Global Information Society Watch Report 2012

February 11, 2013

A new report released today by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and Hivos explores the delicate role the internet plays as an enabler to an open and fair society , although it can also be used to inhibit freedoms in more repressive societies.  The authors present perspectives on how the internet can be used to help fight corruption and how the need for privacy online can also make it easier to work around the system.

The 2012 Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch), Internet and corruption: Transparency and accountability online, raises questions such as “Is a surveillance society necessarily a bad thing if it fights corruption?” The “watchers” (authors) also explore the challenges that civil society and activists face in fighting corruption and the lessons learned when the internet fails as an enabler of a transparent and fair society.

The Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) is a space for collaborative monitoring of implementation of international (and national) commitments made by governments towards the creation of an inclusive information society. GISWatch release yearly reports covering the state of the information society from the perspectives of civil society.

GISWatch’s eight thematic reports and 48 country reports ask provocative questions.  Is a surveillance society necessarily a bad thing if it fights corruption? How successful have e-government programmes been in fighting corruption? They examine options for activism by youth and musicians online, as well as the art of using visual evidence to expose delusions of power.

By focusing on individual cases or stories of corruption, the country reports take a practical look at the role of the internet in combating corruption at all levels.

GISWatch is a joint initiative by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and Hivos.

Hivos believes that independent media and cultural freedom are basic requirements for citizens to keep informed, express an opinion, get involved civically and, in so doing, develop a sense of shared responsibility for society. This is why consolidating and safequarding Internet Freedom is a key focal area of our Expression & Engagement programme.