Research

Latin America in a Glimpse 2016
Latin America in a Glimpse 2016 03 December 2016 APC, Coding Rights, Derechos Digitales and IFEX-ALC

This report is a summary of the most relevant information on the human rights and internet situation in Latin America during 2016. We hope that this initiative will increase the knowledge of the international community, gathered in the Internet Governance Forum 2016, about our region. This initiative is coordinated by Derechos Digitales, the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), and Coding Rights from Brazil. The document was completed on 10 November 2016 and was possible thanks t...

Mobile Phones for Social Change and Behavioural Change: A compendium of 100+ initiatives in India
Mobile Phones for Social Change and Behavioural Change: A compendium of 100+ initiatives in India 26 October 2016 Ritu Srivastava and Arjun Sen

The rapid growth of mobile telephony has significantly changed the traditional way of communication. As an affordable and accessible means of communication, even rural communities have realised the potential of mobile telephony to create economic opportunities and strengthen their social networks. Mobile phones, by virtue of their role as carriers and conduits of information, ought to lessen the information asymmetries in markets, thereby making rural and undeveloped markets more efficient. I...

Mobile Phone: A Public Tool. Analysing the use of mobile technology in civic participation, education and health
Mobile Phone: A Public Tool. Analysing the use of mobile technology in civic participation, education and health 26 October 2016 Saleema Razvi, Ritu Srivastava and Buddhadeb Halder with collaboration of others

The rapid growth of mobile telephony has significantly changed the traditional way of communication. As an affordable and accessible means of communication, even rural communities have realised the potential of mobile telephony to create economic opportunities and strengthen their social networks. Mobile phones, by virtue of their role as carriers and conduits of information, ought to lessen th...

Extracting lessons from NETmundial: Achieving bottom-up and multistakeholder outcomes from global internet policy governance discussions
Extracting lessons from NETmundial: Achieving bottom-up and multistakeholder outcomes from global internet policy governance discussions 22 July 2016 APC

The 2014 Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance (NETmundial) was a breakthrough both in terms of what it achieved and how it achieved it. In under six months, the organisers convened global actors to produce a consensus statement on internet governance principles and a roadmap for the future evolution of the internet governance ecosystem. The outcome of the meeting...

Global Commission on Internet Governance Report: One Internet
Global Commission on Internet Governance Report: One Internet 22 June 2016 Global Commission on Internet Governance

Internet governance is one of the most pressing global public policy issues of our time. Some estimates put the economic contribution of the Internet as high as 4.2 trillion dollars in 2016. The Internet of things could result in upwards of 11.1 trillion dollars in economic growth and effciency gains by 2025. And, the Internet is more than simply a system of wealth generation; it also acts as a...

The right to education and the internet: Case study on the role of the internet in provision and accessibility of educational resources in South Africa
The right to education and the internet: Case study on the role of the internet in provision and accessibility of educational resources in South Africa 16 May 2016 Andrew Rens

The right to education and the internet. Case study on the role of the internet in provision and accessibility of educational resources in South Africa This case study has been produced as part of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) research project Connecting your rights: Economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRs) and the internet. This is a three-year project funded by the ...

Freedom of assembly and association online in India, Malaysia and Pakistan: Trends, challenges and recommendations
Freedom of assembly and association online in India, Malaysia and Pakistan: Trends, challenges and recommendations 31 March 2016 Gayathry Venkiteswaran

This regional research paper frames the discussions of freedom of assembly and association (FOAA) online, focusing on the challenges, trends, recommendations and areas for further study in India, Malaysia and Pakistan. It is part of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) project entitled “Networking for freedom online and offline: protecting freedom of information, expression an...

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 surv...

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...

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...