South Africa

Focus on internet and human rights in South Africa: Interview with Jane Duncan
Focus on internet and human rights in South Africa: Interview with Jane Duncan 11 October 2012 Alan Finlay

“South Africa has adopted some of the more problematic elements of the new post-9/11 surveillance regime, many of which have been authored in supposedly liberal democracies, while failing to incorporate key safeguards that may have been incorporated in these democracies,” says Jane Duncan in an interview related to a forthcoming report she wrote for the Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch 2011 Update I). APCNews: South Africa has a relatively low internet penetration rate — ...

Focus on internet and human rights in Pakistan: Interview with Bytes for All
Focus on internet and human rights in Pakistan: Interview with Bytes for All 03 October 2012 Alan Finlay

“The media in Pakistan has been tardy to address threats to internet freedom. This has especially been the case with the Urdu media. There is little to no coverage of internet rights violations and bans imposed by the government of Pakistan on the electronic media,” says Bytes for All in an interview related to a forthcoming report the group wrote for the Global Information Society Watch. APCNews: You point out in your report that Pakistan faces crisis after crisis, relating to a host of...

Focus on internet and human rights in Argentina: Interview with Nodo TAU
Focus on internet and human rights in Argentina: Interview with Nodo TAU 03 October 2012 Alan Finlay

“The main issues that should be focused on in Argentina today are freedom of expression, access to information and free circulation of culture,” says Nodo TAU in an interview related to a forthcoming report they wrote for the Global Information Society Watch. APC News: Your report highlights the important role of intermediaries in the struggle for a rights-based approach to the internet. Ho...

Taking the highway to Grahamstown
Taking the highway to Grahamstown 07 September 2012 FD

Five years back, I took the highway to Grahamstown, South Africa. I had landed in Port Elizabeth, took a shuttle bus headed for Rhodes University and got off at the beautiful university campus. This year, many people like me will travel the same route to Highway Africa. But the 16th edition of this digital media conference will be something special. Africa rising? Organised by the university&#...

Policing the internet: Intermediary liability in Africa
Policing the internet: Intermediary liability in Africa 28 August 2012

  Holding internet intermediaries liable is an increasing global trend that transfers the responsibilities of law enforcement, as well as of copyright enforcement, to internet service providers (ISP), both large and small. Internet intermediaries are therefore increasingly used to police and enforce the law on the internet and even to mete out punishments ranging from content control to us...

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