Internet governance

Creating spaces for civil society in WSIS
Creating spaces for civil society in WSIS 30 January 2006 Willie Currie

The interventions of civil society activists made a material difference to the outcomes of WSIS in Tunis, contents Willie Currie, the ICT (Information and Communication Technology) Policy Manager with the Association for Progressive Communications (APC). Prior to the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), UN summits were largely closed spaces for inter-governmental debate and negotiation on issues of global public policy, such as sustainable development or the policy of women. Civi...

APC project contributes to Kenya ICT policy approved by Cabinet
APC project contributes to Kenya ICT policy approved by Cabinet 25 January 2006 APCNews

For the last few years, APC has been working closely with other organisations and a large group of Kenyan civil society organisations and business to transform the national ICT policy. At last, a national ICT Policy has made it all the way! APC member in Kenya, ALIN (Arid Lands Information Network) has been involved in this process. Alice Wanjira Gitau, previously on APC staff and currently coordinator of APC’s Catalysing Access to ICTs in Africa (CATIA) in Kenya, has played a key rol...

Speed-geeking: your date with development?
Speed-geeking: your date with development? 20 January 2006 Frederick Noronha

You’ve probably heard of speed-dating: after a two minute chat with a stranger, you decide if you wish to give him or her your phone number for continued contact. Likewise, speed-geeking is a tech introduction-in-a-hurry. Some 11 interesting projects — including APC members — got a chance to introduce themselves to participants of Africa Source II, in January 2006 in Kalangal...

Facing challenges old and new... focussing on APC's priorities
Facing challenges old and new... focussing on APC's priorities 20 January 2006 APCNews

Natasha Primo is chair of APC, the Association for Progressive Communications, which one publication [1] described as being founded by a team "clued in to the potential power of ICTs at a time when many of us still thought of computers as glorified typewriters". Primo is also the executive director of the South Africa-based Women’sNet. Primo has long been associated with gender activism...

Back-room lobbying, there's mail from Rice
Back-room lobbying, there's mail from Rice 09 December 2005 APC

November’s World Summit in Tunis was overshadowed by the global argument over internet governance. Its biggest controversy came with the proposition put forward by the EU a month earlier that there be a new inter-governmental body that oversee ICANN. The US government — which currently enjoys unilateral control over the internet infrastructure — was furious and launched an eno...

Voices from Africa, HANA
Voices from Africa, HANA 18 November 2005 APC

Highway Africa runs the Highway Africa News Agency. (Interestingly, its work is put out under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 License.) They’ve got some interesting stories in their e-despatch which just reached mailboxes earlier today.One story is about African delegates boast of ICT success stories. Perhaps the most catchy title is No teeth but can still chew the fat and...

WSIS deal... and internet rights
WSIS deal... and internet rights 18 November 2005 APC

What actually brought about the WSIS deal on internet governance, in the way it evolved? An explanation from Canada… And, from Italy, a demand from the Greens for a href=“http://www.adnki.com/index_2Level.php?cat=Trends&loid=8.0.230178282&par=0”>Charter of Web Rights. WSIS.ecommons.ca has this article The WSIS 2 Deal on Internet Governance by Michael Geist focussing on “on t...

Open access, financing principles
Open access, financing principles 17 November 2005 APC

The second priority from the Geneva phases of the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) was the financing of the Information Society but the Internet Governance debate has overshadowed this. Given that I have made a submission on the later I feel obliged to contribute my 50 cents to the former – for me financing the information society should take more precedence over the Internet Govern...

Africa in internet governance...
Africa in internet governance... 17 November 2005 APC

Africa stands at a very unusual threshold of the Information Society because it is the least developed continent and seeking to use Information Communication Technology (ICTs) to advance its developmental cause but at the same time caught in the web of ideas taking position on not only Internet Governance but financing of the Information Society. Africa stands at a very unusual threshold of the...

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