Open Society Institute

OSI’s initial support for APC’s work was focused in Central and Eastern Europe with an emphasis on strengthening the capacity of APC members and partners in the region. OSI provided substantial support to the APC Toolkit project, which produced the APC ActionApps. OSI also provided support for APC’s internet rights work in Europe. Throughout our relationship, OSI has played a key networking role by linking APC to related initiatives, and providing us with valuable critical input.

In 2001 OSI continued to support internet rights work in Europe, as well as the Learning and Practitioners’ Network project.

In 2002 it again funded the Learning and Practitioners’ Network project (Phase I), in addition to the ItrainOnline/TechSoup partners’ meeting and the Secure Online Communications training and materials.

In 2003, it supported the ICT Policy for Civil Society training in Colombia.

In 2004, 2005 and 2006 the foundation funded: Capacity building for community wireless connectivity in Africa and Secure Online Communications. In 2006 it also funded: Ensuring affordable and open access to EASSy: Consultation for key stakeholders, and the Africa wireless capacity-phase II planning meeting.

Examining Internet Freedom in Latin America: Paraguay country report
Examining Internet Freedom in Latin America: Paraguay country report 27 March 2016 Maricarmen Sequera Buzarquis, TEDIC

Paraguay experienced state and private surveillance during the military dictatorship of Alfredo Stroessner (1954-1989). However, the democratic period is not exempt from similar practices or new forms of abusive intrusion into the lives of citizens. This report analyses surveillance and violations of basic rights that continue in this democratic period in Paraguay, in other forms including surveillance using the internet. It also documents the heightening of some processes such as tougher pen...

Examining Internet Freedom in Latin America: Mexico country report
Examining Internet Freedom in Latin America: Mexico country report 27 March 2016 Luis Fernando García and Vladimir Chorny, R3D: Red en Defensa de los Derechos Digitales

Mexico’s Constitution recognises the right of access to information and communication technologies (ICTs). However, the population has a low rate of access to the internet. The law recognises net neutrality, including the principles of non-discrimination and free access. However, there is documentary evidence of practices that run contrary to these principles. The Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT – Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones) should issue guidelines on internet traff...

Examining Internet Freedom in Latin America: Costa Rica country report
Examining Internet Freedom in Latin America: Costa Rica country report 27 March 2016 Cooperativa Sulá Batsú

Costa Rica has laws that recognise and protect the following rights: privacy, freedom of expression, honour, freedom of conscience, religion, association and assembly, and non-discrimination. The laws are backed up by national doctrine and jurisprudence, that is, judicial literature and sentences that recognise and mould an environment for the protection of these rights. Most of these rights ar...

Examining Internet Freedom in Latin America: Colombia country report
Examining Internet Freedom in Latin America: Colombia country report 27 March 2016 Juan Diego Castañeda and Amalia Toledo, Fundación Karisma

Although Colombia has challenges guaranteeing internet access to all its population, the internet has become an essential tool for the development of many activities and the exercise of fundamental rights like freedom of expression and access to knowledge. Legislation and jurisprudence applicable to the internet have not been systematic, and this has often had major effects on whether the inter...

Television White Spaces Spectrum Workshop: Opportunities for Kenya and South Africa
Television White Spaces Spectrum Workshop: Opportunities for Kenya and South Africa 10 August 2011

Objectives: Deepen understanding of opportunities offered by Television White Spaces Spectrum in Africa focusing on Kenya and South Africa Explore how TVWS can transform the connectivity landscape in Africa to achieve the goal of creating affordable access for all Share ideas and experiences on how TVWS can boost growth of the technology sector in sub-Saharan Africa. The event is aimed ...

The problem of the information format (for networks)
The problem of the information format (for networks) 18 February 2010 Dr. Richard Rogers

The Govcom.org Foundation organized a workshop, with generous support from the Open Society Institute, Budapest based on the Association for Progressive Communications meeting in Cartagena in 2003. The APC, as a network deals with information formats on a daily basis but the question is, what does a network do with information formats, and what do you send a network? ‘New media’ networks di...

Global Knowledge Conference - GK3
Global Knowledge Conference - GK3 30 November 2007

Many APC and APC WNSP members will be present at this conference on the future. More than 2,000 people are expected from goverments, the private sector and civil society. APC will be participating in the following events: Official complete programme Pre GK3 Meetings – December 8-10 Telecenters Leaders Forum – December 8-9 Check their facebook (you need to login in order to view t...

Internet Governance Forum II (IGF)
Internet Governance Forum II (IGF) 30 October 2007

APC’s overriding objective at this year’s Internet Governance Forum (IGF), held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 12 to 15 November, was to promote internet for development. Development of this nature is ultimately about digital inclusion: access, internet governance, financing, human rights, participation in public policy processes, gender equality, ICTs and sustainable development. APC and ...

Open access in Africa: EASSy, SAT-3/WASC research
Open access in Africa: EASSy, SAT-3/WASC research 30 October 2007

In Africa, APC’s main focus is on access to infrastructure. Africa currently has to pay for some of the most expensive bandwidth in the world and the hard currency paid leaves the continent. Because East Africa does not have international fibre connections it is paying even more than West African countries connected to the monopoly-controlled SAT3/WASC cable. APC’s FibreForAfrica.net site p...

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