Internet Governance Forum

APC's reflections on the 2019 IGF and suggestions for 2020
APC's reflections on the 2019 IGF and suggestions for 2020 15 January 2020 APC

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) sees the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) – both as an annual global event and national, regional and intersessional processes and events – as critical for bringing together key stakeholders for policy dialogue, collaboration, coordination, capacity building and networking, and as a platform to raise human rights concerns. We want to express our appreciation to all who made the IGF 2019 possible: the Secretariat, the Multistakeholder Adv...

Exploring the human rights dimensions of artificial intelligence and online content moderation at the IGF
Exploring the human rights dimensions of artificial intelligence and online content moderation at the IGF 10 January 2020 Miru Lee

The 14th annual meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) was hosted by the government of Germany in Berlin in late November 2019, under the theme “One World. One Net. One Vision.” Many people with an interest in internet governance had come to Berlin to discuss their own agendas, and all of the debates were very interesting. The agendas that I was interested in were artificial intelligence (AI) and human rights, and content regulation. Although the IGF does not produce binding commi...

The IGF, AI and the unfolding debate of the future
The IGF, AI and the unfolding debate of the future 09 January 2020 Y. Z. Ya'u

The 14th Internet Governance Forum (IGF), which was held in Berlin, Germany from 25 to 29 November 2019, had the contestable theme of “One World. One Net. One Vision”. Not that MacBride of Many Voices, One World fame would have raised an eyebrow about it, but in a world that is divided along different patches with different development problems and different goals, it is presumptuous to thi...

IGF 2019: Strengthening internet governance in Africa
IGF 2019: Strengthening internet governance in Africa 12 December 2019 Avis Momeni

The 14th global Internet Governance Forum (IGF) was held in Berlin on 25 to 29 November 2019. Thanks to the support provided by APC through the Member Exchange and Travel Fund (METF), I was able to attend the IGF as a representative of my organisation, PROTEGE QV . On 26 November, I participated in an IGF 2019 session called the “African Union Open Forum”, under the theme of digital inclusi...

Criminal justice and digital evidence: What are the parameters?
Criminal justice and digital evidence: What are the parameters? 11 December 2019 Dorothy Mukasa

States globally are unilaterally adopting new criminal procedural laws granting law enforcement powers to obtain users’ data to prevent, detect, investigate and prosecute crimes regardless of the location of the data or the users’ place of resident. This data may, however, be held by foreign providers or hosted abroad. The admissibility of digital evidence in criminal prosecutions has seen ...

Inside the Digital Society: What will happen to the jobs?
Inside the Digital Society: What will happen to the jobs? 09 December 2019 David Souter

One of the most important underlying issues of the digital revolution that’s now underway is: what will happen to the jobs? Artificial intelligence, robotics and automated decision-making, it is clear, will displace a lot of jobs – professional as well as manual. It’s cheaper and more efficient for very many tasks than using humans. Robots and algorithms don’t fall sick, seek pensions o...

Local access and community networks at the 2019 Internet Governance Forum (Part 1)
Local access and community networks at the 2019 Internet Governance Forum (Part 1) 05 December 2019 Leila Nachawati Rego

It has become clear that commercial connectivity models alone are not sufficient to connect the billions of people in different parts of the world who still lack meaningful and affordable access to information and communications technologies (ICTs). Alternative local access models like community networks, managed by the communities themselves, are offering the potential for connectivity in area...

Anriette Esterhuysen, new chair of IGF Multistakeholder Advisory Group, will strive to ensure the global South is part of the conversation
Anriette Esterhuysen, new chair of IGF Multistakeholder Advisory Group, will strive to ensure the global South is part of the conversation 05 December 2019

An announcement by UN Secretary-General António Guterres at the opening of the 2019 Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Berlin on 26 November made particularly big waves in the APC community: his appointment of Anriette Esterhuysen as the new chair of the IGF’s Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG). The MAG advises the Secretary-General on the programme of the annual meetings of the IGF, whic...

Inside the Digital Society: Where next for the IGF?
Inside the Digital Society: Where next for the IGF? 02 December 2019 David Souter

The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) met last week, for the fourteenth time. I’m one of the few, I suspect, that has been to every one. Another of those few, APC’s former director Anriette Esterhuysen, has just been appointed by the UN Secretary General to chair the IGF’s Multistakeholder Advisory Group (the MAG), the unwieldy conference arrangements committee that does much to run the sho...

Global Information Society Watch 2019 - Artificial intelligence: Human rights, social justice and development
Global Information Society Watch 2019 - Artificial intelligence: Human rights, social justice and development 28 November 2019 Various

Artificial intelligence (AI) is now receiving unprecedented global attention as it finds widespread practical application in multiple spheres of activity. But what are the human rights, social justice and development implications of AI when used in areas such as health, education and social services, or in building “smart cities”? How does algorithmic decision making impact on marginalised ...

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