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APCNews 109 – .hn coup in Honduras, internet blackout in Niger

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APCNews – October 13 2009 – Year X Issue 109
The news service on ICTs for social justice and sustainable development
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After eleven long years, ICANN the organisation that effectively controls the internet through its oversight of website addresses like .com and .org no longer answers directly to the US government. It’s a step forward to democratising how the internet is run in the future though ICANN is still not entirely free of US control and influence, says APC’s Willie Currie. Internet independence was being challenged in Central America, as Honduras’ de facto government demanded that .hn administrators RDS hand over control of the national domain, in apparent disregard for the stability of access to Honduran sites worldwide. And things proved calamitous in West Africa in July. Niger’s internet went down for twenty days. This is what can happen when a nation doesn’t have an alternative international internet back-up plan in place.

NEWS

APC condemns seizure of .hn by coup leaders

MONTEVIDEO (APC for LACTLD) – The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) condemns the precipitated and unilateral decision of the coup government in Honduras to take over management of the .hn domain and affirms our solidarity with the long-time domain administrators, RDS, a pioneer provider of internet services especially oriented to civil society networks in Central America. APC calls for immediate dialogue with all stakeholders towards a positive solution for the Honduran people, prioritising the stability of the domain name system and the stability of the internet.
http://www.apc.org/node/9341/

Internet blackout in Niger: Niger’s dependence on the damaged Beninese fibre optic cable

CALGARY (LC for APCNews) – For twenty days in July, land-locked Niger was without internet connection owing to damage to the undersea cable which goes through neighbouring Benin, and on which Niger depends for 70% of its bandwidth. This APC investigation seeks to understand why this West African country is almost exclusively reliant on Beninese infrastructures, when an alternative satellite solution could have minimised the severity of the situation.
http://www.apc.org/en/node/9358/

It’s not enough to have a pushy broadband policy in Tanzania

JOHANNESBURG (John Mireny for APCNews) – By most standards, Tanzania’s information and communications technology (ICT) policy looks ambitious. In just six years, it wants to make the country a hub of telecommunications infrastructure to help build the economy and end poverty. But John Mireny argues that when it comes to broadband, this vision lacks practical application, and is out of step with the real limitations on the ground.
http://www.apc.org/en/node/9092/

The East African Internet Governance Forum: Advancing the internet governance debate for meaningful participation

KENYA (Alice Munyua for APCNews) – The East Africa Internet Governance Forum (EA-IGF), which first convened in 2008, aims at creating a community of practice that will, in the long term, become a sustaining foundation for meaningful participation of East African stakeholders in internet public policy debates at the national, regional and international level. This year’s EA-IGF was held in Nairobi Kenya, with over 200 participants from varying sectors, from fifteen different countries. This year’s forum focused on cyber-crime, policy regulatory needs consumer issues, critical internet resources, and access to broadband.
http://www.apc.org/en/node/9379/

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APC looks back

Progress report 2004 – 2008
http://www.apc.org/en/node/9153/

ICANN and the US gov’t
The end of the affair?
http://www.apc.org/en/node/9362/

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