NetBlocks and CIPESA to launch COST tool at the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa

Announcement |

LONDON — Today, the Collaboration on International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) and digital rights group NetBlocks are announcing plans for the Africa launch of the Cost of Shutdown Tool – COST, at the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica) 2018, set to take place 26 – 28 September, 2018, in Accra, Ghana.

The tool, developed by NetBlocks…

Oral Statement Delivered At The United Nations Human Rights Council

Joint Statement |
 

Thank you, Mr. President.

This statement is delivered on behalf of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA), Derechos Digitales, and the Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET).

As organisations committed to maintaining the use of the internet for human rights, social justice and sustainable development, we are concerned about…

Let Us Bring People to The Centre of The Digital Future

Joint Call to G20 Leaders |

G20 countries have both the opportunity and the responsibility to lead efforts to reinstate trust in the digital age. G20 members can inspire hope and embrace the goal that no country, no community, and no individual will be left behind and that their rights will be respected. G20 countries can set a digital agenda that…

Let’s SwitchItOn and KeepitOn!

Joint Statement |
Access Now and The Internet Society on The Need to Protect The Core of The Internet for Digital Rights.
The internet is changing our world. It can empower us. It can connect us and facilitate information exchange across borders. It allows our voice to be heard when others want to silence us. Internet access has been recognized by the United…

State of the Industry Report on Mobile Money

News Update|
As a burgeoning fintech community seeks to marry start-up innovation with mobile money scale, the potential to serve as the gateway to the digital economy is becoming increasingly central to the story of mobile money.
Policy objectives also play an increasingly important role, as the scope of mobile money regulation broadens
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Access Now responds to Special Rapporteur Kaye on “Content Regulation in the Digital Age”

Access Now|

Governments globally are moving aggressively to coerce private internet intermediaries to restrict online content under the banner of fighting “fake news,” countering terrorism, or combating illegal content and hate speech. Efforts like the those in France and Brazil to “ban” false information on social media platforms create a minefield for human rights. David Kaye, U.N. Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection…

What does it cost to purchase broadband data in developing countries?

The Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) — an initiative of the Web Foundation — has just released new data which assesses the cost to purchase 1GB of mobile broadband data across 59 low- and middle-income countries.

The new pricing data, which was collected by A4AI at the end of 2016, finds that while mobile broadband affordability continues to improve across the board, the cost to…

Wikimedia Foundation Releases New Transparency Report, Online and in Print

The Wikimedia Foundation partners with users and contributors around the world to provide free access to knowledge. We value transparency: that’s why we issue our biannual transparency report, publicly disclosing the various requests we receive to alter or remove the user-created content on the Wikimedia projects, or to request nonpublic information about the users themselves. The report also includes stories…

Exploring the Role of Algorithms in Online Harmful Speech

Reflections from a recent workshop hosted by the Berkman Klein Center in collaboration with the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard and the Institute for Strategic Dialogue.
By David Talbot and Jeff Fossett
The topic of online harmful speech — from harassment and cyber-bullying to terrorist recruitment and media manipulation — is…

ICT Facts and Figures 2017

The ITU ICT Facts and Figures 2017 features end-2017 estimates for key telecommunication/ICT indicators, including data on mobile-cellular subscriptions, Internet use, fixed- and mobile-broadband services, household ICT access, and more.

New data show that young people are at the forefront of today’s information society: 830 million young people representing more than 80 per cent of the youth population in 104 countries…