I’ve been working on the the APC’s Network of networks for a free and open internet project for a few months now.
The knowledge-sharing workshop will be a space to enable the 15 grantees to share outcomes as well as to discuss best practices and lessons learned. It will also be used to gather case studies and stories to feed into the ongoing programmes of partner institutions, as well as for GenARDIS’ own evaluation process.
In spite of sporadic developments towards Digital Bangladesh, coordination in the process has become the most essential need of the time.
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.
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MEDIA: The Untold Stories of Violence Against Women
14 January 2010
Following the impact of Global Information Society Watch 2009 which put the spotlight on “access to knowledge for advancing democracy and human rights”, the University of Yale has invited GISWatch co-publisher APC to co-convene their fourth Access to Knowledge Conference. The conference organised by Yale’s information society project will unite scholars and human rights activists to look at designing laws, policies and technical architectures to promote “social progress across the globe”. Find out more about the conference.
In Cameroon, internet and telephone services are unaffordable – to the extent that at least half of the population has to resort to illegal operators, which are the only ones to make services like the internet affordable to the average Cameroonian.
Dominican Republic guarantees women's equality in technology initiatives and policies across the country using APC GEM
The Dominican Republic is the first Latin American country to act on their commitments to involve women in the information society nationwide.
Dominican Republic guarantees women's equality in technology initiatives and policies across the country
The Dominican Republic is the first Latin American country to act on their commitments to involve women in the information society nationwide. This Caribbean island nation of ten million has promised to include a “gender perspective” in every information and communications technology initiative and policy developed by the government from now on. “This is great news for women’s equality in the Dominican Republic,” said APC’s Dafne Plou who trained government officials in November. “And it’s potentially a breakthrough for millions of other women in Latin America because the Dominican Republic is leading Latin American governments’ thinking around gender and technology as part of the regional eLAC2010 plan”. The tool the Dominicans have chosen to design and evaluate all the public policies is the APC gender evaluation methodology (GEM).