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.

Academia and digital activism: Ibase, APC, RNP and Tadao Takahashi 03 August 2022 Carlos Afonso

This article by APC founder Carlos Afonso, now the director of Brazilian APC member Nupef, is both a tribute to recently deceased Brazilian internet pioneer Tadao Takahashi and a fascinating glimpse into some key chapters in the early history (and prehistory) of APC.

A case for community networks 01 August 2022 Shafali Jain

Internet user growth is slowing and varied attempts to address the problem of access – through traditional telecom models, private sector initiatives, state-led measures, philanthropy – have met with limited success. We must rethink how networks are built, owned, operated and utilised...

An indignant and idealistic young radio jockey in India empowers herself and others through community radio
An indignant and idealistic young radio jockey in India empowers herself and others through community radio 27 July 2022 Sarbani Banerjee Belur and Saisudha Sugavanam

Discover what the story of 28-year-old Shibani tells us about the women weaving connections and finding self-expression through community radio stations in India.

Inside the Digital Society: What impact has COVID had in practice?
Inside the Digital Society: What impact has COVID had in practice? 20 July 2022 David Souter

Two years ago, the assumption was that the pandemic and ensuing lockdowns would have lasting impacts on digitalisation – that they would accelerate the process by which offline turned to online, increase its pace and shift the way we do things towards digital alternatives. But has this happ...

Shifting priorities for the planet: New research grounds digital rights in struggle for climate and environmental justice
Shifting priorities for the planet: New research grounds digital rights in struggle for climate and environmental justice 15 July 2022 shawna finnegan

A new research project explores how digital rights and climate and environmental justice intersect. It presents a landscape analysis and seven issue briefs, including four briefs from the APC network that point to collaboration between digital rights organisations and environmental just...

Inside the Digital Society: Thinking of cybercrime – and listening to victims
Inside the Digital Society: Thinking of cybercrime – and listening to victims 05 July 2022 David Souter

Fraud is now the commonest crime in the UK, and most of it is online. Cybercrime and cybersecurity have become some of the biggest problems in digital policy development, and we need to think broader and listen to victims to be able to respond to them.

Seeding change: Foundation for Media Alternatives challenges rampant surveillance in public health in the Philippines
Seeding change: Foundation for Media Alternatives challenges rampant surveillance in public health in the Philippines 21 June 2022 Leila Nachawati Rego

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen rampant surveillance and citizen monitoring under the guise of public health. FMA's recent research focused on understanding how such privacy and freedoms were being curtailed in the Philippines, providing recommendations for a more equitable response and helping ci...

Inside the Digital Society: Does internet governance require a reboot?
Inside the Digital Society: Does internet governance require a reboot? 21 June 2022 David Souter

A new paper says that the internet and its governance is now suffering from resistance to change, paranoia and a lack of strategic direction and accountability, among other problems. Some thoughts and critiques on the paper's conclusions and recommendations, as well as three ideas that it mis...

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