ICT for development

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 book for APC about WSIS, edited the second edition of APC’s ICT Policy Handbook, and undertaken res...

Inside the Information Society: After WSIS – Looking back or looking forward?
Inside the Information Society: After WSIS – Looking back or looking forward? 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 and 2005. Reviewed, after ten years, by the UN’s General Assembly last December. A longstanding pr...

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...

Connecting your rights: Internet access and economic, social and cultural rights
Connecting your rights: Internet access and economic, social and cultural rights 22 October 2015 Leila Nachawati Rego

Source: Flickr Commons, Arrano Internet rights are economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRs). APC is convinced of this, and this is why since March 2014 we have undertaken a line of research focusing on how these connections work: Connecting your rights. Internet rights are economic, social and cultural rights – We hear a lot about “internet freedom” but beyond that issue, how can...

APC's Recommendations to the WSIS on Internet Governance (2005)
APC's Recommendations to the WSIS on Internet Governance (2005) 04 September 2015 APC

APC has participated extensively in the internet governance process at the World Summit on Information Society. Out of this participation and in collaboration with other partners, including members of the WSIS civil society internet governance caucus, APC has crystallized a set of recommendations with regard to internet governance ahead of the final Summit in Tunis in November 2005.

The World Summit On The Information Society (WSIS) Process And Issues Debated (2004)
The World Summit On The Information Society (WSIS) Process And Issues Debated (2004) 04 September 2015 Valeria Betancourt

The formal preparation for the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), a global discussion process sponsored by the United Nations Organization Secretariat, began in mid-2002. Said process is directed toward developing a global framework to face the challenges of the so-called information society (IS). In this sense, its purpose is to reach a common understanding, secure political commi...

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