ICT for development

The problem with “development” – linking infrastructure to content indicators
The problem with “development” – linking infrastructure to content indicators 15 June 2016 Alan Finlay

Responding to reports by the special rapporteurs on migrants and extreme poverty at the 32nd session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva, the government of Botswana had something interesting to say. It said that although it did not recognise the covenant on economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRs) “in any legal sense”, it subscribed to its objectives. In line with this it was doing everything possible to meet its social and economic development goals. Botswana is not alone in...

AlterMundi, APC's new member in Argentina: "Let's talk about extending the internet infrastructure"
AlterMundi, APC's new member in Argentina: "Let's talk about extending the internet infrastructure" 26 May 2016 Leila Nachawati Rego

AlterMundi in action in Córdoba, Argentina. Photos: AlterMundi AlterMundi is, in the words of its members, “a network of activists, working with people with no knowledge of networks or information technology so that they can construct and maintain their own communications systems.” In other words, a group of Argentinians taking the internet to small towns and villages in their country using free/libre software and low-cost hardware. In March 2016, they decided to join the APC Network . A...

The right to education and the internet: Case study on the role of the internet in provision and accessibility of educational resources in South Africa
The right to education and the internet: Case study on the role of the internet in provision and accessibility of educational resources in South Africa 16 May 2016 Andrew Rens

The right to education and the internet. Case study on the role of the internet in provision and accessibility of educational resources in South Africa This case study has been produced as part of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) research project Connecting your rights: Economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRs) and the internet. This is a three-year project funded by the ...

How can the internet help realise the right to education? The South African case
How can the internet help realise the right to education? The South African case 16 May 2016 Andrew Rens

The right to education and the internet. Case study on the role of the internet in provision and accessibility of educational resources in South Africa As part of our research project Connecting your rights: Economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRs) and the internet, we have produced a case study that focuses on the role of the internet in providing educational resources in South Africa, an ...

Inside the Information Society: After WSIS – Looking back or looking forwards?
Inside the Information Society: After WSIS – Looking back or looking forwards? 13 May 2016 David Souter

David Souter comments each week on an important issue for APC members and others concerned about the Information Society. In his first blog, this week, he writes about the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) – what it achieved and where it should be going. Let’s start with WSIS Let’s start with WSIS. The World Summit on the Information Society, held in Geneva and Tunis in 2003 ...

Inside the Information Society: Introducing David Souter's weekly blog
Inside the Information Society: Introducing David Souter's weekly blog 13 May 2016 APC

David Souter will be writing a weekly blog for APC for the coming year, looking at different aspects of the information society, development and rights. David is a longstanding associate of APC, and has worked for more than 20 years on the relationship between ICTs and public policy, particularly development, environment, governance (including internet governance) and rights. He has written a b...

RightsCon 2016: “A mandatory meeting on internet rights, but more global South perspectives are needed”
RightsCon 2016: “A mandatory meeting on internet rights, but more global South perspectives are needed” 13 May 2016 APC

RightsCon is a mandatory meeting point for those interested in promoting the full exercise of human rights online, Valeria Betancourt, APC’s Communications and Information Policy Programme manager, said in regards to this annual event, which took place this year between 30 March and 1 April 2016 in San Francisco. “While the perspectives of the global South do not yet fully permeate discussi...

Towards Pakistan’s upcoming review at the Human Rights Council
Towards Pakistan’s upcoming review at the Human Rights Council 22 March 2016 Sheetal Kumar (Global Partners Digital)

Side event on Pakistan at HRC 31st session Although the expansive mahogany-panelled rooms of the UN’s imposing buildings can seem a world away from the daily realities of human rights defenders, events like Pakistan: Towards the 3rd Cycle of the UPR serve as a reminder of the unique and essential role that civil society plays in the mechanisms of the Human Rights Council (HRC). The event was ...

AlterMundi: “Community networks embody the original spirit of the internet”
AlterMundi: “Community networks embody the original spirit of the internet” 23 November 2015 Leila Nachawati Rego

AlterMundi in action in Córdoba, Argentina. Photos: AlterMundi A group of Argentinians is taking the internet to small towns and villages in their country using free/libre software and low-cost hardware. They are creating decentralised wireless networks using Wi-Fi routers and firmware that makes it possible to regulate how networks function. These networks are then maintained by the communit...

Betinho Communications Prize: Recognising remarkable contributions in using the internet for social justice and development
Betinho Communications Prize: Recognising remarkable contributions in using the internet for social justice and development 04 November 2015 APC

Betinho Communications Prize: Recognising remarkable contributions in using the internet for social justice and development In the year 2000, we launched the APC Betinho Communications Prize, with this motto: The internet has not yet been converted into a giant online shopping mall. There are thousands of projects big and small working online around the world that prove that the internet can b...

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