Communications and Information Policy Programme

CIPP responds to access, governance and rights problems in a consistent, systematic and integrated way, addressing national and regional particularities in Asia, Africa and Latin America and ensuring a multi-directional dynamic between the national, global and the regional levels. This is achieved by providing research/analysis-based substantive insights and framings; facilitating movement building and cross-movement interaction; enhancing the individual and collective agency of people to defend human rights online and to transform lives at local levels; addressing the transforming effect of technology through alternate viewpoints and approaches; developing and building the capacity of civil society and other stakeholders to engage with internet issues and processes, including those related to policy; and advocating for favourable policy options and solutions at global, regional and national levels.

Examining Internet Freedom in Latin America
Examining Internet Freedom in Latin America 06 July 2015

Implemented by APC in collaboration with Derechos Digitales, the Examinando la Libertad en Internet en Latinoamérica (EXLILA) project aims to analyse the state of internet freedoms in the region, to strengthen the capacities of NGOs, social movements and other civil society actors, as well as the actions of governments and the private sector, for the promotion and protection of internet rights and freedoms, and to measure the progress made in this area in each country. The project’s object...

Infrastructure Sharing for Supporting Better Broadband and Universal Access
Infrastructure Sharing for Supporting Better Broadband and Universal Access 13 April 2015

  Infrastructure sharing is an operational strategy designed to minimise the resources needed for communication infrastructure, making it much less costly and faster to deploy. By freeing up the resources required for network construction, broadband can be made more affordable for users. In addition, cost savings mean more funds can become available for network deployment in areas that may otherwise be uneconomic to serve. Reaching underserved areas with broadband infrastructure is a key...

Sexual rights
Sexual rights 06 April 2015

“On the one hand, the internet activists are not fully aware of sexual rights. On the other hand, those who are working on the issue of sexual rights are not knowledgeable on the issue of internet governance." (Syaldi Sahude, ICT and Rights to Internet Activists, Aliansi laki-laki baru/New Men Alliance) Restricting free expression, free association and the free flow of information on the inte...

Local Action to Secure Internet Rights (APC-LASIR)
Local Action to Secure Internet Rights (APC-LASIR) 11 March 2015

The Local Action to Secure Internet Rights (LASIR) project aims to empower national and local actors in their defence of human rights on the internet. APC will facilitate national initiatives and support human rights campaigns in ten countries across the globe where opportunity, capacity and momentum already exist. How will we do it? With the support of the Ford Foundation, APC will engage with...

Building a culture of online human rights and digital security in the Maghreb-Machrek region
Building a culture of online human rights and digital security in the Maghreb-Machrek region 24 October 2014

Human rights defenders (HRDs) in the Maghreb-Machrek region face various obstacles and threats, both online and offline. These can range from highly restrictive laws that limit their freedom of expression and freedom of assembly online, to targeted and mass surveillance by repressive regimes, and even threats and attacks by violent non-state actors. As part of our mission to empower people’s ...

Connecting your rights: Economic, social and cultural rights and the internet
Connecting your rights: Economic, social and cultural rights and the internet 22 October 2014

  A rights-based approach to internet policy and governance advances economic, social and cultural rights Discussions on internet rights are often limited to arguments around “internet freedom”. APC believes that advancing internet rights is also a way to advance economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRs). Some of these rights include: the right to education, the right to an adequate...

Spectrum for broadband and broadcasting
Spectrum for broadband and broadcasting 27 February 2014

APC’s efforts to ensure affordable and equitable internet access focus significantly on radio spectrum. While use of wireless internet, particularly through mobile devices, is growing exponentially in the developing world, access to reliable and affordable broadband continues to be a challenge, especially for remote and rural locations. Open, development-oriented spectrum management has great...

Human Rights Council
Human Rights Council 04 October 2013

APC participates at the UN Human Rights Council, an intergovernmental body responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe. As part of a growing network of civil society, APC engages in the Council to raise awareness and build support for internet rights. Our participation includes the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), a unique process coordinated by t...

Intermediary liability
Intermediary liability 02 October 2013

  Holding internet intermediaries liable is an increasing global trend that transfers the responsibilities of law enforcement, as well as of copyright enforcement, to internet service providers (ISP), both large and small. Internet intermediaries are therefore increasingly used to police and enforce the law on the internet and even to mete out punishments ranging from content con...

Communications rights ten years after WSIS:  Civil society perceptions and policy advocacy
Communications rights ten years after WSIS: Civil society perceptions and policy advocacy 28 August 2012

Governments of the world promised to build “a people-centred, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society,” during the UN-sponsored World Summit on the Information Society (2003-2005). Almost ten years have gone by and people-centred development has not been at the forefront of information society policy – policies that shape how and where people access the internet; what conte...

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