World Summit on the Information Society

How the APC network has engaged with the UN's Global Digital Compact to help shape our digital future
How the APC network has engaged with the UN's Global Digital Compact to help shape our digital future 06 June 2023 Maja Romano

The UN's Global Digital Compact (GDC) seeks to develop a common understanding of key digital principles by taking an inclusive approach to internet governance. The APC network has been actively engaging in the GDC process by participating in numerous UN-led consultations, discussions and submissions.

Inside the Digital Society: Where’s the (common) good in it?
Inside the Digital Society: Where’s the (common) good in it? 06 June 2023 David Souter

For decades science fiction has alarmed us with the idea that AI will become much smarter than us and take control. Our columnist unpacks the issues of AI's uncertainty, common good, regulation and governance.

The APC network intervenes at the Global Digital Compact's deep dive session on internet governance
The APC network intervenes at the Global Digital Compact's deep dive session on internet governance 03 May 2023 Gaurav Jain

APC and its members gave statements at the Global Digital Compact's (GDC) thematic deep dive session on the theme of internet governance.

The APC network intervenes at the Global Digital Compact's deep dive session on digital inclusion and connectivity
The APC network intervenes at the Global Digital Compact's deep dive session on digital inclusion and connectivity 03 May 2023 Gaurav Jain

APC and its members gave statements at the Global Digital Compact's (GDC) thematic deep dive session on the theme of digital inclusion and connectivity. 

How the global internet governance movement began and evolved in the last two decades
How the global internet governance movement began and evolved in the last two decades 11 April 2023 Carlos Afonso

How did the world begin to establish the internet's basic governance rules and try to enable universal access? Carlos Afonso, director of Nupef and co-founder of APC, offers a historical look at the uneven global internet governance movement, from the 1998 International Telecommunication Union (ITU) meeting to the first World Summit on the Inform...

Inside the Digital Society: The future is another country
Inside the Digital Society: The future is another country 05 April 2023 David Souter

New applications like ChatGPT based on AI and large language models are likely to be transformative, a step change in technology like the internet was 30 years ago, but much faster. The technology is now out of the bag and can't be uninvented, and we should move swiftly to figure out its implications, deployment and governance.

Introductory brief: The Global Digital Compact
Introductory brief: The Global Digital Compact 01 March 2023

This introductory brief produced by APC seeks to provide civil society organisations with an initial understanding of the strategic relevance of engaging in the UN-led Global Digital Compact process by developing inputs based on a long-term vision for what we want the internet to be.

Irony, feasting and fasting at the Internet Governance Forum
Irony, feasting and fasting at the Internet Governance Forum 17 January 2023 Y. Z. Yau

The annual Internet Governance Forum's beauty of being non-hierarchical is also its weakness, and the author from APC network member CITAD gives his impressions and analysis of what worked and what could have been better at the latest edition held recently in Ethiopia.

Inside the Digital Society: What’s happened since the World Summit on the Information Society?
Inside the Digital Society: What’s happened since the World Summit on the Information Society? 16 November 2022 David Souter

Our columnist reflects on what has happened since the first World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), how we might review the past and look forward in hope and trepidation at the future as we approach its 20-year review in 2025.

Celebrating 15 years of GISWatch: "This journey has shaped how I frame the internet's role in our lives"
Celebrating 15 years of GISWatch: "This journey has shaped how I frame the internet's role in our lives" 16 August 2022 Alan Finlay

APC's landmark publication Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. This inaugural piece by its long-time editor is the first in a series that will celebrate and examine how far we've come and where we need to head next. 

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