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.

CITAD makes case against digital marginalisation of women 06 July 2017 Etuka Sunday

Civil Society Organisation (NGO), under the auspices of Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) raised a voice against what it described as digital marginalization of women in Nigeria.

AfriSIG alumni: A growing presence in internet governance spaces 28 June 2017 Arsène Tungali

Alumni from the four editions of the African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG) held so far are successfully moving into the internet governance space by participating in major events at both the regional and international levels.

Inside the Information Society: Of politics and social media
Inside the Information Society: Of politics and social media 26 June 2017 David Souter

There’s been a lot of talk lately about politics and social media. Some have seen Facebook, Twitter and the like as champions of empowerment; others, more recently, as vehicles for hate. I’d suggest they’re both and more.

Framing access and power at Stockholm Internet Forum 2017
Framing access and power at Stockholm Internet Forum 2017 22 June 2017 Rafia Shaikh

The focus on this year’s SIF was around the critical issues of access and power. When talking about access and power, the discussion naturally comes to why there aren’t as many women in online spaces even after years of civil society’s hard work.

The internet of memory: Encouraging more women to find their “J” spot. The journey continues
The internet of memory: Encouraging more women to find their “J” spot. The journey continues 22 June 2017 Jennifer Radloff

This second installment of the journey from Huairou to New York follows the history of the APC's women's programme to the turn of the millennium. 

Inside the Information Society: Measuring the Internet
Inside the Information Society: Measuring the Internet 19 June 2017 David Souter

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

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

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...