APCNews 154 – New report on internet & democracy, APC on 6th IGF – 14/12/11

APCNews – December 14 2011 – Year XI Issue 154
The news service on ICTs for social justice and sustainable development

New report on internet and democracy is dedicated to the Arab revolutions

JOHANNESBURG (APC for APCNews) – On Human Rights Day APC and Hivos launched Information Society Watch 2011. We investigate how governments and internet and mobile phone companies are restricting freedom online – and how citizens are responding to this using the very same technologies.
Download the report: http://giswatch.org/sites/default/files/gisw2011_en.pdf (6 Mb)

APC reviews the 2011 IGF
MONTEVIDEO (APC) – “There were very strong human rights themes across the main sessions, particularly around freedom of expression and freedom of association. However it is time for human rights to be the principal theme of the Seventh IGF,” says APC as the world’s oldest progressive network reflects on the achievements of the UN conference on how the internet is run.

APC’s UPR submissions set the stage for government accountability on internet rights

OTTAWA (GJ for APCNews) – APC is pleased to announce the submission of country reports for India, Brazil, South Africa and Ecuador for the Universal Periodic Reviewprocess, which will convene at the UN in May 2012. These reports mark the first time thatinternet-related human rights issues have been raised as part of the UPR, and sets the stage for holding governments accountable

Digital transition in Senegal – let’s not forget the social costs

CALGARY (LC for APCNews) – For developing countries, digital broadcasting migration is yet another issue in a long list of challenges. In a new report written by Coura Fall for APC, Senegalese ICT expert explains that the transition presents more than economic challenges. Social challenges must also be taken into account.

First things first: Nigeria needs a regulatory framework to continue digital migration

CALGARY (LC for APCNews) – Nigeria has been ahead of the game when it comes to digital broadcast migration, and has set itself the bold target of completing the migration by June 2012. But a new report by APC reveals that things are not moving because the policy framework still has not been approved, meaning that Nigeria will not likely meet its target.

Twelve years of leading online communications for social change: APC says goodbye to Karen Higgs

MONTEVIDEO (APC) – It is with a heavy heart that the APC says farewell to long-standing communications manager Karen Higgs, who is leaving at the end of 2011 to take on new and personal endeavours. Congratulations Karen, and thank you for all you’ve done! All the best down your new path.



APC calls for the immediate release of Alaa Abd El-Fattah
More about internet rights

Social activism and online safety

Digital TV in West Africa
Background: Who’s taking the plunge and how?
WATRA workshop recommendations
Nigeria needs a regulatory framework to continue digital migration
Senegal – let’s not forget the social costs
Ghanaian committee must make up its mind

GreeningIT – APC’s new research on ICT and the environment
90% of India’s e-waste is recycled informally – when will gov’t policy recognise this?
ICT and environment in Costa Rica: Closing the gap between words and deeds
Mexico: ICT and environmental policies must be linked
Bangladesh: Focus on climate change means that e-waste has been ignored
E-waste in Egypt: How do you solve a problem that doesn’t exist?

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