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APC contribution to the ITU Council Working Group on International Internet-related Public Policy Issues: Open consultation on “Building an enabling environment for access to the Internet”
APC contribution to the ITU Council Working Group on International Internet-related Public Policy Issues: Open consultation on “Building an enabling environment for access to the Internet” 01 September 2016 APC

APC welcomes the initiative by the ITU to facilitate the engagement of the various stakeholders through this open consultation. We appreciate the opportunity to share our perspectives on some of the key aspects oriented to building an enabling environment for access to the internet. Particularly, APC’s input reflects on the reasons why digital exclusion persists and offers some suggestions to address it.

32nd Session of the Human Rights Council: Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to education, freedom of peaceful assembly and association
32nd Session of the Human Rights Council: Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to education, freedom of peaceful assembly and association 17 June 2016 APC

32nd Session of the Human Rights Council Item 3 Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to education and on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association Statement by the Association for Progressive Communications Delivered by Deborah Brown Thank you Mr. President. The Association for Progressive Communications welcomes the report by the Special Rapporteur on the right to education. We welcome the Special Rapporteur’s focus on “the right to education...

32nd session of the Human Rights Council: Oral statement by APC at the Annual Full-Day Discussion on the Human Rights of Women
32nd session of the Human Rights Council: Oral statement by APC at the Annual Full-Day Discussion on the Human Rights of Women 16 June 2016 APC

32nd Session of the Human Rights Council Annual Full-Day Discussion on the Human Rights of Women (HRC res. 6/30, 23/25 and 26/15) Oral statement by the Association for Progressive Communications, delivered by Jac sm Kee The Association for Progressive Communications welcomes the prioritisation of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in Goal 5 of the 2030 Agenda, in particu...

Written statement by the Association for Progressive Communications on the right to education and the internet
Written statement by the Association for Progressive Communications on the right to education and the internet 10 June 2016 Association for Progressive Communications

APC welcomes the report by the Special Rapporteur on the right to education. In particular we appreciate the substantial consideration that the Special Rapporteur gives to the role of the internet and technology in education. Access to the internet enables the realisation of economic, social and cultural rights, by supporting access to information and knowledge, freedom of expression and freedo...

Ending digital exclusion: Why the access divide persists and how to close it
Ending digital exclusion: Why the access divide persists and how to close it 13 April 2016 APC

Affordable and reliable internet access has become a vital means to exercise fundamental human rights and to support economic, social and human development. As observed by the former UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue, “the internet is one of the most powerful instruments of the 21st century for increasing tran...

Ending digital exclusion: Why the access divide persists and how to close it
Ending digital exclusion: Why the access divide persists and how to close it 13 April 2016

In a new position paper from APC, we unpack the underlying causes of limited connectivity, the shortcomings of current initiatives, and propose a set of policy responses to address the access gap. Affordable and reliable internet access has become a vital means to exercise fundamental human rights and support development. In the words of former UN Special Rapporteur Frank La Rue, “the in...

Digital convergence: Global trends in broadband and broadcast media concentration
Digital convergence: Global trends in broadband and broadcast media concentration 18 March 2016 Mike Jensen

Advances in the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) have huge potential to offer better access to information and more freedom of expression. But these technology advances are also leading to unprecedented industry disruption along with consolidation and cross-ownership of electronic media platforms, built on the convergence of broadcast and broadband media. Satellite and c...

New issue paper: How the technical community frames the Internet and economic, social and cultural rights
New issue paper: How the technical community frames the Internet and economic, social and cultural rights 23 December 2015 Avri Doria

The purpose of this paper is to discuss the issues surrounding strategies for cooperation with the technical community in the effort to advance economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRs) on the Internet. The paper describes the framework for the analysis of the functional environment of the technical community. It later outlines some opportunities for making progress.

Iranian blogger Hossein Derakhshan: "We need to make hyperlinks valuable again"
Iranian blogger Hossein Derakhshan: "We need to make hyperlinks valuable again" 14 December 2015 Leila Nachawati Rego

"The rich, diverse, free web that I loved  –  and spent years in an Iranian jail for –  is dying. Why is nobody stopping it?” Iranian-Canadian blogger Hossein Derakhshan wrote shortly after he was released from Evin prison in northern Tehran. Credited with introducing the blogging culture to Iran, Derakhshan spent six years isolated from the web he had contributed to building. When ...

Policy Options for Connecting the Next Billion. APC Submission to the 2015 IGF Intersessional
Policy Options for Connecting the Next Billion. APC Submission to the 2015 IGF Intersessional 09 October 2015 APC

Policy Options for Connecting the Next Billion. APC Submission to the 2015 IGF The Nature of the Problem Affordable and reliable internet access has become a vital means to exercise fundamental human rights and freedoms. As observed by the UN, “the internet is one of the most powerful instruments of the 21st century for increasing transparency in the conduct of the powerful, access to informa...

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