Report on fundamental rights, and global copyright legislative best practise for access to knowledge in South Africa
This paper by Andrew Rens – commissioned by the APC – is meant to serve as a resource to support civil society’s A2K advocacy with respect to the upcoming South African copyright law reform process.
This report seeks to provide an evaluation of the advocacy phase of the Communication for influence: Linking advocacy, dissemination and research by building ICTD networks in Central, East and West Africa (CICEWA) project, implemented with IDRC funding between 2008 and 2010.
Le processus de restructuration du secteur des télécommunications au Cameroun a démarré en juin 1995 avec l’admission de ce secteur au programme de privatisation. Il s’est traduit par la mise sur pied d’un cadre juridique et institutionnel permettant d’assurer le désengagement de l’État de certains segments et l’ouverture du secteur à l’initiative privée. Ce qui a permis l’entrée dans le secteur de nombreux opérateurs publics et privés. Par contre certains opérateurs, des prix inabordables ont aussi fait surgir des opérateurs informels.
Studies reveal that the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) makes up 2% of all global emissions – the same amount as the airline industry. By 2012, 4.5 billion people will have access to a mobile phone – the majority will be those live on less than USD 2 a day and be the most likely to be affected by climate change. Planting the Knowledge Seed – Adapting to climate change using ICTs a publication from the Building Communication Opportunities alliance, explores the practical linkages between climate change, access to and sharing of information and knowledge and communication for development
Consultation to explore building a transnational advocacy network of networks on public policy related to internet governance
APC convened a small consultation on 15 September 2008 in Geneva to explore how best civil society networks can be more effective in ensuring openness, human rights and transparent and accountable governance in the information society sphere.
The objectives of the meeting were to:
- establish and concretise an initial partnership with key existing strategic partners;
- establish what the key public ‘information society’ policy issues and spaces are perceived to be;
- discuss the parameters of building a transnational global advocacy network on information society policy issues
- begin to map what elements would bring the various disparate thematic networks together in such a network
- identify additional potential partners in important thematic sectors
- identify short term priorities and activities
Twelve participants representing seven organisations active in internet governance, media policy and reform, ICTD (information and communication technology for development), digital rights (civil liberties and human rights), and access to knowledge attended the meeting . While participation lacked sufficient diversity we did manage to bring people together from Asia, Africa, Latin America, North American and Europe, and from a variety of thematic work areas.