internet governance

Seventh African School on Internet Governance to take place in N'Djamena, Chad, on 4-9 September
Seventh African School on Internet Governance to take place in N'Djamena, Chad, on 4-9 September 29 August 2019

The Seventh African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG) will be held on 4-9 September 2019 in N’Djamena, Chad, with the aim of promoting and strengthening active multistakeholder participation in internet governance in the African continent. For six days, 60 participants from 26 countries will gather at sessions, lectures and workshops on internet governance processes at the local, national, sub-regional, regional and global levels. The School is taking place right before the ...

APC at APrIGF: Highlighting the importance of a human rights-based approach to internet governance
APC at APrIGF: Highlighting the importance of a human rights-based approach to internet governance 07 August 2019 APCNews

The Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF) serves as a multistakeholder platform for discussion, exchange and collaboration around internet governance issues at the regional level. At the 10th annual APrIGF, held on 16-19 July 2019 in Vladivostok, Russia, APC and its members played a key role, organising, moderating and speaking at a range of plenary sessions and workshops throughout the event. The overarching theme of this year’s APrIGF was “Enabling a Safe, Secure and ...

Meet the AfriSIG alumni in the outgoing Internet Governance Forum Multistakeholder Advisory Group
Meet the AfriSIG alumni in the outgoing Internet Governance Forum Multistakeholder Advisory Group 05 August 2019 Koliwe Majama

The African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG) aims to develop the leadership skills of Africans from diverse sectors and backgrounds to enable them to effectively participate in local, regional and international internet governance structures. This is not only important for shaping the continent’s internet landscape, but also ensures that the African region is adequately represented at ...

Fostering discussion, learning and participation: The APC community’s work in 2018 to support civil society’s role in internet governance
Fostering discussion, learning and participation: The APC community’s work in 2018 to support civil society’s role in internet governance 17 July 2019 Gabrielle Willms

Internet governance is understood as including the development and application of shared principles, norms, rules, decision-making procedures, and programmes that shape the evolution and use of the internet globally. As the information society continues to expand, so too does the need for effective, rights-based development of cyberspace regulation and structures. APC and its network have been ...

Stockholm Internet Forum: Reflecting on democracy in the digital era, in Africa and beyond
Stockholm Internet Forum: Reflecting on democracy in the digital era, in Africa and beyond 03 June 2019 Koliwe Majama

As an internet rights activist based in the global South, I often find myself musing over whether, within the African context in particular, access to a safe, free and open internet is possible. I also wonder whether governance and democracy can ever intersect in the scheme of things. Policy making remains central in these reflections. Ultimately, policy should be transformative – meaning tha...

APC's reflections on the 2018 IGF and suggestions for 2019
APC's reflections on the 2018 IGF and suggestions for 2019 18 January 2019 Deborah Brown, Anriette Esterhuysen and Mehar Gujral.

Submission to the IGF Community Public Consultation, January 2019 About APC The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) is an international network and non-profit organisation founded in 1990 that works to help ensure everyone has affordable access to a free and open internet to improve lives, realise human rights and create a more just world. APC has 87 members (made up of 58 organisa...

African School on Internet Governance: “Inspiring the next generation of internet governance leaders from Africa”
African School on Internet Governance: “Inspiring the next generation of internet governance leaders from Africa” 14 December 2018 APCNews

This article was developed through interviews with AfriSIG faculty members and organisers and with research from the 2013-2016 AfriSIG Tracer Study and the AfriSIG 2018 Report of Participants’ Evaluation. The African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG) is an annual five-day workshop organised by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) in partnership with the African Union (AU...

Countering misinformation online: Strengthening media literacy skills to fight “fake news”
Countering misinformation online: Strengthening media literacy skills to fight “fake news” 16 November 2018 Gabrielle Willms for APCNews

In recent years, the scope and consequences of online disinformation and misinformation campaigns have drawn increasing attention, as concern builds about their ability to exacerbate social polarisation, undermine public trust in the media and influence political decisions. Certainly, the advent of social media platforms and other online forums have permitted dissemination of information at an ...

Schools on Internet Governance at IGF 2018: Building a network and sharing resources
Schools on Internet Governance at IGF 2018: Building a network and sharing resources 13 November 2018 Gabrielle Willms for APCNews

Understanding internet governance concepts and institutions is key to effective participation in debates around today’s pressing digital issues, including cybersecurity, internet architecture and online human rights. But grasping the complex and constantly changing landscape of internet governance is far from intuitive, a reality which has led to the growing development of Schools on Internet...

APC priorities for the 13th Internet Governance Forum
APC priorities for the 13th Internet Governance Forum 10 November 2018 APC

1. Preamble The 13th annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF), the UN’s most significant multistakeholder platform for discussing internet governance, is taking place in Paris, France from 12 to 14 November 2018. At a time when trust in digital technologies seems to be declining with every data breach, misinformation campaign and revelation of surveillance, the overall theme of IGF 2018 – “...

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