12 Nov 2009
EMBARGO November 16 2009 00.00hs
Do you have a right to online knowledge? Report shows open internet in danger
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, November 16 2009 – A new report that reveals how vulnerable the internet as we know it is, has just been published by two global civil society organisations.
The annual report, called Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch), was released today by the Association for Progressive Communications and Dutch-funder Hivos. GISWatch 2009 is entitled Access...
25 Mar 2009 APC and partners
A draft framework towards a broadband strategy in South Africa was launched in Johannesburg on Tuesday. The framework was intended to highlight the current policy vacuum around broadband roll-out in South Africa, and to create a “popular movement” around broadband in the country.
It was also hoped that a reinvigorated policy direction in South Africa could propel the country back to the number one spot in internet access rankings on the continent.
The draft framework was one of the outcomes of a one-day...
27 Jan 2009 GISWatch 2008
How do we ensure access to the internet is a human right enjoyed by everyone?
This is one of the critical questions asked by an annual publication that highlights the importance of people’s access to information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure – and where and how countries are getting it right or wrong, and what can be done about it.
Global Information Society Watch 2008 (or GISWatch), published in print and online by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), the Third World...
10 Dec 2008 APC
The rationale for the report is featured in an APCNews article Rural communication: Is there still a need for telecentres now that there are mobile phones? which is also available in French and Spanish.
Unbounded possibilities: Observations on sustaining rural...
25 Sep 2008 Central European University
70 international experts and e-activists met in Budapest on Friday
September 19 to discuss EU-wide policies on data retention and to develop
strategies for defending and enhancing privacy. Hosted by the Center for
Media and Communication Studies (CMCS) at the Central European
University in Budapest, the workshop “Data retention on the Internet:
Challenges for small, alternative and citizen-based internet service
providers (ISPs)” brought together scholars, lawyers, policy experts,
22 Sep 2008 Central European University
International experts and e-activists meet in Budapest to discuss data retention on the internet
September 18, 2008
On Friday 19 September, more than 70 scholars, lawyers, policy experts, representatives of major NGOs, media professionals and activists from all over Europe will meet in Budapest to analyze the new EU law on data retention, and will develop strategies for defending and enhancing privacy and free communication. Hosted by the Center for Media and Communication Studies (CMCS...
20 Jun 2008 APC
The GOREe-TIC network was officially created Friday June 20th during the last day of a workshop covering the use and politics of ICT at the Gorée Institute. Its mission is to prioritise research and advocate change concerning the laws governing the rules and strategies of telecommunication in underdeveloped regions.
“A universal and affordable access to information technologies and communication to serve the development of Africa ; that is our dream” exclaimed Sylvie Siyam in Gorée Senegal, where she...
07 Mar 2008
The Association for Progressive Communications (APC), an international non-profit actor on internet access worldwide, has stated its whole-hearted support of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) for the drafting of regulations prescribing a list of essential facilities for electronic communications. “The introduction of these regulations creates conditions of open access on a non-discriminatory basis to undersea-based submarine cables,” says Natasha Primo, national policy manager at...
18 Dec 2007
FREE MEDIA, FREE SOCIETY
[Statement of the Foundation for Media Alternatives on the Arrest of Media Persons in relation to the Manila Peninsula incident of 29 November 2007]
Yesterday, in yet another brushfire igniting in the Philippine political landscape under the Arroyo Administration, a naval lieutenant and elected senator of the Republic, a decorated Army general, and about thirty (30) of their military comrades, reiterated their withdrawal of support for the President and called for the creation of a...
13 Nov 2007
Intergovernmental and civil society organisations propose a self-regulatory mechanism to foster participation, access to information and transparency in internet governance at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Rio de Janeiro on 12 November 2007.
The mechanism should ensure that all the institutions which play a role in some aspect of governing the internet commit to transparency, public participation, including participation of all stakeholders, and access to information in their activities. The proposal...