ICT policy

Uganda's ICT Laws and Policies from a Gender Perspective
Uganda's ICT Laws and Policies from a Gender Perspective 11 December 2016 Moses Owiny and Zavuga G. Amuriat (editors)

A survey carried out in 2014 by the Uganda Communications Commission found that only 6% of women in Uganda are online. Kampala has the largest gender gap in internet access across 10 cities surveyed by research commissioned by the World Wide Web Foundation. Only 21% of women reported having used the internet, verses 61% for men. The gender gap in internet access in Uganda is real and perpetuated by a number of factors including limited access to the internet, lack of digital skills and empowe...

Inside the Information Society: What does the latest ICT Development Index tell us?
Inside the Information Society: What does the latest ICT Development Index tell us? 28 November 2016 David Souter

Source: International Telecommunication Union (ITU)Each week David Souter comments on an important issue for APC members and others concerned about the Information Society. This week’s blog post is about the latest edition of the ITU’s ICT Development Index. Each year, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) publishes a report which it calls Measuring the Information Society. This updates its ICT Development Index (IDI), which tries to give a comprehensive picture of progress bein...

Inside the Information Society: Upsetting and resetting standards, rules and norms
Inside the Information Society: Upsetting and resetting standards, rules and norms 19 November 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 post is about the importance of standards, rules and norms – and the need to re-engineer these for the digital age. Standards, norms and rules I spent last week at conferences. Three days, first, at the Global Internet and Jurisdiction Conference in Pari...

African School on Internet Governance 2016: A multidimensional, mind-stretching and enriching experience
African School on Internet Governance 2016: A multidimensional, mind-stretching and enriching experience 31 October 2016 Olga Tsafack-Koloko

The fourth edition of the African School on Internet Governance (#AfriSIG2016), co-organised by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), took place from 11 to 15 October 2016 in Durban, South Africa. This year’s AfriSIG produced a total of 44 graduates, all of whom were very engaged in one way or another. At the beginning...

Job opportunity at APC: Africa Policy Coordinator
Job opportunity at APC: Africa Policy Coordinator 23 August 2016 APC

Leading internet policy work in Africa: APC Africa Policy Coordinator Contribute to building an open and free internet which promotes social justice by joining APC to coordinate its internet policy work in Africa. Main purpose of the job: The purpose of the position is to coordinate implementation of APC’s internet policy, internet rights, internet governance and networking activities in...

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. The study aims to identify the strengths and weaknesses in the domain name system (DN...

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

African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms Deadline for the submission of abstracts: 25 July, 2016. Send an email to: emilar@apc.org with “AD CALL” in the subject line. 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...

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. It raises the following general questions which should be considered by participants: How has the internet changed people’s lives? What rights have been affected positively or negati...

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. We talk a lot about ICTs and human rights. Adherence to human rights agreements is entrenched in the WSIS outcome documents and was reiterated in the WSIS+10 review agreed las...

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

In the five years since the UN Human Rights Council adopted the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, human rights scrutiny of information and communication (ICT) companies has escalated significantly. More governments than ever are pressuring companies to censor content, network shutdowns have become disturbingly routine in many countries, and Edward Snowden’s revelations have und...

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