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What is Internet Governance? And why does it matter for women’s rights?
21 January 2010
Women’s rights advocates have made policy-setting inroads into many spaces that affect women’s lives – governments, schools, religious organizations, health care systems and economies. But what about the virtual space of the internet? The recent Internet Governance Forum provided opportunities to critique, expand and transform the dialogue around issues that impact women in gendered ways, including access, privacy, security, the control of one’s information, and regulation of sexual content. This analysis sources APC and APC’s policy and gender site GenderIT.org.
Advisory Group meeting for the Networking Networks project.
Consultation to explore building a transnational advocacy network of networks on public policy related to internet governance
APC convened a small consultation on 15 September 2008 in Geneva to explore how best civil society networks can be more effective in ensuring openness, human rights and transparent and accountable governance in the information society sphere.
The objectives of the meeting were to:
- establish and concretise an initial partnership with key existing strategic partners;
- establish what the key public ‘information society’ policy issues and spaces are perceived to be;
- discuss the parameters of building a transnational global advocacy network on information society policy issues
- begin to map what elements would bring the various disparate thematic networks together in such a network
- identify additional potential partners in important thematic sectors
- identify short term priorities and activities
Twelve participants representing seven organisations active in internet governance, media policy and reform, ICTD (information and communication technology for development), digital rights (civil liberties and human rights), and access to knowledge attended the meeting . While participation lacked sufficient diversity we did manage to bring people together from Asia, Africa, Latin America, North American and Europe, and from a variety of thematic work areas.
Following the impact of Global Information Society Watch 2009 which put the spotlight on “access to knowledge for advancing democracy and human rights”, the University of Yale has invited GISWatch co-publisher APC to co-convene their fourth Access to Knowledge Conference. The conference organised by Yale’s information society project will unite scholars and human rights activists to look at designing laws, policies and technical architectures to promote “social progress across the globe”. Find out more about the conference.
IPv6 Forum Bangladesh Has Been Founded
Dhaka/Luxembourg, January 6, 2010 – The IPv6 Forum welcomes Bangladesh as its newest member with the establishment of the IPv6 Forum Bangladesh under the le
It’s not easy to find the funds to get to the remote five-star locations the Internet Governance Forum thrives in. Women, people of colour, people with disabilities, indigenous people, poor people were conspicous in their abscence or low numbers. The IGF has no decision-making authority. However, there are few international policy fora where you can participate without having to slash through a forest of red tape and protocol. And decision-power or not, the IGF does have an impact on how the internet is run through the persuasive power of multistakeholder dialogue. Jac sm Kee sums up the IGF.
US control over Internet hotly disputed
27 November 2009
This year the fourth internet governance forum was playing it safe – perhaps because next year could be its last – but we still saw real progress. Privacy no longer plays second fiddle to security, people’s rights online are recognised as central by all sides. Social networking was the new star centre stage. There are still too few women and people of colour but participants are getting younger which is a good sign. Next year APC hopes for an IGF focusing on development and human rights and looking to the future. Read our assessment (in pdf).
APC’s assessment of the fourth Internet Governance Forum held at Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt 15-18 November 2009.
This year the fourth internet governance forum was playing it safe – perhaps because next year could be its last – but we still saw real progress. Privacy no longer plays second fiddle to security, people’s rights online are recognised as central by all sides. Social networking was the new star centre stage. There are still too few women and people of colour but participants are getting younger which is a good sign. Next year APC hopes for an IGF focusing on development and human rights and looking to the future.
We would like to thank NUPEF in Brazil for producing a Portuguese translation of the assessment.
Our worlds are increasingly networked and our personal data collected left, right and centre. Ask anyone who has to use a biometric identity card like Malaysian Jac sm Kee who has to give her ID number even if she’s just buying movie tickets online. We can be sure much of the information collected about us online is not that securely warehoused. So what needs to be done to protect our right to privacy online? And what about our own circle? If a boyfriend broadcasts an intimate photo via mobile phone, what then? Jac argues that in the digital age, personal data is no longer just our property, it has become part of who we are. What will be key in the future will be for us to have as much control as possible over our personal data — and that control should be based on “consent” rather than “protection of privacy”.