The security of digital networks and of networked digital information is increasingly important to stakeholders in governments, the private sector and civil society. This paper introduces some important conceptual is- sues in cyber security; investigates some important cyber security threats, and provides suggestions on what a civil society approach to cyber security should look like.
CIVICUS just launched its State of Civil Society report for 2013, “Creating an enabling environment for civil society.” APC contributed a section of the report on the state of the internet from a civil society perspective.
In an Open Letter put out during the World Conference on International Telecommunications, civil society groups call on the the ITU’s Secretary General and the conference Chairman to address three immediate and pressing matters: the lack of any official standing to the public comments by civil society; the lack of access to and transparency of working groups, particularly the working groups of Committee 5 (the review committee); and the absence of mechanisms to encourage independent civil society participation.
Civil society involvement in ICANN: Strengthening future civil society influence in ICANN policymaking
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) was established in 1998 by the USA to run the root-servers that control the internet among other things. This new paper investigates ICANN’s processes, the role of civil society within decision-making, and highlights lessons learned from this multi-stakeholderism experiment as well as recommendations for future similar initiatives.
Various social organisations that have been working together since 2005 to shape the information society in Latin America and the Caribbean have once again chosen APC to act as the civil society liaison within the eLAC2015 Plan of Action. Latin American and Caribbean governments in the Third Ministerial Conference on the Information Society approved the plan in November 2010.
The purpose of the presentation is to put forward approaches to mapping the internet public policy space, the decision-making entities and actors participating in it. These are intended to assist civil society organisations (and, potentially, other actors) in thinking through their objectives, areas of focus and actual and potential network partners. The maps presented are intended to be illustrative rather than comprehensive, though an attempt has been made to include the major issues and institutions that affect civil society activity in the internet public policy space.
Smelled like a revolutionary spirit around Popinci, central Bulgaria, when residents and activists raised barricades around their village. They believed that a planned gold mining project in the nearby hills would harm the environment and their health. They demanded it to be cancelled. The villagers’ impulsive action has put the project on hold for the last three years. But this, or any other community, might not have been as successful in attaining a concrete outcome, had it chosen to fight for access to high speed internet. And the reason is simple. Unlike the environment, internet is not widely perceived by authorities, legislators and policy makers as an essential common good.