ICT policy

African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms platform launched in more languages for wider engagement and outreach
African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms platform launched in more languages for wider engagement and outreach 10 October 2017 Olga Tsafack-Koloko

The African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms, commonly called the African Declaration (AD), is a pan-African initiative to promote human rights standards and principles of openness in internet policy formulation and implementation on the continent. The AD is intended to elaborate on the principles which are necessary to uphold human and peoples' rights and to cultivate an internet environment that can best meet Africa’s social and economic development needs and goals. The African...

When it comes to internet rights in Asia, where is the wind blowing?
When it comes to internet rights in Asia, where is the wind blowing? 09 October 2017 Sheetal Kumar (GPD), Geetha Hariharan, Pavitra Ramanujam (APC), Gayatri Khandhadai (APC), Valeria Betancourt (APC), and Marte Hellema (FORUM-Asia)

In a region as vast as Asia, with a technology as multidimensional as the internet, and with rights which are universal and indivisible, what can be said about the intersection between these? With more than 50% of the global population living in Asia, the largest continent in the world, is it possible to identify commonalities that resonate across the region? Are there common challenges, trends, priorities and opportunities with regard to human rights online? If so, what are they and what can...

FIFAfrica17: Advancing freedom of expression and access to information towards deepening democracy in Africa
FIFAfrica17: Advancing freedom of expression and access to information towards deepening democracy in Africa 04 October 2017 Sekoetlane Phamodi

At the launch of the fourth annual Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa, hosted for the first time in Southern Africa by the Collaboration on International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) and the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), over 150 policy makers, civil society actors, technologists and intergovernmental agencies took part in ce...

Civil society organisations write to international bodies over internet shutdown in Togo
Civil society organisations write to international bodies over internet shutdown in Togo 14 September 2017 Various

A coalition of some 35 civil society organisations has written to several international bodies including the African Union and the United Nations Human Rights Council over the recent internet shutdown in Togo. Signatories to the letter include Paradigm Initiative, Reporters Without Borders, World Wide Web Foundation, Access Now, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), G...

"We cannot be what we cannot see": GenderIT.org maps gaps in research in gender and information society
"We cannot be what we cannot see": GenderIT.org maps gaps in research in gender and information society 11 September 2017

The articles in this bilingual edition point to how visibility, a complicated phenomenon in itself, is the starting point of a different way of being, and how the stories we tell – entangled in the fine wires of technology – are necessary and essential, and could be the foundations for the movement for change. The title of this edition – "We cannot be what we cannot see" is taken from Ker...

Contribution from the Association for Progressive Communications to the Review of the 2012 International Telecommunication Regulations
Contribution from the Association for Progressive Communications to the Review of the 2012 International Telecommunication Regulations 08 September 2017 APC

1. The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) welcomes the opportunity to make this contribution to the second meeting of the Expert Group on International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs). APC, a Sector Member of ITU-D and ITU-R, is an international network of civil society organisations concerned with ICTs, the internet, development and rights. APC followed the WCIT-12 process v...

Parallel Coalition Report and Submission on the List of issues to the 61st session of the Pre-Sessional Working Group of the Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights
Parallel Coalition Report and Submission on the List of issues to the 61st session of the Pre-Sessional Working Group of the Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights 04 September 2017 Association for Progressive Communications (APC), Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) and Right2Know Campaign (R2K)

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC), Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) and the Right2Know Campaign (R2K) welcome the opportunity to submit this parallel coalition report and submission on the List of Issues (LOIs) to the 61st session (9-13 October 2017) of the Pre-Sessional Working Group (PSWG) of the Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (CESCR). This parallel re...

FIFAfrica17: Register today!
FIFAfrica17: Register today! 07 August 2017

It is closing in yet again on that time of the year when we convene to explore the many aspects of online rights at the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica). Between September 27 and 29, 2017 we converge in Johannesburg, South Africa, to share ideas, experiences and insights as we continue to build the movement for #InternetFreedomAfrica! Register and join those who already...

National human rights institutions in digital spaces
National human rights institutions in digital spaces 10 July 2017 Gayatri Khandhadai with contributions from Mallory Knodel and Furhan Hussain (Editor: Deborah Brown) for APC

ICTs and more specifically, the internet create new and promising spaces where national human rights institutions (NHRIs) can improve the way they function and reach out to stakeholders in previously unimaginable ways. Digitalisation has fundamentally changed the way we work. NHRIs can develop practices that systematically help them record and store information about their work in digital form....

FIFAfrica 2017: Send your suggestions for session topics!
FIFAfrica 2017: Send your suggestions for session topics! 23 June 2017

The Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) and the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) are proud to host the upcoming Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa 2017 (FIFAfrica). In the spirit of multistakeholderism, we invite your thoughts and proposals for sessions that can form part of FIFAfrica17. Take part in shaping the discussions at th...

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