Access to information

APC statement at the WSIS Forum 2017 High-Level Policy Session
APC statement at the WSIS Forum 2017 High-Level Policy Session 05 July 2017

Access to information and knowledge has been recognised as a key principle for achieving the WSIS vision since 2003. Information and knowledge for all are key for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals because they link to empowerment and mobility, enabling people to improve their lives.

Human rights and the internet: The key role of National Human Rights Institutions in protecting human rights in the digital age
Human rights and the internet: The key role of National Human Rights Institutions in protecting human rights in the digital age 21 June 2017

What can National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) do to uphold and promote internet rights? We extend an invitation to National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) to be part of a worldwide movement that seeks to respect, protect and promote human rights in the digital age.

Access and Power: APC at the Stockholm Internet Forum 2017
Access and Power: APC at the Stockholm Internet Forum 2017 15 May 2017

The Stockholm Internet Forum (SIF), an international forum for discussions on how a free, open and secure internet promotes human rights and development worldwide, has started in Stockholm.

What is the relationship between access and power? APC at the Stockholm Internet Forum 2017
What is the relationship between access and power? APC at the Stockholm Internet Forum 2017 14 May 2017

The Stockholm Internet Forum (SIF), an international forum for discussions on how a free, open and secure internet promotes human rights and development worldwide, has started in Stockholm.

APC statement on World Wide Web Consortium move towards standardising digital rights management
APC statement on World Wide Web Consortium move towards standardising digital rights management 07 April 2017

APC believes protocols and standards play an integral role in protecting human rights. The internet is a decentralised network that empowers voices from the margins rather than the centre, and its technical standards and protocols reflect its values.

Zenzeleni Networks
Zenzeleni Networks 14 March 2017

In a context where communications are accessible but not affordable for rural communities in South Africa, Zenzeleni Networks is a locally owned and operated cooperative that is providing services in one of the most disadvantaged rural areas in the country, to contribute to reducing their communication costs. To do so, they have installed and are operating a solar-powered wireless mesh network ...

Promoting the right to information across Africa at the Forum on Internet Freedom
Promoting the right to information across Africa at the Forum on Internet Freedom 24 February 2017

Internet freedom, according to the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica) 2016, means access to any kind of information through the internet. Free flow of information. Nothing should hinder your access.    

Joint civil society submission to the CESCR: Briefing on copyright as a barrier to the exercise of cultural rights online in the Republic of Korea
Joint civil society submission to the CESCR: Briefing on copyright as a barrier to the exercise of cultural rights online in the Republic of Korea 16 February 2017

APC, Korean Progressive Network Jinbonet and OpenNet Korea submit this report for the review of the Republic of Korea’s compliance with the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

Zenzeleni: Do-it-yourself telecoms networks in rural South Africa
Zenzeleni: Do-it-yourself telecoms networks in rural South Africa 26 January 2017

Masibulele Jay Siya told APCNews the story of Mankosi, a village that came together to build and maintain its own telecommunications network and offer affordable communications to the people in rural Eastern Cape.

States must go beyond ensuring basic access... to empower citizens
States must go beyond ensuring basic access... to empower citizens 16 June 2016

Access to information is a fundamental right that needs to be realised in support of economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRs) – whether it’s information on life skills, social security grants, science and culture, or access to legal or educational resources. Access to information is also high on the global sustainable development agenda.