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: 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.

Inside the Information Society: What does the latest ICT Development Index tell us?
Inside the Information Society: What does the latest ICT Development Index tell us? 28 November 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 is about the latest edition of the ITU’s ICT Development Index.

Inside the Information Society: Upsetting and resetting standards, rules and norms
Inside the Information Society: Upsetting and resetting standards, rules and norms 19 November 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 is about the importance of standards, rules and norms – and the need to re-engineer these for the digital age.

Inside the Information Society: Assessing the impact of ICT4D
Inside the Information Society: Assessing the impact of ICT4D 11 November 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 at the challenge of measuring the impact of ICT4D.

Inside the Information Society: A short history of ICT4D
Inside the Information Society: A short history of ICT4D 07 November 2016 David Souter

Two weeks ago I offered a short history of the Internet. This week I’ll follow up with thoughts on a short history of ICTs in development (ICT4D).    

Inside the Information Society: Governing the grown-up Internet
Inside the Information Society: Governing the grown-up Internet 31 October 2016 David Souter

In last week’s post, I offered my framework for the history of the Internet.

Inside the Information Society: A short history of the Internet
Inside the Information Society: A short history of the Internet 21 October 2016 David Souter

Each week David Souter comments on an important issue for APC members and others concerned about the Information Society.    

Inside the Information Society: Internet governance needs African experience of African issues
Inside the Information Society: Internet governance needs African experience of African issues 17 October 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 reviews what this year’s African School on Internet Governance said about Africa’s Internet governance priorities.