Digital Rights Watch, Montreal, Canada
In Focus: The Association For Progressive Communications and their Evolving Digital Rights Mission
20 March 2012
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.
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
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” .
Information Communication Technology policy covers the Telecommunications, the Radio-TV and the Internet and are critical at that moment with two issues: access and civil liberties. Africa is the continent with the least access to the ICTs even if every had already access to Internet; it is a need to redefine sectoral policies, regulations and boundaries institutions.
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.
How internet helps to shape a global civil societyWithin ten days a video describing the atrocities perpetrated by Joseph Kony, a Ugandan warlord was viewed by more than 10 million people around the world.
United States Institute of Peace’s Social Networking Resource Center.,
New Media and Peacebuilding Resource Center
13 March 2012
[…] USIP’s New Media and Peacebuilding Resource Center provides peacebuilders with various tools that will help them integrate new media tools – mobile phones, social networking websites, and crisis mapping tools – into their work more effectively. New media tools change the way peacebuilders do their work in country, but they also bring with them a growing body of knowledge around security concerns, infrastructure needs, and best practices. This Resource Center aggregates this body of knowledge in one place, making it an ideal, one-stop-shop for NGOs, trainers, and peacebuilding professionals who are trying to expand their toolset to include new technology innovations.
Since 2007, APC and Hivos have been publishing Global Information Society Watch, a yearly watch dog report wthat focuses on a new topic and rising issue each year. APC asks contributors and readers about the value of this unique publication.
APC responds to Vint Cerf’s recent column, “Access to the Internet is Not a Human Right”, with an open letter supporting his challenge to the technical community and engineers to put human rights to the forefront of internet design.