ICT policy

Save the date: South Africa to host Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa, 27-29 September 2017
Save the date: South Africa to host Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa, 27-29 September 2017 21 April 2017

The Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) and APC are happy to announce the date and location for the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica) 2017. This year’s edition of the Forum will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 27-29 September. The decision to hold the event here will contribute to expanding the physical footprint of FIFAfrica, which has since its inception in 2014 been held in Kampala, Uga...

2018 edition of the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica) set to take place in Ghana
2018 edition of the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica) set to take place in Ghana 14 June 2018

The Collaboration for International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) is pleased to announce the fifth edition of the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica). This year, the Forum will be hosted in partnership with the Media Foundation West Africa (MFWA) and will take place on September 26–28, 2018 in Accra, Ghana. The Forum is a landmark event that convenes various stakeholders from the internet governance and online rights arenas in Africa and beyond to del...

Internet freedom In Africa and the Universal Periodic Review
Internet freedom In Africa and the Universal Periodic Review 13 June 2018 Ashnah Kalemera

Human rights review mechanisms such as the United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and the Africa Commission on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR) provide a unique opportunity to address human rights concerns in African countries. The cooperative nature of the review mechanisms allows different stakeholders to make country submissions for consideration by the Human Rights Coun...

Has the Palestinian Cybercrime Law really been amended?
Has the Palestinian Cybercrime Law really been amended? 05 June 2018 7amleh – Arab Center for Social Media Advancement

In order to exert pressure on the Palestinian government, coalitions held meetings between civil society representatives and governmental bodies concerning amendment of the law in 2017. These ongoing discussions in addition to campaigns launched by activists, journalists and lawyers compelled the government to issue a new law no. 10 in 2018 regarding Cybercrime. About the law The Palestinian Au...

Participate in the new International Youth Internship Programme
Participate in the new International Youth Internship Programme 07 May 2018

Technology and communication at the heart of social change You would like to participate in an international internship with one of Alternatives’ partners. You want to advance Alternatives' and its allies’ work in the areas of social communications, information and communications technology (ICT), human rights and gender equality. You are dynamic, curious and eager to have a rewarding inter...

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 5
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 5 26 April 2018

Welcome to the fifth monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks. Categories 1. Get involved Digital Empowerment Foundation is calling for sessions for their Digital Citizen Summit. The deadline to submit your session proposal is 30 April 2018. Read more. 2. Calls for grants The Beyond the Net Medium and Large Grants Programme is now open for applications until 1...

Internship opportunity at APC on global policy and advocacy
Internship opportunity at APC on global policy and advocacy 11 April 2018

Are you passionate about human rights and social justice? Are you concerned about the impact that technology has on society, democracy and culture? Do you believe that the policy and regulatory decisions made about the internet today will shape the future of the world we live in? The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) has an exciting opening for an intern to join its global policy...

What to expect at 2018 ITU Plenipotentiary Conference and what it means for the internet
What to expect at 2018 ITU Plenipotentiary Conference and what it means for the internet 13 March 2018 Deborah Brown for the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

It’s that time of year again. Much like the Olympics, the UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) convenes its plenipotentiary conference where participants compete in feats of strength and endurance, mostly related to staying alert through a marathon of mundane meetings. If any excitement exists (aside from the campaigning for leadership positions), it generally occurs in the...

Written submission by Zenzeleni Networks, APC and the University of Western Cape on the Electronic Communications Amendment Bill in South Africa
Written submission by Zenzeleni Networks, APC and the University of Western Cape on the Electronic Communications Amendment Bill in South Africa 20 February 2018 Zenzeleni Networks, APC and University of Western Cape

In Notice 1293 published in Government Gazette No. 41261 dated 17 November 2017, the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) invited written submissions on the Electronic Communications Amendment Bill. The date for submissions was extended to 31 January 2018 as a result of Notice 1390 published in Government Gazette No. 41312 dated 8 December 2017. This submission is premis...

Joint comments to the Innovation, Science and Economic Development’s Consultation on the Technical and Policy Framework for White Space Devices in Canada
Joint comments to the Innovation, Science and Economic Development’s Consultation on the Technical and Policy Framework for White Space Devices in Canada 16 February 2018 APC and Internet Society

In 2016, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunication Commission (CRTC) ruled that broadband Internet is a basic telecommunication service. The CRTC set the ambitious goal of ensuring 90 per cent of Canadian householders would have access to broadband speeds of 50Mbps download and 10Mbps upload. The unfortunate reality in Canada is that the remaining 10 per cent of Canadians that will be...

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