Internet Governance Forum

Helping women and non-binary communities gain access: Reflections from the Best Practice Forum on Gender and Access on the potential of alternative models of connectivity
Helping women and non-binary communities gain access: Reflections from the Best Practice Forum on Gender and Access on the potential of alternative models of connectivity 07 March 2019 Gabrielle Willms

The transformative power of the internet has offered unprecedented access to information, possibilities for socioeconomic growth and the opportunity for increased exercise of a range of human rights, including cultural, social and economic rights and freedom of expression. Global growth in connectivity, however, has begun to slow and, for many, meaningful access to the internet remains elusive. Women are most affected by this digital divide worldwide. According to the International Telecommun...

Chat Garcia Ramilo, APC's director: "In internet governance, we prioritise the participation of local voices"
Chat Garcia Ramilo, APC's director: "In internet governance, we prioritise the participation of local voices" 27 February 2019

NIC Argentina, which is devoted to the growth of the internet and building society's trust in the internet in Argentina, interviewed APC Executive Director Chat Garcia Ramilo during the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Paris. The interview was originally published in Spanish on NIC.AR.'s website. NIC.AR: If we want to create a culture of good practices in the "internet society", how can we work with internet users? C.G.R:  A practice I think is really important is b...

APC's reflections on the 2018 IGF and suggestions for 2019
APC's reflections on the 2018 IGF and suggestions for 2019 18 January 2019 Deborah Brown, Anriette Esterhuysen and Mehar Gujral.

Submission to the IGF Community Public Consultation, January 2019 About APC The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) is an international network and non-profit organisation founded in 1990 that works to help ensure everyone has affordable access to a free and open internet to improve lives, realise human rights and create a more just world. APC has 87 members (made up of 58 organisa...

Can digital technologies accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals?
Can digital technologies accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals? 14 January 2019 Loyce Kyogabirwe (CIPESA)

The development and adoption of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), the internet of things (IoT) and big data have accelerated exponentially in the past few years. These technologies have presented opportunities, but also challenges and risks, to internet users worldwide. During the 2018 Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Paris, the contribution of these technologie...

Algorithmic transparency and the right to explanation: Transparency is only the first step
Algorithmic transparency and the right to explanation: Transparency is only the first step 06 December 2018 Sebastián Becker Castellaro

The session on "Algorithmic transparency and the right to explanation" took place on the first day of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2018. There was a great deal of expectation around this workshop, because algorithms and the right to explanation is a hot topic with numerous concerns but not many answers. The room was crowded – there were even people who listened to the session while sta...

Dynamic Coalition on Gender and Internet Governance: Emerging issues on sexuality and diversity
Dynamic Coalition on Gender and Internet Governance: Emerging issues on sexuality and diversity 16 November 2018 Maja Romano for APCNews

The Dynamic Coalition on Gender and Internet Governance was a unique panel at the 2018 IGF, not only because it was one of the few to have full focus on gender rights, but also because it was a participatory session with presentations from panellists and also engagement by the majority of audience members present. With the intent “to look at some of the emerging issues at the intersection of ...

IGF Main Session on Cybersecurity, Trust and Privacy: Who does multistakeholderism represent?
IGF Main Session on Cybersecurity, Trust and Privacy: Who does multistakeholderism represent? 16 November 2018 Maja Romano for APCNews

The IGF Main Session on Cybersecurity, Trust and Privacy brought together a mixed panel of private, public and government sector representatives. As a result, the commentary and responses provided by the panellists reflected their diverse backgrounds, with viewpoints that were at times conflicting and that generated discussion among presenters and from audience members alike. However, the centr...

Countering misinformation online: Strengthening media literacy skills to fight “fake news”
Countering misinformation online: Strengthening media literacy skills to fight “fake news” 16 November 2018 Gabrielle Willms for APCNews

In recent years, the scope and consequences of online disinformation and misinformation campaigns have drawn increasing attention, as concern builds about their ability to exacerbate social polarisation, undermine public trust in the media and influence political decisions. Certainly, the advent of social media platforms and other online forums have permitted dissemination of information at an ...

Launch of the 2018 GISWatch report on community networks: The many ways to "do-it-yourself" to end digital exclusion
Launch of the 2018 GISWatch report on community networks: The many ways to "do-it-yourself" to end digital exclusion 15 November 2018 APCNews

On 13 November, APC held its official launch of the 2018 edition of Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Paris. Moderated by APC’s Kathleen Diga with statements from Chat Garcia Ramilo and Valeria Betancourt, the session brought together many of the authors who contributed to the report, which was themed this year on community-owned networks fo...

Connecting the underserved: Innovation through knowledge sharing, “imagination” and a “community mindset”
Connecting the underserved: Innovation through knowledge sharing, “imagination” and a “community mindset” 15 November 2018 Gabrielle Willms for APCNews

One of the themes that dominated this year’s Internet Governance Forum (IGF) was how to address the “connectivity gap”, with over half the world’s population still unconnected and the rate of new connectivity beginning to slow. In particular, remote, rural and indigenous communities face significant barriers to sustainable internet access due to a lack of available infrastructure and lo...

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