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.

Community Networks Stories: Servelots uses community mesh radio to demystify technology through storytelling 16 June 2020 Servelots

Published writing, sound recording, and most recently video are common manifestations of the same elemental impulse to speak and be heard – and to listen to what others have to say. The internet has proven to be a quickly adopted platform to amplify and democratise these media.

"Language revolt": This activist tweets against erasure of first languages in South Africa 16 June 2020 Denver Toroxa Breda for Global Voices

This invisibility in the South African national narrative can also be seen by the language’s absence on the internet.

Inside the Digital Society: Digital education. Enthusiasts, realists and the coronavirus
Inside the Digital Society: Digital education. Enthusiasts, realists and the coronavirus 15 June 2020 David Souter

Realism’s been gaining ground, but anyone who reads the literature knows that hype’s still hot in digital discourse. Education’s been one of the battlegrounds, and coronavirus has brought it to the fore again.

Community Networks Stories: Coolab Camp, an immersive, collaborative event for learning about hardware, software and care
Community Networks Stories: Coolab Camp, an immersive, collaborative event for learning about hardware, software and care 11 June 2020 Coolab

The “camp” format was chosen because of the fundamental role of human relations in the development of a community network, which is why we decided to make it a “barefoot” event, an immersive event, where we slept and woke up together over the course of several days, sharing and learning.

Community Networks Stories: Milestone event brings national stakeholders to a remote community to raise awareness of the potential of local access networks
Community Networks Stories: Milestone event brings national stakeholders to a remote community to raise awareness of the potential of local access networks 09 June 2020 BOSCO Uganda

BOSCO Uganda held a national multistakeholder event in Gulu district, located in northern Uganda, 336 kilometres from the national capital, to demonstrate the potential of community networks to representatives of a wide range of sectors, including the government and regulators.

Inside the Digital Society: Digital well-being
Inside the Digital Society: Digital well-being 01 June 2020 David Souter

In the digital society, how do we measure well-being?

Community Networks Stories: "Pink... the colour of my internet"
Community Networks Stories: "Pink... the colour of my internet" 28 May 2020 Anjali Vajre for Gram Marg Rural Broadband

Anjali Vajre shares a personal account of how the connectivity enabled by the Gram Marg Rural Broadband project has changed her life and how she would like to use the skills she has gained to empower other women in her village.

Cummunity standards
Cummunity standards 27 May 2020 Morgan Barbour for GenderIT

Globally there has been a recorded surge of domestic violence against women especially, but has there been an increase in violence online? Morgan Barbour shares how she has dealt with increased violence and harassment online since the lockdown began, and how it is now part of her art.

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