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.
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 ICT regulation.
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 APC WNSP for all of you acronym-lovers. Read the full article on Feminist Talk.
Yahoo has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought against it on behalf of several Chinese dissidents, according to papers filed in a California court.
The Internet Governance Project (IGP), a consortium of academics with
scholarly and practical expertise in international governance, internet
policy, and information and communication technology that conducts research on and publishes analysis of global internet
governance, is blogging on this year’s IGF. Posts include a discussion on net neutrality and two summaries of the GigaNet Annual Symposium.
Mandriva recently made an announcement that they would be supplying the Nigerian government 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 WSIS (2006)
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.
Civil society, in its final statement on WSIS, expressed its commitment to continue “its involvement in the future mechanisms for policy debate, implementation and follow-up on Information Society issues” by building on the processes and structures that developed during the WSIS process. But what does that mean in practice? What are the post-WSIS implementation processes, what actors are involved, when and where are they taking place and how can you get involved?
Whose information society? Developing country and civil society voices in the World Summit on the Information Society
This paper summarises a study of developing country and civil society participation and influence in WSIS that was commissioned by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC). As well as analysing participation, the study looked at the impact of WSIS on international ICT decision-making in general and makes recommendations to all main actors about how future decision-making might become more inclusive of developing countries, nongovernmental actors and their concerns.
APC’s overriding objective at this year’s Internet Governance Forum (IGF), held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 12 to 15 November, was to promote internet for development.