ICT policy

APC submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly
APC submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly 22 November 2012

Submission to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and Association by Association for Progressive Communication (APC). The submission has three parts: the conceptualisation of freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of association on the internet, country specific cases and recommendations.

One line that makes an internet freedom fighter's day
One line that makes an internet freedom fighter's day 18 October 2012

It’s short, but it matters. In no more words than a Twitter message, Brazil made many internet rights activists happy in September. It’s worth revisiting this message and putting in context.

Philippines : Supreme Court to rule on controversial Cybercrime Prevention Act
Philippines : Supreme Court to rule on controversial Cybercrime Prevention Act 08 October 2012

On October 9, the Supreme Court of the Philippines will decide on the constitutionality of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012. This cyberlaw has been contested from day one, after internet activists had pointed to truly problematic provisions incompatible with internet rights.

Panama could take a step back in respecting fundamental rights
Panama could take a step back in respecting fundamental rights 05 October 2012

APC, together with other organisations, submitted a letter directed to Panama’s president, in response to a copyright law approved by the country’s congress that would affect human rights such as access to knowledge, privacy and freedom of expression. The letter asks for the law not to be approved definitely as it is today, and to be revised.

Communications rights ten years after WSIS:  Civil society perceptions and policy advocacy
Communications rights ten years after WSIS: Civil society perceptions and policy advocacy 28 August 2012

Ten years after the World Summit on the Information Society the promise of “a people centered, inclusive and development-oriented information society,” has not been fulfilled by the governments that committed to it. APC will bring together activists involved in the communications-rights campaign that shaped WSIS to assess the process.

Impact 2.0: New mechanisms for linking research and policy
Impact 2.0: New mechanisms for linking research and policy 15 August 2012

This publication is the result of the work done in the project Impact 2.0 between 2010 and 2011, coordinated by Fundación Comunica, supported by APC and financed by IDRC. From the participant projects, it can be concluded that the most successful uses of web 2.0 and online social networking to connect research and policy were those that involved the public in campaigns and consultations. &nbs...

Impact 2.0: New research on the use of web 2.0 for development
Impact 2.0: New research on the use of web 2.0 for development 15 August 2012

New research in suggests that web 2.0 and online social networking were most used to connect research and policy in public awareness campaigns. Coordinated by Fundación Comunica, and supported by APC and IDRC, the book looks at twelve projects in Latin America.

Internet: APC sees progress in the full recognition of the freedom of association and assembly
Internet: APC sees progress in the full recognition of the freedom of association and assembly 28 June 2012

“As an international network and non-profit organisation that believes the internet is a global public good, we would like to extend our congratulation to the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association for this work,” said APC in reference to a landmark report discussed at the UN in May 2012.

New report: "Mobile Southeast Asia 2012: Crossroads of Innovation"
New report: "Mobile Southeast Asia 2012: Crossroads of Innovation" 22 June 2012

Southeast Asia has been a trade hub for thousands of years and is a digital crossroads for internet and mobile innovation now as well, according to the new report by Mobilemonday, “Mobile SouthEast Asia 2012: Crossroads of Innoivation,” available online

Nancy Hafkin: 30 years of building Africa's networks
Nancy Hafkin: 30 years of building Africa's networks 14 June 2012

After more than 30 years of working to promote information and communications technology in Africa, Nancy Hafkin was inducted into the Internet Wall of Fame. In an interview with APCNews, she shares the history of her work and that of communications technology in Africa, her interest in Africa, obstacles and achievements.