Internet Society (ISOC)

The Internet Society is a global cause-driven organisation with offices around the world, governed by a diverse Board of Trustees that is dedicated to ensuring that the internet stays open, transparent and defined by users. While the Internet Society is not a membership-driven organisation, it has a growing number of members and chapters that have chosen to join the Internet Society to share its mission and to promote the open development, evolution and use of the internet for the benefit of all people throughout the world. In 2012, ISOC provided APC with travel funds to support the participation of African civil society in the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT). In 2013 and 2016 ISOC supported the African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG).

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 4
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 4 28 March 2018

Categories 1. Get involved  [En español] Se encuentra abierto el período de consultas para la definición de temas de la agenda de la undécima versión del Foro de gobernanza de internet en LAC. Uno de los aspectos incluídos en la consulta pública para definir temas se relaciona a acceso: Mejores prácticas y experiencias en la operación de redes comunitarias. pueden ingresar a la consulta y priorizar este elemento de la agenda aquí. La participación en la consulta puede re...

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 3
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 3 22 February 2018

Categories 1. Get involved  Call for book chapter proposals: Global Information Society Watch, ‘a space for collaborative monitoring or implementation of international (and national) commitments made by governments towards the creation of an inclusive information society’ will be releasing the 2018 annual issue under the topic ‘Community Networks’. A call for proposals for country level book chapters will be sent out to interested parties. If you are interested in producing a 2...

Joint comments to the Innovation, Science and Economic Development’s Consultation on the Technical and Policy Framework for White Space Devices in Canada
Joint comments to the Innovation, Science and Economic Development’s Consultation on the Technical and Policy Framework for White Space Devices in Canada 16 February 2018 APC and Internet Society

In 2016, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunication Commission (CRTC) ruled that broadband Internet is a basic telecommunication service. The CRTC set the ambitious goal of ensuring 90 per cent of Canadian householders would have access to broadband speeds of 50Mbps download and 10Mbps upload. The unfortunate reality in Canada is that the remaining 10 per cent of Canadians that will be...

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 2
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 2 13 January 2018

Categories 1. Get involved  In 2015, the United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF)’s Best Practice Forum (BPF) on Gender investigated online abuse and gender-based violence [see the output report here], and in 2016 the BPF considered women’s meaningful access to the internet [see the output report here]. In 2017, the Gender BPF decided to delve deeper into access c...

Global Information Society Watch 2017: National and Regional Internet Governance Forum Initiatives (NRIs)
Global Information Society Watch 2017: National and Regional Internet Governance Forum Initiatives (NRIs) 20 December 2017 Various

National and Regional Internet Governance Forum Initiatives (NRIs) are now widely recognised as a vital element of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) process. In fact, they are seen to be the key to the sustainability and ongoing evolution of collaborative, inclusive and multistakeholder approaches to internet policy development and implementation. A total of 54 reports on NRIs are gathered in...

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 1
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 1 13 December 2017

Categories 1. Get involved  The submission of initiatives and projects to the WSIS Prizes contest is open until 2 January 2018. Read more. 2. Calls for grants Facebook's Telecom Infra Project has released a call for applications for grants for those interested in deploying their own OpenCellular solution. Read more. Microsoft’s Airband Initiative is welcoming ap...

Disco-tech: Bringing the “disco” and the “tech” to the IGF
Disco-tech: Bringing the “disco” and the “tech” to the IGF 27 September 2017

Disco-techs are informal peer-learning events designed to bridge the gap between technical and political solutions on issues related to internet rights and freedoms. The topics of this event change annually, but we always call it a “Disco-tech” because the format of the event is very unique: we are connecting policy to tech in a social atmosphere. The Disco-tech is proactive....

APC’s Mike Jensen and Ermanno Pietrosemoli join the Internet Hall of Fame
APC’s Mike Jensen and Ermanno Pietrosemoli join the Internet Hall of Fame 20 September 2017

It is a week of celebration for APC, with two of our closest friends and internet pioneers joining the Internet Hall of Fame. Mike Jensen and Ermanno Pietrosemoli are two of the latest recipients of this honorary lifetime achievement award administered by the Internet Society (ISOC), which recognises individuals who have made significant contributions to the development and advancement of the i...

Local Access Networks: Can the unconnected connect themselves?
Local Access Networks: Can the unconnected connect themselves? 31 August 2017

Are local access infrastructure models a viable alternative to connecting the unconnected? As a result of growing awareness of the limitations of the national operator mobile broadband model, there is increasing interest in exploring alternative strategies for reaching the unconnected. Innovations in low-cost communication technology have created new possibilities for the development of afforda...

African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG)
African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG) 22 March 2017

The African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG), an initiative co-organised by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), is a multistakeholder training initiative that aims to give Africans from diverse sectors and stakeholder groups the opportunity to gain knowledge and confidence to participate effectively in internet...

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