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.

AfriSIG 2021: “You must know everything!” 19 November 2021 Zanyiwe Nthatisi Asare

Unless you are an astronomer, architect or engineer, most of us toy with this question: “When will I use the Pythagorean theorem in real life?” In reality, this question is true for most things that are perceived as complex.  

AfriSIG 2021: We can't do it alone! 19 November 2021 Tshepiso Hadebe

It was June 2010, the schools were about to go on a long break. The eyes of the world were on South Africa. The first African country to host the FIFA world cup. Huddled in the corner of the small and dusty school library, a little girl came across a book that spoke of computers and the internet.

Inside the Digital Society: Metamorphosis?
Inside the Digital Society: Metamorphosis? 17 November 2021 David Souter

Facebook-Meta's metaverse might be less Toy Story and more like The Matrix. Either way, here are five reasons we need to be cautious about the ethics of such virtual visions.

AfriSIG 2021: “Oh AfriSIG, where art thou AfriSIG?”
AfriSIG 2021: “Oh AfriSIG, where art thou AfriSIG?” 11 November 2021 Josaphat Tjiho

I remember sitting down writing that application like someone who was writing a state of the nation address speech for a president.

Inside the Digital Society: Is your COP half empty or half full?
Inside the Digital Society: Is your COP half empty or half full? 10 November 2021 David Souter

Climate change and digital society are the two trends that will underpin global development in our time. They interact much more than is being understood or discussed at conferences like COP and IGF.

AfriSIG 2021: You’ll probably make the cut!
AfriSIG 2021: You’ll probably make the cut! 09 November 2021 Rebeccah Wambui

From the first day elation of introductions, the rest of the days went by in a blur; a perfect amalgamation of inquisitiveness, new information drench, subtle nudge to quit, Zoom fatigue, back to excitement, relief, and self-pride on the last day.

Yay! We did it, AfriSIG 2021 happened!
Yay! We did it, AfriSIG 2021 happened! 08 November 2021 Ruth Atim

The ninth edition of the African School of Internet Governance (AfriSIG) finally happened – virtually, because, well, COVID-19 couldn’t allow various fellows and facility members to attend an in-person school. 

Inside the Digital Society: Eight challenges for internet governance
Inside the Digital Society: Eight challenges for internet governance 02 November 2021 David Souter

At the IGF we often concentrate on specific themes which might be technical, like the domain name system, or more generic such as access or cybersecurity. The challenges I’m going to raise today are more fundamental issues that affect the internet as a whole.

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