Internet governance

At the Internet Governance Middle East and North Africa Summit: What is the role of civil society?
At the Internet Governance Middle East and North Africa Summit: What is the role of civil society? 29 September 2016 APC

Together for a free and open internet is the motto for this year’s IGMENA Summit, an event bringing together more than a hundred digital rights activists, human rights defenders, journalists and other stakeholders around internet rights and internet governance in the Middle East and North Africa, between 30 September and 2 October in Tunis. Is there a shrinking space for privacy in Gulf countries like Oman? How can increasing surveillance in Jordan be countered? How is cybercrime legislatio...

Shifting Power and Human Rights Diplomacy: South Africa
Shifting Power and Human Rights Diplomacy: South Africa 06 September 2016 Doutje Lettinga and Lars van Troost, editors

In collecting essays for this third volume in the Shifting Power and Human Rights Diplomacy series, the editors started from an open question, rather than an assumption. The key question of this volume is to what extent South Africa has used its power and influence for human rights promotion and protection abroad, and whether it is likely to do so in the future. Following earlier publications on Brazil and India, Strategic Studies, an initiative of the Dutch section of Amnesty International, ...

Inside the Information Society: ‘Information for all’ and the power of intermediaries
Inside the Information Society: ‘Information for all’ and the power of intermediaries 05 August 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 is about the growing role of intermediaries in information access. The Internet, we all agree, has transformed access to information. Those of us with broadband access – though, let’s remember, that’s a minority worldwide – can, increasingly, acce...

Call for applications for the fourth African School on Internet Governance
Call for applications for the fourth African School on Internet Governance 03 August 2016

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency are pleased to announce the call for applications for the fourth African School on Internet Governance. The 2016 School will be held in Durban, South Africa from 11 to 15 October 2016 in conjunction with the African Internet Governance Forum (IGF). Have you ever thought about the massive and sign...

Inside the Information Society: Mapping Internet governance
Inside the Information Society: Mapping Internet governance 22 July 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 looks at how to map the Internet governance landscape, which grows more complex almost by the day. Internet governance is a lot more complicated than it used to be. We need maps to help us navigate our way. When I first lectured on the subject, around the...

Extracting lessons from NETmundial: Achieving bottom-up and multistakeholder outcomes from global internet policy governance discussions
Extracting lessons from NETmundial: Achieving bottom-up and multistakeholder outcomes from global internet policy governance discussions 22 July 2016 APC

The 2014 Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance (NETmundial) was a breakthrough both in terms of what it achieved and how it achieved it. In under six months, the organisers convened global actors to produce a consensus statement on internet governance principles and a roadmap for the future evolution of the internet governance ecosystem. The outcome of the meeting...

Inside the Information Society: The IGF - retreating to advance
Inside the Information Society: The IGF - retreating to advance 17 July 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 comments on the future of the IGF following last week’s UN retreat, in continuation to last week’s post. The United Nations held a retreat last week to discuss the future direction of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). Around forty people, from ever...

Retreat from the IGF?
Retreat from the IGF? 15 July 2016 avri doria [15 July 2016]

Yesterday an elite group of our peers was transported to Glen Cove, NY for the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) Retreat on the future of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). Last year the UN general assembly approved a 10 year future for the IGF. UNDESA the UN designated administrator for the IGF secretariat felt responsible and decided to do something. Decided...

Inside the Information Society: Three challenges for the Internet Governance Forum
Inside the Information Society: Three challenges for the Internet Governance Forum 07 July 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 looks at the challenges for the future of the Internet Governance Forum. Later this week, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) is holding a ‘retreat’ to discuss the direction and work of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). Around 3...

Global Commission on Internet Governance Report: One Internet
Global Commission on Internet Governance Report: One Internet 22 June 2016 Global Commission on Internet Governance

Internet governance is one of the most pressing global public policy issues of our time. Some estimates put the economic contribution of the Internet as high as 4.2 trillion dollars in 2016. The Internet of things could result in upwards of 11.1 trillion dollars in economic growth and effciency gains by 2025. And, the Internet is more than simply a system of wealth generation; it also acts as a...

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