Access

Blind people in rural Nigeria get their teeth into job opportunities
Blind people in rural Nigeria get their teeth into job opportunities 12 May 2010

Last year, rural non-profit the Fantsuam Foundation trained almost six hundred locals in computing to improve their livelihoods – but only one was a person with physical disabilities. Now incorporating JAWS – a Job Access With Speech screen reader – Fantsuam will open their basic and advanced computer skills classes to people who can’t see.

Acess to knowledge (A2K) workshop Johannesburg
Acess to knowledge (A2K) workshop Johannesburg 05 April 2010

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) takes a great pleasure in inviting you to participate in the Access to Knowledge (A2K) workshop which will be on 7 April 2010 at the Sunnyside Park Hotel in Parktown, Johannesburg. The workshop is being organised by the APC, with the support of the IDRC. The purpose of the workshop is two-fold: 1) to share the results of APC’s research to understand the scope and media piracy in South Africa; and 2) to locate and understand the demand...

APC at Yale: Access to knowledge and human rights conference
APC at Yale: Access to knowledge and human rights conference 12 February 2010

“Opening up access to knowledge is a demand of global justice; it is both a human rights issue and a crucial factor in spurring economic development and technological innovation,” said Yale Law School Professor Jack Balkin, who together with the APC and other institutions are currently discussing these issues at Yale University over 11 and 12 of February.

Rightsizing Telecoms
Rightsizing Telecoms 02 February 2010

The current financial crisis has been branded as that of the banking, insurance and automobile industries. However, other sectors—namely telecommunications—which are seemingly humming along should not be ignored by those interested in maximizing today’s economic lessons. Turning a blind eye toward a profitable industry should no longer be an option. Industry regulators and legislators...

Network of networks for a free and open internet
Network of networks for a free and open internet 19 January 2010

2010 promises to be a significant year for the future of the internet with a number of potential changes on the horizon. It could be the last year of existence for the Internet Governance Forum and ICANN is confronting big changes as it moves out from under the control of the US government. In this time of flux, policy windows can open and close quickly. APC is building a worldwide network of c...

Do you have a right to online knowledge?  Report shows open internet in danger
Do you have a right to online knowledge? Report shows open internet in danger 15 November 2009

A new report that reveals how vulnerable the internet as we know it is, has just been published by two global civil society organisations. The annual report, called Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch), was released today by APC and Dutch funder Hivos. GISWatch 2009 is entitled “Access to online information and knowledge – advancing human rights and democracy”.

Rwanda’s policy vacuum could mean trouble for broadband
Rwanda’s policy vacuum could mean trouble for broadband 29 October 2009

The imminent arrival of broadband in Rwanda has exposed a policy vacuum that desperately needs to be filled if the poor in the country are going to benefit from the information society. Having good plans is not enough, argue Emmanuel Habumuremyi and Alan Finlay.

Global Information Society Watch 2008: Focus on access to infrastructure
Global Information Society Watch 2008: Focus on access to infrastructure 22 October 2009

How do we ensure access to the internet is a human right enjoyed by all? This is one of the critical questions asked by GISWatch 2008, which highlights the importance of people’s access to ICT infrastructure, where and how countries are getting it right or wrong, and what can be done about it.

It’s not enough to have a pushy broadband policy in Tanzania
It’s not enough to have a pushy broadband policy in Tanzania 13 October 2009

By most standards, Tanzania’s information and communications technology (ICT) policy looks ambitious. In just six years, it wants to make the country a hub of telecommunications infrastructure to help build the economy and end poverty. But John Mireny argues that when it comes to broadband, this vision lacks practical application, and is out of step with the real limitations on the ground….

Internet blackout in Niger:  Niger’s dependence on the damaged Beninese fibre optic cable
Internet blackout in Niger: Niger’s dependence on the damaged Beninese fibre optic cable 13 October 2009

For twenty days in July, land-locked Niger was without internet connection owing to damage to the undersea cable which goes through neighbouring Benin, and on which Niger depends for 70% of its bandwidth. This APC investigation seeks to understand why this West African country is almost exclusively reliant on Beninese infrastructures, when an alternative satellite solution could have minimise...