Inside the digital society

David Souter writes a weekly column for APC, looking at different aspects of the information society, development and rights. David’s pieces take a fresh look at many of the issues that concern APC and its members, with the aim of provoking discussion and debate. Issues covered include internet governance and sustainable development, human rights and the environment, policy, practice and the use of ICTs by individuals and communities.

Inside the Digital Society: Greening the digital society
Inside the Digital Society: Greening the digital society 21 September 2020 David Souter

It’s the end of this strange COVID Northern summer / Southern winter.  Time for this blog for APC to resume its weekly exploration ‘Inside the Digital Society’.

Inside the Digital Society: Past, present, future. How comms have changed within my lifetime – and the lessons learned
Inside the Digital Society: Past, present, future. How comms have changed within my lifetime – and the lessons learned 20 July 2020 David Souter

1955’s a long time back in many ways, but time’s flown fast for ICTs. Britain then, like everywhere, was a very analogue society.

Inside the Digital Society: A different year for the Internet Governance Forum
Inside the Digital Society: A different year for the Internet Governance Forum 14 July 2020 David Souter

This week some thoughts on this year’s iteration of one of WSIS’ major outcomes, the Internet Governance Forum or IGF.

Inside the Digital Society: WSIS+20 is closer than you think
Inside the Digital Society: WSIS+20 is closer than you think 06 July 2020 David Souter

Twenty years ago, some of us old-timers were beginning to gear up for what became the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).

Inside the Digital Society: What have we learnt about a digital society from lockdown?
Inside the Digital Society: What have we learnt about a digital society from lockdown? 29 June 2020 David Souter

Yes, we’ve been able to substitute digital ways of doing things for the ways we’ve previously done them across much of our lives – or, at least, some of us have. But it’s proved more partial and less universal than some expected, which poses questions for the future.

Inside the Digital Society: Digital education. Enthusiasts, realists and the coronavirus
Inside the Digital Society: Digital education. Enthusiasts, realists and the coronavirus 15 June 2020 David Souter

Realism’s been gaining ground, but anyone who reads the literature knows that hype’s still hot in digital discourse. Education’s been one of the battlegrounds, and coronavirus has brought it to the fore again.

Inside the Digital Society: Digital well-being
Inside the Digital Society: Digital well-being 01 June 2020 David Souter

In the digital society, how do we measure well-being?

Inside the Digital Society: What’s digital about welfare?
Inside the Digital Society: What’s digital about welfare? 25 May 2020 David Souter

Technology enables governments to do things more efficiently and more effectively than would otherwise have been the case, for good or bad. This week, I’ll take a look at that through the prism of social welfare or protection

Inside the Digital Society: Good (digital) government
Inside the Digital Society: Good (digital) government 18 May 2020 David Souter

What does good government mean in principle? How is it altered by the digital society? How should government and the digital world respond?

Inside the Digital Society: Finding a healthy balance
Inside the Digital Society: Finding a healthy balance 11 May 2020 David Souter

A crisis like the present shows the importance of thinking issues like privacy through beforehand rather than trying to fix them after the event.

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