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 helpful are helpline numbers? 01 March 2021 Ambika Tandon and Mira Swaminathan for GenderIT.org

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a spike in gender-based violence in India. Helplines and digital tools have been used to reach out to survivors, given the absence of physical services. But women who can't use phones, email or social media are most likely to be entirely excluded from these systems.

Inside the Digital Society: Where should we put our data? 01 March 2021 David Souter

Last week I wrote about digitalisation and geopolitics. This week, a closer look at one aspect of that: the tussle between global data management and national sovereignty.

Inside the Digital Society: Digital geopolitics
Inside the Digital Society: Digital geopolitics 22 February 2021 David Souter

And what do we think the internet is made from, anyway? It is technology or is it people? Is it data moving through the ether (between bits of kit and data centres) or is it those who generate and use the data?

Using the internet during a pandemic: Is it a choice?
Using the internet during a pandemic: Is it a choice? 16 February 2021 Brindaalakshmi. K for LocNet and GenderIT.org

Brindaalakshmi. K shares her experience of working with community networks in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic in India and the importance of independent community networks as a support mechanism for gender and sexual minorities.

Inside the Digital Society: It’s the digital SOCIETY…
Inside the Digital Society: It’s the digital SOCIETY… 08 February 2021 David Souter

When people talk about the digital society, what’s their priority?

Online protests against Poland's abortion law become stronger
Online protests against Poland's abortion law become stronger 25 January 2021 Juliette Bretan for GenderIT.org

New changes to Poland's abortion law could effectively ban abortion. Online protests have been building momentum to counter the force of the government, even as the pandemic rages on in Europe.

Networks woven with care
Networks woven with care 25 January 2021 Luisa Bagope and Sonaksha Iyengar for GenderIT.org

This beautifully illustrated story is a tale about how two community network women in India and the women around them sustained connectivity while navigating a global pandemic as the country came to a lockdown.

Inside the Digital Society: COVID-19, the Information Society and ways ahead from WSIS
Inside the Digital Society: COVID-19, the Information Society and ways ahead from WSIS 25 January 2021 David Souter

This week’s blog, the first of 2021, is a keynote presentation to the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD)’s review of progress towards the Information Society since the World Summit (WSIS) of 2003/2005. It reviews last year and looks forward to recove...

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