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 Information Society: Mutistakeholderism and multilateralism
Inside the Information Society: Mutistakeholderism and multilateralism 27 February 2017 David Souter

A lot of what is said and written about multistakeholder decision-making juxtaposes it with multilateral arrangements – the dialogue among governments, and governments alone, that is the norm in most other areas of international policy. Some people think these two are incompatible. Others that they can and must be better integrated. What’s the story?

Inside the Information Society: Are developing country voices in ICT decision-making getting louder?
Inside the Information Society: Are developing country voices in ICT decision-making getting louder? 20 February 2017 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 post asks about how far developing countries are represented in international decisions about information and communications technologies (ICTs).

Inside the Information Society: Multistakeholder participation, a work in progress
Inside the Information Society: Multistakeholder participation, a work in progress 13 February 2017 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 post asks what’s happening with multistakeholder participation.    

Inside the Information Society: Who are the stakeholders?
Inside the Information Society: Who are the stakeholders? 06 February 2017 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 post asks who are the stakeholders in multistakeholder participation.

Inside the Information Society: ICTs, SDGs and the future
Inside the Information Society: ICTs, SDGs and the future 30 January 2017 David Souter

This week’s blog post is a shortened version of the presentation that I made last week to the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) in Geneva. It’s a summary of where we are with ICTs, their relationship with SDGs and the policy frameworks we need to make both succeed.  

Inside the Information Society: The what and why of multistakeholder participation
Inside the Information Society: The what and why of multistakeholder participation 23 January 2017 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 post looks at multistakeholder participation.    

Inside the Information Society: E-government - of the people or for the people?
Inside the Information Society: E-government - of the people or for the people? 15 January 2017 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 post looks at what’s happening with e-government.

Inside the Information Society: Cyber-optimists, cyber-pessimists and cyber-realism
Inside the Information Society: Cyber-optimists, cyber-pessimists and cyber-realism 09 January 2017 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 post looks at cyber-optimism, cyber-pessimism and the challenges ahead.  

Inside the Information Society: Looking back on 2016
Inside the Information Society: Looking back on 2016 12 December 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 post looks back at major developments in 2016. This year’s Internet Governance Forum (IGF) has just concluded in Guadalajara. The year is drawing to a close.  

Inside the Information Society: What should we seek from this week’s Internet Governance Forum?
Inside the Information Society: What should we seek from this week’s Internet Governance Forum? 05 December 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 post sets out aspirations for this week’s Internet Governance Forum.

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