Guy Berger, head of the school of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University, comments on UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression Frank La Rue’s latest report on the New Media Lab blog.
In the 1980s as the Cold War intensified and the threat of nuclear war loomed the internet was only open to the military and academia. Commercial email networks existed but weren’t unconnected to one another. However a group of “documentation for action” activists emerged who saw that information was powerful and needed to be shared. The rest is history.
The Take Back the Tech! fund which disbursed $240,000 to 61 grassroots groups is one of the very few forward-looking small grants that funds tech initiatives to fight violence against women. This and other initiatives covered in APC’s latest annual report.
A recent study found that over half of parents use social networking sites to spy on their children. In most cases this included monitoring their status updates, looking at their wall and even creeping their pictures.
For everyone involved, solving disputes often takes a considerable amount of time and money. This also holds true for Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) procedures. Thus, in practice, it is often pointless to pay for dispute resolution in a complex dispute environment.
Imagine buying a new computer mouse that costs 20 euro from a website located in another continent.
In the wake of APC’s event at the Human Rights Council, over 40 countries have signed on to a joint statement in defense of freedom of expression. Check if your government is on the list and show your support.
APC is calling on governments to follow up on their recent commitments to freedom of expression.
Google, Lord of the internet, has been the centre of some controversy of late. Well, of always. But I digress.
The internet hegemon recently removed “Turn off the Blue Light” from AdWords, claiming the site represented an egregious violation of its terms of service.
“Anyone involved in the development of the internet over the last twenty years knows that transgression has probably been a far greater driver of innovation than IP protection,” says APC in a statement which points to “positive signs” coming out of the recent OECD meeting but questions the take on intellectual property as well as internet intermediaries’ responsibility for policing the net.