APC Talk

This section is a space where APC's staff, members and readers can open up conversations on topics that are of interest for the ICT community. It is a space where authors get to be themselves – sometimes to express opinions and challenge the readers on issues and topics that are close to them, sometimes to share their personal experience on an event or a current debate. The views expressed in this section do not necessarily reflect the views of APC or its network, but that does not make them any less valuable.

In the words of Snowden, spying on journalists in Quebec “is a radical attack on journalism of the free press” 24 November 2016

It was revealed this week that at least seven journalists in Quebec, working for Radio-Canada, La Presse and La Journal de Montréal, have been spied on by the Montreal police (SPVM) and Quebec provincial police (SQ). Further revelations have shown journalists to have been under surveillance sinc...

Inside the Information Society: Upsetting and resetting standards, rules and norms 19 November 2016

Each week David Souter comments on an important issue for APC members and others concerned about the Information Society. This week’s blog post is about the importance of standards, rules and norms – and the need to re-engineer these for the digital age.

"We see and value the transformative potential of the internet": Jac sm Kee received the Stieg Larsson Award 2016
"We see and value the transformative potential of the internet": Jac sm Kee received the Stieg Larsson Award 2016 17 November 2016 Jac sm Kee

Jac sm KeeStieg Larsson, the author of the Millennium Trilogy, tirelessly fought against racism and misogyny, and for freedom of speech. A fight based on a simple idea: that everyone has the right to be themselves.

Inside the Information Society: Assessing the impact of ICT4D
Inside the Information Society: Assessing the impact of ICT4D 11 November 2016 David Souter

Each week David Souter comments on an important issue for APC members and others concerned about the Information Society. This week’s blog post looks at the challenge of measuring the impact of ICT4D.

Internet governance schools: Building engagement with the IGF
Internet governance schools: Building engagement with the IGF 08 November 2016 Joash Ntenga Moitui

Joash MoituiThe 2016 African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG) provided a platform for discussion of issues relating to internet governance.

Inside the Information Society: A short history of ICT4D
Inside the Information Society: A short history of ICT4D 07 November 2016 David Souter

Two weeks ago I offered a short history of the Internet. This week I’ll follow up with thoughts on a short history of ICTs in development (ICT4D).    

"Not ready to wait": Freedom of expression and religion
"Not ready to wait": Freedom of expression and religion 01 November 2016 Gayatri Khandhadai, APC

Freedom of expression is often stifled by the fear of repercussion, particularly on a subject as polarising as religion. The internet is considered by many to be the last bastion of freedom, and social media has given people a universal platform to express themselves in ways never imagined before...

Blackout! Kashmir and network shutdowns
Blackout! Kashmir and network shutdowns 01 November 2016 Faakirah Irfan and Rajat Kumar (Digital Empowerment Foundation)

Since July 2016, Kashmir has seen one of the longest, largest and most unified movements against human rights violations by the military, along with demands for demilitarisation and autonomy for the region.