Contribution to the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development five year review of progress on WSIS outcomes
The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) was a major UN conference on information and communication technologies (ICTs) that took place in Geneva in 2003 and Tunis in 2005. This is APC’s contribution to an invitation from UN CSTD to the different stakeholders to submit inputs concerning the implementation and follow-up of WSIS outcomes. Our response includes a reflection on the process and issues.
Computers are creating massive e-waste. The paper industry has had to double to meet printer demand. But smart technologies are bringing huge savings in energy consumption. As the UN conference on climate change starts in Cancun, the new Global Information Society Watch from APC and Hivos looks at ICTs and environmental sustainability in 53 countries, six regions and through ten expert thematic reports. What is the state of the industry in your country? Find out.
In 2003 and 2005, the fisrt phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) took place, taking care of information and communication issues. Although this first phase was undoubtedly important in respect to internet governance, information and communication rights, it was not enough to cover a phenomenon as wide and shifting as internet. In WSIS Phase II, further issues on information society and internet governance were taken into account, focusing, as before, in the role played by civil society. “Digital Solidarities, communication policy and multi stake-holder Global Governance: the legacy of the World Summit on the Information Society”, picks up where the previous volume takes off.
APCNews – November 22 2010 – Year XI Issue 132
The news service on ICTs for social justice and sustainable development
African countries are committed to migrating to digital broadcasting by June 2015.
This briefing relies on new research into how new technologies are being used by abusers and by women fighting back. The cases were uncovered in research commissioned by the APC in 12 developing countries.
Business people, community activists and policy-makers have an interest in as many people as possible –including people in the lowest income-brackets- having access to the internet, being able to check out important information on websites
Pakistan’s new draft IT policy has recently been made available online for comments and feedback. The email announcing this was sent by government officials, and with a very tight deadline. However, “none of the relevant stakeholders were aware of any consultation process being conducted by the government” says Bytes for All, an internet rights activist group in Pakistan and APC member. Bytes for All and Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & ITES (P@SHA) are jointly organising a much-needed broad based National Stakeholders’ Consultation on 13th November 2010 in Karachi. Find out more on how you can have your say in the national IT policy.
Last month Valeria Betancourt was named the third most influential person in internet public policy in Latin America in a survey carried out by a well-known ICT policy and research think-tank. She also became APC’s policy manager taking over from South African Willie Currie, after leading our policy work in Latin America since 2001.