- New Report on Internet Access in Central and
Eastern Europe. "Bridging the Digital Divide:
Internet Access in Central & Eastern Europe" has been
released in updated and expanded version. The report,
while offering a snapshot of the state of the Net in a
single region, addresses one of the most fundamental
Internet policy issues worldwide -- the challenge of
affordable access -- and includes a discussion of the
universal service principle and policies that promote
wider Internet access.
- Freedom of Information White Paper Released in
United Kingdom. The UK government released a freedom
of information white paper on December 11. The paper
envisions a broad access to government records and the
creation of an information commissioner to enforce the
act. Intelligence records and many police records
would be exempted. Press
release from the the Campaign for Freedom of
Information . CFOI paper
on the act.
- Freedom of Information bill introduced in South
Africa. The Open
Democracy Bill bill was published in the
Government Gazette on October 18.
Other FOI Resources
Access to the Net
- Ghana Chapter Internet Society, Beyond
Basic Connectivity in Africa Symposium, June 24,
- Freedom Forum, Wiring
Africa: Is Media Technology Changing the Continent?,
September 9, 1997.
of African nation taking time, Reuters,
December 3, 1997.
Leland Initiative: Africa GII Gateway. US Government
effort to extend full Internet connectivity to
approximately twenty African countries in order to
promote sustainable development.
Globalization of Chile, The Netly News,
October 10, 1997.