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.

What steps can Africans take and lead in internet governance and social justice? 14 December 2016

Almost three years ago, I published a blog post on CircleID titled “Internet Governance: Why Africa Should Take the Lead"    

The National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper South Africa 2016: Commentary on the internet 14 December 2016

The recently published white paper focuses on convergence of modern and traditional modes of communication, which is a big step in connecting the present to the future of information and communications technologies (ICTs). The use of data in formulating policies and monitoring progress is also a ...

Data for better policy making
Data for better policy making 14 December 2016 Esther Kamande

Information and communications technology (ICT) policy makers are confronted with the conflicting challenge of providing a stable and predictable regulatory environment to maintain existing investments and create room for long-term investments while still adapting to the ever changing ICT ecosyst...

Women’s voices, men’s silence
Women’s voices, men’s silence 14 December 2016 Nomagugu Nyathi

This article explores the persuasiveness of women’s rights activists in Africa and proposes ways in which activists can counter the silence of men when it comes to these issues. Are human rights enough? In the past few days I got to thinking a lot about women’s rights.

Inside the Information Society: Looking back on 2016
Inside the Information Society: Looking back on 2016 12 December 2016 David Souter

Each week David Souter comments on an important issue for APC members and others concerned about the Information Society. This week’s blog post looks back at major developments in 2016. This year’s Internet Governance Forum (IGF) has just concluded in Guadalajara. The year is d...

Economic, Social, Cultural Rights and the Internet: The Feminist Take
Economic, Social, Cultural Rights and the Internet: The Feminist Take 09 December 2016 GenderIT.org

Does the internet make the realisation of economic, social, cultural rights a stronger possibility, especially for women and gender nonconforming people? This is the question that our edition on ESC rights and the internet seeks to answer.

Beyond the offline-online binary – why women need a new global social contract
Beyond the offline-online binary – why women need a new global social contract 09 December 2016 Anita Gurumurthy

Original artwork by Flavia Fascendini The non-territorial, transborder Internet has overlaid layers of complexity to the human rights debate.

Algorithmic discrimination and the feminist politics of being in the data
Algorithmic discrimination and the feminist politics of being in the data 09 December 2016 Dr. Nicole Shephard

Image source: Gisela Giardino, Flickr Concern with the role Facebook may or may not have played in swaying the outcome of the U.S.