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UNESCO’s IPDC gives go ahead for Internet Universality Indicators
UNESCO’s IPDC gives go ahead for Internet Universality Indicators 27 November 2018 UNESCO

“The project to develop Internet Universality Indicators is at the very heart of UNESCO’s mandate. It is one of the best examples of UNESCO supporting its Member States in addressing digital gaps and contributing to sustainable development,” commented the Representative of Sweden, one of the donors of the project, at the 31st session of the IPDC (International Programme for Development of Communication) Council. “A UNESCO analysis of above 50 existing instruments of Internet principle...

UN Committee: Accessible and affordable internet is critical for economic, social and cultural rights in South Africa
UN Committee: Accessible and affordable internet is critical for economic, social and cultural rights in South Africa 21 November 2018 Mehar Gujral for APCNews

“We welcome your critique regarding access to the internet and agree with most, if not all, of your criticisms,” stated South Africa’s Deputy Minister of International Relations Luwellyn Landers to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights during the country’s first review at the Committee, which took place on 2 and 3 October. The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights oversees the implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Socia...

What's new on the spectrum? “We need more tools in the spectrum briefcase”: Discussing approaches to access with Mike Jensen
What's new on the spectrum? “We need more tools in the spectrum briefcase”: Discussing approaches to access with Mike Jensen 20 November 2018 APCNews

Our third interview in the spectrum series features APC's internet access specialist Mike Jensen.  Mike has a 30-year history of establishing communications systems in over 45 developing countries. An Internet Hall of Fame inductee, he has been at the forefront of network connectivity since “the very start”. Mike co-founded "The Web", an internet service provider for the non-profit se...

Launch of the 2018 GISWatch report on community networks: The many ways to "do-it-yourself" to end digital exclusion
Launch of the 2018 GISWatch report on community networks: The many ways to "do-it-yourself" to end digital exclusion 15 November 2018 APCNews

On 13 November, APC held its official launch of the 2018 edition of Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Paris. Moderated by APC’s Kathleen Diga with statements from Chat Garcia Ramilo and Valeria Betancourt, the session brought together many of the authors who contributed to the report, which was themed this year on community-owned networks fo...

What's new on the spectrum? “Let's make sure we can use it for what is needed”: A conversation with Peter Bloom from Rhizomatica
What's new on the spectrum? “Let's make sure we can use it for what is needed”: A conversation with Peter Bloom from Rhizomatica 14 November 2018 APCNews

For the second interview in our spectrum series, we had the chance to speak with Peter Bloom, general coordinator and founder of Mexico-based NGO and APC member organisation, Rhizomatica.   Peter established Rhizomatica in 2009 with the mission of increasing telecommunications access by helping communities to build, own and manage their own low-cost, open source communications infrastructu...

Contribution from the Association for Progressive Communications to the IGF intersessional work on Policy Options for Connecting and Enabling the Next Billion(s) – Phase IV
Contribution from the Association for Progressive Communications to the IGF intersessional work on Policy Options for Connecting and Enabling the Next Billion(s) – Phase IV 13 November 2018 APC

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) welcomes the initiative by the IGF’s Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) to further develop ‎the IGF’s intersessional work on “Policy Options for Connecting and Enabling the Next ‎Billion(s)”. We appreciate the opportunity to share our perspectives on some of the key aspects oriented to building an enabling environment for acces...

Submission on proposed policy on licensing unassigned high-demand spectrum and deployment of the WOAN
Submission on proposed policy on licensing unassigned high-demand spectrum and deployment of the WOAN 13 November 2018 Zenzeleni Networks, the Association for Progressive Communications, the University of the Western Cape, the University of Cape Town and Rhizomatica

In Notice 1003 published in Government Gazette No. 41935 dated 27 September 2018, the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) invited the public to provide written comments on proposed policy and policy directions to the authority on licensing of unassigned high-demand spectrum. Our submission is premised on the supply-side challenges identified in the White Paper to transfo...

An open letter to Mark Zuckerberg: The World's Freedom of Expression is in Your Hands
An open letter to Mark Zuckerberg: The World's Freedom of Expression is in Your Hands 13 November 2018 Various

Dear Mark Zuckerberg: What do the Philadelphia Museum of Art, a Danish member of parliament, and a news anchor from the Philippines have in common? They have all been subject to a misapplication of Facebook’s Community Standards. But unlike the average user, each of these individuals and entities received media attention, were able to reach Facebook staff and, in some cas...

Dynamic Coalition on Community Connectivity at IGF 2018: Connection "for the community with the community by the community"
Dynamic Coalition on Community Connectivity at IGF 2018: Connection "for the community with the community by the community" 12 November 2018 Gabrielle Willms for APCNews

Developing connectivity projects that are “for the community with the community by the community” is crucial as we work to connect the next billion, stressed Jane Coffin of the Internet Society (ISOC) during today's meeting of the Dynamic Coalition on Community Connectivity (DC3). Established in 2015 to provide a space for collaborative, multistakeholder conversation on community network de...

Global Information Society Watch 2018: Community Networks
Global Information Society Watch 2018: Community Networks 12 November 2018 Various

This year’s Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) focuses on community networks. Community networks are “communication networks built, owned, operated, and used by citizens in a participatory and open manner.” This is a starting point. As the 43 country reports gathered here show, in practice, “community networks” can be hybrid systems, with different political and practical obj...

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