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: 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. In recent posts I’ve looked at the what and why of multistakeholder participation and the range of stakeholders that ought to be involved. This week I’ll say something about how I think it’s working, and raise five challenges for those who want to make it work. What’s the point of ...

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. Two weeks ago I wrote about the what and why of multistakeholder participation – which has been one of the main themes of discussion about Internet governance this last decade. The point of multistakeholder participation, I argued, is to improve the quality of governance. It can do t...

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. I’ll start by reporting on the current state of implementation of outcomes from the ...

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. Twenty years ago, I wrote a report for the Institute for Public Policy Research – a British think tank –called A Stakeholder Approach to Regulation. I argued in it that regulating utilities like telecoms sh...

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. In last week’s post, I talked about the growing polarisation that’s happening between cyber-optimists and cyber-pessimists, and called for greater cyber-realism: recognising both positives and negativ...

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. Are you a cyber-optimist or a cyber-pessimist? Do you see the Information Society that’s coming as a blessing or a curse? Do you enthuse about each new step along the road ...

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. It’s time to look back on the Information Society in 2016. Here goes, with reference...

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. The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is happening this week in Guadalajara, Mexico. Today, a brief preview; next week, some thoughts on what took place. The IGF, for those who’re unfam...

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

Source: International Telecommunication Union (ITU)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. Each year, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) publishes a report which it calls Measuring the Information Society. This u...

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. Standards, norms and rules I spent last week at conferences. Three days, first, at the Global Internet and Jurisdiction Conference in Pari...

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