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.

How internet helps to shape a global civil society 17 March 2012

How internet helps to shape a global civil society Within ten days a video describing the atrocities perpetrated by Joseph Kony, a Ugandan warlord was viewed by more than 10 million people around the world.

Calling for a paradigm shift of ICT policies in Africa for growth to the next level 17 March 2012

Calling for a paradigm shift of ICT policies in Africa for growth to the next level In Nov 2005, Africa proudly hosted the second and final phase of WSIS in Tunis and latched itself among the community of nations to usher the emerging information society into Africa. For Africa, the ambitiou...

E-waste fast-growing problem in Southern Africa (Southern Times)
E-waste fast-growing problem in Southern Africa (Southern Times) 17 March 2012 shawna

As technology becomes more widely used around the world, issues of e-waste, particularly its impact on the environment and human health, have garnered increased attention.

Reflection on Africa’s ICT Policy; Capturing Emerging Issues
Reflection on Africa’s ICT Policy; Capturing Emerging Issues 17 March 2012 APC

Information Communication Technologies (ICT) continues to play a leading role in driving economic growth and development. They have been earmarked for attributes such as increasing efficiency, creating access to new markets as well as giving the voiceless a voice. ICT usage continues to grow in...

ICT Policy in critical need of attention in Africa
ICT Policy in critical need of attention in Africa 17 March 2012 APC

ICT Policy in critical need of attention in Africa ICT’s potential for political, social and economic transformation of society is not contested and Africa is exploding with a desire to be connected to the rest of the world more than ever. There is evidence that many countries on the continent ...

Some thoughts on ICT policy in Africa
Some thoughts on ICT policy in Africa 17 March 2012 APC

Last year events in North Africa and the Middle East showed how ICT and media may have an impact on the future of people and countries. The revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt was successful mainly thanks to social media.

Is Africa becoming ground for ICT innovation and transformation in ICT policies?
Is Africa becoming ground for ICT innovation and transformation in ICT policies? 17 March 2012 APC

It is amazing to note the growth of ICT in Africa. Truth is that growth is measured in many ways and my measurement is based on the African environment. Many countries in Africa with exception of a few face the same challenges i.e. lack of infrastructure, poverty, education levels, unemployment t...

ICT policy in Africa: a lot still to be done
ICT policy in Africa: a lot still to be done 17 March 2012 Emilar Vushe

ICT policy in Africa: a lot still to be done In this blog I argue that there is a critical need for ICT policy in Africa because ICT policy in Africa is in many respects closely linked with overcoming the digital divide. Both private investors and increasingly, public donors are not yet ready to ...