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States must go beyond ensuring basic access... to empower citizens

Geneva

Access to information is a fundamental right that needs to be realised in support of economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRs) – whether it’s information on life skills, social security grants, science and culture, or access to legal or educational resources. Access to information is also high on the global sustainable development agenda.

The problem with “development” – linking infrastructure to content indicators

Geneva

Responding to reports by the special rapporteurs on migrants and extreme poverty at the 32nd session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva, the government of Botswana had something interesting to say. It sai

Inside the Information Society: What the World Bank thinks about Digital Dividends

London [13 June 2016]

*_David Souter comments each week on an important issue for APC members and others concerned about the Information Society.

Inside the Information Society: Where are the ICTs in sustainable development?

London [6 June 2016]

David Souter comments each week on an important issue for APC members and others concerned about the Information Society. This week’s blog is about the need for more recognition of ICTs in sustainable development.

‘Sustainable development’ is the UN’s current watchphrase.

An open internet versus social media shutdown

On 12 May 2016 Uganda suffered another social media blockade. That day was also the presidential swearing-in ceremony. Of course it’s no coincidence that these events have collided on the same day. The ban was effected on the evening of Wednesday, the eve of the ceremony.

Inside the Information Society: Enhanced cooperation for enhanced cooperation?

London [30 May 2016]

*_David Souter comments each week on an important issue for APC members and others concerned about the Information Society.

Inside the Information Society: After WSIS – Looking back or looking forwards?

London [23 May 2016]

*_David Souter comments each week on an important issue for APC members and others concerned about the Information Society.

Inside the Information Society: Introducing David Souter's weekly blog

[16 May 2016]

David Souter will be writing a weekly blog for APC for the coming year, looking at different aspects of the information society, development and rights.
 
David is a longstanding associate of APC, and has worked for more than 20 years on the relationship between ICTs and public policy, particularly development, environm

Virtual reality pornography and tech-related violence against women: To boldly go have sex where no one has done it before!

Canada

Imagine a woman standing naked while a few dozen cameras take pictures of every inch of her body, including pictures of her sexual organs, her facial expressions and her sexual identity.

Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: The limitless textbook

South Africa

When we talk about economic, social and cultural rights we have to deal with the hard fact that realising them takes money. It costs money to build and staff hospitals that make the right to health a reality.

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