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.

Community Networks Stories: How community networks from Latin America partnered up for learning, sharing and caring 17 December 2020 ORCAL

The Latin American Community Networks Organisation for Technological Appropiation (ORCAL) is a joint initiative of Latin American community networks and network builders to reinforce their individual and collective sustainability.

Inside the Digital Society: Building (digital) back better? 16 December 2020 David Souter

The last blog post of the year. Last week I reflected on the (digital) year gone by; this week some thoughts – and hopes – for the (digital) year to come.

“We are struggling to survive”: Resistance against mining in Acacoyagua, Chiapas
“We are struggling to survive”: Resistance against mining in Acacoyagua, Chiapas 15 December 2020 Jes Ciacci (Sursiendo)

In Latin America, efforts to defend the region’s territories have used diverse strategies aimed at caring for people’s lives and their environment. The experience in Acacoyagua shows us how a strong organisational process and non-violent direct actions can succeed in stopping contamination.

Community Networks Stories: Experiences from co-creating a local knowledge network
Community Networks Stories: Experiences from co-creating a local knowledge network 11 December 2020 Living Labs Network and Forum and Janastu/Servelots

The focus of this project was to explore community-owned Wi-Fi mesh as a decentralised and localised network infrastructure to enable us to co-design frameworks that support archiving at the grassroots in Bidar, India.

Cyrilla report calls on courts of South Asia to adopt a rights-based approach in rulings over digital rights cases
Cyrilla report calls on courts of South Asia to adopt a rights-based approach in rulings over digital rights cases 11 December 2020 APCNews

What is the trajectory of judicial discourse on digital rights in South Asia? A new report, Jurisprudence Shaping Digital Rights in South Asia, attempts to shed light on this question and more.

Email handling: To b(cc) or not to be?
Email handling: To b(cc) or not to be? 10 December 2020 Vassilis Chryssos

In my line of work I spend a big part of my day sending and receiving emails. In this post I will try to clarify the concepts and practices of emailing in the hope that I might save some inbox congestion for some people, and some carbon dioxide from the planet’s atmosphere.

Set me up, knock me down: Legal obligations of dating apps to address sexual violence
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
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.

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