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: Tweet tweet
Inside the Digital Society: Tweet tweet 17 May 2022 David Souter

Our columnist reflects on five issues for the wider internet environment raised by Elon Musk’s planned acquisition of Twitter, including for human rights, freedom of expression and corporate accountability.

Inside the Digital Society: What’s all this about digital cooperation?
Inside the Digital Society: What’s all this about digital cooperation? 18 April 2022 David Souter

Digital cooperation will be crucial if we want ICTs to focus on the public good, and this column outlines some opportunities, threats, and paths forward for this.

Inside the Digital Society: Digital (in)equality
Inside the Digital Society: Digital (in)equality 31 March 2022 David Souter

A poor understanding of digital inequality continues to lead to inadequate and counterproductive policies. This column discusses six themes that could improve policymakers’ understanding of the nuances behind this persistent inequality and disconnect.

Inside the Digital Society: Three questions about our digital assumptions at a time of war
Inside the Digital Society: Three questions about our digital assumptions at a time of war 08 March 2022 David Souter

I’ve thought long and hard about what it’s possible to write as war rains down on the heart of Europe. I’ve decided to revisit three fundamental questions about the internet and digital development, and ask if we need to reconsider what we mean by them.

Inside the Digital Society: How optimistic are you?
Inside the Digital Society: How optimistic are you? 02 March 2022 David Souter

Should we be cyber-optimists or cyber-pessimists about our digital society and its future? Some new thoughts and updates on how I was thinking about this five years ago.

Inside the Digital Society: Digitalising culture
Inside the Digital Society: Digitalising culture 16 February 2022 David Souter

Cultural expression matters to how we experience life, and we need to reflect more on how digital society is impacting it and what that tells us about other changes as well.

Inside the Digital Society: Fair gigs
Inside the Digital Society: Fair gigs 02 February 2022 David Souter

As gig work becomes more widespread, a look at how it fits with employment rights and how we should be looking at such relationships between our digital and non-digital lives.

Inside the Digital Society: Living with artificial intelligence
Inside the Digital Society: Living with artificial intelligence 18 January 2022 David Souter

The emergence of general purpose AI will be “the most profound change in human history,” according to the BBC's latest Reith lectures. How should we think through the potential risks and opportunities of all this AI in the coming future?

Inside the Digital Society: Another IGF, another year
Inside the Digital Society: Another IGF, another year 15 December 2021 David Souter

The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) has come a long way in its 16 years. What is it today, and what should its future look like? 

Inside the Digital Society: What will become of us?
Inside the Digital Society: What will become of us? 01 December 2021 David Souter

Technology is going to change faster than we can adapt to it or even understand it, and we are already seeing technological change outpace the capabilities of public policy. We need to adjust how we view and decide things so technology broadens our policy options rather than narrow them.

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