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Human rights and Internet protocols: Comparing processes and principles 13 December 2012 Joy Liddicoat and Avri Doria

The Internet is a network that empowers at the edges, rather that the centre, rendering it a profoundly democratic and rights-fostering platform. Human rights are principles that seek to empower those at the margins rather than at the centre of power, rendering them a fundamentally empowering fra...

Freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of association and the internet 09 August 2012 Alex Comninos

Demonstrations in the middle-east and student protests in Chile or Quebec have shown that the internet can augment the capacity of citizens to form associations and organise protests. Campaigning through websites, microblogging and other uses of technology help increase the membership and reach o...

Voices from digital spaces: Technology-related violence against women (Executive Summary)
Voices from digital spaces: Technology-related violence against women (Executive Summary) 19 April 2012 APC WNSP

Drawing on findings from APC’s MDG3: Take Back the Tech!i project with women’s rights organisations in twelve countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America, this paper explores the links between the internet, cell phones and violence against women and illustrates that technology related...

Civil society involvement in ICANN: Strengthening future civil society influence in ICANN policymaking
Civil society involvement in ICANN: Strengthening future civil society influence in ICANN policymaking 21 September 2011 Robin Gross

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) was established in 1998 by the USA to run the root-servers that control the internet among other things. This new paper investigates ICANN’s processes, the role of civil society within decision-making, and highlights lessons le...

Human rights online: New issues and threats
Human rights online: New issues and threats 21 September 2011 Joy Liddicoat

This Connect your Rights! policy issue paper from the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) outlines the state of human rights online and the major challenges that activists and human rights defenders are facing. As levels of censorship and surveillance are increasing worldwide – eve...

Multi-stakeholder participation on internet governance: An analysis from a developing country, civil society perspective
Multi-stakeholder participation on internet governance: An analysis from a developing country, civil society perspective 20 September 2011 Marília Maciel and Carlos Affonso Pereira de Souza

A new analysis of multi-stakeholder participation in internet governance processes, including international experiences like the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) as well as the national level process in Brazil.

Spectrum for development
Spectrum for development 16 September 2011 Steve Song

When talking about affordable, ubiquitous access to communication in developing countries, wireless technologies offer the most hope for effectively bridging the digital divide. This paper examines its challenges and opportunities.    

Southern African Internet Governance Forum Issue Papers
Southern African Internet Governance Forum Issue Papers 31 August 2011 Alex Comninos

These papers provide detailed background information about some of the principal issues to be covered during the Sixth Internet Governance Forum (IGF). Produced for the Southern African IGF, they contain a wealth of examples pertinent to developing country environments. The papers were produced b...

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