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.

Why I work for APC 08 August 2011

In my time on this Earth I’ve had a lot of odd jobs. I have worked in coffee shops and fruit stands; in comedy clubs and restaurants. I have worked as a researcher, and in a political party. For the government, and for the army. None of these compares to my experience at APC. Every...

Does free speech apply to the internet? 04 August 2011

Guy Berger, head of the school of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University, comments on UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression Frank La Rue’s latest report on the New Media Lab blog.

APC is going to be busy at the IGF
APC is going to be busy at the IGF 04 August 2011 grady

APC is organising a series of events in the context of the next IGF in Nairobi.

France to disconnect citizens for file-sharing
France to disconnect citizens for file-sharing 04 August 2011 grady

France has started to disconnect its first users under its new three strikes system. That is, if you are caught file-sharing, you are sent an angry letter telling you to stop. If you persist, you get an angrier letter. Three strikes, and you lose your internet connection for six months.

Armenian women's rights group hosts flash mob
Armenian women's rights group hosts flash mob 26 July 2011 grady

The women’s rights NGO, “Society Without Violence”, will be hosting a flash mob on July 27th in the Armenian capital, Yerevan. You know, in case you’re passing through. Society Without Violence is part of a network of NGOs in the caucasus advocating greater aw

Four special representatives for the price of one!
Four special representatives for the price of one! 22 July 2011 grady

Four special representatives from major intergovernmental agencies have signed a joint statement on international mechanisms for promoting freedom of expression. The United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Euro...

Crowdsourced Online Dispute Resolution
Crowdsourced Online Dispute Resolution 21 July 2011 APC

For everyone involved, solving disputes often takes a considerable amount of time and money. This also holds true for Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) procedures. Thus, in practice, it is often pointless to pay for dispute resolution in a complex dispute environment. Imagine buying a new computer...

Parents use Facebook to spy on their kids
Parents use Facebook to spy on their kids 21 July 2011 grady

A recent study found that over half of parents use social networking sites to spy on their children. In most cases this included monitoring their status updates, looking at their wall and even creeping their pictures. Uncool, dad.