ICT for development

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 commitments and define concrete actions and mechanisms on the subject. In the words of UN Secretary Gener...

World Summit on the Information Society
World Summit on the Information Society 19 August 2015

The two-stage World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) took place in 2003 (the Geneva phase) and 2005 (the Tunis phase). It was convened upon the recognition that there was “an urgent need to harness the potential of knowledge and technology for promoting the goals of the United Nations Millennium Declaration.” WSIS started out as a primarily development-focused process. The Geneva ph...

IT for Change: "Community broadband networks are an urgent advocacy issue in developing countries"
IT for Change: "Community broadband networks are an urgent advocacy issue in developing countries" 17 August 2015 Parminder Jeet Singh (IT for Change)

What if we found cost-effective ways to expand accessibility, achieve reliability, and save precious public money providing full quality internet for all? By trying to find practical ways to overcome the digital divide, each day more and more community leaders pursue local control of connectivity through public ownership, cooperative models, and other nonprofit approaches, and maybe it is time ...

Centre for Information Technology and Development
Centre for Information Technology and Development 12 August 2015

The Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) is a non-governmental and non-profit organisation that is committed to the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for development and promotion of good governance. CITAD sees technology as tool to promote sustainable development, good government and peaceful coexistence. It uses ICT to empower youth and women throug...

AfriSIG: Tax on Internet in Malawi, a Retard to the Country’s Development
AfriSIG: Tax on Internet in Malawi, a Retard to the Country’s Development 25 June 2015 Sellina Khumbo Kapondera

For five days last year, I was privileged to attend the Second (2014) African School on Internet Governance in Mauritius, curtsey of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and Association for Progressive Communications (APC). In that beautiful and well decorated conference room of Bel Ombre, Tammassa Resort, I listened to a very inspiring and thought provoking presentation on th...

Infrastructure sharing: "Strong regulation without jeopardising competitive advantage”
Infrastructure sharing: "Strong regulation without jeopardising competitive advantage” 20 June 2015 Yolanda Mlonzi

Raising awareness of the potential of infrastructure sharing is key to APC. As part of our project on Infrastructure Sharing for Supporting Better Broadband and Universal Access, APC is hosting a series of workshops in Southern Africa. The last one consisted of an Infrastructure Sharing Validation Workshop to discuss policy and country reports on this issue. With the support of the Communicatio...

APC letter to the President of the UN General Assembly on the World Summit on the Information Society Ten-year Review (WSIS+10)
APC letter to the President of the UN General Assembly on the World Summit on the Information Society Ten-year Review (WSIS+10) 13 June 2015 APC

The goal of people-centred information societies can only be achieved through constant adherence to the principle of inclusive participation. This is why meaningful participation of all stakeholders is so important in the ten-year review and in furthering the WSIS vision beyond 2015.

Letter to the President of the UN General Assembly on the World Summit on the Information Society Ten-year Review (WSIS+10)
Letter to the President of the UN General Assembly on the World Summit on the Information Society Ten-year Review (WSIS+10) 13 June 2015 APC

On 9 June, ahead of the UN General Assembly’s first “stocktaking session” on the ten-year review of the World Summit on Information Society, APC and other civil society organisations sent a letter to the President of the General Assembly calling for meaningful participation from non-governmental stakeholders in the review. Our letter includes specific recommendations to make t...

RightsCon Southeast Asia happening 24-25 March in Manila, Philippines
RightsCon Southeast Asia happening 24-25 March in Manila, Philippines 20 March 2015 Flavia Fascendini

Civil society organisations, engineers, activists, lawyers, companies and governments will join together in Manila on 24-25 March to address the subject of the internet and human rights in this rapidly evolving region, in an effort to protect the open internet and defend the digital rights of its users. This year’s RightsCon Southeast Asia event has been convened by Access, APC member Eng...

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