The pervasive use of the internet globally has increased the importance of the telecommunications sector as a vital enabler of socio-economic development. As a result, ensuring citizens’ access to broadband has become a public policy priority in many countries.
Fighting against the return of censorship in Tunisia: Women striving for freedom of speech and press
After having been held in silence and fear for years, public debate has been flourishing in Tunisia since 2011. Tunisian journalists Sana Sbouai and Lilia Weslaty actively participate in the day-to-day struggle to develop free alternative media. This is their account of the current situation.
Coalition of African Lesbians granted Observer Status by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights
In this statement, the Coalition of African Lesbians congratulates the decision of the African Commission on Human and People´s Rights to grant Observer Status to CAL, a network of 19 organisations working to transform Africa into a continent where lesbian and bisexual women and gender non-conforming people enjoy the full range of human rights.
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APC and the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency are pleased to announce the call for applications for the third African School on Internet Governance.
Unlocking broadband for all: Broadband infrastructure sharing policies and strategies in emerging markets
In the quest for universal access, this study shows that the cost of network deployment can be dramatically reduced if operators collaborate with each other in deploying fibre optic backbones or masts for wireless broadband. The report points out that even greater savings can be made if other utilities such as roads, rail lines, pipelines and power grids share their infrastructure with network operators. This makes it feasible for small network operators to enter the market, which increases competition, making netwwork access more affordable and more widespread.
Download the report or sections of it from the links above. The full report includes the Appendix with the 10 country case studies (Côte d’Ivoire, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand and Uganda). See the link on Related projects for further details on the APC Infrastructure Sharing project.
Governments must promote sharing networks and laying cables with other infrastructure such as roads and power lines if they are to meet needs for universal broadband.
Call on the government of South Africa to support the creation of a UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy
This week the UN Human Rights Council is expected to consider establishing a Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy. The South African government has a unique opportunity to support this initiative and ensure that the right to privacy is accorded the international recognition and protection it deserves.