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: Technological disruption and complex societies
Inside the Digital Society: Technological disruption and complex societies 08 March 2021 David Souter

Technological disruption is complex. It shouldn’t just be understood as progress or as threat. There will be winners and losers from it.

Inside the Digital Society: Where should we put our data?
Inside the Digital Society: Where should we put our data? 01 March 2021 David Souter

Last week I wrote about digitalisation and geopolitics. This week, a closer look at one aspect of that: the tussle between global data management and national sovereignty.

Inside the Digital Society: Digital geopolitics
Inside the Digital Society: Digital geopolitics 22 February 2021 David Souter

And what do we think the internet is made from, anyway? It is technology or is it people? Is it data moving through the ether (between bits of kit and data centres) or is it those who generate and use the data?

Inside the Digital Society: It’s the digital SOCIETY…
Inside the Digital Society: It’s the digital SOCIETY… 08 February 2021 David Souter

When people talk about the digital society, what’s their priority?

Inside the Digital Society: COVID-19, the Information Society and ways ahead from WSIS
Inside the Digital Society: COVID-19, the Information Society and ways ahead from WSIS 25 January 2021 David Souter

This week’s blog, the first of 2021, is a keynote presentation to the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD)’s review of progress towards the Information Society since the World Summit (WSIS) of 2003/2005. It reviews last year and looks forward to recovery.

Inside the Digital Society: Building (digital) back better?
Inside the Digital Society: Building (digital) back better? 16 December 2020 David Souter

The last blog post of the year. Last week I reflected on the (digital) year gone by; this week some thoughts – and hopes – for the (digital) year to come.

Inside the Digital Society: Taking (digital) stock of 2020
Inside the Digital Society: Taking (digital) stock of 2020 07 December 2020 David Souter

We’re nearing the end of a year that has uprooted lives and livelihoods around the world. One that’s seen a global health crisis bring economic recession and set back progress towards achieving the SDGs. A year that’s marked another stage in the emergence of a digital society.

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.

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