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.

Policing the internet: Intermediary liability in Africa
Policing the internet: Intermediary liability in Africa 28 August 2012

  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 control to user behavior. In some countries this trend is represented by changes in legal and regulatory framewor...

Action Research Network
Action Research Network 11 April 2011

  We build research capacity to ensure an open, fair and sustainable internet The APC Action Research Network is a network of researchers –occasionally professional researchers but more usually communications activists— who focus on “information society” themes such as internet access and mobile phones, environmental sustainability and technology, privacy and security online, sexuality rights and content regulation. Most are based in or associated with APC member organisations (8...

Internet rights are human rights
Internet rights are human rights 16 November 2010

Everyone has rights, including online. APC is documenting trends, lobbying for freedom of expression and to info in international forums and training human rights activists to use the internet securely. In 2010 Bytes For All, APC member in Pakistan, denounced the blocking of two major websites by the government: YouTube in February after a video showing the president losing his t...

Digital broadcast migration in West Africa: What's the dividend?
Digital broadcast migration in West Africa: What's the dividend? 10 November 2010

African countries committed to migrating to digital broadcasting by June 2015. It will be a costly process for both for governments and citizens and right now it is not really clear what the benefits will be or where the resources needed to make the transition will come from. And the reality is that only a few African countries have started on the policy work needed to create the transition and...

Global Information Society Watch
Global Information Society Watch 30 August 2010

Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) is an annual report co-produced by the APC network and partners, which looks at the progress being made in creating an inclusive information society worldwide (particularly in implementing World Summit on the Information Society or WSIS goals), encourages critical debate, and strengthens networking and advocacy for a just, inclusive information societ...

Open access to spectrum for development
Open access to spectrum for development 20 May 2010

Every thirty months the amount of information that can be transmitted over a wireless internet connection has the potential to double. Wireless could be the way to provide affordable broadband to millions of people currently living with poor connectivity. However the policy and regulation related to spectrum is often inefficient, secretive and ill-informed. APC’s “open spectrum” initiativ...

Impact 2.0: Experimenting with social networking for policy change in Latin America
Impact 2.0: Experimenting with social networking for policy change in Latin America 12 April 2010

  “The number of blogs have doubled every five months for the last two years; social networking Web sites usage is multiplying year on year; peer-to-peer has become the largest source of traffic on the Internet in three years,” says a recent study]. While policy-makers are busy trying to react to and anticipate these changes, how are they using this new tools and ways of interactions i...

Network of networks for a free and open internet
Network of networks for a free and open internet 12 January 2010

2010 promised to be a significant year for the future of the internet with a number of potential changes on the horizon. It could be the last year of existence for the Internet Governance Forum -the world’s only international forum bringing together governments, the technical community, businesses and civil society groups like the APC to guide the way the internet is run. ICANN – the organ...

Code of good practice on information, participation and transparency in internet governance
Code of good practice on information, participation and transparency in internet governance 09 November 2009

  Since the inception of the Internet Governance Forum, the Council of Europe, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) have been working on a joint initiative on public participation in internet governance. The full Code of Good Practice for Internet Governance is now available for download. The aim of the CoE/UNECE...

Internet rights monitor
Internet rights monitor 06 October 2009

Working with a broad coalition on internet rights and principles that emerged from the Internet Governance Forum, APC will update the APC Internet Rights Charter and promote it to internet users and policy makers all over the world. It is already translated into 22 languages mainly through the APC member network. We will gather stories that link internet rights, and violations against such righ...

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