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.

Celebrating 15 years of GISWatch: "A unique and relevant resource for information and advocacy" 04 November 2022 Helen Belcastro

The fourth installment examines how the initial support for GISWatch led to a strong and impactful collaboration with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.

Navigating identities: Experiencing online violence as a Shia woman in Pakistan 29 October 2022 Zoya Anwer for GenderIT.org

Shia Muslims are constantly at risk of being targeted with violence online and offline for their religious belief. And when Shia women and queer folks go online, they find themselves at risk of being targeted with abuse from multiple fronts as their two identities combine.

Seeding change: Times of “technostress” call for increased mental health self-care
Seeding change: Times of “technostress” call for increased mental health self-care 28 October 2022 Leila Nachawati

Digital technologies play an increasingly central role in our lives and have a major impact on our mental health. TEDIC, an APC member in Paraguay, takes this as its starting point when working on "technostress", a phenomenon affecting an ever growing percentage of the population.

Celebrating 15 years of GISWatch: "The making of a committed, exciting and influential voice in the information society wildnerness"
Celebrating 15 years of GISWatch: "The making of a committed, exciting and influential voice in the information society wildnerness" 26 October 2022 Y. Z. Ya’u

This third installment Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) 15th anniversary series explores reflections of what it means to write for this long-running project with Y. Z. Ya'u, a long-time Nigeria-based contributor to the report.

This is how I would redesign data governance. How would you?
This is how I would redesign data governance. How would you? 21 October 2022 Zana Fauzi

Inspired by a participant question raised at the recent Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF), this digital justice researcher attempts an answer with five suggestions and poses an amended question for us all. 

Inside the Digital Society: Africa’s "communications revolution"
Inside the Digital Society: Africa’s "communications revolution" 20 October 2022 David Souter

Our columnist recalls how bleak Africa’s communications landscape was a generation ago, what the "communications revolution" has wrought and what we should try to learn from the past.

Inside the Digital Society: Making e-government inclusive
Inside the Digital Society: Making e-government inclusive 05 October 2022 David Souter

How is e-government progressing after COVID? What should we be looking out to understand and measure?

Iranian women’s fight for right to life and freedom faces surveillance, internet shutdowns, violence and murders
Iranian women’s fight for right to life and freedom faces surveillance, internet shutdowns, violence and murders 03 October 2022 Hija Kamran for GenderIT.org

In Iran, women are protesting to demand bodily autonomy and their right to live, in the wake of the state-backed murder of a 22-year-old Mahsa Amini by the morality police. The government is responding by killing more women, attacking protestors and censoring the internet to contai...

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