Inside the digital society

David Souter writes a column for APC twice a month, 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 Information Society: ICTs, equality and empowerment - what's really happening?
Inside the Information Society: ICTs, equality and empowerment - what's really happening? 16 June 2016 David Souter

Each week, David Souter comments on an important issue for APC members and others concerned about the Information Society. This week’s blog looks at ICTs, equality and empowerment, and at how ICTs can empower and disempower the same people at the same time. ICTs, equality and empowerment For twenty years there’s been a common theme in writing about ICTs and development. ICTs, it’s been assumed, empower people. Why? Because they enable people to access information and opportunities that ...

Inside the Information Society: What the World Bank thinks about Digital Dividends
Inside the Information Society: What the World Bank thinks about Digital Dividends 10 June 2016 David Souter

David Souter comments each week on an important issue for APC members and others concerned about the Information Society. This week’s blog looks at questions raised by the World Bank’s recent World Development Report about the Digital Dividends derived from ICTs. The World Development Report (WDR) is the World Bank’s flagship annual report. Each year it focuses on a different theme which the Bank considers central to development (and its own goals). Surprisingly, given how much the Bank...

Inside the Information Society: Where are the ICTs in sustainable development?
Inside the Information Society: Where are the ICTs in sustainable development? 03 June 2016 David Souter

David Souter comments each week on an important issue for APC members and others concerned about the Information Society. This week’s blog is about the need for more recognition of ICTs in sustainable development. ‘Sustainable development’ is the UN’s current watchphrase. Last year, the General Assembly agreed the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a ‘plan of action for people, ...

Inside the Information Society: Enhanced cooperation for enhanced cooperation?
Inside the Information Society: Enhanced cooperation for enhanced cooperation? 20 May 2016 David Souter

David Souter comments each week on an important issue for APC members and others concerned about the Information Society. This week’s blog is about the Internet governance arrangement known as “enhanced cooperation". Last December the UN General Assembly agreed to set up the latest in a series of working groups to discuss ‘enhanced cooperation… to enable governments, on an equal footing...

Inside the Information Society: After WSIS – Looking back or looking forward?
Inside the Information Society: After WSIS – Looking back or looking forward? 13 May 2016 David Souter

David Souter comments each week on an important issue for APC members and others concerned about the Information Society. In his first blog, this week, he writes about the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) – what it achieved and where it should be going. Let’s start with WSIS Let’s start with WSIS. The World Summit on the Information Society, held in Geneva and Tunis in 2003 ...

Inside the Information Society: Introducing David Souter's weekly blog
Inside the Information Society: Introducing David Souter's weekly blog 13 May 2016 APC

David Souter will be writing a weekly blog for APC for the coming year, looking at different aspects of the information society, development and rights. David is a longstanding associate of APC, and has worked for more than 20 years on the relationship between ICTs and public policy, particularly development, environment, governance (including internet governance) and rights. He has written a b...

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