Internet governance

Consultation to explore building a transnational advocacy network of networks on public policy related to internet governance

By APC (October 2008, APC )

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.

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APC co-convenes Yale conference on access to knowledge for human rights

CALGARY 7 January 2010 (LC for APCNews)

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.

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IPv6 Forum Bangladesh Has Been Founded

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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

The end of IGF? Mulling on its point and pointlessness

SHARM EL-SHEIKH 30 November 2009 (Jac sm Kee for GenderIT.org)

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.

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APC – Our assessment of the fourth Internet Governance Forum

JOHANNESBURG 26 November 2009 (APC for APCNews)

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).

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APC's assessment of the fourth Internet Governance Forum

By APC (November 2009, APC )

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.

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Privacy: More than the right to delete and forget

SHARM EL-SHEIKH 26 November 2009 (Jac sm Kee for GenderIT.org)

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”.

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Child Protection, Sexuality and Safety Online: Opposing camps

SHARM EL-SHEIKH 26 November 2009 (Indira Maya Ganesh for GenderIT.org)

Research coming out of the UK shows that British children are blasé about putting sexy images of themselves online. But some adults in governments and industry are intent on seeing children as victims where sexuality and the internet is concerned. Why on earth aren’t the powers-that-be actually listening to kids? asks Maya Ganesh reporting from the IGF.

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APC perspective on the future of the Internet Governance Forum

By APC (November 2009, APC )

Willie Currie expressed APC’s support for the world’s only existing global debate space on the future of the internet saying “The IGF is an innovation in multi-stakeholder internet governance, it works, it is evolving and should continue” but stressed that it should evolve to be more than a dialoguing space and produce concrete outcomes.

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