What is the role of civil society groups in the development of ICT policy and how has that role changed in the ten years since the first World Summit on the Information Society?
These questions were at the heart of the discussion at this morning’s APC workshop entitled Civil Society and WSIS+10, held at the WSIS 2013 Forum in Geneva.
World Telecommunications/ICT Policy Forum: Civil society calls for an open and participatory internet policy making
APC will participate in the upcoming World Telecommunication/ICT Policy Forum, taking place in Geneva from 14-16 May. APC endorses statements submitted by members of civil society involved in the process, and calls the International Telecommunications Union to consider them as a key input for the Forum. Read the documents.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) self-described role is:
To reach another person on the Internet you have to type an address into your computer — a name or a number. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN coordinates these unique identifiers across the world.
At a workshop on internet governance in the MENA region, held from 16 to 19 March 2013 in Tunis, APC presented “IG and Policy: Anchoring and Safeguarding internet Openness in the Middle East and North Africa,” a workshop on civil society engagement in IG and public policy.
CIVICUS just launched its State of Civil Society report for 2013, “Creating an enabling environment for civil society.” APC contributed a section of the report on the state of the internet from a civil society perspective.
From 25 – 27 February 2013, delegates from civil society, government, industry and the technical community met at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris for the first WSIS+10 Review meeting to discuss action “Towards Knowledge Societies for Peace and Sustainable Development.”
The Internet Governance Forum in Baku (6-9 November 2012) was a space in which different interests collided. APC revisits the event by releasing “IGF 2012: The good, the bad and the ugly.“
The Internet Governance Forum in Baku (6-9 November 2012) was a space in which different interests collided. APC revisits the event by releasing “IGF 2012: The good, the bad and the ugly.“ Here is a snapshot.
As preparations are under way for the Fifth World Telecommunication/ICT Policy Forum (WTPF) in May 2013, civil society finds itself facing familiar barriers to participation. In an open letter to Secretary General Toure, APC along with other organisations expresses the urgency for government, the private sector and civil society to dialogue together. Read the letter