Gender and Internet Governance Exchange - Africa: Barriers to women’s participation on the internet evolve with increased "access"
In the opening session at this year’s Gender and Internet Governance Exchange (gigXAfrica), participants highlighted some key questions they had that they hoped would be answered during the exchange. One participant innocently asked: if the internet is free for all, how are women really marginalised in that space?
African School of Internet Governance 2015: Policy and regulation that impact internet-related human rights
On Day 3 of AfriSIG, Dr. David Souter delivered a lecture on policy and regulation that impact internet-related human rights. The lecture highlighted the fact that the internet has in fact impacted rights widely, and in particular freedom of expression, freedom of assembly as it is now, online as well as offline, and the sensitive right to privacy issue.
The 2005 UN World Summit on the Information Society set the tone for global discussions on internet and society that continue to dominate the sector. At the end of 2015, the UN General Assembly is holding a high-level meeting to review the WSIS, which again will profoundly shape the debate in the short and long term.
WSIS+10: APC's statement on 'The way forward: Harnessing information and communications technologies for development'
Much still needs to be done to realise the WSIS goal of a “people-centered, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society”, where everyone can create, access, use and share information to fully promote sustainable development and improve their quality of life.
WSIS ten-year review - The way forward: Harnessing information and communications technologies for development
Hosted annually, the WSIS Forum is a space in which APC has participated actively since its inception. We are committed to the WSIS goal of a “people-centred, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society”; where everyone can create, access, use and share information to fully promote sustainable development and improve their quality of life. Our statement outlines ongoing efforts required to realise this goal.
If implemented, the Draft Online Regulation Policy proposed by the South African Film and Publication Board would, under the guise of child protection, pose serious threats to online freedom of expression. APC joins the many South African civil society and broader communications sector voices that are expressing their concern about the proposed regulations.
Over the years, the Global Conference on Cyberspace (GCCS) has evolved from a space for developing principles for governing behaviour in cyberspace into a space to discuss emerging issues, particularly the relationship between internet rights and internet security. APC attended GCCS 2015 and has developed a statement on the issues discussed and what needs to be addressed before the next conference in 2017.