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: 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 talk was of development and rights; reaching the next billion (and the next one after); empowerment,...

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, for example, than there is about macroeconomics. The impact of ICTs on economic trends tends to be le...

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...

Inside the Information Society: The second machine age - reasons to be fearful?
Inside the Information Society: The second machine age - reasons to be fearful? 30 April 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 meant by the 'second machine age' - and how it should reshape our thinking. When I was a child (in the 1960s), there was a popular TV show in Britain called Tomorrow's World. Each week it showed the wonders new technology had in sto...

Inside the Information Society: Marking Mark’s card. A comment on Mark Zuckerberg’s manifesto
Inside the Information Society: Marking Mark’s card. A comment on Mark Zuckerberg’s manifesto 10 April 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 comments on Mark Zuckerberg says in his recent online "manifesto". Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive of Facebook, recently published a "manifesto" about his company, the Internet and society in general. Last week, I said why I think it is important. Thi...

Inside the Information Society: Should we fear monopolies?
Inside the Information Society: Should we fear monopolies? 13 March 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 reflects on telecoms and Internet monopolies. Once upon a time When I first worked on ICTs, in the 1980s, most countries had telecoms monopolies. Almost everywhere, one business, usually state-owned, did everything to do with telecoms – from running...

Inside the Information Society: What's next?
Inside the Information Society: What's next? 06 March 2017 David Souter

It’s almost a year now since I started writing “Inside the Information Society” as a weekly blog published on APC’s home page. Thirty-six posts to date, each of around a thousand words. This seems like a good time to take stock, think about the coming year, and ask what issues matter most to readers. What’s written about ICTs? A lot is written about the Information Society these days....

Inside the Information Society: Mutistakeholderism and multilateralism
Inside the Information Society: Mutistakeholderism and multilateralism 27 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 reflects on the relationship between multistakeholderim and multilateralism. I’ve written several posts lately about multistakeholder participation in developing policy on ICTs and Internet. A lot of what is said and written about multistakeholder d...

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). “International decisions about information and communications technologies (ICTs) have far-reaching implicat...

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