ICT policy

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 context of the internet and digital technologies. To know more about the Declaration and what is at...

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 served as a member the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Secretariat and was a member of the IGF Multistakeholder Advisory Group (IGF MAG). As a technologist she has been involved in the development of Internet protocols and architectures for over 30 years; is co-...

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.

Everything you need to know about the WSIS+10 review
Everything you need to know about the WSIS+10 review 28 January 2015 Deborah Brown and Lea Kaspar (Global Partners Digital)

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) process and its outcome documents are considered cornerstones of international norms and discourse on internet policy and governance. This year, as WSIS marks its 10th anniversary, the UN General Assembly is set to evaluate its progress and decide its future.   What is WSIS? The two-stage WSIS took place in 2003 (the Geneva phase) and 2005...

Bytes for All, Pakistan: Proposed media regulations are draconian
Bytes for All, Pakistan: Proposed media regulations are draconian 07 January 2015 Bytes for All, Pakistan

State propaganda and censorship not an answer to governance failures Islamabad, December 30, 2014: Bytes For All is alarmed by the recommendations made by Pakistani parliamentary body that seeks to impose McCarthyism-style regulations on the media and Internet, in reaction to the December 16 Peshawar school attack. On December 24, the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Information and ...

How does internet policy affect Maghreb-Machrek human rights defenders?
How does internet policy affect Maghreb-Machrek human rights defenders? 22 December 2014

How does internet policy affect Maghreb-Machrek human rights defenders (HRDs) in their work? Who are the major players in internet policy and how can Maghreb-Machrek HRDs effectively engage them? These were the questions discussed at the regional seminar on freedom of expression, freedom of association and the right to the internet, held in Marrakesh, Morocco on 30 November and 1 December. The...

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