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.

Dynamic Coalition on Gender and Internet Governance: Emerging issues on sexuality and diversity 16 November 2018 Maja Romano for APCNews

The Dynamic Coalition on Gender and Internet Governance was a unique panel at the 2018 IGF, not only because it was one of the few to have full focus on gender rights, but also because it was a participatory session with presentations from panellists and also engagement by the majority of audienc...

IGF Main Session on Cybersecurity, Trust and Privacy: Who does multistakeholderism represent? 16 November 2018 Maja Romano for APCNews

The session brought together a mixed panel of private, public and government sector representatives. The commentary by panellists reflected their diverse backgrounds, with viewpoints that were at times conflicting and generated discussion among presenters and from audience members alike.

Countering misinformation online: Strengthening media literacy skills to fight “fake news”
Countering misinformation online: Strengthening media literacy skills to fight “fake news” 16 November 2018 Gabrielle Willms for APCNews

In recent years, the scope and consequences of online disinformation and misinformation campaigns have drawn increasing attention, as concern builds about their ability to exacerbate social polarisation, undermine public trust in the media and influence political decisions.

Meltdown of protections for data and privacy in Tanzania for LGBTQIA and others
Meltdown of protections for data and privacy in Tanzania for LGBTQIA and others 15 November 2018 Rebecca Ryakitimbo for GenderIT.org

The clampdown on gays and non-heteronormative people in Tanzania has been in the news, and while it seems it is the agenda of certain groups and people in the government, it is essential to examine the privacy, data and censorship implications of targeting LGBTQIA+ people online.

13 manifestations of gender-based violence using technology
13 manifestations of gender-based violence using technology 15 November 2018 Take Back the Tech!, Luchadoras and SocialTIC

APC's Take Back the Tech! project worked closely with Luchadoras and SocialTIC, campaigners in Mexico, to develop an illustrated list of manifestations of online gender-based violence based on case documentation. Use it in your work and activism, and please share it widely!

Connecting the underserved: Innovation through knowledge sharing, “imagination” and a “community mindset”
Connecting the underserved: Innovation through knowledge sharing, “imagination” and a “community mindset” 15 November 2018 Gabrielle Willms for APCNews

During the Day 3 workshop “Innovative Approaches to Connecting Underserved Areas”, moderator Sebastian Bellagamba stressed that  "the cost of not being connected keeps increasing for people," noting the link between internet access and socioeconomic development.

Preventing online violent radicalisation of youth: “Media and information literacy is the counter-narrative”
Preventing online violent radicalisation of youth: “Media and information literacy is the counter-narrative” 14 November 2018 Gabrielle Willms for APCNews

As the threat of online radicalisation of youth grows, the need for both pragmatic policy-based, legal and technical responses as well as a larger conversation on youth empowerment, resilience and capacity building in the digital space has become increasingly clear.

"We have the standards, the means to make internet services accessible. So why is this not happening?" Insights on disability and accessibility at the IGF 2018
"We have the standards, the means to make internet services accessible. So why is this not happening?" Insights on disability and accessibility at the IGF 2018 14 November 2018 Leila Nachawati for APCNews

More than 12 years since the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was ratified, web accessibility remains a distant reality for people with disabilities.

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