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.

AfriSIG 2021: Does Africa really need the internet? 02 November 2021 Anne Wangari Njathi and Tsema Yvonne Ede

When discussions around access to the internet are raised, our thoughts turn to whether we have sufficiently solved the issues of poverty, health, education and energy to decide that internet access is a needed right in Africa. But COVID-19 has changed our view of the need for connectivity.

What can digital surveillance teach us about online gender-based violence? 01 November 2021 Mardiya Siba Yahaya for GenderIT.org

Mardiya Siba Yahaya argues that digital surveillance is part of gendered and racist disciplinary structures that manifest in specific forms of online gender-based violence experienced by Black Muslim women influencers.

AfriSIG 2021: Sandboxes of our own
AfriSIG 2021: Sandboxes of our own 29 October 2021 Favour Borokini

It is undeniable that our world today is a digital one. It is this world that young Africans are navigating today. Perhaps our play, our natural gravitation towards games, social media and movies, is our way of expressing our desire for mastery, and ultimately our claim on the internet.

Seeding change: EsLaRed helps defend access to information and freedom of expression in Venezuela
Seeding change: EsLaRed helps defend access to information and freedom of expression in Venezuela 29 October 2021 APCNews

Concerned about how digital technologies bring new challenges to fighting censorship, APC member EsLaRed has been defending access to information and freedom of expression in restrictive environments, with a recent study focusing on communication blockades in Venezuela.

“Finally I made it”: Passion and commitment to turn the AfriSIG dream into reality
“Finally I made it”: Passion and commitment to turn the AfriSIG dream into reality 27 October 2021 Providence Baraka

For the young person I was, under 25 years, attending the African School on Internet Governance and getting involved in the internet ecosystem in my country was a dream that I will continue to follow.  

AfriSIG 2021: Digital inequality in Africa
AfriSIG 2021: Digital inequality in Africa 27 October 2021 Fatou Sarr

The 2021 African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG) has brought together actors from digital ecosystems worldwide. It has been a golden opportunity for me and my community as I have learnt about several topics on internet governance.

AfriSIG 2021: African child suffering from impostor syndrome
AfriSIG 2021: African child suffering from impostor syndrome 27 October 2021 Albertine Shipena

How did I make it to the AfriSIG 2021 fellow if I am not deserving (African child suffering from impostor syndrome)?

Inside the Digital Society: Having a national conversation about the internet
Inside the Digital Society: Having a national conversation about the internet 25 October 2021 David Souter

The internet may be the same, in some ways, everywhere, but it’s also different everywhere.

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