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Affordable bandwidth, still Africa's distant dream
Affordable bandwidth, still Africa's distant dream 26 February 2006 APCNews

Achieving affordable bandwidth still remains a major concern for Africa. A workshop in Senegal – organised by the Open Society Institute of West Africa (OSIWA) – stressed the key role various sectors need to play to change the abysmal situation in a continent fighting tough challenges both at home and internationally. The Senegal workshop called access to telecommunication services such as voice, data and the internet "a basic human right". It demanded multi-stakeholder partner...

The right to communicate gains relevance at the World Social Forum in Venezuela
The right to communicate gains relevance at the World Social Forum in Venezuela 02 February 2006 Dafne Sabanes Plou

The Coalition for the Right to Communicate in Latin America and the Caribbean launched a continental campaign during a panel held concurrently at the VI World Social Forum and the II Social Forum of the Americas in Caracas, Venezuela, on the 26th of January. Many of the members of this campaign participated in a press conference on the subject at the end of the panel, during which they reaffirmed the efforts made by various organisations and regional communication networks to strengthen the...

WOUGNET, Uganda: Meet to consolidate WSIS achievements, attain targets
WOUGNET, Uganda: Meet to consolidate WSIS achievements, attain targets 30 January 2006 APCNews

APC-member WOUGNET in Uganda was one of the organisers of a conference in mid-December, on a post-World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) consolidation for Uganda. Held on December 14, 2005, the conference was co-organised by the Uganda Communication Commission, I-network, Collegium for Development Studies and Uppsala University of Sweden. Overall, the Uganda conference aimed at strengthe...

APC study on developing country and non-governmental actors' role in WSIS
APC study on developing country and non-governmental actors' role in WSIS 23 January 2006 APCNews

APC is undertaking a study of the participation of developing countries and non-government actors — including civil society — in the recent World Summit on the Information Society and its associated fora, such as the Task Force on Financing Mechanisms and the Working Group on Internet Governance. This follows on from the Louder Voices report, which was undertaken for the United Ki...

Abusing numbers: is Korea going just too far?
Abusing numbers: is Korea going just too far? 12 December 2005 Oh Byoung-il

Is another big ‘Big Brother’ emerging out of Korean cyberspace, this time in the shape of the internet real-name system? South Korea’s Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC) officially announced on September 12, the that it would introduce the internet real-name system as a counter-measure against problems of cyber violence and start a legislative process regarding th...

Open Letter to His Excellency Kofi A. Annan Secretary-General United Nations
Open Letter to His Excellency Kofi A. Annan Secretary-General United Nations 25 November 2005 Signatories

If you would like to endorse this letter, please sign on here for organisations and here for individuals or view existing endorsements. His Excellency Kofi A. Annan Secretary-General United Nations Room 3800, United Nations Headquarters New York, NY 10017 Dear Mr. Secretary-General, This week in Tunis, at the World Summit on the Information Society, both inside and outside the official S...

The same old strangers
The same old strangers 16 November 2005 Dafne Plou, APC women\'s programme

Why is that the police who want to look like an average citizen look alike all around the world? Why do they cut their hair and comb it the same way? Why do they use the same black glasses and same gold chains? Why do they like those tropical shirts that in the long run become a uniform? In Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, Tegucigalpa or Tunisia, they are instantly identifiable. This is...

Who will control the internet? Negotiations appear to be pointing towards a multi-stakeholder, multi-lateral forum
Who will control the internet? Negotiations appear to be pointing towards a multi-stakeholder, multi-lateral forum 14 November 2005 APCNews

Since the Canadian-chaired working group reported back to the plenary (main meeting) of the Subcommittee A (the one dealing with internet governance) at WSIS, it seems that a clear agreement is being reached on the need to float a Forum on Internet Governance (FIG). Ambassador Khan, Chairman-designate of the subcommittee drafted a new document on Monday, arguing that the UN Secretary General...

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