Internet governance

Arab IGF: Missed opportunities for multistakeholder engagement
Arab IGF: Missed opportunities for multistakeholder engagement 19 January 2016 Tarakiyee

As the Arab Internet Governance Forum reaches its fourth iteration, it continues to struggle to mature into a space where multistakeholder engagement can start producing the dialogue and efforts the region needs in order to face the many challenges in the field of internet governance. Attending both the global IGF and the Arab IGF within the space of one month, I believe that the region has missed yet another opportunity to tackle inequality and repression on the internet, and it remains to b...

APC member Avri Doria at WSIS+10 High Level Meeting
APC member Avri Doria at WSIS+10 High Level Meeting 23 December 2015 Avri Doria

Statement by APC member Avri Doria at WSIS+10 High Level Meeting Thank you Madam President, To the excellencies and delegates of the member states and among the participants of all stakeholder groups. I want to thank the member states who have produced an outcome that not only does no harm to the Internet but offers opportunities for us to reinforce the global Internet as a resource that is to be shared equitably by all people. Since I was young, I have had great love for the United Nations i...

The best and worst of the Arab IGF 2015
The best and worst of the Arab IGF 2015 22 December 2015 Leila Nachawati Rego

Between 14 and 18 December, I joined my colleague Tarakiyee, from APC, in Beirut, along with a dozen activists and human rights defenders from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), with a focus on internet rights. We aimed to form a strong working group to influence internet governance issues from a civil society perspective in the region, starting with our participation in the fourth annual...

APC's vision for future internet governance
APC's vision for future internet governance 15 December 2015 Anriette Esterhuysen

Anriette Esterhuysen at IGF 2015 On 9 November, Brazil as the host country of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2015 convened a High Level Leaders Meeting aimed at gathering prominent figures in internet governance – selected among all stakeholder groups – to dialogue on the future of internet governance beyond the year 2015. Key issues in digital policy, from cyber security and the digit...

The Working Group on Internet Governance - 10th Anniversary Reflections
The Working Group on Internet Governance - 10th Anniversary Reflections 30 November 2015 Various authors. William J. Drake (editor)

2015 marks the 10th anniversary of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). The UN General Assembly reviewed the progress made over the past decade and negotiated a text that addresses a number of global Internet governance issues. 2015 is also the 10th anniversary of a multistakeholder experiment that helped bring the WSIS to a successful conclusion: the Working Group on Internet Go...

Young African meets Global Forum
Young African meets Global Forum 27 November 2015 Yolanda Mlonzi

African Internet Rights. Whose rights are these anyway?, at IGF 2015. The first thought that came to mind when I heard that I was going to Brazil was white sand beaches and clear blue waters. Roxana Bassi who led the APC participation for the trip confirmed in an email: “Your room is booked, get your bikini ready!” I was excited and looked forward to meeting new people, spending t...

Queering internet governance in Indonesia
Queering internet governance in Indonesia 14 November 2015 Kamilia Manaf, Dewi Nova Wahyuni, and Ikram Baadila

In Indonesia, sexuality has gradually become a more and more open public discourse. Conflict on discourse of sexuality expands through the use of Internet. On the one hand, Internet has given space to the advancement of Human Rights including Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ). On the other hand, the technology creates a space, which preserves stat...

GISWatch 2015 – Sexual rights and the internet: Launched at IGF 2015
GISWatch 2015 – Sexual rights and the internet: Launched at IGF 2015 12 November 2015 Leila Nachawati Rego

GISWatch 2015. Photo by Arturo Enzo Bregagglio How does the politics of sex and sexual rights activism take place online? How are generally accepted sexual identities, as well as marginalised sexualities, expressed, regulated and moralised on the internet? And how does this relate to the threats of surveillance, censorship and online violence? These are some of the questions addressed by the la...

African Internet Rights. Whose rights are these anyway?, at IGF 2015
African Internet Rights. Whose rights are these anyway?, at IGF 2015 11 November 2015 Leila Nachawati Rego

African Internet Rights. Whose rights are these anyway? was the provocative title of a panel that explored how policy frameworks affect human rights on the continent. “Declarations are important, but implementation is the key issue,” was a core idea of the session, which touched on how initiatives like the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms can benefit policy makers, the bu...

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