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.

The politics of access 25 October 2016 Koliwe Majama

The expansion of access to the internet in Africa is a game of political power and control. I reached this conclusion as we mapped and analysed the main internet governance issues this past week during the African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG).

Experiencing the African possibilities, through AfriSIG 2016 25 October 2016 Thato Mfikwe

The African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG) 2016 is one of the most impactful programmes I have attended. I am grateful for the training that will definitely enhance my work around advocacy for open and affordable internet access.

African governments should harness the internet to engage with citizens
African governments should harness the internet to engage with citizens 24 October 2016 Prudence Nyamishana

There is a drive to connect one billion persons worldwide by 2020. As more Africans get online, governments have the responsibility to protect the rights and freedoms of their citizens. Yet what we see currently are increased cases of crackdown on dissenting voices.    

Inside the Information Society: A short history of the Internet
Inside the Information Society: A short history of the Internet 21 October 2016 David Souter

Each week David Souter comments on an important issue for APC members and others concerned about the Information Society.    

[COLUMN] Labour, sustainability, resilience: Gender, ICTs and climate change
[COLUMN] Labour, sustainability, resilience: Gender, ICTs and climate change 19 October 2016 Sonia Randhawa for GenderIT.org

Artwork courtesy of Flavia Fascendini_This article is part of a series of GenderIT.org columns. Four columnists, two in English and two in Spanish, will open up topics and themes that we want to learn more about.

Feminist politics of freedom of speech - Reflections on session in AWID 2016
Feminist politics of freedom of speech - Reflections on session in AWID 2016 19 October 2016 Valentina Pellizzer for GenderIT.org

Grafitti in Mostar, Bosnia.We all know feminism and the world do not go hand-in-hand on many things, especially if trying to address violence against women in the virtual world.

An open letter of thanks to AWID
An open letter of thanks to AWID 19 October 2016 Helen Nyinakiiza for GenderIT.org

This was my first time at an AWID Forum. By the end of the conference it was clear that that I am a woman. Strong, determined, beautiful and powerful.

We can't do it alone: Connections at AWID 2016
We can't do it alone: Connections at AWID 2016 19 October 2016 Namita Aavriti for GenderIT.org

Drum beats resound around the ‘country’ that I come from. For those willing to listen, there is ferment brewing and people gathering to challenge and dismantle caste discrimination and hierarchies that have been prevalent for centuries. What was often relegated by many, including human rights...