Access to information

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

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. At APC, we have been involved in the Forum since its inception, mostly focusing on ensuring that a global South and feminist perspective is incorporated into the discussions about access, which is featured as this edition’s main theme. View the story “Access and Power: APC ...

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. Hosted by the the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), this space aims to bring together policy makers, civil society representatives, activists, business representatives and technical community representatives. At APC, we have been involved in the Forum since its ...

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

Frank La Rue, Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information at UNESCO, has publicly expressed concern to the main international standards-setting body for the web, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), on the implementation of a technical change known as encrypted media extensions (EME). EME standardises a practice called digital rights managemen...

Zenzeleni Networks NPC
Zenzeleni Networks NPC 14 March 2017

In a context where communications are accessible but not affordable for rural communities in South Africa, Zenzeleni Networks NPC is a locally owned and operated non-profit company (NPC)  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 sol...

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 Sunday Adeoti, Fantsuam Foundation

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. However, the following issues must be considered: What is the authenticity of the information on the net? How was the data collected? Who did the validation of the data before processin...

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

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC), Korean Progressive Network Jinbonet and OpenNet Korea submit this report for the adoption of the List of Issues in order to review the Republic of Korea’s compliance with the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). Through this document, APC, Jinbonet, and OpenNet Korea seek to provide the UN Committee on E...

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

A project registered as a cooperative, Zenzeleni means “do it yourselves” in isiXhosa, one of the official languages of South Africa. What led to this amazing community initiative? is the question featured on the project’s website. The short answer is prices, since compared to similar countries, South African communication costs are still very high. However, there is more to it than price...

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

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. As David Souter writes in an APC briefing d...

Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: The limitless textbook
Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: The limitless textbook 13 April 2016 Andrew Rens

When we talk about economic, social and cultural rights we have to deal with the hard fact that realising them takes money. It costs money to build and staff hospitals that make the right to health a reality. It costs money to build and staff schools that make the right to education a reality. Not only does it cost money, but governments have to make choices. Economic, social and cultural right...

Joint letter on internet shutdown in Uganda
Joint letter on internet shutdown in Uganda 24 February 2016 Various

Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, Mr. David Kaye, Mr. Joseph Cannataci, Mr. Maina Kiai, Mr. Michel Forst, Ms. Faith Pansy Tlakula, and Ms. Reine Alapini-Gansou cc: African Union African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Secretariat Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa Secretariat Domestic & International Election Observer Missions to the Republic of Uganda East African Community Secretariat ...

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