In an Open Letter put out during the World Conference on International Telecommunications, civil society groups call on the the ITU’s Secretary General and the conference Chairman to address three immediate and pressing matters: the lack of any official standing to the public comments by civil society; the lack of access to and transparency of working groups, particularly the working groups of Committee 5 (the review committee); and the absence of mechanisms to encourage independent civil society participation.
Nigerian freelance journalist Emeka Umejei already reported on African internet governance during last September’s Highway Africa (HA) http://www.americandailyherald.com/world-news/africa/item/africa-s-place.... Since then, we’re being confronted with internet governance issues at the current ITU-organised World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) in Dubai.
Highway Africa may seem far away, but the media and ICT conference comes back haunting, as the World is watching the contentious ITU discussions unfolding in Dubai.
The Internet stands at a crossroads. Built from the bottom up, powered by the people, it has become a powerful economic engine and a positive social force.
APC and Hivos launched the 2012 edition of the Global Information Society Watch during the second day of the Internet Governance Forum that took place in Baku, Azerbaijan, in a joint presentation with the International Institute for Sustainable Development and the Internet & Society Co:llaboratory.
“Autocracy 2.0 hides behind formal online freedom to identify and monitor critical voices which are then silenced in the offline world.”
“Discussions about the internet
"Human rights must be encoded into the fabric of our dialogues": Valentina Pellizzer in the closing ceremony of the 2012 IGF
This is the transcription of Valentina Pellizzer’s* speech in the 2012 IGF closing ceremony.
Think-tanks, technologist, policy advocators, government stakeholders, civil society groups, human rights evangelist and individuals across all sectors of internet arena joined, collaborated and participated together to discuss, debate and express their views collaboratively at the international forum, 7th Internet Governance Forum (IGF) held last week at Baku, Azerbaijan from 6-9 November, 2012.
Multistakeholder participation and enhanced cooperation seems to be one of the major issue in this year’s Internet Governance Forum (IGF).
APC stands in solidarity with the Expression Online Initiative, which expressed serious concerns regarding violations of UN principles currently taking place at the 7th annual Internet Governance Forum in Baku, Azerbaijan. The violations include restrictions on freedom of expression and association and failure to guarantee equal rights for every participant. Read Expression Online’s open letter.