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Inside the Digital Society: Everything changes, everything stays the same
Inside the Digital Society: Everything changes, everything stays the same 20 January 2020 David Souter

Two things are clear: how much has changed in terms of the technology and how little’s changed in public discourse.

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. In order to suggest a principles-based approach to regulation, this issue paper highlights positive and negative aspects of some recent initiatives.

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

The panel reflected on the development of legislation and case law related to cyberspace in the global South and their implications for the future of human rights online.

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

A critical policy and regulatory issue for community networks is that of access to and use of spectrum. This crucial issue was addressed by the roundtable “Spectrum for Community Networks: A 'Must' That Is Hard to Get”, co-organised by APC and the Internet Society, which took place on Day 1 of the IGF 2018.

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

In this interview, Kathleen Diga and Nic Bidwell, along with Namita Aavriti, have a conversation with Steve Song, who provides thought leadership on, and practical implementations of, access to communications infrastructure and its impact on social and economic innovation and growth.

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.

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.

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

APC is supporting environmentalists’ calls to the South African National Committee of the IEC to vote against Clause 7 of IEC Standard 62368. Clause 7 requires that large amounts of fire retardant chemicals be used in electronics production, despite the lack of reliable fire data showing a need for such chemicals. If passed, this clause will make it even more difficult and dangerous to re...

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