The year 2003 was memorable for one particular process that galvanised APC’s efforts – the World Summit on the Information Society which took place in Geneva in December 2003. WSIS was a watershed in public participation as information and communications policy shifted from the obscure world of techno-jargon to be recognised as social policy that affects everyone. From APC’s perspective as a network of ‘social techies’ this was a major breakthrough.
There are more than a billion internet users worldwide, and the number is set to double within the next ten years. What will the next billion users mean to the Internet itself? How will it affect the network, the technology, the computer software industry, access to knowledge, and our environment?
In 2004, APC became focused on producing policy commentaries, proposals and positions, reflecting its independent and critical perspective. APC formed strategic alliances with like-minded groups with whom for instance it promoted the position that the internet is a global public good. The APC annual report 2004 includes APC’s advocacy work for the United Nations summit on the information society (WSIS) as well as in stimulating and supporting accelerated ICT policy and regulatory reform in six African countries.
La sociedad civil y la sociedad de la información: Participación en la Cumbre Mundial sobre la Sociedad de la información
This paper was published in Spanish.
Many APC and APC WNSP members will be present at this conference on the future. More than 2,000 people are expected from goverments, the private sector and civil society.
An open informal meeting held by the steering committee of the Dynamic Coalition on Open Standards (DCOS) at the IGF this week in Rio de Janeiro sparked a lively discussion on the impact of propietary standards on citizens around the world.
During the Best Practice Forum on the Cybercrime Convention, Jean Charles de Cordes of the Council of Europe discussed the structure and content of the convention, as well as issues such as standards setting and monitoring compliance, while Cristos Velasco, Mexican representative of the North American Consumer Project on Electronic Commerce (NACPEC), and Pavan Duggal from Cyberlaw India discussed the cybercrime legislation situation in their respective countries.