Internet governance

Call for applications for the fifth African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG)
Call for applications for the fifth African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG) 11 October 2017

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) is pleased to announce the call for applications for the fifth African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG). The 2017 School will be held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt from 28 November to 2 December, to coincide with the African Internet Governance Forum (AfIGF) which will also take place in Sharm El-Sheikh, from 4 to 6 December 2017. The first AfriSIG was held in July 2013 in Durban, South Africa, joining a growing global com...

Business and online freedom of expression: Changes in power and governance
Business and online freedom of expression: Changes in power and governance 01 September 2017 Maud Barret Bertelloni

This year’s report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of expression and opinion confirmed growing attention to the impact of digital media on human rights: after previous work dedicated to the impact of surveillance, and to communications encryption and anonymity, the report that was issued this spring and debated at the UN Human Rights Council session in June looked at digital access providers and their role in ensuring provision of human r...

Special Report on National and Regional IGFs: Participate in the survey!
Special Report on National and Regional IGFs: Participate in the survey! 31 August 2017

APC has taken initiative to compile two editions of Global Information Society Watch focused on National and Regional IGFs (NRIs). While one will consist of independent and analytical perspectives on the role of NRIs in internet governance, this questionnaire is linked to the second volume, which intends to give voice and visibility to the stories of each NRI, to present their undertakings and ...

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 dev...

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 ...

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 founded 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 gover...

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...

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