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Reflections from the Association for Progressive Communications on the 10th Internet Governance Forum, Brazil, November 2015
Reflections from the Association for Progressive Communications on the 10th Internet Governance Forum, Brazil, November 2015 31 March 2016 APC

The 10th annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF), held in João Pessoa, Brazil, from 10 to 13 November 2015, came at a critical time, just one month before the United Nations General Assembly was to decide, through the WSIS+10 review, whether the IGF would have a future.

APC's reflections on the 2015 Internet Governance Forum: 10 years and looking forward
APC's reflections on the 2015 Internet Governance Forum: 10 years and looking forward 31 March 2016 APC

In this report, APC reviews what worked well and what didn’t at the 2015 IGF held in João Pessoa, Brazil. The overall theme of the IGF was “Evolution of Internet Governance: Empowering Sustainable Development”. After a decade of active engagement with the forum, read our critiques, and recommendations looking forward to this year’s IGF.

APC condemns undermining of democracy in Brazil
APC condemns undermining of democracy in Brazil 29 March 2016 APC

APC expresses its concern at the rapidly unfolding political events in Brazil which constitute an attack on democracy and due process. We express solidarity with the people of Brazil in general and in particular the many Brazilian civil society organisations we work with.

Freenet? film project launched in Brazil examines internet rights
Freenet? film project launched in Brazil examines internet rights 03 May 2013 Mallory Knodel

“Who controls the web? On whose behalf? How free are we really to access content?” These are questions that are being asked and answered by a global, crowd-sourced film project. Instituto Nupef, APC member in Brazil, has launched a collaborative documentary film project.

New: Update on freedom of expression progress for 10 countries
New: Update on freedom of expression progress for 10 countries 30 January 2013 FD

The 2012 update on action steps for selected countries of GISWatch 2011 looks back at progress in freedom of expression and association for 10 countries: Jamaica, Rwanda, Lebanon, Romania, Indonesia, Cameroon, Argentina, Brazil, India and Nigeria.

New publication: Infographic in Portuguese on the impact of the internet and human rights
New publication: Infographic in Portuguese on the impact of the internet and human rights 30 October 2012 FD

The Association for Progressive Communications has started a project called Connect Your Rights! in early 2011. Meant to make the links between fundamental human rights offline and online, it published an infographic in mid-2012 to offer a visualization of the impact that the internet provokes on the human rights regime. After a successful first run in social media and at events worldwide, the ...

One line that makes an internet freedom fighter's day
One line that makes an internet freedom fighter's day 18 October 2012 FD

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.

Brazil: High-speed connections reach marginalised people over the air
Brazil: High-speed connections reach marginalised people over the air 28 March 2011 AL

The problem of internet access in a country the size of Brazil is as complex as its geography or its population. The government is currently working on a national broadband plan which would establish high-speed fibre optic connections in the major cities. In order to reach the most distant towns, signals transmitted over the air will be used (through waves that circulate on a set frequency or s...

Open spectrum for development: Brazil case study
Open spectrum for development: Brazil case study 09 March 2011 Carlos Afonso, with collaboration from Jonas Valente

For about 75 years up to the sixties, nearly all telecommunications services in the country were in private hands, distributed among hundreds of local operators. Telephony authorizations were issued and controlled by the state governments. In this process Companhia Telefônica Brasileira emerged as a major operator of local and long-distance services, covering about 80% of the telephone termina...

Sexuality is at the heart of internet regulation debates in Brazil
Sexuality is at the heart of internet regulation debates in Brazil 30 April 2010 CLAM and Sex Politics Watch

Proposals to fight cybercrime have been floating around in Brazil for more than a decade but the backers – primarily banks and music companies worried about internet fraud and unauthorised music sharing – couldn’t find public or parliamentary support till they switched their focus to child pornography. Lula has refused to sanction online censorship and the government has opene...

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