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ICTs, climate change and water: Need for local adaptation strategies

JOHANNESBURG 22 March 2012 (Shawna Finnegan and Alan Finlay for APC)

Climate change is increasingly affecting the availabily and quality of water world wide, and the poorest are, as usual, the hardest hit. In April APC and the IDRC will release a series of research reports that explore how ICTs can help individuals and communities adapt to water issues related to climate change.

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Mapping internet rights and freedom of expression

LONDON 21 March 2012 (David Souter for APC)

The intersection between the internet and human rights is increasingly important as the internet starts to affect more aspects of society, economy, politics and culture. This report maps this intersection and raises a number of questions to be considered by those concerned with internet, rights and wider public policy.

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APC featured in Digital Rights Watch's inaugural "In focus" edition

MONTREAL 19 March 2012 (Mark Boudreau for Digital Rights Watch)

From access-centred work to rights-based work, APC’s mission has been continually evolving in the past 21 years. In this premier edition of Digital Rights Watch’s “In Focus” series, Mark Boudreau interviews APC to find out more about the intersection of human rights, censorship and surveillance and APC’s ever-changing work.

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Mainstreaming ICT policies as a foundation for realising African developmental agenda.

By Adekunle Adeboboye

Let it be said unequivocally, that the benefits of Information Communications Technology (ICT) in today’s world are well documented and need not be restated here beyond simply alluding to the fact that it enables productivity, savings on time and costs, speeding up and facilitation of transactions, access to superior and more up to date information, easier and cheap

ICT Policy

by Milton Louw

First, I wish to address our understanding of ICT and how we can integrate it into our governance systems and also our daily lives. I have struggled to find a term for this and the best I could find was “Progress through Technology”, or in German, “Vorsprung Durch Technik” .

APC submission to the special rapporteur on freedom of association and peaceful assembly

18 March 2012 (APC for APCNews)

APC welcomes the report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to peaceful assembly and association and makes recommendations for how these rights can be promoted and protected online.

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Is Africa becoming ground for ICT innovation and transformation in ICT policies?

It is amazing to note the growth of ICT in Africa. Truth is that growth is measured in many ways and my measurement is based on the African environment. Many countries in Africa with exception of a few face the same challenges i.e. lack of infrastructure, poverty, education levels, unemployment to mention but a few.

ICT Policy for Development: Is there an elephant in the room?

Far too many developing countries, especially those located in sub-Sahara Africa, have failed to leverage ICTs for effective national development. Numerous national ICT policies have been developed, often with the help of very costly international consultants, and yet the results remain disappointing. Could this be due to a failure in ICT policy focus?

HRC expert panel on freedom of expression is only the beginning

GENEVA 1 March 2012 (APC)

APC welcomes the success of the Human Rights Council expert panel on freedom of expression that took place in Geneva on 29 February as an important step towards promoting and protecting human rights online. Anriette Esterhuysen, APC’s executive director and panellist said, “It was extremely encouraging that states agree that the same rights that apply in the offline world also apply online.”

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Expert panel on freedom of expression is only the beginning

1 March 2012
GENEVA 1 March 2012 () -

Geneva: APC welcomes the success of the Human Rights Council expert panel on freedom of expression that took place in Geneva on 29 February as an important step towards promoting and protecting human rights online.

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