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Cyberlaw and human rights: Intersections in the global South
Cyberlaw and human rights: Intersections in the global South 10 March 2019 APCNews

How are internet governance and policy making developing? In the global South, and particularly under repressive regimes, regulations often reflect disregard for human rights obligations. How can we work for the preservation of the core values of the internet – interoperability, universality, free expression and the free flow of information – in these contexts? A panel on "Cyberlaw and human rights: Intersections in the global South", held 31 January at Harvard Law School, addressed ...

Spectrum for community networks: Opening up a crucial conversation
Spectrum for community networks: Opening up a crucial conversation 12 November 2018 Flavia Fascendini for APCNews

There is a profound connectivity “gap” in many parts of the world, leaving over half the global population without internet access – 3.58 billion people currently have internet access, out of a total of 7.7 billion. This connectivity gap exists in urban, rural and remote unserved and underserved areas of many countries, particularly developing and least-developed countries. One very critical policy and regulatory issue for community networks is the issue of access to and use of spectrum...

Gender and community networks: Busking in policy spaces
Gender and community networks: Busking in policy spaces 26 June 2018 Kathleen Diga and Nic Bidwell

This column series begins with looking at community networks through the prism of community and gender. The first column sets up what is a community network and what is its "value" or importance in the current media and technology landscape, and the shifting importance of gender within this discourse. In this interview, Kathleen Diga, Nic Bidwell along with Namita Aavriti have a conversation wi...

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 6
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 6 24 May 2018

Welcome to the sixth monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks. 1. Get involved Northern Public Affairs, in collaboration with the Internet Society, is pleased to release a call for contributions to the Fall 2018 special issue of NPA Magazine focusing on emerging developments in community networks among Indigenous peoples in North America. Read more.  APC in...

Content regulation in the digital age: Submission to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression
Content regulation in the digital age: Submission to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression 13 March 2018 APC

We welcome this topic because it is current and integral to our work. On the one hand there is a lot of “noise” in the mainstream media about so-called “fake news” and what appears to be a fairly rushed response from platforms consisting of increasing in-house regulation of content. On the other hand, human rights defenders and activists we work with express concern that platforms are r...

Community Networks: Regulatory issues and gaps – Experiences from India
Community Networks: Regulatory issues and gaps – Experiences from India 15 October 2017 Ritu Srivastava

The emergence of a global “information society” is driven by the continuing development of converging telecommunications, multimedia broadcasting, and information technologies linked together by the internet. The flow of information facilitated by the internet strengthens democratic processes, stimulates economic growth, and allows for cross-fertilisation of knowledge exchange and creativit...

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 ...

APC urges International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) to limit use of toxic chemicals in electronics production
APC urges International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) to limit use of toxic chemicals in electronics production 24 April 2008 Natalie Brown

Alan Finlay, editor of Chakula, the APC Africa policy monitor, has submitted the following letter to the South African National Committee of the IEC on behalf of APC: Jo-Anne Byng Secretary: South African National Committee of the IEC Private Bag X191 0001 Pretoria Phone +27 12 428 6704 083 6284856 Fax +27 12 428 6889 Dear Ms. Byng, The Association for Progressive Communications (www.apc.org) w...

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