On Monday 12 November, participants in the “Access: the local challenge” workshop, addressed access issues and considered what can be done locally to mitigate costs and connectivity challenges.
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 APC.au, a digital media arts company based on the Internet Rights Charter of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC).
Eduardo Nuñez, Director of the Brazilian Institute of Statistics, Marthin Hilbert, Coordinator of the Information Society Programme of UN-ECLAC, and Mansour Farah, Team Leader of the ICT Division of UN-ESCWA, all made presentations at the IGF Panel Discussion on the Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development. The presentations focused on describing the partnership and its current activities.
Recommendations developed by workshop participants focused on four main themes; enhancing the development of and access to infrastructure; enabling policies and financing frameworks; offering technological choice, responding to demand and addressing the challenge/opportunities of convergence; and advancing the development dimensions of ICT regulation.
Here’s an article from the International Herald
Tribune, published 12 November, on the challenges of expanding the internet to include
less-developed regions: "Now that more than 1 billion people use the Internet, international
policy makers and experts are struggling with how link the world’s
other 5 billion to the increasingly crucial network".
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.
In one of the first articles published about the Internet Governance Forum starting on November 12 2007, the AFP news agency says that "The darker corners of the Internet are to be
exposed under the bright light of Brazil’s sun next week when a UN
conference on how the web is run gets underway. Rio de Janeiro
will from Monday host the UN Internet Governance Forum, in which 2,000
participants from 100 countries will examine ways to tackle pedophilia
and cybercrime. It will also discuss the implications of more
than 80 percent of the world’s population not having access to the
worldwide network, mainly those in developing countries. Read the full piece here.
One week before the start of the second Internet Governance Forum (IGF) —a
space where access to the internet is discussed— Cameroon is shut out
of the internet. A news article
mentions that "A technical failure at the underwater SAT3 at the high
sea fibre optic terminal, about forty kilometres from Douala" is
believed to be the cause of the problem, according to an official
source in the Cameroon’s economic capital."
iCommons announces a new project called the ‘Free Culture House’ project, recognising the growing importance of physical spaces in building the kinds of communities that will spread the global commons. The creative and information commons is by its nature a virtual and intangible thing, and having a physical space where people can learn from and talk to one another, becomes more and more important.
The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) is organising a one-day event called EQUITABLE ACCESS to start a process of consolidating emerging lessons and knowledge on innovative access solut