Global Information Society Watch

Special Report on National and Regional IGFs: Participate in the survey!
Special Report on National and Regional IGFs: Participate in the survey! 31 August 2017

APC has taken initiative to compile two editions of Global Information Society Watch focused on National and Regional IGFs (NRIs). Participate in this survey to help us give voice and visibility to the stories of each NRI. Deadline is 18 September 2017.

Economic, social and cultural rights and the internet: The feminist take
Economic, social and cultural rights and the internet: The feminist take 14 December 2016

Does the internet make the realisation of economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRs) a stronger possibility, especially for women and gender nonconforming people? This is the question that the GenderIT.org edition on ESCRs and the internet seeks to answer.

Global Information Society Watch 2016: Economic, Social and Cultural rights (ESCRs) and the internet
Global Information Society Watch 2016: Economic, Social and Cultural rights (ESCRs) and the internet 14 December 2016

The 46 country reports gathered here illustrate the link between the internet and economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRs). They are framed by 10 thematic reports, which deal with overarching concerns when it comes to ESCRs and the internet, and more specific issues that impact on our rights.

Global Information Society Watch 2015: Sexual rights and the internet
Global Information Society Watch 2015: Sexual rights and the internet 19 March 2016

This edition of GISWatch presents stories from around the world on how the politics of sex and sexual rights activism takes place online. It examines how generally accepted sexual identities, as well as marginalised sexualities, are expressed, regulated and moralised on the internet.    

Watching the watchers: A global monitor of the information society since 2007
Watching the watchers: A global monitor of the information society since 2007 21 May 2015

The Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) aims to build policy analysis skills and methodologies into the work of civil society organisations in the field of ICT for development, democracy and social justice. Today, it makes us very happy to announce that our latest GISWatch report on surveillance has exceeded 10,000 page hits to the main report, becoming the most read in the history of G...

Global Information Society Watch 2014: Communications surveillance in the digital age
Global Information Society Watch 2014: Communications surveillance in the digital age 18 September 2014

This Global Information Society Watch tracks the state of communications surveillance in 59 countries across the world – countries as diverse as Hungary, India, Argentina, The Gambia, Lebanon and the United Kingdom. Each country report approaches the issue from a different perspective.    

Global Information Society Watch 2013: Women's rights, gender and ICTs
Global Information Society Watch 2013: Women's rights, gender and ICTs 11 March 2014

GISWatch 2013 shows that gains in women’s rights made online are not always certain or stable. It is a call to action, to the increased participation of women in all forms of technological governance and development, and to a reaffirmation and strengthening of their rights online.    

Communication rights ten years after the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS): Civil society perceptions
Communication rights ten years after the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS): Civil society perceptions 04 September 2013

This GISWatch special report by APC collates civil society perceptions of the changes that have taken place in the information and knowledge-sharing society over the last 10 years, capturing the shifts experienced by communications activists and stakeholders in a rich and nuanced way.    

Global Information Society Watch 2012
Global Information Society Watch 2012 21 February 2013

GISWatch 2012 explores how the internet is being used to ensure transparency and accountability, the challenges that civil society activists face in fighting corruption, and when the internet fails as an enabler of a transparent and fair society.    

GISWatch 2011 Special Edition 2
GISWatch 2011 Special Edition 2 30 October 2012

This publication is a follow-up to the 2011 edition of Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch), which looked at internet rights and democratisation, with a focus on freedom of expression and association online.