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.

Inside the Information Society: Measuring the Internet 19 June 2017

What do we mean by measuring the Internet? There are many different ways to answer.

Access and beyond: Navigating mobile costs in communication 16 June 2017

The African market is flooded with zero rating services such as Free Basics (Facebook’s zero rating scheme) and other subsidised data strategies. Do these schemes make internet more affordable and bring access to more people in Africa?

Inside the Information Society: Should you love your digital assistant?
Inside the Information Society: Should you love your digital assistant? 12 June 2017 David Souter

We’ve seen the impact that new interfaces have over the years in ICTs.  Apple’s graphical user interface and its Microsoft successor, Windows, for example. The World Wide Web.  Smartphones and tablets. Today’s digital businesses are hoping that the ‘digital assistant...

How women in the global South are reclaiming social media to combat femicide
How women in the global South are reclaiming social media to combat femicide 08 June 2017 Samukelisiwe Mabaso

In May 2017, countless South African women took to Twitter and Facebook to share their experiences of abuse under the hashtag #MenAreTrash. The outpour of tweets and Facebook posts was sparked by the murder of Karabo Mokoena, a 22-year-old woman who was allegedly killed and burned by her boyfriend.

Inside the Information Society: What’s in store? Scenarios for the ICT sector
Inside the Information Society: What’s in store? Scenarios for the ICT sector 07 June 2017 David Souter

What's the future for ICTs and Internet? You’ll find different perspectives and priorities in different places.

The internet of memory: First we’ll take Huairou and then we’ll take New York. Hacking the UN to code technology and women’s rights into the system
The internet of memory: First we’ll take Huairou and then we’ll take New York. Hacking the UN to code technology and women’s rights into the system 06 June 2017 Jennifer Radloff

From creating a space in a tent in Huairou to the well-known NGO “alternative space”, Church Centre of the United Nations, to the leather seats and imposing “heart” of the United Nations Headquarters, place of government representatives, we journey with APC Women's Rights Programme.

Tackling the gender digital divide in Africa
Tackling the gender digital divide in Africa 01 June 2017 Koliwe Majama

The emergence of the internet is touted as an opportunity for women in Africa to "play catch up" after years of being "left out". But what are African women’s realities and to what extent can the internet be made accessible to them and have meaningful impact in their lives?

Ten facts about your computer: Health, hardware and the toll on women
Ten facts about your computer: Health, hardware and the toll on women 30 May 2017 Sonia Randhawa for GenderIT.org

This article takes a look at where our hardware comes from, the electronics factories situated in primarily Asian countries, and the challenges facing the people, primarily women, who work there, through ten issues that impact upon women workers in the electronics industry.