Everything you need to know about the WSIS+10 review
Everything you need to know about the WSIS+10 review 28 January 2015 Deborah Brown and Lea Kaspar (Global Partners Digital)

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) process and its outcome documents are considered cornerstones of international norms and discourse on internet policy and governance. This year, as WSIS marks its 10th anniversary, the UN General Assembly is set to evaluate its progress and decide its future.   What is WSIS? The two-stage WSIS took place in 2003 (the Geneva phase) and 2005 (the Tunis phase). It was convened upon the recognition that there was “an urgent need to harness...

FAQ: Greening IT
FAQ: Greening IT 18 April 2013 APC

What does "ICTs and environmental sustainability" mean? Who else is focusing on this area? Given the growing importance of environmental sustainability in social and economic development, much global attention has been given to the role of information and communications technologies (ICTs), both as tools to address sustainability imbalances and as the source of environmental challenges in themselves. Over the last 10 years several prominent projects and multi-stakeholder networks have unfolde...

FAQ: Internet rights are human rights
FAQ: Internet rights are human rights 18 April 2013 APC

APC takes the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (“UDHR”) as a starting point for our work on human rights. From there we include other global and regional treaties which may be relevant when working on specific issues. The main focus of Connect your rights! Internet rights are human rights is on the right to freedom of expression and association. However, all rights are i...

Citizens guide to the airwaves
Citizens guide to the airwaves 13 June 2011 APC

What is the electromagnetic spectrum? Definition of spectrum There is no simple definition of spectrum. From a technical viewpoint, spectrum is the range of electromagnetic waves that can be used to transmit information. From a practical point of view, however, the effective management of spectrum embraces not only electromagnetic waves, but the technology used to transmit those waves, as well ...

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