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.

Set me up, knock me down: Legal obligations of dating apps to address sexual violence 10 December 2020 Divya Srinivasan for GenderIT.org

Recent reports reveal that hundreds of people experience sexual harassment and abuse on Tinder, but Tinder has largely ignored survivors. What is the legal and ethical obligation that dating platforms have when their platform is repeatedly used by sexual assaulters to prey on women and others?

Design justice: Community-led practices to build the worlds we need 10 December 2020 Lucía Trias for GenderIT.org

Design justice advocates for processes of design that do not extract or appropriate the knowledge of users, but build systems and software that are of use to them, rather than to companies and designers themselves.

Offensive against Sleeping Giants Brazil may set a dangerous precedent
Offensive against Sleeping Giants Brazil may set a dangerous precedent 09 December 2020 Bruno Marinoni and Marina Pita

In May 2020, a Twitter profile called Sleeping Giants Brazil emerged and started to publicly call for advertising companies to acknowledge their responsibility in the fight against so-called "fake news", pressuring them not to finance channels that propagate this type of content.

Inside the digital society: Taking (digital) stock of 2020
Inside the digital society: Taking (digital) stock of 2020 07 December 2020 David Souter

We’re nearing the end of a year that has uprooted lives and livelihoods around the world. One that’s seen a global health crisis bring economic recession and set back progress towards achieving the SDGs. A year that’s marked another stage in the emergence of a digital society.

Include LGBTIAQ+ voices in internet governance conversations
Include LGBTIAQ+ voices in internet governance conversations 03 December 2020 Nyx McLean for GenderIT.org

Throughout the sessions I have been sitting in at this year’s Internet Governance Forum (IGF), one thought has continuously come to mind: Where is the LGBTIAQ+ community in all of this? We cannot ignore LGBTIAQ+ people in our conversations on the internet, especially not in spaces like the IGF.

Amidst hate speech, hoaxes and fake news, CIPG report finds that Indonesian media played it safe during 2019 presidential election coverage
Amidst hate speech, hoaxes and fake news, CIPG report finds that Indonesian media played it safe during 2019 presidential election coverage 03 December 2020 APCNews

Did the proliferation of hate speech, hoaxes and fake news affect the result of Indonesia’s 2019 presidential elections? Was the media able to fact check their own news and coverage? These are some of the questions explored in this new report by the Center for Innovation, Policy and Governance.

Regulating freedom of association amidst the COVID-19 response in South Africa
Regulating freedom of association amidst the COVID-19 response in South Africa 02 December 2020 Tusi Fokane for CIPESA

The global infodemic accelerated in part by the COVID-19 pandemic has raised important debates on how best to respond to the proliferation of false and misleading information online.

Community Networks Stories: Installing community networks, uninstalling gender stereotypes
Community Networks Stories: Installing community networks, uninstalling gender stereotypes 01 December 2020 Digital Empowerment Foundation

As a flag-bearer of digital connectivity in her village in India, Talaria Amruta is helping build community networks through the Digital Empowerment Foundation's “Barefoot Women Wireless Engineers” inititiave.

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