ICT policy

BREAKING NEWS: Social networking sites face ban in Pakistan
BREAKING NEWS: Social networking sites face ban in Pakistan 19 May 2011

A new ruling by the Lahore High Court may result in a total ban of social media in Pakistan reports APC. Critics condemn the ban as unnecessary, unjust and ultimately counterproductive.

Korean Progressive Network issues statement to the Human Rights Council
Korean Progressive Network issues statement to the Human Rights Council 16 May 2011

The Korean Progressive Network JINBONET, which has received special consultative status for the seventeenth session of the UN Human Rights Council, has issued a call for the council to examine the issue of human rights and ICTs in South Korea.

UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development Fourteenth session
UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development Fourteenth session 14 May 2011

The fourteenth session of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) will be held in Geneva from 23 to 27 May 2011. The Commission will address two of its priority themes within the framework of its multi-year work programme, namely: 1. Technologies to address challenges in areas such as agriculture and water 2. Measuring the impact of information and communications t

Human rights belong to people, not to networked computers
Human rights belong to people, not to networked computers 09 May 2011

Former New Zealand human rights commissioner Joy Liddicoat has just joined APC to lead a new Internet Rights are Human Rights campaign. Although she is busy getting ready for Internet Governance Forum consultations on May 18-19, she took a few moments to talk to APCNews.

APC network strategises to ensure open, fair and sustainable internet
APC network strategises to ensure open, fair and sustainable internet 09 May 2011

Dramatic events recently such as the internet shutdowns in Arab states and the WikiLeaks clampdown are pressing reminders that an open and fair internet cannot be taken for granted. In March APC brought together 100 researchers, innovators and activists to strategise.

Mozilla stands up to Homeland Security
Mozilla stands up to Homeland Security 06 May 2011

Last month the Department of Homeland Security issued an affidavit for Mozilla, the most popular web browser among people who’ve never watched Matlock, to remove one of its add-ons.

Take Back the Tech: Declare your right to communicate May 3
Take Back the Tech: Declare your right to communicate May 3 29 April 2011

On May 3, World Press Freedom Day, join Communication Is Your Right! and Take Back the Tech! for a global action day to defend our right to freely access, use, engage and share information and opinions and become our own media through information and communication technologies (ICTs).

New research on sexuality and the internet is an “eye-opener”
New research on sexuality and the internet is an “eye-opener” 26 April 2011

“It was an eye-opener,” says privacy advocate Gus Hosein when he talks about the findings from APC’s exploratory research on sexuality and the internet in Brazil, India, Lebanon, South Africa, and USA. And it’s given him some good ammunition with which to field those annoying radio callers who question the need for privacy online.

Digital broadcast migration in West Africa: Nigeria Research Report
Digital broadcast migration in West Africa: Nigeria Research Report 13 April 2011

Nigeria, one of Africa’s most liberalised broadcast markets, appears to be on course to meet its self-imposed target of June 17, 2012 as the change- over date to digital broadcasting transmission in the country. Industry regulator the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), the industry claims that cable and Direct – to – home (“DTH”) operators in the country are a...

Digital broadcast migration in West Africa: Ghana Research Report
Digital broadcast migration in West Africa: Ghana Research Report 13 April 2011

Ghana’s migration from analogue to digital TV broadcasting is to comply with the GE-06 Agreement to meet the 2015 deadline set by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). This migration is the largest initiative to impact the Ghana TV broadcasting since the conversion from black and white to color TV in the 1980’s. But the migration will not just be something that affects broadc...