Access

Brazilian activist awarded with the International Service Human Rights Award
Brazilian activist awarded with the International Service Human Rights Award 03 December 2007 APC

Brazilian journalist, Rosangela Berman Bieler, director of the Interamerican Institute on Disability and Inclusive Development who so kindly presented at APC’s open day on one of the panels will be recognised with a major human rights award on Wednesday in London.

Interconnection costs
Interconnection costs 30 November 2007 Mike Jensen

This paper produced by South African Mike Jensen covers increasing North-South inequities (“paying both ways”) and proposed strategies for minimising the disparities in interconnection rates, accelerating the restructuring of the communications sector, supporting the establishment of national and international internet exchange points, and building local demand for national and international backbones.

Bangladesh: Cyclone Sydr hit the Rural Knowledge Centre(RKC)of Borguna
Bangladesh: Cyclone Sydr hit the Rural Knowledge Centre(RKC)of Borguna 21 November 2007 APC

The devastated cyclone SYDR of November 15, 2007 hit seriously seven districts, out of nine working districts of the networking members of Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication(BNNRC).

Access workshop considered how to mitigate costs and resolve connectivity challenges
Access workshop considered how to mitigate costs and resolve connectivity challenges 15 November 2007 APC

On Monday 12 November, participants in the “Access: the local challenge” workshop, addressed access issues and considered what can be done locally to mitigate costs and connectivity challenges.

Access and connectivity for remote rural panel: Basic infrastructure needed
Access and connectivity for remote rural panel: Basic infrastructure needed 15 November 2007 APC

Here are Andrew Garton’s observations on the “Access and connectivity for remote rural” panel, held on Tuesday 13 November in Rio de Janeiro, as part of this year’s Internet Governance Forum (IGF). Andrew is the director of APC.au, a digital media arts company based on the Internet Rights Charter of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC).

IGF panel discussion sheds light on Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development
IGF panel discussion sheds light on Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development 15 November 2007 APC

Eduardo Nuñez, Director of the Brazilian Institute of Statistics, Marthin Hilbert, Coordinator of the Information Society Programme of UN-ECLAC, and Mansour Farah, Team Leader of the ICT Division of UN-ESCWA, all made presentations at the IGF Panel Discussion on the Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development. The presentations focused on describing the partnership and its current activities.

IGF workshop focuses on the role of regulatory frameworks in improving access to Internet
IGF workshop focuses on the role of regulatory frameworks in improving access to Internet 15 November 2007 APC

Recommendations developed by workshop participants focused on four main themes; enhancing the development of and access to infrastructure; enabling policies and financing frameworks; offering technological choice, responding to demand and addressing the challenge/opportunities of convergence; and advancing the development dimensions of ICT regulation.

UN conference tackles problem of bringing another billion users to internet
UN conference tackles problem of bringing another billion users to internet 14 November 2007 APC

Here’s an article from the International Herald Tribune, published 12 November, on the challenges of expanding the internet to include less-developed regions: "Now that more than 1 billion people use the Internet, international policy makers and experts are struggling with how link the world’s other 5 billion to the increasingly crucial network".

Anriette Esterhuysen's opening session speech featured in Intellectual Property Watch article
Anriette Esterhuysen's opening session speech featured in Intellectual Property Watch article 14 November 2007 APC

Intellectual Property Watch, a non-profit independent news service that reports on international intellectual property policies, quotes APC executive director Anriette Esterhuysen, in an article featured today on their website under Latest Open Access News.

Rio forum to shine torch on the dark side of the Internet
Rio forum to shine torch on the dark side of the Internet 11 November 2007 APC

In one of the first articles published about the Internet Governance Forum starting on November 12 2007, the AFP news agency says that "The darker corners of the Internet are to be exposed under the bright light of Brazil’s sun next week when a UN conference on how the web is run gets underway. Rio de Janeiro will from Monday host the UN Internet Governance Forum, in which 2,000 participa...