Earlier this year, civil society organisations drafted a Draft African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms in order to guide the development of the internet across Africa. APC and other partners launched a wider public consultation, online and through meetings across the continent, to get more input into the principles. The consultation will close on August 4th but you have until then to send your input on the Draft Declaration.
In June 2014, Deborah Brown joined APC as a senior project coordinator focusing on internet rights advocacy and fostering good internet governance. In this interview, she shares her views on why she joined APC and what she hopes to achieve.
APC and other civil society organizations believe that the internet is a global resource enabling human rights and development and should be managed in the public interest. A joint statement by APC and partners calls on BRICS governments (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) to ensure that internet issues are addressed in the Fortaleza Declaration being drafted in Fortaleza, Brazil 14-16 July.
Later this week at the African Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Nigeria, the APC and International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) will advocate information and communications technologies (ICTs) as a means to access information, build knowledge and foster development. According to the latest figures from the International Telecommunications Union, 40% of the world’s population is using the internet, compared to 20% of the population in Africa. The workshop at the African IGF will explore concrete ways to increase public access such as through libraries and educational institutions, as a means to advance the Millenium Development Goals in the UN’s post-2015 agenda. Follow the discussion: #public access #post2015
The African Internet Governance Forum (AfIGF) was held in Abuja, Nigeria on 10-12 July 2014.
NetHui 2014 was the fourth annual meet up of the New Zealand internet community. Hosted by InternetNZ the theme was Shaping Our Future Together: The Internet in 25 years. Judging by attendance numbers and the quality of discussion, the future of the internet in New Zealand is bright indeed.
APC and other civil society organizations believe that the internet is a global resource enabling human rights and development and should be managed in the public interest. A joint statement by APC and partners calls on BRICS governments (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), individually and collectively, to ensure that internet issues are addressed in the Fortaleza Declaration being drafted in Fortaleza, Brazil 14-16 July.
Avri Doria is the first winner of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Multistakeholder Ethos Award Program. “The evaluation panel selected her from 22 nominees as the one who best demonstrated the spirit of collaboration as shown through empathy and a sincere desire to engage with people from other backgrounds, cultures and interests.”
Access to the internet, community-owned infrastructure and open source software linked to combating racism, UN report says
A new report by the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, Mutuma Ruteere, was released in late May. APC and some of our members were part of the multi-stakeholder consultation process that led to the preparation of this report.