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: Lessons from little laptops
Inside the Digital Society: Lessons from little laptops 17 November 2020 David Souter

How do we get to the ‘people-centred, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society’ promised at the World Summit in 2003? What lessons can we learn from the experience of One Laptop Per Child?

Inside the Digital Society: The IGF, but not as we know it
Inside the Digital Society: The IGF, but not as we know it 03 November 2020 David Souter

The global Internet Governance Forum (IGF) begins its fifteenth outing this week – but it’s an IGF the like we haven’t previously seen. Thanks to COVID-19, it’s online and it’s spread over two weeks.

Inside the Digital Society: Lessons from a national Internet Governance Forum
Inside the Digital Society: Lessons from a national Internet Governance Forum 20 October 2020 David Souter

Some thoughts on what could, should and might happen to the Internet Governance Forum.

Inside the Digital Society: The past and future of the internet
Inside the Digital Society: The past and future of the internet 06 October 2020 David Souter

“In the last quarter of a century the internet has changed the world. New digital technologies are accelerating change and will transform the future.” That’s received wisdom in the digital community – and business and politics as well.

Inside the Digital Society: A better environment for the internet
Inside the Digital Society: A better environment for the internet 28 September 2020 David Souter

Digital technology has potential to improve energy efficiency, which could contribute to a lower carbon future, but it’s also the fastest growing source of energy consumption (and so carbon emissions in the world today) – as well as one of the fastest growing sources of pollution.

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.

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