Internet governance

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 global level, the IGF, an initiative of the United Nations, discusses public policy issues related to the...

IGF 2016: A tale of victories – and new challenges
IGF 2016: A tale of victories – and new challenges 31 January 2017 Anja Kovacs, Internet Democracy Project at Point of View

Thanks to travel support from APC’s Member Exchange and Travel Fund (METF), I was able to attend the IGF and its related events from 4 to 9 December in Guadalajara, Mexico. Though I had worked closely with APC on numerous occasions in the past, this was the first time that I attended the IGF since Point of View had become an APC member. And as has been the case on numerous occasions since then, at the IGF I once again realised how much value APC adds not only to the field, but also for its ...

APC input to the IGF stocktaking consultation - January 2017
APC input to the IGF stocktaking consultation - January 2017 27 January 2017 APC

In January 2017, the IGF Secretariat organised a public consultation, inviting IGF stakeholders to submit inputs related to the following questions: A) Taking stock of 2016 programming, preparatory process, community intersessional activities and the 11th annual IGF: What worked well? What worked not so well? B) Suggestions for improvements in 2017? (programming, preparatory processes, communit...

Submission to the CSTD Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation from the Association for Progressive Communications
Submission to the CSTD Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation from the Association for Progressive Communications 23 January 2017 APC

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) welcomes the opportunity to provide our input into the work of the Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation on Public Policy Issues Pertaining to the Internet (WGEC). Our view is that enhanced cooperation should aim to improve and democratise the governance of the internet at all levels, not only to establish more equitable influence for and amo...

IGF 2016: Notes and links around community networking
IGF 2016: Notes and links around community networking 21 December 2016 Leandro Navarro, Pangea

Pangea, a Barcelona-based independent non-profit organisation that promotes the strategic use of communication networks and ICTs for development and social justice, has been an APC member since 1995. Pangea’s Leonardo Navarro participated at the 2016 Internet Governance Forum, and shared the following insights: Community Networks have emerged at IGF as “the other” way to develop connecti...

Intersection between women’s rights and internet governance in Uganda
Intersection between women’s rights and internet governance in Uganda 19 December 2016 Godfrey Kayobyo, Peter Fuuna, Moses Owiny and Zavuga Amuriat

The UN Women Fund for Gender Equality Project implemented by WOUGNET and WomensNet in South Africa entitled “Increasing women’s decision making and influence in internet governance and ICT policy for the realization of women’s rights in Africa” was conceived with the aim of: i) increasing the capacity of women in the two countries to discuss, analyse, respond to and influence policy on ...

Spotlight on national and regional initiatives at the global IGF
Spotlight on national and regional initiatives at the global IGF 15 December 2016 APC

National and regional Internet Governance Forum initiatives (NRIs) play a key role in internet governance. They are organic and independent formations that discuss issues pertaining to internet governance from the perspective of their respective communities, while acting in accordance with the main principles of the global Internet Governance Forum (IGF). On 7 December, during a plenary session...

What happened at the 2016 Internet Governance Forum in Guadalajara, Mexico?
What happened at the 2016 Internet Governance Forum in Guadalajara, Mexico? 14 December 2016 APC

The 11th annual Internet Governance Forum took place in Guadalajara, Mexico, between 5-9 December 2016. Internet governance stakeholders from all over the world gathered around the overall theme of “Enabling Inclusive and Sustainable Growth”. [View the story "IGF 2016 in Guadalajara, Mexico" on Storify]

What steps can Africans take and lead in internet governance and social justice?
What steps can Africans take and lead in internet governance and social justice? 14 December 2016 Ephraim Percy Kenyanito

Almost three years ago, I published a blog post on CircleID titled “Internet Governance: Why Africa Should Take the Lead”. I argued that African internet stakeholders use a “wait and see approach” in matters as critical as internet governance, and that African voices are missing in key internet governance discussion fora. Additionally, I suggested some reasons for this approach, includi...

Inside the Information Society: What should we seek from this week’s Internet Governance Forum?
Inside the Information Society: What should we seek from this week’s Internet Governance Forum? 05 December 2016 David Souter

Each week David Souter comments on an important issue for APC members and others concerned about the Information Society. This week’s blog post sets out aspirations for this week’s Internet Governance Forum. The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is happening this week in Guadalajara, Mexico. Today, a brief preview; next week, some thoughts on what took place. The IGF, for those who’re unfam...

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