2009 - Access to Online Information and Knowledge

Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) 2009 is the third in a
series of yearly reports critically covering the state of the information society
from the perspectives of civil society organisations across the world.
GISWatch has three interrelated goals:
• Surveying the state of the field of information and communications
technology (ICT) policy at the local and global levels
• Encouraging critical debate
• Strengthening networking and advocacy for a just, inclusive information
Each year the report focuses on a particular theme. GISWatch 2009 focuses
on access to online information and knowledge – advancing human rights and
democracy. It includes several thematic reports dealing with key issues in the
field, as well as an institutional overview and a reflection on indicators that track
access to information and knowledge. There is also an innovative section on
visual mapping of global rights and political crises.
In addition, 48 country reports analyse the status of access to online information
and knowledge in countries as diverse as the Democratic Republic of Congo,
Mexico, Switzerland and Kazakhstan, while six regional overviews offer a bird’s
eye perspective on regional trends.
GISWatch is a joint initiative of the Association for Progressive Communications
(APC) and the Humanist Institute for Cooperation with Developing Countries

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Thematic Reports

Institutional Overview

Measuring Progress

Mapping Democracy

Mapping Democracy

  • Richard Rogers
  • Fieke Jansen
  • Michael Stevenson
  • Esther Weltevrede

Regional Reports


  • Alan Finlay


  • Tobias Schonwetter
  • Chris Armstrong

Middle East and North Africa - 2009

  • Rafik Dammak
  • Hanane Boujemi

South Asia

  • Partha Sarker

Country Reports

  • Arab World Internet Institute
  • Nodo TAU
  • Bytes for All
  • oneworld – platform for south east europe (owpsee) Foundation
  • GPOPAI (Research Group on Public Policies for Access to Information), University of São Paulo
  • BlueLink Information Network
  • Derechos Digitales and Diego Portales University/Women in Connection Work Group
  • Colnodo
  • DMTIC (Dynamique Multisectorielle pour les Technologies de l’Information et de la Communication) and Alternatives
  • AZUR Développement
  • Cooperativa Sulá Batsú
  • ZaMirNET
  • ArabDev
  • Ethiopian Free & Open Source Software Network (EFOSSNET)
  • IT for Change
  • Consultant
  • Caribbean Programme in Telecommunications Policy and Technology Management, Mona School of Business, The University of the West Indies
  • Institute for InfoSocionomics, Tama University
  • Alarab Alayawm
  • ICT Consultant
  • Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANet)
  • Korean Progressive Network Jinbonet
  • Civil Initiative on Internet Policy
  • LaNeta
  • DiploFoundation
  • Research ICT Africa (RIA)
  • The Netherlands Institute for Social Research (SCP)
  • Fantsuam Foundation
  • University of Amsterdam
  • Bytes for All
  • Radio Viva
  • Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas
  • Foundation for Media Alternatives
  • StrawberryNet / Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania
  • Independent Writer
  • Saudi Arabian Strategic Internet Consulting (SASIc)
  • Women’sNet
  • Pangea (Comunicació per a la Cooperació) and Technical University of Catalonia (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya)
  • Comunica-CH
  • N/A
  • Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA)
  • Arab World Internet Institute
  • Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET)
  • Universidad de la República
  • GIPI Uzbekistan
  • Panos Southern Africa
  • E-Knowledge for Women in Southern Africa (EKOWISA)
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