ICT for development

Inside the Information Society: Connecting ICTs to economic, social and cultural rights
Inside the Information Society: Connecting ICTs to economic, social and cultural rights 01 July 2016 David Souter

Each week, David Souter comments on an important issue for APC members and others concerned about the Information Society. This week’s blog looks at the impact of ICTs and the Internet on economic, social and cultural rights.

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 sai

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 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 March 2016, they decided to join the APC network.

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

This case study was 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 International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

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

As part of our research project Connecting your rights: Economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRs) and the internet, scholar Andrew Rens has produced a paper that focuses on the role of the internet in providing educational resources in South Africa.    

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.    

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.   

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

“While the perspectives of the global South do not yet fully permeate discussions in RightsCon, it is emerging as a space where they can be addressed, discussed and more fully understood.”    

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)

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.    

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

They are called AlterMundi and describe themselves as a “network of activists, working with people with no knowledge of networks or information technology.” This year they won the 2015 award in the “Devices, Infrastructure and Technologies: Acceleration and expansion of access” category from the Regional Fund for Digital Innovation in Latin America and the Caribbean (FRIDA).    

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