Internet governance

What do women’s rights have to do with the SDGs and the internet?
What do women’s rights have to do with the SDGs and the internet? 02 August 2017

Women are not a homogenous group and our access to technology is also affected by a number of other factors such as age, class, caste, race, ethnicity, income, culture, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, abilities, urban or rural locality, etc. Therefore, we have to overcome multiple discriminations in order to gain access. These include, but are not limited to, the high cost of devices, the high cost of connectivity, lack of infrastructure, cultural and religious restrictions, ge...

APC submission to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) CWG-Internet consultation on public policy considerations for OTTs
APC submission to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) CWG-Internet consultation on public policy considerations for OTTs 31 July 2017 APC

APC wishes to thank the ITU for the opportunity to respond to this open consultation held by the Council Working Group on International Internet-related Public Policy Issues (CWG-Internet) on public policy considerations for over-the-top services (OTTs). With the steady expansion of affordable broadband services, OTTs are beginning to have a significant impact on some of the revenue streams of many traditional telecommunication infrastructure operators, especially those which have based their...

AfriSIG alumni: A growing presence in internet governance spaces
AfriSIG alumni: A growing presence in internet governance spaces 28 June 2017 Arsène Tungali

The African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG) is an annual five-day residential course run by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency. The goal of the School is to develop a pipeline of leading Africans from diverse sectors, backgrounds and ages with the skills to participate in local and international internet governance structu...

FIFAfrica 2017: Send your suggestions for session topics!
FIFAfrica 2017: Send your suggestions for session topics! 23 June 2017

The Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) and the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) are proud to host the upcoming Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa 2017 (FIFAfrica). In the spirit of multistakeholderism, we invite your thoughts and proposals for sessions that can form part of FIFAfrica17. Take part in shaping the discussions at th...

HRC34: Why is it important for internet rights?
HRC34: Why is it important for internet rights? 21 April 2017 Deborah Brown

The Human Rights Council 34th session wrapped up at the end of last month. As we noted in our pre-session briefing, a number of internet-related human rights issues were on the agenda, ranging from a new resolution on the right to privacy in the digital age, to the renewal of mandates of Special Rapporteurs who play a key role in protecting human rights online. Here are some high...

African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG)
African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG) 22 March 2017

The African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG), an initiative co-organised by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), is a multistakeholder training initiative that aims to give Africans from diverse sectors and stakeholder groups the opportunity to gain knowledge and confidence to participate effectively in internet...

An eye-opening experience in Guadalajara
An eye-opening experience in Guadalajara 24 February 2017 Masibulele Jay Siya, Zenzeleni Networks

My name is Masibulele Siya, but I’m also known as Jay where I live in rural Eastern Cape in South Africa. I was born in the mid-1980’s and raised in these rural areas, but I left my homeland for about seven years for educational purposes. In 2008, I started to work at a local non-profit organisation, where I was positioned as a teacher of the community elders and children between the ages o...

IGF 2016: What is the internet’s role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals?
IGF 2016: What is the internet’s role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals? 06 February 2017 Serge Daho, PROTEGE QV

Serge Daho of PROTEGE QV in Cameroon attended the IGF for the first time in 2016 thanks to the APC Member Exchange and Travel Fund. The 11th annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) took place in Guadalajara, Mexico on 5-9 December 2016. Under the theme “Enabling Inclusive and Sustainable Growth”, this global face-to-face meeting brought together delegates drawn from government, the priv...

IGF 2016: For a free, neutral, safe, open, resilient and decentralised space – Guadalajara reflections
IGF 2016: For a free, neutral, safe, open, resilient and decentralised space – Guadalajara reflections 02 February 2017 Y. Z. Ya’u, CITAD

Coming from Africa, and especially Nigeria, where access to the internet is characterised by different layers of exclusions and where development challenges are also layered with various deprivations, I had specific expectations on how the processes of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) could help deepen access to and democratisation of the decision-making processes with respect to how the int...

IGF 2016: How applicable is the multistakeholder approach to internet governance in Africa?
IGF 2016: How applicable is the multistakeholder approach to internet governance in Africa? 02 February 2017 Ashnah Kalemera, CIPESA

What is the value for Africans in international internet governance processes if the approach towards internet governance on the continent has not fully embraced the multistakeholder model? This was among the concerns heard during debates at the 11th Internet Governance Forum (IGF), as some participants questioned the applicability of the global internet governance agenda to Africa. At a globa...

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