ICT policy

Assessing domain name management systems in Africa: Take part in the survey!
Assessing domain name management systems in Africa: Take part in the survey! 03 August 2016 Southern African Communications Forum

An in-depth study of the DNS ecosystem in Africa has been commissioned by ICANN, and the project implementation team, led by the Southern African Communications Forum (SACF), is appealing to the technical community in Africa to make the study a success by completing the online survey at “http://dnsafrica.study”:http://dns

Call for contributions on the internet and human rights in Africa
Call for contributions on the internet and human rights in Africa 13 July 2016

APC is calling for submissions of articles, case studies, interviews, publication reviews and other creative audio and visual contributions that explore how the internet [can / does / could] play a role in upholding human rights in Africa. Deadline for submissions is 25 July!  

Inter-American Human Rights System instruments and their application to the digital environment: Training module
Inter-American Human Rights System instruments and their application to the digital environment: Training module 09 July 2016 Luis Fernando García

This module for the APC Internet Rights Are Human Rights training curriculum explores the relationship between human rights as understood in the Inter-American Human Rights System and ICTs such as the internet.

Inside the Information Society: Putting ICTs to rights
Inside the Information Society: Putting ICTs to rights 24 June 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 human rights and how they have been affected by ICTs and the Internet.    

Business and digital rights: Taking stock of the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights in the ICT sector
Business and digital rights: Taking stock of the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights in the ICT sector 13 June 2016 David Sullivan

This issue paper takes stock of the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in the ICT sector,  in terms of state responsibility to protect human rights, corporate responsibility to respect rights, and access to effective remedy when rights have been violated.  

Digital convergence: Global trends in broadband and broadcast media concentration
Digital convergence: Global trends in broadband and broadcast media concentration 18 March 2016 Mike Jensen

Advances in the use of ICTs have huge potential to offer better access to information and more freedom of expression, but these technology advances are also leading to growing consolidation and cross-ownership of electronic media platforms, built on the convergence of broadcast and broadband media.    

CIPESA: "The African Declaration is key to reach a common understanding of online rights policy"
CIPESA: "The African Declaration is key to reach a common understanding of online rights policy" 15 March 2016 APC

“A fundamental challenge in the digital age is how to protect human rights and freedoms on the Internet, and the African continent is no exception.” To know more about the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms, APC has talked to CIPESA, an organisation that works in promoting effective and inclusive ICTs in Africa.

Avri Doria
Avri Doria 07 November 2015

Avri Doria is a research consultant with a number of contracts with both NGOs and the technical community. She served on the UN Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation I (WGEC) and the UN Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG). She has been a member of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Secretariat and is a member of the IGF Multistakeholder Advisory Group (IGF MAG). As a technologist she h...

ICANN, you can too
ICANN, you can too 03 July 2015 Flavia Fascendini

In June I had my first experience at an ICANN meeting. I was tagged with a bright green badge as a “newcomer” as soon as I registered.

“We need to avoid a situation where the DNS is used to police content”: A conversation with ICANN's Rafik Dammak
“We need to avoid a situation where the DNS is used to police content”: A conversation with ICANN's Rafik Dammak 02 July 2015 Flavia Fascendini

APC attended the 53rd meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) that took place in Buenos Aires on 21-25 June 2015. We interviewed Rafik Dammak, a Tunisian engineer living in Tokyo, who is an APC individual member and chair of the Non-Commercial Stakeholder Group at ICANN. He explains why internet rights activists should get involved in ICANN, since any policy a...