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Derechos Digitales Chile joins the APC community
Derechos Digitales Chile joins the APC community 29 July 2013 AL

A few years ago this Chilean NGO that was born in the halls of a University managed the impossible and rid the debate on intellectual property of the technicalities that were bogging it down, thereby involving the public in a reform for a fairer law. APCNews spoke with Alberto Cerda and Claudio Ruiz about the history of Derechos Digitales (Digital Rights – DD), the campaign that changed the rules of the game when it came to lobbying in Chile, and their strategies in the face of new inte...

Community Radio Contributes in Shaping Bangladesh a Rural Republic
Community Radio Contributes in Shaping Bangladesh a Rural Republic 07 May 2013 APC

Participatory development with a people-centric vision can make an effective promotion of community radios in Bangladesh. Aiming to achieve this objective —- a daylong Annual Planning and Review Meeting of Community Radio in Bangladesh was held on 30th April, 2013 at 10 am in IDB Auditorium, Dhaka. The event was organized by Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) un...

Bangladesh Preparatory Meeting for World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2013 held
Bangladesh Preparatory Meeting for World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2013 held 02 April 2013 APC

A meeting was held 11 AM on 3 April at the Meeting Room of Bangladesh Computer Council (BCS) to discuss on presentation of the country paper from Bangladesh in the ensuing UN World Summit on the Information Society (UN WSIS) Forum 2013 scheduled to be held in Geneva, Switzerland on May 13-17 this year. The meeting was presided over by Mr. Mustafa Mohammad Faruq, MP Honorable Minister for the...

Wireless for Communities (W4C) Programme: Connecting remotest communities of India through unlicensed wireless spectrum
Wireless for Communities (W4C) Programme: Connecting remotest communities of India through unlicensed wireless spectrum 21 February 2013 DEF

Information is power! However, creating an equitable society is one of the core challenges in India. Indians constitute about 17% of the world’s population, yet about 35% of the world’s poor and 40% of the illiterates in the world. When 70% of India’s population is residing in villages, the agenda of achieving inclusive growth cannot be fulfilled unless access to information, ...

Joint Submission on Internet-related Human Rights Issues in Canada
Joint Submission on Internet-related Human Rights Issues in Canada 16 October 2012 APC, the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC), OpenMedia.ca, TeleCommunities Canada, Alternatives and Web Networks

In July 2012, Canada, along with 84 co-sponsors at the UN Human Rights Council, confirmed the importance of the promotion, protection and enjoyment of human rights on the internet, and in particular, freedom of expression online. This joint submission follows up on recommendations made in the first Canadian UPR and covers the following topics: - Public oversight and transparency in the context...

Report on open governance network building in Uganda
Report on open governance network building in Uganda 04 July 2012 APC and CIPESA

Between January and April 2012, CIPESA conducted two studies on open governance in Uganda with APC’s Action Research Network. These studies were intended to form the basis of awareness-raising, advocacy and network building activities. The completed work will serve as a springboard for future activities such as advocating for open governance by building a network of actors to raise awareness ...

A rights-based approach to alternative media
A rights-based approach to alternative media 18 June 2012 Shawna

The need to move towards a rights-based approach to local and alternative media was a major theme at the second World Forum of Free Media, which took place June 16th and 17th, in parallel to the Rio+20 UN summit on sustainable development. Focusing primarily on the right to information and freedom of expression, several participants highlighted the opportunity for a rights-based approach, which...

Assessment of citizens’ perceptions on open governance in Uganda
Assessment of citizens’ perceptions on open governance in Uganda 29 May 2012 APC and CIPESA

The aim of this study was to capture citizens’ perceptions on open governance data (OGD) in Uganda, with a view to making prospective open governance initiatives in the country responsive to the needs and aspirations of citizens. The study revealed that there is a high level of knowledge about open governance in Uganda, as well as great expectations of the benefits which OGD would bring to th...

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