ICT policy

African participation in WSIS: Review and discussion paper

By David Souter (July 2004, APC )

This paper presents a review of African participation in the first phase WSIS process (i.e. the Geneva summit held in December 2003 and the preparatory process leading up to it). It is not intended as a comprehensive analysis, but to stimulate discussion about ways in which African participation – particularly that of African civil society – can be more effectively structured during the second phase of the summit.

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APC statement from the 2007 Internet Governance Forum

By APC (November 2007, APC )

The Association for Progressive Communications’ initial assessment of the second Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and suggestions for moving towards the third forum in New Delhi in 2008.

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ICT policy: A beginner's handbook

By APC/Ed. Chris Nicol (December 2003, APC )

This book by APC lays out the issues and dispenses with the jargon to encourage more people to get involved in ICT policy processes. It is for people who feel that ICT policy is important but don’t know much about it, e.g. a government official worried about a gap in her technical knowledge of how the internet works, a human-rights worker concerned that his need to send secure email is being challenged by national government policy, a citizen fed up with paying exorbitant rates for dial-up internet access and ready to organise…

A second edition is now available, published in November 2009.

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IGF workshop focuses on the role of regulatory frameworks in improving access to Internet

Johannesburg, South Africa

Recommendations developed by workshop participants focused on four main themes; enhancing the development of and access to infrastructure; enabling policies and financing frameworks; offering technological choice, responding to demand and addressing the challenge/opportunities of convergence; and advancing the development dimensions of Source: APC">ICT


To act now or not act: Clash of views on content regulation at internet forum


Today I sat in a workshop in Rio de Janeiro. A workshop in Rio de Janeiro? A capoeira, volleyball or football workshop, you must be thinking. Even though I’m just 25 metres away from a beautiful beach, imagine, I sat in a room in a hotel, full of people with laptops… on their laps. Such is life in the second Internet Governance Forum. And let me tell you that it’s worth it. One of the 97 workshops unfolding here in Rio was called “Content regulation and the duty of states to protect fundamental rights”, brought to you by the APC’s women’s programme, the Source: APC WNSP website">APC WNSP

for all of you acronym-lovers. Read the full article on Feminist Talk.

Yahoo settles its China lawsuit

Vancouver, Canada

Yahoo has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought against it on behalf of several Chinese dissidents, according to papers filed in a California court.

Internet Governance Project (OGP) blog on IGF

The Internet Governance Project (IGP), a consortium of academics with
scholarly and practical expertise in international governance, internet
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that conducts research on and publishes analysis of global internet
governance, is blogging on this year's Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is a forum for multi-stakeholder policy dialogue on how the internet is run. It was set up at the end of 2005 by the United Nations Secretary-General following a resolution made by governments at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).

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Source: APC">IGF.  Posts include a discussion on net neutrality and two summaries of the GigaNet Annual Symposium.

Nigerian education selects Classmate PC with Mandriva Linux


Mandriva recently made an announcement that they would be supplying the Nigerian "state" in this glossary). As a general rule, "government" should not be capitalised.

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with 17,000 Classmate PC's running Mandriva Linux. Now they have published an An open letter to Steve Ballmer of Microsoft after hearing that the customer will be replacing the original software with Windows.

Pushing and prodding, goading and hand-holding: Reflection from APC at the conclusion of the World Summit on the Information Soc

By APC (February 2006, APC )

The Civil Society Statement on WSIS concluded that: “The broad mandate for WSIS was to address the long-standing issues in economic and social development from the newly emerging perspectives of the opportunities and risks posed by the revolution in Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs). The summit was expected to identify and articulate new development possibilities and paradigms being made possible in the Information Society, and to evolve public policy options for enabling and realising these opportunities. The statement finishes by saying that “Overall, it is impossible not to conclude that WSIS has failed to live up to these expectations.” In this article, APC presents its verdict.

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