ICT policy

Connect your rights! Internet rights are human rights
Connect your rights! Internet rights are human rights 13 June 2011

With our coverage of APC’s event on human rights and the internet at the Human Rights Council in Geneva earlier this month, we’ve launched a new web space. Find all our content related to these issues in one place.

New research on digital migration in West Africa offers solutions
New research on digital migration in West Africa offers solutions 13 June 2011

African countries committed to migrating from analogue to digital broadcasting by 2015 – but migration won’t be easy or cheap. Findings provide the data and tools for broadcasters and regulators to make informed decisions.

Digital Broadcast Migration in West Africa: Collected research
Digital Broadcast Migration in West Africa: Collected research 09 June 2011

The digital migration in West Africa will be one of the biggest upheavals in African television since the medium was first launched on the continent in the 1960s. It is a process of change that will affect both the broadcasters themselves and those who watch television. And costs will be widely felt – particularly amongst the poor. As new digital TVs may need to be subsidised, it is not ...

Digital Broadcast Migration in West Africa: An overview and strategies to accelerate the transition
Digital Broadcast Migration in West Africa: An overview and strategies to accelerate the transition 02 June 2011

This Briefing Paper provides an overview of the current state of play of the digital transition in broadcasting in the 16 countries of West Africa. Developments have been monitored over the last eighteen months but inevitably there will have been developments not yet made public. Read more reports on digital broadcast migration in West Africa.

Workshop on digital broadcast migration
Workshop on digital broadcast migration 02 June 2011

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and Balancing Act, with support from the Open Society Institute (OSI), are undertaking an initiative which looks at the at the benefits and challenges that come with the transition to digital broadcasting in West Africa and the policy issues that need to be addressed. As part of this initiative we have undertaken research on the issue and hav...

This means war?
This means war? 01 June 2011

The Pentagon announced recently in its first formal cyber strategy that cyber attacks constitute an act of war — and could merit a traditional military response. Never mind the problem of attributing cyber attacks to a single, definitive source; even if the perpetrators can be traced to a specific co

U.N. Special Rapporteur Calls Upon States to Protect Anonymous Speakers Online
U.N. Special Rapporteur Calls Upon States to Protect Anonymous Speakers Online 01 June 2011

On June 3, EFF will begin live coverage of a critical discussion about online freedom of expression held by the 47 member states of the U.N Human Rights Council during its seventeenth session in Geneva.

APC member JCA-NET speaks out against Japanese digital surveillance bill
APC member JCA-NET speaks out against Japanese digital surveillance bill 30 May 2011

The proposed bill criminalises a number of online activities, granting Japanese authorities extremely broad powers to monitor and investigate their citizens. It also requires network providers to record and hold communications data on all users so it can be used by law enforcement agencies.

APC welcomes ruling of Egyptian court
APC welcomes ruling of Egyptian court 30 May 2011

APC welcomes the recent ruling of an Egyptian court that fined former president Mubarak and two of his aides $90 million for cutting internet and cell phones during the Egyptian revolution.

A human rights approach to the mobile internet
A human rights approach to the mobile internet 30 May 2011

This paper is part of a series of policy briefs on the mobile internet from a human rights perspective The evolution and spread of the mobile internet presents exciting new opportunities for the effective implementation of human rights. It can expand people’s capacities to create and share information and ideas and is allowing to improve access to the internet for people who cannot afford...