ICT for development
Work on the project to define Internet Universality Indicators was led for UNESCO by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) on behalf of the Internet Indicators Consortium, which included, apart from APC, ict Development Associates, Research ICT Africa and LIRNEasia.
The 43 country reports and eight thematic reports in this year's GISWatch focus on community networks, defined as “communication networks built, owned, operated, and used by citizens in a participatory and open manner.”
The Internet Universality Indicators have been developed through a process of desk research and global multistakeholder consultation, undertaken by UNESCO with the support of a consortium which has been led by the Association for Progressive Communications.
APC’s year of transition has been a year of learning and change for all of us. We’ve had a good year, made possible by the spirit, hard work and commitment of the APC staff, the engagement of our members, the guidance of our board of directors, and the support of our partners.
Rudi International focuses on education, health, literacy, trauma healing for survivors of gender-based violence, and improved and safe access to ICTs. We talked to co-founder Alain-Daniel R. Wa-Baguma about their work and the future ahead.
The purpose of this review was to look back over the past decade of country reports published in Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) and attempt to identify trends in civil society perspectives on what needed to be done to create a people- centred information society.
A new resource launched by GSMA, in collaboration with the Alliance for Affordable Internet, the World Wide Web Foundation and APC, provides an introductory guide for researchers to collect comparable and accurate data on women’s and men’s internet access and use.
APC’s subgranting programme, now in its third year, has so far awarded a total of USD 291,534 to support its members in achieving APC’s vision. Sixteen member organisations have been recipients of 17 grants. The call for campaign and research grants is still open.
Last week I participated in / facilitated a workshop on Africa’s research priorities for the Information Society. What follows are some thoughts arising.