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.

Economic, social and cultural rights and the internet at the Internet Freedom Festival 22 March 2017

What do we mean when we say economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRs) and the internet? This is the question that opened the session hosted by APC at the Internet Freedom Festival on 10 March in Valencia, Spain.

Inside the Information Society: Should we fear the platform economy? 19 March 2017

Last week I asked if we should fear online monopolies. This week, I’ll ask the same of online platforms, and the new economy they’re bringing into being.

A woman coder's journey (Women-in-tech)
A woman coder's journey (Women-in-tech) 16 March 2017 GenderIT.org

Judith Owigar is a coder, a blogger and a tech enthusiast. She has worked with Akirachix, a revolution for African women and technology. She is a native of Kenya, a country off the coast of East Africa, one of its 40 million inhabitants.

Unscripting harassment (Part 2)
Unscripting harassment (Part 2) 15 March 2017 ItsAllMaya for GenderIT.org

“The architectures of online harassment” was the first in a two-part post that described the context and motivations of Tactical Tech’s work addressing the problem of online harassment through the lens of interface design. In this second post, I describe the results and outcomes of the work...

Educating, hiring and retaining women in technology: A gendered enquiry
Educating, hiring and retaining women in technology: A gendered enquiry 15 March 2017 Radhika Radhakrishnan for GenderIT.org

In India, there are gender barriers that uniquely prevent women from accessing technology right from an early age.

Deploying design thinking techniques to develop solutions for any given problem
Deploying design thinking techniques to develop solutions for any given problem 13 March 2017 Asad Baig, Media Matters for Democracy

Muavin is a concept developed by Media Matters for Democracy (MMfD); a digital tool to help push back on cyberbullying, harassment and online violence, especially targeted at vulnerable groups.

From a RightsCon panel to a digital app
From a RightsCon panel to a digital app 13 March 2017 Asad Baig, Media Matters for Democracy

It was in 1996 that John Perry Barlow wrote the iconic Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace

Inside the Information Society: Should we fear monopolies?
Inside the Information Society: Should we fear monopolies? 13 March 2017 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 reflects on telecoms and Internet monopolies.