowers citizens to hold their governments accountable.
APC’s open spectrum initiative aims to provide an understanding of spectrum regulation by examining the situation in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The timely research coincides with the rapid growth of wireless and mobile in Asia, Africa and Latin America, and raises fresh questions about the use of spectrum and the policies that govern it. The research looks at how spectrum is assigned, who assigns it, and what policy or regulatory framework they use.
The South African copyright law is up for reform and access-to-knowledge (A2K) advocates led by the National Council for the Blind have seen some important gains in their engagement with the Department of Trade and Industry. In support APC has commissioned a paper on model A2K legislation. The paper looks at the South African case but is a useful document for anyone anywhere in the world who wants to strengthen access-to-knowledge provisions under a revised copyright law.