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Anriette Esterhuysen's opening session speech featured in Intellectual Property Watch article
Anriette Esterhuysen's opening session speech featured in Intellectual Property Watch article 14 November 2007

Intellectual Property Watch, a non-profit independent news service that reports on international intellectual property policies, quotes APC executive director Anriette Esterhuysen, in an article featured today on their website under Latest Open Access News.

Cameroon offline since more than one week
Cameroon offline since more than one week 11 November 2007

One week before the start of the second Internet Governance Forum (IGF) —a space where access to the internet is discussed— Cameroon is shut out of the internet. A news article mentions that "A technical failure at the underwater SAT3 at the high sea fibre optic terminal, about forty kilometres from Douala" is believed to be the cause of the problem, according to an official source in the Cameroon’s economic capital." 

Rio forum to shine torch on the dark side of the Internet
Rio forum to shine torch on the dark side of the Internet 11 November 2007

In one of the first articles published about the Internet Governance Forum starting on November 12 2007, the AFP news agency says that "The darker corners of the Internet are to be exposed under the bright light of Brazil’s sun next week when a UN conference on how the web is run gets underway. Rio de Janeiro will from Monday host the UN Internet Governance Forum, in which 2,000 participa...

Women'sNet
Women'sNet 06 November 2007

Women’sNet works to advance gender equality and justice in South Africa through the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs). It provides training and promotes content that supports women, girls, and women’s and gender organisations and networks to take control of their own content and ICT use. Recognising that ICTs are a gendered tool, Women’sNet seeks to address gen...

Free Culture House
Free Culture House 06 November 2007

iCommons announces a new project called the ‘Free Culture House’ project, recognising the growing importance of physical spaces in building the kinds of communities that will spread the global commons. The creative and information commons is by its nature a virtual and intangible thing, and having a physical space where people can learn from and talk to one another, becomes more and more im...

"Get in the middle of a chain reaction"
"Get in the middle of a chain reaction" 30 October 2007

"Get in the middle of a chain reaction" we are urged by the lyrics of the Diana Ross song "Chain Reaction"; and it would seem also by The ITU at the on going Connect Africa Summit in Kigali, Rwanda (from 29 to 30 Oct. 2007).

APC public event on equitable access
APC public event on equitable access 30 October 2007

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) is organising a one-day event called EQUITABLE ACCESS to start a process of consolidating emerging lessons and knowledge on innovative access solutions. This will inform learning, research, policy interventions and access strategies.

Open access in Africa: EASSy, SAT-3/WASC research
Open access in Africa: EASSy, SAT-3/WASC research 30 October 2007

In Africa, APC’s main focus is on access to infrastructure. Africa currently has to pay for some of the most expensive bandwidth in the world and the hard currency paid leaves the continent. Because East Africa does not have international fibre connections it is paying even more than West African countries connected to the monopoly-controlled SAT3/WASC cable.

Statement from participants in the “Civil Society Workshop on Open Access to ICT infrastructure in Africa”
Statement from participants in the “Civil Society Workshop on Open Access to ICT infrastructure in Africa” 28 October 2007

A statement by African civil society groups was made in light of the publicised commitments and goals of the Connect Africa Summit taking place in Rwanda, Kigali on 29th and 30th of October 2007. The statement acknowledges that the private sector plays a key role in the deployment of infrastructure in Africa. Its continued investment should be encouraged through the implementation of a stable p...

Panel considers internet access and freedom of expression
Panel considers internet access and freedom of expression 09 October 2007

Graciela Selaimen of APC member organization RITS (Information Network for the Third Sector) was one of three panellists invited to speak about internet rights during the session Know your rights: Article 19 in cyberspace, on 7 October 2007, the first day of the International Freedom of Expression eXchange (IFEX) conference.