ICT policy

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 have set their sights on joining us at #FIFAfrica17 as we continue to advocate for an internet that...

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. Similarly, digital tools, like email, chat applications and video conferencing, help NHRIs function...

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...

Human rights and the internet: The key role of national human rights institutions in protecting human rights in the digital age
Human rights and the internet: The key role of national human rights institutions in protecting human rights in the digital age 21 June 2017

The internet is changing the ways in which people interact, trade, learn and communicate. For those who have got access to it, it is becoming increasingly difficult to imagine life without it. It offers us all kinds of opportunities, including exercising our human rights both online and offline, as different United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council resolutions have established. The internet als...

Inside the Information Society: Marking Mark’s card. A comment on Mark Zuckerberg’s manifesto
Inside the Information Society: Marking Mark’s card. A comment on Mark Zuckerberg’s manifesto 10 April 2017 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 post comments on Mark Zuckerberg says in his recent online "manifesto". Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive of Facebook, recently published a "manifesto" about his company, the Internet and society in general. Last week, I said why I think it is important. Thi...

Inside the Information Society: Making his Mark. Why we should read Mark Zuckerberg
Inside the Information Society: Making his Mark. Why we should read Mark Zuckerberg 02 April 2017 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 post looks at Mark Zuckerberg’s recent online ‘manifesto’. A couple of weeks ago, Mark Zuckerberg posted a manifesto on his Facebook page. In it, he addressed some of the challenges he sees facing Facebook and its peers. Facebook ...

Inside the Information Society: Digital identity (Who’s who?)
Inside the Information Society: Digital identity (Who’s who?) 26 March 2017 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 post reflects on digital identities. Identity matters to us. It defines who we are; and, to a considerable extent, it defines how others treat us – including government agencies and others we rely on. Most of us want to define our own identitie...

Inside the Information Society: Should we fear the platform economy?
Inside the Information Society: Should we fear the platform economy? 19 March 2017 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 post reflects on the platform economy. Last week I asked if we should fear online monopolies. This week, I’ll ask the same of online platforms, and the new economy they’re bringing into being. What is the platform economy? Let’s start with ...

Women’s voices, men’s silence
Women’s voices, men’s silence 14 December 2016 Nomagugu Nyathi

This article explores the persuasiveness of women’s rights activists in Africa and proposes ways in which activists can counter the silence of men when it comes to these issues. Are human rights enough? In the past few days I got to thinking a lot about women’s rights. I wondered why it seemed that advocacy for women’s rights fell short of the greater public’s sympathy. These musings b...

Data for better policy making
Data for better policy making 14 December 2016 Esther Kamande

Information and communications technology (ICT) policy makers are confronted with the conflicting challenge of providing a stable and predictable regulatory environment to maintain existing investments and create room for long-term investments while still adapting to the ever changing ICT ecosystem. Growth in the ICT industry largely rides on certainty due to the resources required by investors...

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