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Inside the Information Society: Governing the grown-up Internet

London [31 October 2016]

Each week David Souter comments on an important issue for APC members and others concerned about the Information Society. This week’s blog post looks at how we think about the internet and how it is governed.

In last week’s post, I offered my framework for the history of the Internet.

Internet governance in Africa: Reflections from the director of the Internet Governance ICT Infrastructure Support, Palesa Legoze

Durban, South Africa

Shortly after this year’s African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG) was held, the 5th African Internet Governance Forum (AfIGF) took place from 16 to 18 October at the Durban International Convention Centre.

Openness, transparency and accountability: A chat interview with Alan Barrett, AFRINIC's CEO

Durban, South Africa

AFRINIC is home to Africa’s regional internet registry, based in Mauritius, and has three other operational offices in South Africa (technical operations), Egypt (backup and disaster recovery) and Ghana (training coordination).

Experiencing the African possibilities, through AfriSIG 2016

South Africa

The African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG) 2016 is one of the most impactful programmes I have attended. I am grateful for the training that will definitely enhance my work around advocacy for open and affordable internet access.

The politics of access

Zimbabwe

The expansion of access to the internet in Africa is a game of political power and control.

I reached this conclusion as we mapped and analysed the main internet governance issues this past week during the African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG).

Inside the Information Society: A short history of the Internet

London [24 October 2016]

Image © David Souter (unamended re-use by others permitted with full accreditation to David Souter)Image © David Souter (unamended re-use by others permitted with full accreditation to David Souter)*_Each week David Souter comments on an important issue for APC members and others concerned about the Information Society.

APC's new subgranting programme benefits 18 members in 2016

19 October 2016 (Chat Garcia Ramilo for APCNews)

APC’s new subgranting programme awarded a total of USD 267,918 to support its members in achieving APC’s vision. Eighteen member organisations were recipients of 20 grants, 12 of which are project grants of up to USD 20,000 each, while the other eight are research and campaign grants of up to USD 5,000 each.

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Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 33rd session

GENEVA 13 September 2016 (Deborah Brown (APC) and Peter Micek and Christy Provines (Access Now) for APCNews)

The 33nd session of the Human Rights Council is taking place 12-30 September 2016, and will address the human rights situation in numerous countries where rights violations extend to the online environment. This session will also consider a number of thematic reports that recognise the importance of ICTs for the full realisation of human rights.

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How regional engagement can benefit a human rights defender

Kuala Lumpur

Participants at AprIGF 2016. Source: AprIGF 2016 websiteParticipants at AprIGF 2016. Source: AprIGF 2016 website

Early last year, I disclosed to a small group of people at work how unstimulated I have become. One of the terrifying words I had used at a group coaching session was “blasé”.

APC condemns the affront to democracy in Brazil

5 September 2016 (APC)

APC firmly condemns the decision of the Brazilian Senate to dismiss President Dilma Rousseff. We are deeply concerned about the implications this will have for the possibility to reinforce the use of the internet as a platform for public deliberation and debate, accountability, and dissent, and for the realisation of human rights.

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