ICT policy

Nigerian education selects Classmate PC with Mandriva Linux
Nigerian education selects Classmate PC with Mandriva Linux 06 November 2007 APC

Mandriva recently made an announcement that they would be supplying the Nigerian government with 17,000 Classmate PC’s running Mandriva Linux. Now they have published an An open letter to Steve Ballmer of Microsoft after hearing that the customer will be replacing the original software with Windows.

Pushing and prodding, goading and hand-holding: Reflection from APC at the conclusion of the WSIS (2006)
Pushing and prodding, goading and hand-holding: Reflection from APC at the conclusion of the WSIS (2006) 05 November 2007 APC

The Civil Society Statement on WSIS concluded that: “The broad mandate for WSIS was to address the long-standing issues in economic and social development from the newly emerging perspectives of the opportunities and risks posed by the revolution in Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs). The summit was expected to identify and articulate new development possibilities and paradigms being made possible in the Information Society, and to evolve public policy options for enabling a...

Whose information society? Developing country and civil society voices in the World Summit on the Information Society
Whose information society? Developing country and civil society voices in the World Summit on the Information Society 05 November 2007 David Souter

This paper summarises a study of developing country and civil society participation and influence in WSIS that was commissioned by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC). As well as analysing participation, the study looked at the impact of WSIS on international ICT decision-making in general and makes recommendations to all main actors about how future decision-making might becom...

The World Summit on the Information Society: An overview of follow-up
The World Summit on the Information Society: An overview of follow-up 05 November 2007 Karen Banks, Willie Currie and Anriette Esterhuysen

Civil society, in its final statement on WSIS, expressed its commitment to continue “its involvement in the future mechanisms for policy debate, implementation and follow-up on Information Society issues” by building on the processes and structures that developed during the WSIS process. But what does that mean in practice? What are the post-WSIS implementation processes, what actors are in...

Internet Governance Forum II (IGF)
Internet Governance Forum II (IGF) 30 October 2007

APC’s overriding objective at this year’s Internet Governance Forum (IGF), held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 12 to 15 November, was to promote internet for development. Development of this nature is ultimately about digital inclusion: access, internet governance, financing, human rights, participation in public policy processes, gender equality, ICTs and sustainable development. APC and ...

Open access in Africa: EASSy, SAT-3/WASC research
Open access in Africa: EASSy, SAT-3/WASC research 30 October 2007

In Africa, APC’s main focus is on access to infrastructure. Africa currently has to pay for some of the most expensive bandwidth in the world and the hard currency paid leaves the continent. Because East Africa does not have international fibre connections it is paying even more than West African countries connected to the monopoly-controlled SAT3/WASC cable.

Call for dialogue: Regulatory frameworks for improving access
Call for dialogue: Regulatory frameworks for improving access 22 October 2007

LIRNE.NET and APC invite internet and telecom practitioners, ICT policy and regulation experts, and other stakeholders to submit statements on what they identify as the key issues and important factors currently facing regulators concerned with access to infrastructure. This dialogue is being undertaken in preparation for the “Regulatory Frameworks for Improving Access” workshop to be held ...

Gender Evaluation Methodology for Internet and ICTs
Gender Evaluation Methodology for Internet and ICTs 18 October 2007

GEM is an evaluation methodology that integrates a gender analysis into evaluations of initiatives that use information and communication technologies for social change. GEM provides a means for determining whether ICTs are worsening or really improving women’s lives and gender relations, as well as for promoting positive change at the individual, institutional, community and broader social l...

APC announces civil society workshop for Connect Africa Summit in Kigali
APC announces civil society workshop for Connect Africa Summit in Kigali 11 October 2007

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC), in collaboration with its partners, will be convening a civil society workshop on Sunday 28 October 2007 in Kigali, Rwanda, to accompany the Connect Africa Summit, taking place 29-30 October 2007.

Forum Europe-China: IT systems on the age of the Internet
Forum Europe-China: IT systems on the age of the Internet 08 October 2007 APC

Citizens in China and Europe from the academia, NGO, companies, government met in Liège (Belgium) to exchange perspectives and discuss on the topic of Information Society and the Internet in China and Europe. The workshop on “IT systems on the age of the Internet” (4-5 October) was the first step of the China-Europe Forum (6-7 October).

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