Advances in the use of ICTs have huge potential to offer better access to information and more freedom of expression, but these technology advances are also leading to growing consolidation and cross-ownership of electronic media platforms, built on the convergence of broadcast and broadband media.
The purpose of this paper is to discuss the issues surrounding strategies for cooperation with the technical community in the effort to advance economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRs) on the Internet. The paper describes the framework for the analysis of the functional environment of the technical community. It later outlines some opportunities for making progress.
Credited with introducing the blogging culture to Iran, Derakhshan spent six years isolated from the web he had contributed to building. When he went back to the internet, what he found was appalling.
On 24 September, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) will present the winners of this year’s “Pioneer Awards”. At APC we are thrilled to see our director Anriette Esterhuysen and the work of APC among the winners.
Since early 2015, the Local Action to Secure Internet Rights (LASIR) project has focused on empowering national and local actors in their defence of human rights on the internet, in countries as diverse as South Korea, Brazil, the Philippines, India, Jordan, Uganda, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bangladesh, Kenya and Tunis
Executive summary The commitments to development-oriented intellectual property policy, in particular the proposed changes to the patent system to ensure greater access to medicines, are welcome. The policy addresses issues that affect the daily struggles of millions of South Africans. The A2K coalition therefore submits that as a national policy it must take into account the fundamental rights...
APC will host Andrea Del Río, a participant in the 2015 Open Web Fellows programme, which is an international leadership initiative by the Ford Foundation and Mozilla. For the next 10 months, Del Río will use her cutting-edge technology skills alongside APC policy experts to safeguard the internet as a global public resource.
ICT ministries and regulators from Southern Africa are meeting this week to consider ways to use infrastructure sharing to help achieve more universal access to broadband.
In the quest for universal access, this study shows that the cost of network deployment can be dramatically reduced if operators collaborate with each other in deploying fibre optic backbones or masts for wireless broadband. The report points out that even greater savings can be made if other utilities such as roads, rail lines, pipelines and power grids share their infrastructure with network ...
Governments must promote sharing networks and laying cables with other infrastructure such as roads and power lines if they are to meet needs for universal broadband.