In a letter from dozens of concerned civil society organisations, clear steps may improve the transparency of the upcoming ITU Plenipotentiary conference. Scheduled for 20 October – 7 November in Busan, the conference has already taken some steps to open participation. As the ITU nears is 150th anniversary, stakeholders are asking it to do more to ensure transparency and inclusion. Read the letter and the ITU’s response.
Update: The ITU has responded to the letter below. Click to download their response in PDF format. 8 October 2014 TO: Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Dr. Hamadoun Touré CC: Deputy Secretary-General of the ITU, Mr. Houlin Zhao Dear Secretary-General Touré, We write to you as a group of civil society organisations who are keen to engage with the important work of the ITU and its upcoming Plenipotentiary Conference. At various ITU meetings in the recent p...
Earlier this year, the Council of Europe released a report on the application of human rights to ICANN. The Non-commercial stakeholder group (NCSG) and endorsing organisations, of which APC is one, have submitted comments on that report to raise concerns about the role of governments, ICANN’s legal status and the regulation of hate speech. Follow the link to read the NCSG report.
This document summarizes the discussions in Latin America regarding human rights and the internet. Our intention is to increase the international community’s understanding of the region during the 2014 Internet Government Forum.
On the eve of the IGF in Istanbul, 1 September 2014, APC, Tactical Tech and Web Foundation host a dynamic, peer-learning event on censorship and circumvention, problems and solutions for internet rights.
Interested in learning about net neutrality and internet privatisation? Take part in a free training! Mozilla has created a toolkit to raise awareness about what “net neutrality” is, why it is important, what will happen if we lose it, and about some of the policy behind it.
The final stage of the 10-year review of the World Summit on the Information Society, kicked off today June 9 in Geneva. Known as the ‘WSIS+10 High Level Event’, the ITU expects it to bring together about 2000 leaders from government, the UN, business and civil society to approve the final statement on the overall review of the implementation of the WSIS goals.
While strong constitutional guarantees exist for freedom of expression in South Africa, including internet content, the effectiveness of these guarantees has been gradually reduced by an array of laws that have progressively chipped away at internet freedom, concludes a recent report by APC.
South Africa largely respects online freedoms, and to this extent the country could be considered to have a free online media environment. Many of the instances of internet censorship apparent in more repressive countries, and outlined by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Frank la Rue, are absent in South Afr...