ICT policy

Content filtering in US libraries is haphazard
Content filtering in US libraries is haphazard 30 April 2010

Freedom of speech and its flipside, access to information, is guaranteed by the First Amendment of the US Constitution. However federally-funded libraries are required to prevent people under eighteen accessing “harmful” content. Kevicha Echols and Melissa Ditmore investigate the use of internet filters on public library computers and find that measures adopted by libraries range from installation of filtering software on all computers for child and adult use to no filters at all! The law...

Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Lebanese Internet?
Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Lebanese Internet? 29 April 2010

“The gay rights movement in Lebanon would not be anywhere near where it is today if it weren’t for the internet”. In the midst of strongly censored neighbours, Lebanon enjoys online freedom that is hampered only by very slow and very expensive internet connections – but is that freedom there to stay? In a country where homosexuality is punishable by upto two years in prison, Nadine Moawad assesses the role of the internet in the rise of sexual rights activism in Lebanon and asks if Le...

Media brief: Censorship, sexuality and the internet
Media brief: Censorship, sexuality and the internet 28 April 2010

Read the text below or download the pdf Women, internet and sexualityPut sex and new technology together and you’ll always get waves. Victorian societies were scandalised by the arrival of the telephone because women –who were chaperoned at all times– could potentially talk with suitors in private. Over the last decade, the internet has been censored and content regulated for a multi...

Networking Networks: Looking back to look ahead
Networking Networks: Looking back to look ahead 27 April 2010

Lots going on with the network of networks for a free and open internet project. First and foremost, apologies for the silence. At first it didn’t seem like there was too much to write about, and then it seemed like there was too much to write about.

ICT and phones change women’s lives
ICT and phones change women’s lives 22 April 2010

Overcoming the socio-cultural boundaries imposed on women, this project put women on the forefront of the group seeking knowledge and information through ICTs.

Network of networks: Strategic planning meeting
Network of networks: Strategic planning meeting 21 April 2010

The Network of Networks project aims to strengthen civil society influence in global public policy spaces that deal with internet policy issues through building a transglobal network of policy advocates working for an open and just information society. To do so we want to increase the capacity of organizations to understand, to intervene and to collaborate on internet governance issues. An advi...

Impact 2.0? Experimenting with social networking for policy change in Latin America
Impact 2.0? Experimenting with social networking for policy change in Latin America 14 April 2010

Politicians aren’t always aware that sound research that could help them make better policy decisions is out there waiting to be used. On the other hand, social networking websites are experiencing an explosive growth worldwide and Latin America is no exception. This new initiative from APC and Latin American telecomms research network DIRSI will bring together researchers and activists t...

Impact 2.0: Experimenting with social networking for policy change in Latin America
Impact 2.0: Experimenting with social networking for policy change in Latin America 12 April 2010

Politicians aren’t always aware that sound research that could help them make better policy decisions is out there waiting to be used. On the other hand, social networking websites are experiencing an explosive growth worldwide and Latin America is no exception. This new initiative, of which APC is a partner, will bring together researchers and activists to see if it is possible to influence...

Broadband in Bolivia: Good intentions and a long way to go
Broadband in Bolivia: Good intentions and a long way to go 27 March 2010

The Bolivian government is focusing on telecentres as a means of bringing internet access to the population, especially in rural and marginalised areas. But according to researcher Orlando Arratia, the structural problems that currently limit connectivity cannot be resolved until the government adopts a national broadband policy.