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.

A woman’s applause for social media 21 December 2012 Bytes for All

‘You need to put your story out there’, she said. And I wondered why. After a harassment incident at the workplace that pressured me to resign, this was the advice my friend gave me. She urged me to write about it and hand it over to the social media. With my cynicism with being social, and m...

APC and the UPR: 2012 in review 12 December 2012 Shawna

On December 10th, the UN celebrated International Human Rights Day, highlighting “the rights of all people — women, youth, minorities, persons with disabilities, indigenous people, the poor and marginalized — to make their voices heard in public life and be in

COP 18, ICTs, and climate change
COP 18, ICTs, and climate change 11 December 2012 Alexandra Groome

Since the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was created in 1994, the Conference of Parties (COP) has been meeting annually to discuss the implications of climate change. The COP comprises members from 195 countries. This year’s meeting, COP18, was held in the Middl...

Hey cats: what’s up with digital rights in the Trans Pacific Partnership?
Hey cats: what’s up with digital rights in the Trans Pacific Partnership? 07 December 2012 Joy Liddicoat

Last week, the Electronic Frontier Foundation hosted a Digital Rights Camp in Auckland, new Zealand in a prelude to the TPP negotiations this week. With participants from more than 8 of the countries involved in the TPP negotiations, the meeting was roaring success. Not only that.

Internet Freedom and Journalism
Internet Freedom and Journalism 04 December 2012 Frédéric Dubois

Highway Africa may seem far away, but the media and ICT conference comes back haunting, as the World is watching the contentious ITU discussions unfolding in Dubai.

Internet Governance and Africa
Internet Governance and Africa 04 December 2012 Frédéric Dubois

Nigerian freelance journalist Emeka Umejei already reported on African internet governance during last September’s Highway Africa (HA) http://www.americandailyherald.com/world-news/africa/item/africa-s-place.... Since then, we’re being confronted with internet governance issues at the current...

WCIT and Africa
WCIT and Africa 03 December 2012 Frédéric Dubois

The Internet stands at a crossroads. Built from the bottom up, powered by the people, it has become a powerful economic engine and a positive social force.

IGF 2012: Day two in room four
IGF 2012: Day two in room four 23 November 2012 Katerina Fialova

What I most value about the IGF is that thanks to its multi-stakeholder principle, it widens my perspective on pressing internet governance issues. However, all three sessions I attended on day two in room number four, while talking about human rights, failed to include women’s rights perspecti...