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
At the first WSIS+10 review event in Paris, France from February 25 – 27, 2013, APC is organising an event on Enhanced Cooperation as a follow-up to its pre-event at the 2012 IGF “Enhanced Cooperation: from deadlock to dialogue” and will use the opportunity of the WSIS+10 review to bring together experts in a follow-up workshop, “Reflections on what needs to be done.”
In his introduction to this year’s edition to Global Information Society Watch, which focuses on transparency and accountability online, David Sasaki explores the the double-edged sword of the internet as a tool for transparency, and how omnipresent observation by our peers can lead to greater accountability.
Last week the US Federal Trade Commission announced the results of its 19 month investigation into Google, concluding that the company had not violated antitrust laws in the algorithms used to arrange its web search results.
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.