Access to information

Another Internet.org is possible: A developing country perspective on universal internet access
Another Internet.org is possible: A developing country perspective on universal internet access 10 December 2015 Cristiana González and Mohammad Tarakiyee

This article was originally published by poliTICS, an Instituto Nupef publication, on 22 November 2015 Given that the Internet has become an indispensable tool for realizing a range of human rights, combating inequality, and accelerating development and human progress, ensuring universal access to the Internet should be a priority for all States. – UN Special Rapporteur Frank La Rue, 2011. We believe it’s possible to sustainably provide free access to basic internet services in a way that...

Media Matters for Democracy (MMfD)
Media Matters for Democracy (MMfD) 26 November 2015

Media Matters for Democracy (MMfD) is a young Islamabad based non profit. MMfD has been formed on the vision and the belief that a liberal, professional media industry is the cornerstone of a progressive, democratic society. The organisation strives for an inclusive, democratic media industry that is tech-friendly, progressive diverse, professional and secure. Media development in Pak...

Policy Options for Connecting the Next Billion. APC Submission to the 2015 IGF Intersessional
Policy Options for Connecting the Next Billion. APC Submission to the 2015 IGF Intersessional 09 October 2015 APC

Policy Options for Connecting the Next Billion. APC Submission to the 2015 IGF The Nature of the Problem Affordable and reliable internet access has become a vital means to exercise fundamental human rights and freedoms. As observed by the UN, “the internet is one of the most powerful instruments of the 21st century for increasing transparency in the conduct of the powerful, access to informa...

Report on the Southern Africa Regional Infrastructure Sharing Workshop
Report on the Southern Africa Regional Infrastructure Sharing Workshop 23 September 2015 CRASA and APC

ICT policy makers and regulators from 14 Southern African countries comprising the Member States of the SADC region gathered in Johannesburg to discuss how infrastructure sharing strategies and policies can be used to improve broadband access in the region. Dveloping countries can save billions and speed universal broadband access by sharing telecom infrastructure (such as ducts, fibres and mas...

Internet access and economic, social and cultural rights
Internet access and economic, social and cultural rights 23 September 2015 Juan Carlos Lara, Derechos Digitales

This paper addresses the relationship between access to the internet as a key to facilitate and enjoy ESCRs, comparing discourses surrounding internet access, and the frameworks to allow internet access as a right within the larger context of access to different economic, social and cultural rights. The second section summarises the analysis of internet access as a right, concluding with a list...

LGBTI people’s freedom of expression on the internet
LGBTI people’s freedom of expression on the internet 14 September 2015 Atty. Yasemin Öz

Turkey has come to the fore due to its conduct to ban world-famous websites, which undoubtedly targets not only websites with LGBTI content but freedom of expression in general. Restrictions on access to websites come in two ways: Blocking the content and bans on obtaining domain names. Contents A- Freedom of Expression on the Internet in Turkey.................. 5 B- LGBTI People’s Freedom o...

APC and the Cuban internet
APC and the Cuban internet 17 August 2015 Laredcubana

Cuba’s UUCP connection was to the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) in Canada. APC provided connections for many non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and that attracted the attention of politicians, who saw NGOs as subversive. There was debate and the Interior Ministry argued that material sent to and received from APC should be blocked since it could not be controlled. Re...

Draft Provisions for Amendment of the South African Copyright Act of 1978
Draft Provisions for Amendment of the South African Copyright Act of 1978 30 July 2015 Andrew Rens, Emilar Vushe, Anriette Esterhuysen

South Africans should be able to make fair use of copyright materials. Fair use is important for technological innovation, reverse engineering, education and access to knowledge. Contracts and anti-circumvention rules should not be allowed to prevent South Africans from making fair use of copyright materials. South Africans should be able to bulk import copyright works including textbooks legit...

Digital Empowerment Foundation on the Right to Access the Internet: Upholding a Human Right
Digital Empowerment Foundation on the Right to Access the Internet: Upholding a Human Right 04 May 2015 APC

Right to Access the Internet: Upholding a Human Right Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 RightsCon, Manila, Philippines Manila, Philippines—DEF team member, Ms. Ritu Srivastava, participated in the interactive session on Right to Access the Internet: Upholding a Human Right at the RightsCon conference in Manila, Philippines. The interactive session explored interlinkages between access to internet as ...

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