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APC at the Sixth Internet Governance Forum
APC at the Sixth Internet Governance Forum 05 August 2011 APC

APC members and staff will be participating at this year’s Internet Governance Forum in Nairobi, Kenya from 27-30 September 2011. The proposed theme is ‘Internet as a catalyst for change: access, development, freedoms and innovation’ and so APC will be hosting a number of workshops as well as a pre-event based on the themes of access, human rights, and development.

Southern African IGF
Southern African IGF 31 July 2011

On September 1-3 the first ever Southern African Internet Governance Forum kicks off in Johannesburg in preparation for the global UN internet forum to be held in Kenya. Hosted by APC, the African Union’s New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and South African non-profit SANGONeT, the event is aimed at ensuring that the views and voices of Southern Africa are represented in Kenya at the end of the month. Participants from all fifteen Southern African nations are expected at the...

APC questions new Pakistan petition to filter the internet
APC questions new Pakistan petition to filter the internet 07 July 2011 APC

A recent petition which calls on Pakistani internet service providers to filter the internet has sparked concern among internet rights advocates. APC criticises the proposal as inappropriate in a democratic society which values freedom of expression and the right to information.

APC expresses concern over OECD Communique  on principles for internet policy-making
APC expresses concern over OECD Communique on principles for internet policy-making 01 July 2011 APC

“Anyone involved in the development of the internet over the last twenty years knows that transgression has probably been a far greater driver of innovation than IP protection,” says APC in a statement which points to “positive signs” coming out of the recent OECD meeting but questions the take on intellectual property as well as internet intermediaries’ responsibility for polici...

APC and IDRC Workshop on Climate Change, ICTs and Water
APC and IDRC Workshop on Climate Change, ICTs and Water 30 June 2011

This workshop is part of a new strategic area for the IDRC – the IDRC Climate Change and Water (CCW) Program – that aims to support applied policy-relevant research to help people adapt to the water-related impacts of climate change. The workshop will involve three days of presentations and intensive discussions with expert participants from around the world, as well as a half-day site visi...

First rural development in Africa conference in November
First rural development in Africa conference in November 28 June 2011 KAH

ICT4RD 2011 is the first African conference to apply ICT and practices to rural development taking place in Johannesburg on November 1-3. Organised by APC member SANGONeT, the deadline for proposals is July 29.

New website helps transition to digital broadcasting in Africa
New website helps transition to digital broadcasting in Africa 04 April 2011 APC and Balancing Act

African countries have committed to migrating to digital broadcasting by June 2015. It will be a costly process and it is not clear who will benefit — or where the resources needed to make the transition will come from. A new website provides independent information for policy-makers about making the transition and reports on digital migration in Ghana, Nigeria and Senegal.

Media Piracy in South Africa
Media Piracy in South Africa 13 March 2011 LC

Poverty and social inequity in South Africa have shaped the development of media culture and distribution in the country. Low incomes in a country where one-third of the population lives on less than one dollar a day, high prices for commercial DVDs and Cds and a widespread advertising culture have created a high demand for media goods which are not easily obtained legally for the great majori...

Regional ICT advocacy in Africa: Key lessons from the CICEWA project
Regional ICT advocacy in Africa: Key lessons from the CICEWA project 04 January 2011 Natasha Primo

More than a decade after the telecommunications policy reform in many African countries, there continues to be a deficit in universal affordable access to fixed telecom infrastructure. This deficit severely limits the possibility of information and communication technologies (ICTs) being used to foster social and economic development, yet, the problem persists despite the phenomenal increase in...

International news agency partners with APC on Take Back the Tech! campaign
International news agency partners with APC on Take Back the Tech! campaign 14 December 2010 KB

Take Back the Tech!As part of APC’s MDG3: Take Back the Tech! to end violence against women campaign, international news agency IPS has partnered with APC to report on the intersection of ICTs and violence against women around the world. In these three articles, IPS reports on how women are targeted for cyber crimes in Pakistan, are using technology to build self-esteem in Argentina, and ...

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