Internet governance

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 and activism in general. Formerly in academia, her teachings focussed on gender and development. Sh...

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 enormous lobbying campaign, both public and private, across the board to retain its position. ‘Th...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Tunis Commitment, almost signed
Tunis Commitment, almost signed 16 November 2005 APC

By 10 pm Tuesday, the chairperson, Ambassador Khan, had concluded negotiations on Chapter 3 on internet governance and received a standing ovation from all attending delegates. The outcome of the internet governance process is to have a forum that will take up broad public policy issues on the one hand, and a process of cooperation on the narrow principles that relate to domain name, numbers an...

Who will control the internet?
Who will control the internet? 15 November 2005 APC

Heated discussions between governments meeting in Tunis at the World Summit on the Information Society seems to reaching results, which could change the face of how the internet is managed for the next several years. APCNews reports. Heated discussions between governments meeting in Tunis at the World Summit on the Information Society seems to reaching results, which could change the face of ho...

WSIS II: A walking dead
WSIS II: A walking dead 15 November 2005 APC

Ladies and gentlemen this is a pseudo-transcript of the proceedings of the Civil Society press conference held on November 15, 2005 (Tuesday) at 16:30. The second round of WSIS has not even started yet but hearing the pronouncements below one would think that it is already over! (Compiled by maxigas, edited by Frederick Dubois. If Allah is on our side we might have audio and video as well.) J...

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