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Global Information Society Watch 2018: Community Networks
Global Information Society Watch 2018: Community Networks 12 November 2018 Various

This year’s Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) focuses on community networks. Community networks are “communication networks built, owned, operated, and used by citizens in a participatory and open manner.” This is a starting point. As the 43 country reports gathered here show, in practice, “community networks” can be hybrid systems, with different political and practical objectives. The country reports cover a diverse range of countries such as Georgia, Nepal, South Africa...

Inside the Information Society: Exploring Africa’s research priorities
Inside the Information Society: Exploring Africa’s research priorities 12 March 2018 David Souter

Last week I participated in / facilitated a workshop on Africa’s research priorities for the Information Society. What follows are some thoughts arising. The workshop was organised by Research ICT Africa, which has published some of the most interesting and in-depth analyses of Africa’s communications sector in the last decade. The findings from one strand of its work, its latest sets of household surveys, are now being published. Illuminating, not least because of what is ...

Inside the Information Society: After access - upgrading the evidence base on ICT access in development
Inside the Information Society: After access - upgrading the evidence base on ICT access in development 22 January 2018 David Souter

Last week’s post concerned how best to measure the Information Society.  This week: a look at an important new source of evidence on access and use in developing countries. One of the most interesting sessions at last month’s Internet Governance Forum came right at the end.  The attendance was disappointing – too many people had gone home, perhaps, or shopping – but the conten...

COP21: Can ICTs mitigate climate change?
COP21: Can ICTs mitigate climate change? 02 December 2015 APC

“Climate change creates a new opportunity for humanity to change its direction,” was ecofeminist Vandana Shiva’s message to COP21, the UN Conference on Environment and Development 2015, celebrated in Paris between 30 November and 11 December. At APC, awareness of climate change and its relationship with information and communications technologies (ICTs) has been an integral pa...

Betinho Communications Prize: Recognising remarkable contributions in using the internet for social justice and development
Betinho Communications Prize: Recognising remarkable contributions in using the internet for social justice and development 04 November 2015 APC

Betinho Communications Prize: Recognising remarkable contributions in using the internet for social justice and development In the year 2000, we launched the APC Betinho Communications Prize, with this motto: The internet has not yet been converted into a giant online shopping mall. There are thousands of projects big and small working online around the world that prove that the internet can b...

GISWatch reports: Monitoring ICT for development, democracy and social justice
GISWatch reports: Monitoring ICT for development, democracy and social justice 18 December 2014 Leila Nachawati Rego

At APC we support the defence of internet-related human rights at a local, national and regional level. The Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch), developed in partnership with the Humanist Institute for Cooperation with Developing Countries (Hivos), is a key element in this struggle. GISWatch is an annual report covering the state of the information society from the perspectives of civi...

Joint statement on the Ten-year Review of Progress Made in the Implementation of the Outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society
Joint statement on the Ten-year Review of Progress Made in the Implementation of the Outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society 05 December 2014 APC

The Association for Progressive Communications, the International Federation of Library Associations and the Internet Democracy Project welcome the Commission on Science and Technology for Development Secretariat’s report on the Ten-year Review of Progress Made in the Implementation of the Outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society and issued the following statement on the occasi...

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