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: 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. It’s tempting to write this week about the impact of the US presidential election on the Internet or on ICT4D (the use of ICTs in development programmes and activities). I’ll resist that, though, and stick to my original plan: to write about the challenge of measuring the impact of ICT4D i...

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

AlterMundiEach week David Souter comments on an important issue for APC members and others concerned about the Information Society. This week’s blog suggests a short history of ICTs in development. 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). There are plenty of potential origins. Some would go back only as far as WSIS, a decade ago, but that’s too recent. Others, more realistically, to...

Inside the Information Society: Governing the grown-up Internet
Inside the Information Society: Governing the grown-up Internet 31 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 post looks at how we think about the internet and how it is governed. In last week’s post, I offered my framework for the history of the Internet. It’s summarised in the diagram alongside. I pointed to five phases in its evolution, from a small network...

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. This week’s blog suggests a way of looking at the history of the Internet. Histories of the Internet History matters, even for something as recent as the Internet. Looking back helps us understand how we got to where we are today, and helps us think about where we might en...

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. I spent last week at the annual African School on Internet Governance – AfriSIG for short – which is organised by APC and the New Par...

Inside the Information Society: Meeting the climate challenges of ICTs
Inside the Information Society: Meeting the climate challenges of ICTs 07 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 is the second of two about the impact of ICTs on the environment. In last week’s post, I wrote about the impact which ICTs are having on climate change. To summarise: There are two sides to ICTs and climate change On the one hand, the ICT sector – netw...

Inside the Information Society: What is the impact of ICTs on climate change?
Inside the Information Society: What is the impact of ICTs on climate change? 02 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 is the first of two about the impact of ICTs on the environment. See part II here. Climate change, many feel, is the biggest challenge facing the planet. It’s also the central question of sustainable development: how do we enable economic prosperity and ...

Inside the Information Society: Can privacy survive in the digital age?
Inside the Information Society: Can privacy survive in the digital age? 26 September 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 is about how the possibility of privacy is changing in the digital age.   Privacy, say many people, is the human right most threatened by the Internet – and more generally by ICTs. I agree – so much so that I think we need to change the way we thi...

Inside the Information Society: Where is our relationship with mobiles going?
Inside the Information Society: Where is our relationship with mobiles going? 15 September 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 is about our changing relationship with mobile phones. The way people use mobiles and other ICT devices is the most dramatic change in life and lifestyle in my lifetime. Mobility is at the heart of that. Fifty years back, you needed a big office to hold a ...

Inside the Information Society: Building capacities... or building capabilities?
Inside the Information Society: Building capacities... or building capabilities? 12 September 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 is about building skills or capabilities for the digital age. Last week’s blog explored the impact that information technology’s having on the world of work. Some of us are enthusiastic about – or at least comfortable with – the disruptive impact ...

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