internet regulation

Online content: To regulate or not to regulate – is that the question?
Online content: To regulate or not to regulate – is that the question? 01 November 2019 Dr. Mathias Vermeulen

Recently there have been a flurry of proposals to “regulate the internet”, which in practice boils down to more narrowly regulating online content. These proposals often emerge after high-profile revelations related to the role of online intermediaries in facilitating access to illegal or undefined harmful content. In order to suggest a principles-based approach to regulation, this issue paper highlights positive and negative aspects of some recent initiatives to regulate online content, ...

Multistakeholderism: An alien word to a regulator
Multistakeholderism: An alien word to a regulator 04 December 2017 Martha Kamukama

Multistakeholderism… what an alien word to a regulator! I walked into the African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG) 2017 with this exact mindset. Working for a regulator gives you false confidence; that you call all the shots, that your decisions are final, that the operators you regulate should either tow the line or change their line of business. We sometimes get so caught up with regulating that we forget the purpose for which we are regulating. I remember being emphatic during my ...

APC perspectives on the revision of the International Telecommunication Regulations
APC perspectives on the revision of the International Telecommunication Regulations 03 November 2012 VB

Current ITRs date from 1988 and considering the changes in the telecoms sector since then it is not surprising that they are up for review. The question is whether the upcoming WCIT poses a ‘threat’ to the internet. See APC’s perspective on the revision of the ITRs.Current ITRs date from 1988 and considering the dramatic changes in the telecoms sector since then it is not surprising ...

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