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.

Big or little data in Africa: Why collaboration matters now more than ever 08 September 2022 JulietGrace Luwedde and Ibrahim Waiswa Batambuze

This year’s edition of DataFest Africa brought to light a very significant conversation that needs critical attention: data use in the private sector and civil society organisations within Africa. Pollicy's JulietGrace Luwedde shares key learnings from the biggest data festival on the c...

Celebrating 15 years of GISWatch: “GISWatch links critical thinking and analysis to concrete proposals for change” 19 August 2022 Anriette Esterhuysen

In the second installment of the Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) 15th anniversary series, Anriette Esterhuysen reflects on the birth of the project during her time as APC's executive director, as well as its evolution and longevity as a meaningful resource.

Youth views almost not taken seriously during ITU’s WTDC-22
Youth views almost not taken seriously during ITU’s WTDC-22 17 August 2022 Arsène Tungali

The 2022 Generation Connect Global Youth Summit took place on the sidelines of the 2022 World Telecommunication Development Conference, organised by the International Telecommunication Union and held in Kigali, Rwanda.

Celebrating 15 years of GISWatch: "This journey has shaped how I frame the internet's role in our lives"
Celebrating 15 years of GISWatch: "This journey has shaped how I frame the internet's role in our lives" 16 August 2022 Alan Finlay

APC's landmark publication Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. This inaugural piece by its long-time editor is the first in a series that will celebrate and examine how far we've come and where we need to head next. 

Seeding change: Rhizomatica’s high frequency radio showcases the power of communication in remote regions of the Amazon
Seeding change: Rhizomatica’s high frequency radio showcases the power of communication in remote regions of the Amazon 11 August 2022 Maja Romano

Imagine you are in the middle of the Amazon rain forest. There is no mobile coverage or internet access. The long distances and rugged landscapes make communication highly challenging. These communities are precisely the ones Rhizomatica aims to support when building new technologies that connect...

Academia and digital activism: Ibase, APC, RNP and Tadao Takahashi
Academia and digital activism: Ibase, APC, RNP and Tadao Takahashi 03 August 2022 Carlos Afonso

This article by APC founder Carlos Afonso, now the director of Brazilian APC member Nupef, is both a tribute to recently deceased Brazilian internet pioneer Tadao Takahashi and a fascinating glimpse into some key chapters in the early history (and prehistory) of APC.

A case for community networks
A case for community networks 01 August 2022 Shafali Jain

Internet user growth is slowing and varied attempts to address the problem of access – through traditional telecom models, private sector initiatives, state-led measures, philanthropy – have met with limited success. We must rethink how networks are built, owned, operated and utilised...

An indignant and idealistic young radio jockey in India empowers herself and others through community radio
An indignant and idealistic young radio jockey in India empowers herself and others through community radio 27 July 2022 Sarbani Banerjee Belur and Saisudha Sugavanam

Discover what the story of 28-year-old Shibani tells us about the women weaving connections and finding self-expression through community radio stations in India.

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