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.

Civil society, can you visualise the power of blockchain? 09 November 2017 Roxana Bassi

Maybe you have heard about blockchain. Blockchain is about trust, online trust. And it might soon shatter the very foundations of how things are done on the internet. I believe that if you are in the field of online social justice and rights, you have to start thinking about how to use this techn...

Inside the Information Society: What is the impact of the internet on politics? 06 November 2017 David Souter

This week’s blog looks at the impact of the Internet on politics.

APC members in 2016: Natasha Msonza
APC members in 2016: Natasha Msonza 02 November 2017 Natasha Msonza

By December 2016, there were 27 individual members in the APC network, from 24 countries on six continents. This year, we decided to launch a new section in the APC Annual Report to learn more about, and from, our individual members. This is what Natasha Msonza responded.

ALIN making the connection between the internet and human rights at FIFAfrica17
ALIN making the connection between the internet and human rights at FIFAfrica17 01 November 2017 Bob Aston for ALIN

The Arid Lands Information Network (ALIN) was able to use the opportunity of participating in the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa 2017 to learn from others, and also to share its experiences in promoting internet access in Kenya.

Fantsuam Foundation better equipped to ensure a free and open internet after FIFAfrica17
Fantsuam Foundation better equipped to ensure a free and open internet after FIFAfrica17 01 November 2017 Seyi Johnson for Fantsuam Foundation

On 27-29 September, I took part in the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa 2017 (FIFAfrica17), in Johannesburg, South Africa, representing the Fantsuam Foundation of Nigeria. 

Inside the Information Society: Social Media, saint or sinner?
Inside the Information Society: Social Media, saint or sinner? 30 October 2017 David Souter

Too much debate about the Information Society is binary. To advocates, anything digital looks good. Others are spooked by impacts that are uncontrolled and unbenign. If we’re serious, we need to be more nuanced. Some reflection on this where social media’s concerned this week; next week, the ...

APC members in 2016: Recommendations for more effective civil society representation in state bodies
APC members in 2016: Recommendations for more effective civil society representation in state bodies 26 October 2017 BlueLink Foundation

“Participation for Nature: Representation of environmental civil society organisations in councils and other state bodies and local authorities”, a research report by BlueLink.net’s executive editor Pavel Antonov and environmental expert Toma Belev, was released in February 2016.

APC members in 2016: First Kenya School of Internet Governance
APC members in 2016: First Kenya School of Internet Governance 26 October 2017 Kenya ICT Action Network 

With support from Facebook and Hivos East Africa, the Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANet) held the first Kenya School of Internet Governance (KeSIG) in November 2016. The school aimed at bringing new voices into ICT policy dialogues.