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.

Assessing the Hong Kong National Security Law: What does it mean for civil society? 16 September 2020 Shih-Shiuan Kao and Min Hsuan Wu for EngageMedia

Since the passing of the Hong Kong National Security Law it has been criticised for its weaponisation against critics of the state and curtailment of freedom of speech.

7amleh at RightsCon: On spyware, content moderation and internet infrastructure 03 September 2020 7amleh – The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media

Having RightsCon 2020 take place entirely online not only demonstrates how the digital space is increasingly important for many spheres of life, but also illustrates how essential it is to protect digital rights as a fundamental part of human rights.

Remote working: Care for your body
Remote working: Care for your body 01 September 2020 Vassilis Chryssos

This article takes you through the process of building a work routine to help you avoid paying a hefty physical price for spending hours on a computer. This routine combines active and passive ergonomic practices with a caring mentality to sensitise you about your bodily health while working.

EngageMedia: Alternative ethical frameworks for AI: A critical view of AI ethics
EngageMedia: Alternative ethical frameworks for AI: A critical view of AI ethics 31 August 2020 Jun-E Tan for EngageMedia

Going beyond traditional Western frameworks of artificial intelligence (AI), this article shares other lenses from various cultural landscapes from which to view AI ethics.

Hello? How can I help you today?: Mental health concerns for LGBTIQA+ people during COVID-19
Hello? How can I help you today?: Mental health concerns for LGBTIQA+ people during COVID-19 27 August 2020 Joshua Muyiwa for GenderIT.org

LGBTIQA+ people are often already isolated and invisibilised in their families, sometimes also facing abuse. In this article, mental health professionals speak about the vulnerability of these groups and people during the lockdown and how fragile links of community and support are being built.

The digital rights movement needs to be deliberately inclusive
The digital rights movement needs to be deliberately inclusive 26 August 2020 Nyx McLean for GenderIT.org

We often speak of, and understand, technology to be embedded in socio-political contexts, and imbued with a number of power struggles and their violences. What we do not speak of is how we as the movement are also caught up in these contexts and struggles.

Community Networks Stories: A rainbow of contents in the sky
Community Networks Stories: A rainbow of contents in the sky 21 August 2020 Blanca Cruz for TIC A.C.

The 1st Technological Faena proposed installing a community intranet for the assembly. They would start by preparing a basic virtual browsing experience that would allow users to download files and take them to their communities without using the global internet and without the need for mobile da...

Who is your global South feminism serving?
Who is your global South feminism serving? 21 August 2020 Fungai Machirori for GenderIT.org

In this article, Zimbabwean feminist researcher and writer Fungai Machirori challenges the idea of "the global South" as a homogenous space.

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