The Internet stands at a crossroads. Built from the bottom up, powered by the people, it has become a powerful economic engine and a positive social force. In Dubai this week, the world’s governments will decide whether the International Telecommunication Union – a UN agency – should expand its authority to cover internet policy and technical standards, a move that could pose risks to the exercise of human rights online but to the African internet specifically.
In September, APC attended Highway Africa, a conference on media, journalism and emerging technologies. A few days later, leveraging some of the discourse on internet governance at Highway Africa, APC launched a space to allow for African perspectives on internet governance to be discussed. If you haven’t consulted this space, this week is the right time.
African Civil Society Conversation on Internet Governance