On 7 November 2012, the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and the Humanist Institute for Cooperation with Developing Countries (Hivos) will launch the 2012 edition of the Global Information Society Watch in Room 9 at 12:30 local time during the second day of the Internet Governance Forum at the Baku Expo Centre, in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Current ITRs date from 1988 and considering the changes in the telecoms sector since then it is not surprising that they are up for review. The question is whether the upcoming WCIT poses a ‘threat’ to the internet. See APC’s perspective on the revision of the ITRs.
APC will be taking a human rights approach to the 2012 IGF. We will analyse each of the main themes from a human rights perspective and aim to bring these to the fore during discussions, also focusing on a more inclusive range of human rights including women’s human rights. The brief provides the full scope of APC’s priorites at the 2012 IGF in Baku, Azerbaijan.
In 2011, APC successfully piloted & advocated for the formal implementation of a gender report card for IGF workshops and main sessions as a way to monitor and assess the level of gender parity and inclusion. You can contribute by filling one out at the events you take part in.
The APC network is now open to individuals as well as organisations! If you believe that the internet can be a force for creating a more just world, you belong in the APC. Apply to become a member of the world’s longest standing ‘ICT for social justice’ network.
This publication is a follow-up to the 2011 edition of Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch), an annual report that offers a civil society perspective on critical emerging issues in information societies worldwide. The theme for GISWatch 2011 was internet rights and democratisation, with a focus on freedom of expression and association online.
GISWatch 2012 explores how the internet is being used to ensure transparency and accountability, the challenges that civil society activists face in fighting corruption, and when the internet fails as an enabler of a transparent and fair society.
This edition of GenderIT.org explores the online safety of women human rights defenders from the perspective of national security and counter-terrorism. While online & offline security measures adversely impact on women’s and sexual rights, women and sexual minorities are still two of the most invisible stakeholders in national security debates.
Recent acts of violence against teenage girls Amanda Todd and Malala Yousafzai have sparked discussion about the internet’s role in perpetuating violence against women. One of the ways APC has been working to end technology-based violence against women is through a new mapping project that will help document such cases.
It’s short, but it matters. In no more words than a Twitter message, Brazil made many internet rights activists happy in September. It’s worth revisiting this message and putting in context.