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 Digital Society: Why do we need ethics in AI? 28 October 2019 David Souter

Artificial intelligence is not such a new idea as many think. The term itself was coined in the 1950s. There’s been talk of ethics round it, too, for more than half a century. But debates on this today are different, for several reasons.

Inside the Digital Society: What’s in the digital economy? 28 October 2019 David Souter

Everyone agrees the digital economy’s important but not everyone’s agreed on what it is. Twenty years ago, it might have meant only the ICT sector itself. Ten years ago, that and some sectors that were taking most advantage of it. Today, all major sectors, and all firms of any size,...

Our routes: Women's node - an illustrated journey of women in community networks
Our routes: Women's node - an illustrated journey of women in community networks 23 October 2019 Bruna Zanolli for GenderIT.org

This beautifully etched illustration follows the stories of various women who are working in community networks and their journeys with technology, autonomy and self-realisation.

Making digital rights and internet governance conversations appealing and relatable with new media
Making digital rights and internet governance conversations appealing and relatable with new media 16 October 2019 Olamide Egbayelo

I have always been of the opinion that POLICY IS BORING, I say this every time I have the opportunity to be at gatherings where policy discussions, especially tech/internet  policies are held and I also ask myself all of these times, what can I do to make these conversations more interesting...

Inside the Digital Society: The long and winding road to digital cooperation
Inside the Digital Society: The long and winding road to digital cooperation 14 October 2019 David Souter

This week we'll share a brief summary and some reflections on the Report of the UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation.

A need for a sustainable environment discussion in the internet governance space
A need for a sustainable environment discussion in the internet governance space 09 October 2019 Morisola Moromoke

The five-day training introduced fellows to a wide range of topics and discussions in the internet governance space. Not forgetting the Practicum, which is a practical adaption of multistakeholder discussion and dialogue on a salient issue. This year, fellows worked with the report of the UN Secr...

Inside the Digital Society
Inside the Digital Society 07 October 2019 David Souter

I've been taking time out to reflect on how the 'Information Society' is changing, the changing ways in which it's impacting on the wider world, the ways in which it interacts with other global challenges.

AfriSIG, the school for internet techies who want to learn policy
AfriSIG, the school for internet techies who want to learn policy 26 September 2019 APCNews

As a technical person, I found the week-long school essential to having a good understanding of the governance side of the internet, which is different from running networks or conducting research on them. Topics related to digital rights, affordable internet access, internet history in Africa, s...

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