Open access

UN conference tackles problem of bringing another billion users to internet

Rio de Janeiro

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".

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.

Rio forum to shine torch on the dark side of the Internet


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.

Cameroon offline since more than one week


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." 

Free Culture House


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.

APC public event on equitable access

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Nov 10 2007




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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

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"Get in the middle of a chain reaction"

Kigali, Rwanda

"Get in the middle of a chain reaction" we are urged by the lyrics of the Diana Ross song "Chain Reaction"; and it would seem also by The ITU at the on going Connect Africa Summit in Kigali, Rwanda (from 29 to 30 Oct. 2007).

Statement from participants in the “Civil Society Workshop on Open Access to ICT infrastructure in Africa”

KIGALI, RWANDA 29 October 2007 (African civil society groups)

A statement by African civil society groups was made in light of the publicised commitments and goals of the Connect Africa Summit taking place in Rwanda, Kigali on 29th and 30th of October 2007. The statement acknowledges that the private sector plays a key role in the deployment of infrastructure in Africa. Its continued investment should be encouraged through the implementation of a stable policy environment that encourages investment as well as protect the public interest. Read the full statement here.

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Panel considers internet access and freedom of expression

Montevideo, Uruguay

Graciela Selaimen of APC member organization RITS (Information Network for the Third Sector) was one of three panellists invited to speak about internet rights during the session Know your rights: Article 19 in cyberspace, on 7 October 2007, the first day of the International Freedom of Expression eXchange (IFEX) conference.

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