Inside the information 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: Are you ready for your implant?
Inside the Information Society: Are you ready for your implant? 25 September 2017 David Souter

This week’s blog post concerns what might happen if the Internet of Things begins to get under your skin. Yesterday’s science fiction Yesterday’s science fiction, it’s often said, becomes reality tomorrow.  Many of the wonders foretold by sci-fi writers in the past have become everyday aspects of our lives – not least that universal communications medium that we call the Internet. This week and next I’ll look at what we think of two scifi-to-reality developments.  Next w...

Inside the Information Society: The future of cybersecurity
Inside the Information Society: The future of cybersecurity 18 September 2017 David Souter

Cybersecurity is increasingly central to discussions about the future of the Internet – and the future of everything that’s affected by the Internet. Last week I wrote about the need to shape our thinking on the Internet around its future rather than its past. This week I’m asking what that means for how we think about security. What’s the problem? Five starting points. First, we have a problem (or a multitude of problems), and that problem’s inherent in what the Internet does and h...

Inside the Information Society: How should we re-think the Information Society?
Inside the Information Society: How should we re-think the Information Society? 11 September 2017 David Souter

It’s time for ‘Inside the Information Society’ to resume after its Northern-summer/Southern-winter break. I’m glad to be back. I hope you enjoy the new season’s posts and that they raise ideas and issues of importance to you. Like last year, so this, I’ll look at what’s happening in the Information Society, comment on new developments, raise questions and challenge assumptions. Th...

Inside the Information Society: Of politics and social media
Inside the Information Society: Of politics and social media 26 June 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 the relationship between social media and politics.  There’s been a lot of talk lately about politics and social media. Some have seen Facebook, Twitter and the like as champions of empowerment; others, more recently, as vehicles for hat...

Inside the Information Society: Measuring the Internet
Inside the Information Society: Measuring the Internet 19 June 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 different ways to measure the Internet.  What do we mean by measuring the Internet? There are many different ways to answer: Should we measure inputs, for example – the quantity and quality of infrastructure, the number of devices or d...

Inside the Information Society: Should you love your digital assistant?
Inside the Information Society: Should you love your digital assistant? 12 June 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 the impact that digital assistants might have on our lives.  I wrote last week about new paradigms for the ICT sector – new ways in which ICT businesses can reach out for our attention, time and money.  The trick for online business...

Inside the Information Society: What’s in store? Scenarios for the ICT sector
Inside the Information Society: What’s in store? Scenarios for the ICT sector 07 June 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 the relationship between ICTs and post-conflict reconstruction. What's the future for ICTs and Internet? You’ll find different perspectives and priorities in different places. At the Stockholm Internet Forum, three weeks ago, for example the ...

Inside the Information Society: ICTs and trade facilitation
Inside the Information Society: ICTs and trade facilitation 21 May 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 ICTs and trade facilitation. Some aspects of ICT4D (ICT for development) excite development activists more than others. There's a lot more written from an ICT4D perspective about social issues like health, education and empowerment, f...

Inside the Information Society: ICTs and post-conflict reconstruction
Inside the Information Society: ICTs and post-conflict reconstruction 15 May 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 the relationship between ICTs and post-conflict reconstruction. ICTs are becoming more important in every aspect of our lives – and that includes the ways we fight and make up afterwards, as people and as countries. I'll look later in the yea...

Inside the Information Society: What's happened to the price of fish?
Inside the Information Society: What's happened to the price of fish? 08 May 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 the impact of mobile phones on markets for small-scale primary producers. One prominent theme in literature on ICT4D (ICT for development), back to its early days, has been its potential impact on markets for small-scale primary producers. Fa...

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