Internet governance

Briefing note: Human Rights Council 25th session

By By Deborah Brown (Access), Joy Liddicoat and Shawna Finnegan (APC) (February 2014, APC and Access )

The 25th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) will take place in Geneva from March 3rd to 28th. This note provides information on internet related human rights issues in the upcoming session of the HRC.

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Why shouldn’t private companies regulate the internet? Experts and activists discuss intermediary liability in South Africa


SABC covered the meeting by interviewing project coordinator, Emilar Vushe Gandhi [From minute 15:00 on]

Internet intermediaries are any companies that provide internet services, from physical networks to software developers.

APC at the third meeting of the Working Group of Enhanced Cooperation

GENEVA 24 February 2014 (APCNews)

On 24-28 February the APC community will be in Geneva discussing the future of internet governance in the context of the UN at the third meeting of a working group that addresses enhanced cooperation among multi-stakeholders.

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Reflections on the 2013 Internet Governance Forum, recommendations for 2014

JOHANNESBURG 19 February 2014 (APCNews)

APC and its community will remember the 2013 forum most for the impact of the Snowden revelations, ICANN and Brazil’s initative to convene an internet governance meeting in 2014, the hospitality of our Indonesian hosts, and for Miss Internet Bali. Read our full assessment.

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Reflections from APC on the IGF 2013 and recommendations for the IGF 2014

(February 2014, APC )
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Internet intermediary liability: Identifying best practices for Africa

By Nicolo Zingales (November 2013, APC )

Internet intermediary liability can have a significant deterrent effect on intermediaries’ willingness and ability to provide services, and therefore may end up hindering the development of the internet itself. For this reason, legislators around the globe have defined special “comfort zones” for the operation of intermediaries, also known as “safe harbours”, limiting the liability of such entities in specific sets of circumstances.

As this background paper illustrates, significant differences exist concerning the subjects of these limitations, their scope and their modes of operation. Nevertheless, international best practices can be identified that may provide useful guidance for the drafting or the improvement of the current legislation in a number of African countries.

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Open letter by APC to the organisers of the International Conference on Global Internet Governance

JOHANNESBURG 19 November 2013 (APC)

APC welcomes the announcement by the Brazilian government to convene a global meeting in 2014 to address current internet governance public policy challenges and issues, and suggests specific topics for the agenda and mechanisms to ensure a diverse, meaningful and effective participation of all interested stakeholders.

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Open letter by APC to the organisers of the International Conference on Global Internet Governance

(November 2013, APC )
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The UN Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation: Report on the second meeting

This 3-day meeting took place in Geneva Nov 6-8 and was the second physical meeting of the multi-stakeholder working group (papers and documentation available online)

The Group was set up pursuant to UN General Assembly resolution A/RES/67/195 to “to examine the mandate of the World Summit on the Information Society regarding enhanced cooperation as c

Online training course: Internet governance in MENA

5 November 2013 (

APC, Hivos and Diplo Foundation are calling for applicants in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA region) for this advanced internet governance and policy training, which will be focusing on human rights and the internet. Applications are open until Sunday, 10 November 2013.

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