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New laws in Uganda make internet providers more vulnerable to liability and state intervention NEW YORK 19 May 2014 By AL for APCNews

Internet intermediaries (ISPs, content providers, infrastructure providers) are increasingly being held liable for the content circulated by users. Two years after conducting research on the issue in Uganda in a project coordinated by APC, Lillian Nalwoga talked to APCNews about the latest developme...

Internet intermediaries: The dilemma of liability in Africa Pretoria 19 May 2014 By Emilar Vushe Gandhi for APCNews

In this editorial for a special edition of APCNews we look at the role of governments and the impact of regulations that hold internet intermediaries liable for content uploaded or circulated by users. We argue that protecting intermediaries is an important step for having a free and open internet a...

APC’s frequently asked questions on internet intermediary liability
APC’s frequently asked questions on internet intermediary liability 19 May 2014 By APCNews

What do we mean by internet intermediary liability? Are social networking sites and search engines considered internet intermediaries? Do legal measures affecting intermediaries have an impact on users’ rights? Find out more in these FAQs.

New laws affecting intermediary liability in Nigeria
New laws affecting intermediary liability in Nigeria 16 May 2014 By AL for APCNews

APCNews interviewed Gbenga Sesan, executive director of Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN), about the latest trends in the country towards holding intermediaries liable for their users’ behaviour. We also asked him about other pressing internet issues in the country.

Mapping the ICT policy environment in South Africa
Mapping the ICT policy environment in South Africa 16 May 2014 By Jane Duncan, Alan Finlay, Alexandra Groome, Alex Comninos and Anriette Esterhuysen for APCNews

While strong constitutional guarantees exist for freedom of expression in South Africa, including internet content, the effectiveness of these guarantees has been gradually reduced by an array of laws that have progressively chipped away at internet freedom, concludes a recent report by APC.

Intermediary liability: Internet policies that affect Africans
Intermediary liability: Internet policies that affect Africans 15 May 2014 By MN for APCNews

Many governments in Africa are establishing regulations to further control the flow of information on the internet. This trend includes holding intermediaries liable for content circulated by their users on their platforms and networks. APCNews talked to researcher Nicolo Zingales to find out more a...

FLOSS experts announced as jury members for Chris Nicol FLOSS Prize
FLOSS experts announced as jury members for Chris Nicol FLOSS Prize 14 May 2014 By Flavia Fascendini for APCNews

The APC Chris Nicol FLOSS Prize recognises initiatives that make it easy for people to start using free/libre and open source software (FLOSS). Now that the submission phase has ended, APC would like to introduce the honourable jury members who will select the winner of the 2014 FLOSS Prize. Meet th...

Public access: Supporting digital inclusion for all
Public access: Supporting digital inclusion for all 13 May 2014 By Mike Jensen for APC, IFLA and TASCHA

Public libraries play a critical role in extending the benefits of ICTs to marginalised populations worldwide, states a new briefing document that APC is presenting in Geneva at the current session of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD).

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