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.

Inside the Digital Society: Tweet tweet 17 May 2022 David Souter

Our columnist reflects on five issues for the wider internet environment raised by Elon Musk’s planned acquisition of Twitter, including for human rights, freedom of expression and corporate accountability.

Seeding Change: Bytesforall Bangladesh advocates for online education as a fundamental right 29 April 2022 APCNews

Recognising the need for a rapid and effective response to the pressing issue of access to online education, Bytesforall Bangladesh saw an opportunity to advocate for equitable access to the internet as a public good, affirming access to education as a fundamental human right.

Technology, the environment and a sustainable world: Revisiting GISWatch on Earth Day 2022
Technology, the environment and a sustainable world: Revisiting GISWatch on Earth Day 2022 21 April 2022 Michelle Thorne

What is the weight of a byte? Who breathes in fumes so that I can stream a film? Who mines for tin while we zoom in? For too long, internet policy makers and tech companies punted their responsibilities towards people and the planet.

Inside the Digital Society: What’s all this about digital cooperation?
Inside the Digital Society: What’s all this about digital cooperation? 18 April 2022 David Souter

Digital cooperation will be crucial if we want ICTs to focus on the public good, and this column outlines some opportunities, threats, and paths forward for this.

Seeding Change: Uganda-based organisation Unwanted Witness on promoting online inclusion of the most vulnerable
Seeding Change: Uganda-based organisation Unwanted Witness on promoting online inclusion of the most vulnerable 12 April 2022 APCNews

Uganda's new digital ID system has increased exclusion among the most vulnerable. To better understand what this entails and how to address it, we talked to Unwanted Witness on human rights online in Uganda, the region and beyond.

Seeding change: Meet Hackers Comunitarias, the women challenging communications, tech and access inequalities in Mexico
Seeding change: Meet Hackers Comunitarias, the women challenging communications, tech and access inequalities in Mexico 01 April 2022 APCNews

In this photo essay we will discover the experiences and learnings from two communities in Mexico – Cherán and Xocoyolo. The women in these communities get together to redefine technologies and develop their networks locally.

Inside the Digital Society: Digital (in)equality
Inside the Digital Society: Digital (in)equality 31 March 2022 David Souter

A poor understanding of digital inequality continues to lead to inadequate and counterproductive policies. This column discusses six themes that could improve policymakers’ understanding of the nuances behind this persistent inequality and disconnect.

Community networks and women circles: The gift of being in togetherness
Community networks and women circles: The gift of being in togetherness 30 March 2022 Cynthia El Khoury and Bruna Zannoli

In these beautifully illustrated letters, we learn about the methodology of women circles, and women in community networks show us that crafting relationships is as vital as crafting technology.

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