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End violence research: Case summaries from country reports

By APC (August 2014, APC )

The following case summaries are excerpted from “End violence against women: Country reports”, which involve seven countries and are part of research commissioned by the Association for Progressive Communications Women’s Rights Programme (APC WRP) beginning in 2013.

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End violence: Internet intermediaries and violence against women online

By Carly Nyst for the End violence: Women's rights and safety online project (August 2014, APC )

A recent report, “Internet intermediaries and violence against women online” released by the Association for Progressive Communications for the “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online” project, analyses the policies and redress framework of the three major internet intermediaries: Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, in regard to violence against women online. These case studies allow APC to further its progress by creating a bridge between social networking platforms and policymakers by analyzing and addressing concerns found in the intermediaries’ online policies and responses to issues of VAW.

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Mapping the ICT policy environment in South Africa

By Jane Duncan, Alan Finlay, Alexandra Groome, Alex Comninos and Anriette Esterhuysen (May 2014, APC )
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Internet freedom monitoring in New Zealand

By Joy Liddicoat (November 2013, APC )

New Zealanders are generally free to express themselves online, while at the same there is a high degree of soft self-censorship. These are some of the findings of a new report produced by APC and funded by InternetNZ.

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Internet intermediary liability: Identifying best practices for Africa

By Nicolo Zingales (November 2013, APC )

Internet intermediary liability can have a significant deterrent effect on intermediaries’ willingness and ability to provide services, and therefore may end up hindering the development of the internet itself. For this reason, legislators around the globe have defined special “comfort zones” for the operation of intermediaries, also known as “safe harbours”, limiting the liability of such entities in specific sets of circumstances.

As this background paper illustrates, significant differences exist concerning the subjects of these limitations, their scope and their modes of operation. Nevertheless, international best practices can be identified that may provide useful guidance for the drafting or the improvement of the current legislation in a number of African countries.

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Intermediary liability in South Africa

By Alex Comninos (October 2012, APC )

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.

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The liability of internet intermediaries in Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa and Uganda: An uncertain terrain

By Alex Comninos (October 2012, APC )

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.

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Intermediary liability in Africa: Baseline studies and summary report

By Various (October 2012, APC )
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Intermediary liability in Kenya

By Alice Munyua, Grace Githaiga and Victor Kapiyo (October 2012, APC )
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Intermediary liability in Nigeria

By 'Gbenga Sesan (October 2012, APC )

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.

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