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APC NLF outcomes

April 5, 2011 by admin

In the context of the Action Research Network project, the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) convened a networking, learning and collaboration forum (NLF) in March 2011.

The forum brought together researchers from the APC community and strategic partners, who had the opportunity of presenting results, learning about critical issues for research and action, discussing research methodologies and defining new strategies to effectively communicate research results.

The main objectives of the forum were to:

  • Build a common understanding of what an open, fair and sustainable internet means to us
  • Look back as activists and advocates on what we have achieved in the last two years
  • Learn from one another, share skills and strategies among APC members, partners, research networks and project teams
  • Plan and collaborate for an open, fair and sustainable internet.

The NLF discussions were structured in six thematic clusters, related to some of APC’s strategic priorities for the period 2009-12.

Throughout the three days of the event, the NLF participants engaged in discussions in small groups as well as in plenary sessions. From these discussions, several challenges and opportunities were highlighted in each of the thematic areas and initiatives for future collaborations were identified.

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Challenges and opportunities

March 20, 2011 by admin

Challenges and opportunities identified by the NLF participants in relation to achieving a fair, open and sustainable internet:


Messages for Action Research

March 18, 2011 by admin

by Francisco J. Proenza[1]

Action research has as primary objective to make a positive impact on socioeconomic welfare through public or private interventions.

Action research goes hand in hand with project design, and often also project implementation and evaluation.

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World cafe notes

March 18, 2011 by admin

The notes of the world cafe tables are posted in their respective clusters. Please feel free to comment them and add your own notes.

APC on ICTs, climate change & environmental sustainability

February 15, 2011 by admin

As a network promoting local community sustainable development, promoting the development and use of ICTs has been always closely linked with issues related to environmental sustainability. APC members have been implementing projects ranging from monitoring environmental degradation, to natural disaster and accident reporting, to the use of ICTs in managing energy resources more efficiently to research on low-power computing, alternative energy sources and e-waste management in developing countries.

APC is undertaking action research, at national level, to address both of these questions, which aims to generate better understanding of the challenges facing us, especially in developing countries, in using ICTs sustainably (particularly in the context of climate change) and to identify gaps in the linkages between policies, standards and implementation.


Mapping internet public policy

February 1, 2011 by Analía Lavin

The purpose of this presentation, written by David Souter and commissioned by APC, is to put forward approaches to mapping the internet public policy space, the decision-making entities and actors participating in it. These are intended to assist civil society organisations (and, potentially, other actors) in thinking through their objectives, areas of focus and actual and potential network partners. The maps presented are intended to be illustrative rather than comprehensive, though an attempt has been made to include the major issues and institutions that affect civil society activity in the internet public policy space.



Open spectrum for development

February 1, 2011 by Analía Lavin

Open spectrumOne of APC's latest research activities focused on open spectrum for development. Here you can read our collection of articles and stories (we did research in Brazil, India, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa) and an excellent policy brief.

Background info Every thirty months the amount of information that can be transmitted over a wireless internetconnection has the potential to double. Wireless could be the way to provide affordable broadband to millions of people currently living with poor connectivity. However the policy and regulation related to spectrum is often inefficient, secretive and ill-informed.

APC’s “open spectrum” initiative aims to provide an understanding of spectrum regulation by examining the situation in Africa, Asia and Latin America. It looks at how spectrum is assigned, who assigns it, and what policy or regulatory frameworks are being used. It also looks at the spectra of spectrum scarcity. The research is timely as the rapid growth of wireless and mobile in Asia, Africa and Latin America is raising fresh questions about the use of spectrum and the policies that govern it. And migration from analogue to digital (eg TV) systems has renewed governments’ interest in auctioning off spectrum as a revenue-generator.

The countries initially involved in the investigation were Brazil, India, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa. In 2011 country reports will be developed in Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. Materials are being produced in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

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