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In-depth this week: Access to knowledge
In-depth this week: World Summit on the Information Society - WSIS
How do we ensure access to the internet is a human right enjoyed by everyone? This is one of the critical questions asked by an annual publication that highlights the importance of people's access to information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure. Global Information Society Watch 2008 (or GISWatch), published in print and online by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), the Third World Institute (ITeM), and Dutch development organisation Hivos, collects the perspectives of ICT academics, analysts, activists and civil society organisations from across the globe in over 50 reports.
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In-depth this week: Media diversity under threat
"No other profession calls on its practitioners to lay down their lives for their art save the armed forces and, in Sri Lanka, journalism. In the course of the past few years, the independent media have increasingly come under attack. Electronic and print-media institutions have been burnt, bombed, sealed and coerced. Countless journalists have been harassed, threatened and killed. It has been my honour to belong to all those categories and now especially the last." Journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge, who was murdered in Sri Lanka on January 8, 2009, wrote this for his last editorial published in The Sunday Leader on January 11.
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In-depth this week: "Cybercrime" and human rights
In assessing cyber crime legislation, policy makers and gender and development advocates must carefully consider the implications for privacy and information security. As ICT blur the lines between personal and public, the nature of the internet and cyber crime - including how they affect human rights and social justice - must be questioned.
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In-depth this week: Intellectual Property Rights
A new global standard for intellectual property rights enforcement called the "Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement" (ACTA) is being promoted by the United States, the European Community, Switzerland and Japan at the G8 summit. The treaty poses threats to consumers' privacy and civil liberties, innovation, free flow of information on the Internet and developing countries' ability to choose their own policies.
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In-depth this week: E-strategies
According to the Graz University of Technology research, Google as search engine is dominating and that on its own is dangerous, "but could possibly be accepted as 'there is no real wayout', although this is not true, either. However, in conjunction with the fact that Google is operating many other services, and probably silently cooperating with still further players, this is unacceptable".
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Civil Society deeply concerned about roll back in democratic freedoms in South Africa
Wed Aug 11 2010 - Source: Civicus
Civil society organisations express deep apprehension at the recent attempts to strangle the media and the freedom of expression in South Africa.
Technology transforms election monitoring in Kenya
Thu Aug 05 2010 - Source: uchaguzi
Civil society organizations in Kenya have helped build an online platform that has actively monitored Kenya's constitutional referendum on August 4, 2010 via sms, titter and mail. This is a key step towards the consolidation of democracy in the country.
Take back the tech on human rights day
Thu Dec 10 2009 - Source: APC
The last day of Take Back The Tech! falls on International Human Rights Day. This acts as an important reminder that the many forms of violence against women violate our most fundamental human rights.
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Communication Intellectual Property Rights Internet governance E-strategies
Telecentres ICTD within the framework of the MDGs Rural access to ICTs Universal Access Funds
The challenge of developing ICTs in Africa "Cybercrime" and human rights WTO trade agreements and ICTs Access to knowledge
UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity The right to communicate Software: Patents and copyrights Media diversity under threat
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