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  • APC network strategises to ensure open, fair and sustainable internet

    MONTEVIDEO 9 May 2011 (APC for APCNews)

    Dramatic events recently such as the internet shutdowns in Arab states and the WikiLeaks clampdown are pressing reminders that an open and fair internet cannot be taken for granted. In March APC brought together 100 researchers, innovators and activists to strategise.

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  • Debate over spectrum in Argentina: “A defining push is needed to get past the debate stage”

    MONTEVIDEO 21 March 2012 (AF for APCNews)

    Although in Argentina a debate does exist on the spectrum, it prioritises aspects related to broadcasting and obscures those related to telecommunications. Florencia Roveri and Flavia Fascendini of Nodo Tau clarify this issue in this interview conducted as part of the “Open spectrum for development” project.

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  • Have you watched our videos on spectrum for development yet?

    PERGAMINO 25 July 2012 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

    Together with CIESPAL and with the support of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), APC has developed seven videos that explain what radio spectrum is and how it can affect our rights.

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  • Moving with the times: Opening spectrum so we can all communicate

    MONTREAL 24 January 2011 (Evan Light for APCNews)

    The spectrum both surrounds us and passes through us. Made up of waves of energy that allow us to communicate the way we do today – through radio, television, mobile phones, wireless internet and more — spectrum is an invisible common link that ties our societies together. A global shift in spectrum regulation is currently under way with regulatory reforms being developed and proposed in several countries. As the internet and wireless communication increasingly merge into a singular form of communication, we will be presented with unique opportunities to adapt to open, trusting and collaborative forms of regulation and technology use. This introduction to developing a policy on open spectrum by spectrum expert Evan Light for APC, breaks down what spectrum is, how it works and why governments with under-served communities stand to gain so much from opening up the spectrum to more users and uses.

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  • Spectrum regulation in Argentina: The need to move from broadcasting to access

    12 December 2011 (Nodo Tau for APC)

    Argentina is one of only three countries in the world that privatised spectrum. However the recent renationalisation of its control, together with the participative drafting of a new radio broadcasting law and a national plan for internet access, make this an auspicious time

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  • Spectrum use in Latin America: relevant aspects, conclusions and recommendations

    RIO DE JANEIRO 10 January 2012 (Carlos A. Afonso for APC)

    APC’s “open spectrum” initiative aims to provide an understanding of spectrum regulation by examining the situation in Africa, Asia and Latin America. In this synthesis, the project’s consultant Carlos Afonso brings together the most important aspects of the studies in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela.

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