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A key moment for getting spectrum in the public agenda in Peru
A key moment for getting spectrum in the public agenda in Peru 12 December 2011

Opportunities are emerging in the Peruvian political scenario to liberalise spectrum frequencies for open and community use. However academic institutions and civil society must participate get more involved in the policy and project debates say Maicu Alvarado y Gabriela Perona in a new report for APC.

Spectrum regulation in Argentina: The need to move from broadcasting to access
Spectrum regulation in Argentina: The need to move from broadcasting to access 12 December 2011

Argentina is one of only three countries in the world that privatised spectrum. However the recent renationalisation of its control, together with the participative drafting of a new radio broadcasting law and a national plan for internet access, make this an auspicious time

The need to build alliances in Ecuador for better spectrum use and regulation
The need to build alliances in Ecuador for better spectrum use and regulation 15 November 2011

Ecuador’s new constitution has created opportunities for democratising the spectrum based on a renewed vision of rights, and clearer definitions of the competencies required by the bodies that formulate policy and regulations. The priority now are civil society discussions on the legal reforms the new constitution demands says Marco Navas Alvear.

Finding a balance in spectrum regulation in Venezuela
Finding a balance in spectrum regulation in Venezuela 15 November 2011

Venezuela’s socialist development model has brought about significant changes favouring the democratisation of spectrum say Sandra Benítez and Ermanno Pietrosemoli in a new study for APC. But doubts remain about who will loosen the private sector’s grip on the sector. Civil society plays a key watchdog role to ensure that the steps taken benefit the state, rather than the governme...

Spectrum for development
Spectrum for development 16 September 2011

When talking about affordable, ubiquitous access to communication in developing countries, wireless technologies offer the most hope for effectively bridging the digital divide. This paper examines its challenges and opportunities.    

The Dutch have done it again
The Dutch have done it again 24 June 2011

From the people who brought you legal marijuana, freaky sex clubs and pickled herring comes the craziest thing yet. Of course, I’m talking about the net neutrality law that just passed through Dutch parliament.

Citizens guide to the airwaves
Citizens guide to the airwaves 13 June 2011

There is no simple definition of spectrum. From a technical viewpoint, spectrum is the range of electromagnetic waves that can be used to transmit information. From a practical point of view, however, the effective management of spectrum embraces not only electromagnetic waves, but the technology used to transmit those waves, as well as the economic and political aspects of what is now a valuab...

Last week the G8, this week the UN: APC helps Access Now campaign in Geneva
Last week the G8, this week the UN: APC helps Access Now campaign in Geneva 02 June 2011

Major international decisions are being made about the internet in the coming weeks – decisions that could affect the internet as we know it forever. This week the United Nations Human Rights Council will receive its first ever official report on freedom of expression online – and APC is helping deliver the message to the UN in Geneva.

Korean Progressive Network issues statement to the Human Rights Council
Korean Progressive Network issues statement to the Human Rights Council 16 May 2011

The Korean Progressive Network JINBONET, which has received special consultative status for the seventeenth session of the UN Human Rights Council, has issued a call for the council to examine the issue of human rights and ICTs in South Korea.

Wikileaks has competition
Wikileaks has competition 06 May 2011

Want the Wikileaks without the Julian Assange? Well the Wall Street Journal has the answer. It recently introduced SafeHouse, an online drop box for whistleblowers to release documents anonymously. And they are not alone.