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Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 36th session
Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 36th session 11 September 2017

The 36th session of the Human Rights Council is taking place from 11 to 29 September 2017 in Geneva. This session will consider a number of thematic reports from Special Rapporteurs Independent Experts, and the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights, some of which will touch on internet-related rights issues, including a report focused on assistive and robotics technology, artificial intelligence and automation with respect to the enjoyment of human rights by older persons.

Defining internet universality indicators: Participate in the first phase of the online consultation!
Defining internet universality indicators: Participate in the first phase of the online consultation! 22 June 2017

Work on a project to define Internet Universality indicators is being led for UNESCO by APC on behalf of a consortium which also includes ict Development Associates, Research ICT Africa, LIRNEasia and DIRSI. Please participate in this first stage of the online consultation!

Inside the Information Society: Policies for the digital economy
Inside the Information Society: Policies for the digital economy 16 October 2017

Last week I looked at the big picture on the digital economy, in the light of UNCTAD’s latest Information Economy Report. This week: some of the issues the digital economy raises for policymakers at a national and local level.

Internet Universality Indicators: Join us in a Twitter-interview!
Internet Universality Indicators: Join us in a Twitter-interview! 13 October 2017

Join us on Twitter on 19 October from 12:00 to 13:00 UTC to discuss Internet Universality Indicators with Guy Berger, Director of Freedom of Expression and Media Development at UNESCO. 

APC's subgranting programme benefits 18 members in 2017
APC's subgranting programme benefits 18 members in 2017 09 October 2017

APC’s subgranting programme in its second year awarded a total of USD 273,986 to support its members in achieving APC’s vision. Eighteen member organisations were recipients of 21 grants, and funds were also used to support the research for 28 national GISWatch 2017 reports.

Inside the Information Society: Whose digital economy?
Inside the Information Society: Whose digital economy? 08 October 2017

This week’s post is the first of two on the digital economy. UNCTAD – the UN Conference on Trade and Development – published its two-yearly Information Economy Report (IER) last week. It’s consistently one of the more interesting UN publications on the Information Society. Well worth a read.

Inside the Information Society: Do we understand the role robots play in our lives?
Inside the Information Society: Do we understand the role robots play in our lives? 04 October 2017

Robots are talked of more and more these days. Like implants, they’ve moved from science fiction to present reality. Instead of fantasizing over them, we need to understand the role they’re playing in our lives and going to play in them in future.

The pre-internet days and early local efforts at linking activists
The pre-internet days and early local efforts at linking activists 03 October 2017

In the early 1980s, before the internet as we know it existed, activists from different corners of the world were working on stand-alone systems with “human gateways”. Technicians had to travel from one part of the world to another to allow different computer systems to communicate with each other.

Inside the Information Society: Are you ready for your implant?
Inside the Information Society: Are you ready for your implant? 25 September 2017

This week’s blog post concerns what might happen if the Internet of Things begins to get under your skin.

Economic, social and cultural rights - What does the internet have to do with them?
Economic, social and cultural rights - What does the internet have to do with them? 22 September 2017

This video draws on some of the many cases featured in the 2016 GISWatch edition on ESCRs and the internet, and adds an imaginary twist that enables easier understanding of the topic. How can we explain the impact of the internet with a simple metaphor? What if we imagined for a few minutes that the internet was a live animal, that moves and adapts, even camouflages itself, like a zebra? W...