Internet governance

Access and connectivity for remote rural panel: Basic infrastructure needed

RIO de JANEIRO, Brazil

Here are Andrew Garton’s observations on the “Access and connectivity for remote rural” panel, held on Tuesday 13 November in Rio de Janeiro, as part of this year’s Internet Governance Forum (IGF). Andrew is the director of, a digital media arts company based on the Internet Rights Charter of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC).

Panel on Public participation in internet governance considers applicability of Aarhus Convention

Montevideo, Uruguay

In a panel entitled “Public participation in internet governance, emerging issues, and good practices”, panellists Anriette Esterhuysen, executive director of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and Pavel P Antonov, board member of BlueLink, emphasised the potential for ICTs to inform, involve and empower people.

SNAPSHOTS: Who is at the IGF II? Andrew Garton


Learn more about the people at the ground in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. And don’t miss the pictures!

SNAPSHOTS: Who is at the IGF II? Pavel Antonov


Learn more about the people at the ground in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. And don’t miss the pictures!

Africa: Steps taken for multilingual internet


An article posted today on the website reports on the collaborative efforts of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the International Telecommunication Union, and UNESCO to address the multilingualism issue posed by the rapid expansion of the internet.

Internet governance, public good governance


Public good, freedom of expression, removal of barriers, cultural diversity, digital citizenship, local level. social innovation, digital and social inclusion, the public stake in ICT use, community, multilingualism, spam, security, energy loss in internet use, transparent dialogue and participation by all stakeholders, common rules, elimination of poverty and under-development – these are the words that continually recurred during the opening session of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2007 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Anriette Esterhuysen's opening session speech featured in Intellectual Property Watch article

Montevideo, Uruguay

Intellectual Property Watch, a non-profit independent news service that reports on international intellectual property policies, quotes APC executive director Anriette Esterhuysen, in an article featured today on their website under Latest Open Access News.

Issue of online free expression overshadowed by debate about US control over Internet

Reporters Without Borders has picked up an APC press release, reporting: "The Council of Europe and the Association for
Progressive Communications (APC) today proposed a new model inspired by
the Aarhus Convention, signed in 1998 in Denmark, which brings together
access to information, public participation in decision-making and
environmental rights".

To act now or not act: Clash of views on content regulation at internet forum


Today I sat in a workshop in Rio de Janeiro. A workshop in Rio de Janeiro? A capoeira, volleyball or football workshop, you must be thinking. Even though I’m just 25 metres away from a beautiful beach, imagine, I sat in a room in a hotel, full of people with laptops… on their laps. Such is life in the second Internet Governance Forum. And let me tell you that it’s worth it. One of the 97 workshops unfolding here in Rio was called “Content regulation and the duty of states to protect fundamental rights”, brought to you by the APC’s women’s programme, the APC WNSP for all of you acronym-lovers. Read the full article on Feminist Talk.

Inspired by Aarhus Convention, Council of Europe and APC propose a code for public participation in internet regulation

13 November 2007
RIO DE JANEIRO 13 November 2007 () -

Intergovernmental and civil society organisations propose a self-regulatory mechanism to foster participation, access to information and transparency in internet governance at the Internet Governance

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