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.

ICT Policy Interventions to Promote Digital Participation in Africa 17 March 2012

Information Communication Technologies (ICT’s) are increasingly used by government agencies across the African continent with a view to making their service offerings more widely accessible. E-governance is widely considered a powerful and effective tool in the fight against corruption which i...

Which way African ICT Policy? Turn right, human right 17 March 2012

“He is as useless as a dog” this was part of a Facebook post by a young Kenyan photographer on the wall of a Kenyan politician, Mr. Lewis Nguyai. The Facebook post has since led to the photographer’s arrest and may ultimately result in a defamation suit. Kenya’s National C...

ICT Policy in Africa and the Internet and Human Rights
ICT Policy in Africa and the Internet and Human Rights 17 March 2012 APC

In this post, I am going to address two main issues: the need and role of ICT policy in Africa, and the relationship between Internet and human rights. The landscape of ICTs probably is the fastest growing sector ever experienced with any medium or any transformative technology.

ICT Policy and Human Rights ~ What does it mean for Africa
ICT Policy and Human Rights ~ What does it mean for Africa 16 March 2012 APC

ICT POLICY IS IN CRITICAL NEED OF ATTENTION IN AFRICA? Information Communication Technology commonly referred to as ICT can be described as technologies used to gather, share and disseminate information using computers and computer networks. Policies are typically guiding principles designed to ...

Entrenching ICT Policies as part parcel of our development Processes In Africa
Entrenching ICT Policies as part parcel of our development Processes In Africa 15 March 2012 APC

The future socio economic development in African countries depends grossly on our African states to be able to enhance fully the strength and capacities of existing ICT infrastructure especially the Internet which over the last decade in Africa has stimulated economic growth, social awareness ...

ICT Policy for Development: Is there an elephant in the room?
ICT Policy for Development: Is there an elephant in the room? 15 March 2012 APC

Far too many developing countries, especially those located in sub-Sahara Africa, have failed to leverage ICTs for effective national development. Numerous national ICT policies have been developed, often with the help of very costly international consultants, and yet the results remain disappoin...

Education and technology key thematic areas for Rio+20 People's Summit
Education and technology key thematic areas for Rio+20 People's Summit 02 March 2012 shawna

Thematic Social ForumAs part of the People’s Summit, the Thematic Social Forum released a working paper this week, entitled ‘Another Future is Possible’ discussing key themes for Rio+20.

UN Panel on Global Sustainability describes ICTs as 'critical' for sustainable development in new report
UN Panel on Global Sustainability describes ICTs as 'critical' for sustainable development in new report 10 February 2012 SF

The United Nations Secretary-General’s High Level Panel on Global Sustainability has launched a report, “Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing”, which contains 56 recommendations to implement and mainstream sustainable development into economic policy.