This submission was developed as a joint effort of a diverse number of civil society groups that participated in a WSIS+10 civil society coordination event that took place on October 14 and 15 in New York, which APC co-organised.
We remain committed to consolidating the WSIS process by putting people’s rights at the centre, in the face of increasing political and commercial control of internet spaces.
The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) welcomes the content of the WSIS+10 Review Zero Draft. We have compiled the following proposals which we believe will strengthen the final document.
The Association for Progressive Communications (APC), the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), the Internet Democracy Project, and the Internet Society are co-organising a side event for non-governmental stakeholders to share and exchange their views and priorities with governments on WSIS+10 in a dynamic, interactive setting.
It might be the 10th global Internet Governance Forum (IGF) happening in Brazil in November 2015, but a small country in the heart of Europe – Bosnia and Herzegovina – just joined the global internet governance landscape on 1 October 2015 with its first national IGF (”#BHIGF”:https://twitter.com/search?f=tweets&vertical=d
The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) welcomes the content of the WSIS+10 Review Non-Paper. With input from the APC community we have compiled the following proposals which we believe will strengthen the final document.
In the opening session at this year’s Gender and Internet Governance Exchange (gigXAfrica), participants highlighted some key questions they had that they hoped would be answered during the exchange. One participant innocently asked: if the internet is free for all, how are women really marginalised in that space?
On Day 3 of AfriSIG, Dr. David Souter delivered a lecture on policy and regulation that impact internet-related human rights. The lecture highlighted the fact that the internet has in fact impacted rights widely, and in particular freedom of expression, freedom of assembly as it is now, online as well as offline, and the sensitive right to privacy issue.
What are the world’s governments thinking in the lead-up to the 10-year review of the World Summit on the Information Society? This report aims to inform stakeholder engagement by providing insight into 15 key government perspectives. The country chapter on South Africa was contributed by APC.
The 2005 UN World Summit on the Information Society set the tone for global discussions on internet and society that continue to dominate the sector. At the end of 2015, the UN General Assembly is holding a high-level meeting to review the WSIS, which again will profoundly shape the debate in the short and long term.