ICT policy

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 negatively due to access to the internet? Should online and offline human rights be understood different...

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 last year by the UN General Assembly. There were said to be more workshops at last year’s Internet Go...

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...

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 information and communication technologies (ICTs) have huge potential to offer better access to information and more freedom of expression. But these technology advances are also leading to unprecedented industry disruption along with consolidation and cross-ownership of electronic media platforms, built on the convergence of broadcast and broadband media. Satellite and c...

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

Source: CIPESA “A fundamental challenge in need of urgent resolution in the digital age is how to protect human rights and freedoms on the Internet, and the African continent is no exception.” This is the introduction to the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms, an initiative joined by a diversity of organisations and individuals from the region to protect human rights in the...

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. Later, I came to realise what that meant in practice: “This person here with the green badge needs help!” Help to identify the right sessions, help to understand ICANN’s extremely complex structure, help to remember the dozens of acronyms freely us...

“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 (NCSG) at ICANN. He explains why internet rights activists should get involved in ICANN’s area...

Resolutions on the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms
Resolutions on the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms 17 March 2015 African Internet Rights Campaign

We, the promoters of the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms, met in Accra, Ghana, on March 12 and 13, 2015 to discuss and review a variety of issues relating to the popularization and implementation of the Declaration on the African continent and beyond. We unanimously adopted and issued the following resolutions.    

Instituto DEMOS
Instituto DEMOS 02 March 2015

Instituto DEMOS works on promoting, strengthening and accompanying women, youth and indigenous organizations, committed to democratic development processes at the local, national and international levels. DEMOS's vision is that of an inclusive Guatemalan and Central America region based on social justice, human security and human rights exercise.

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