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.

Four special representatives for the price of one! 22 July 2011 grady

Four special representatives from major intergovernmental agencies have signed a joint statement on international mechanisms for promoting freedom of expression. The United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Euro...

Crowdsourced Online Dispute Resolution 21 July 2011 APC

For everyone involved, solving disputes often takes a considerable amount of time and money. This also holds true for Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) procedures. Thus, in practice, it is often pointless to pay for dispute resolution in a complex dispute environment. Imagine buying a new computer...

Parents use Facebook to spy on their kids
Parents use Facebook to spy on their kids 21 July 2011 grady

A recent study found that over half of parents use social networking sites to spy on their children. In most cases this included monitoring their status updates, looking at their wall and even creeping their pictures. Uncool, dad.

Launching of FRIDA AWARD 2011
Launching of FRIDA AWARD 2011 21 July 2011 Agustina Fazio

The FRIDA/IGF2011 award is supported by the Latin American and Caribbean Internet Address Registry (LACNIC), the International Development Research Center (IDRC) and the Internet Society (ISOC). This award seeks to recognize those projects and initiatives that contribute significantly   &nb...

Internet and social media a tool of the affluent
Internet and social media a tool of the affluent 20 July 2011 grady

According a recent report from the University of California, the internet, and social media in particular, is dominated by the rich and educated. So who are these monocled media masters? These bourgeois bloggers?

Between four walls: sweeping sexual abuse under the carpet
Between four walls: sweeping sexual abuse under the carpet 13 July 2011 Nighat Dad

The first time she was sexually abused, she was 14 years old. She broke into tears while telling me her story. I met this girl at the “Take Back The Tech” event, in Peshawar, where she came to me after my session on sexual harassment and cyber legislation.

Pakistan blocks sex, drugs AND rock and roll
Pakistan blocks sex, drugs AND rock and roll 11 July 2011 grady

Thanks to an anonymous source in Pakistan, this blogger author has learned of the country’s determined efforts to win an Orwell award.

Google takes on sex (workers)
Google takes on sex (workers) 11 July 2011 APC

Google, Lord of the internet, has been the centre of some controversy of late. Well, of always. But I digress. The internet hegemon recently removed “Turn off the Blue Light” from AdWords, claiming the site represented an egregious violation of its terms of service.