Access

Digital convergence: Global trends in broadband and broadcast media concentration
Digital convergence: Global trends in broadband and broadcast media concentration 18 March 2016

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.    

New issue paper: How the technical community frames the Internet and economic, social and cultural rights
New issue paper: How the technical community frames the Internet and economic, social and cultural rights 23 December 2015

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.    

Iranian blogger Hossein Derakhshan: "We need to make hyperlinks valuable again"
Iranian blogger Hossein Derakhshan: "We need to make hyperlinks valuable again" 14 December 2015

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.

Anriette Esterhuysen and APC among EFF's Pioneer Awards winners
Anriette Esterhuysen and APC among EFF's Pioneer Awards winners 14 September 2015

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.    

Jordan Open Source Association: Working on the Jordan Charter of Digital Rights
Jordan Open Source Association: Working on the Jordan Charter of Digital Rights 18 August 2015

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

Submission on the Draft Policy on Intellectual Property of South Africa by the Association for Progressive Communications on behalf of the Access to Knowledge Civil Society Coalition
Submission on the Draft Policy on Intellectual Property of South Africa by the Association for Progressive Communications on behalf of the Access to Knowledge Civil Society Coalition 05 August 2015

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 hosts “open web” advocate for 2015 Ford-Mozilla fellowship
APC hosts “open web” advocate for 2015 Ford-Mozilla fellowship 02 July 2015

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.    

Can infrastructure sharing strategies improve broadband access in Southern Africa?
Can infrastructure sharing strategies improve broadband access in Southern Africa? 19 May 2015

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.

Unlocking broadband for all: Broadband infrastructure sharing policies and strategies in emerging markets
Unlocking broadband for all: Broadband infrastructure sharing policies and strategies in emerging markets 20 April 2015

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 ...

Developing countries helped to achieve universal access through use of shared infrastructure
Developing countries helped to achieve universal access through use of shared infrastructure 15 April 2015

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.