In this editorial for a special edition of APCNews we look at the role of governments and the impact of regulations that hold internet intermediaries liable for content uploaded or circulated by users. We argue that protecting intermediaries is an important step for having a free and open internet and for promoting the development of regional content, and stress the importance of explicitly addressing the impact of current regulations on women and women’s rights defenders.
A digital broadcasting roundtable, supported by APC and hosted by Paradigm Initiative Nigeria, took place on February 18, 2014, in Lagos. Participants included representatives from national NGOs, TV and radio stations as well as newspapers.
Why shouldn’t private companies regulate the internet? Experts and activists discuss intermediary liability in South Africa
SABC covered the meeting by interviewing project coordinator, Emilar Vushe Gandhi [From minute 15:00 on]
Internet intermediaries are any companies that provide internet services, from physical networks to software developers.
Paradigm Initiative for Nigeria and APC raise awareness in Nigeria on internet intermediary liability
With the recent plans of the Nigerian legislature to introduce liability to internet intermediaries in the country, there is a strong need to create awareness amongst its citizens. To shed light on this matter, Maureen Nwobodo, APC’s Google Policy Fellow, interviews Mr. Gbenga Sesan, the Executive Director Paradigm Initiative for Nigeria (PIN).
This paper looks at the role of internet intermediaries in South Africa as well as their limitations on enabling communication and facilitating information flows and the recently placed policy focus on internet intermediaries.
The liability of internet intermediaries in Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa and Uganda: An uncertain terrain
This paper is part of a research project conducted on intermediary liability in Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa and Uganda. The paper draws on the independent research conducted by in-country researchers. The research includes five reports, as well as blog posts.
This paper looks at issues around intermediary liability and the legal and institutional environment in Nigeria, and draws conclusions based on these while making recommendations on how Nigeria can make the best of the on-going legislative processes that will define the liability of intermediaries.