ICT policy

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 or do not have physical connections to the fixed-line internet. It is also making citizen-driven co...

User-generated content and social networking in the Arab spring and beyond
User-generated content and social networking in the Arab spring and beyond 30 May 2011

This paper is part of a series of policy briefs on the mobile internet from a human rights perspective A contested terrain User-generated content played an important role in the recent protests and uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), collectively referred to as the “Arab spring” or “Arab awakening”. The recent protests and uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt have both been called “Twitter revolutions” and “Facebook revolutions” due to the widespread use of user-ge...

Policy and regulatory issues in the mobile internet
Policy and regulatory issues in 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 mobile internet as new media The mobile phone is rapidly becoming media, both as a primary source for content and as a platform for delivery of content. With rapid changes in what a mobile phone can actually do, millions of people are using it to access the internet and to upload and distr...

The mobile internet from a human rights perspective: Collected policy briefs
The mobile internet from a human rights perspective: Collected policy briefs 30 May 2011

Whilst an increasing number of countries have ICT development strategies in place, these often focus on expanding access to technology and do not pay adequate consideration to issues around usability, active citizenship, culture and rights.

Human Rights Council: APC's comment on human rights with regard to the internet and transnational corporations
Human Rights Council: APC's comment on human rights with regard to the internet and transnational corporations 30 May 2011

Statement submitted on May 30. Agenda item 3: The Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises APC welcomes the High Commissioner’s opening statement to the Council and takes this opportunity to thank her and her office for their work in preparing for this session. In particular APC welcomes the Hig...

APC at the Human Rights Council 17th session
APC at the Human Rights Council 17th session 30 May 2011

As part of our Connect your rights! Internet rights are human rights campaign, APC is present at the Human Rights Council’s 17th session, which is taking place from May 30th – June 17th in Geneva. We’re co-organising a side event on human rights and the internet on June 3. You can follow APC’s and our partners’ involvement in the meeting through the following documents...

eG8 Forum sparks showdown between internet leaders and government regulators
eG8 Forum sparks showdown between internet leaders and government regulators 26 May 2011

The eG8 Forum came to a close yesterday as prominent web leaders met in Paris to discuss the future of the internet.

UN Special Rapporteur breaks new ground
UN Special Rapporteur breaks new ground 25 May 2011

Frank La Rue — the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression — is presenting his annual report at the Human Rights Council’s 17th session in Geneva. The report, available here, breaks ground in a number of important areas.

Internet Rights are Human Rights, says APC at Human Rights Council
Internet Rights are Human Rights, says APC at Human Rights Council 25 May 2011

APC calls on the Human Rights Council to treat freedom of expression online as a human rights issue.

BREAKING NEWS: Social networking sites face ban in Pakistan
BREAKING NEWS: Social networking sites face ban in Pakistan 19 May 2011

A new ruling by the Lahore High Court may result in a total ban of social media in Pakistan reports APC. Critics condemn the ban as unnecessary, unjust and ultimately counterproductive.