The internet and ESCRs: working from experience to policy

9 December 2016 - A Workshop on Other in Guadalajara, Mexico


The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) will host a roundtable on economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRs) and the internet to discuss the implications of ESCRs on internet policy development. We expect this to be a robust and wide-ranging discussion on the importance of the internet as an enabler of ESCRs drawing from the diverse experiences of those who will participate in the roundtable. We expect about 15-20 participants in the roundtable. These include country-level authors for the 2016 Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) report which focuses on ESCRs and the internet, experts in the field of copyright, cultural rights, and gender rights, government representatives from Uruguay, Colombia, India, South Africa and Kenya, and one participant who has served as a Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression at the Human Rights Council. The GISWatch authors represent experiences in countries as diverse as South Korea, Mexico, Venezuela, Argentina, Costa Rica, the Balkan region, Yemen, and Canada, and include a mix of journalists, academics, internet-rights activits and organisations working on ESCRs. The objective of the roundtable will be to extract high-level policy considerations from the discussions.

The latest edition of the Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) report will look at the role of the internet in realising economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRs), will be  launched during the roundtable, and used to illustrate perspectives where appropriate.

This roundtable is part of APC's three-year research and capacity building project on ESCRs and the internet. More on the project can be found here: 



  • Alan Finlay, Association for ProgressiveCommunications (APC)
  • Anriette Esterhuysen, Association for
  • Progressive Communications (APC)
  • Phet Sayo, IDRC
  • Gisela Perez de Acha, Derechos digitales
  • Valentina Pellizer, OWPSEE
  • Olga Paz, Colnodo
  • Kemly Camacho, Sulabatsu
  • John Dada, Fantsuam Foundation
  • Lia Hernandez, Ipandetec
  • Jędrzej Niklas, Panoptykon
  • Leandro Navarro, Pangea
  • Avri Doria, APC
  • Stuart Hamilton, IFLA
  • Roxana Bassi, Association for Progressive
  • Communications (APC)
  • Remote authors - Webex: Rosalia Bako, Strawberrynet foundation; Victor Kapiyo, Kictanet


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