Environment and ICTs

APC 2016 Annual Report is out!
APC 2016 Annual Report is out! 26 October 2017 Flavia Fascendini

APC's Annual Report for 2016 narrates organisational life matters and the year's work around our six strategic areas: access, rights, a feminist internet, governance, use and development and the APC community, told through 60 short stories, 25 of them contributed by our members. 2016 was a year of several changes for APC. It is quite remarkable, this characteristic of change: it is slippery while it is being made, hard to acknowledge and understand while it is happening, but mind-bending when...

Job opportunity at APC: Gender and Social Impact Facilitator for Local Access Networks Project
Job opportunity at APC: Gender and Social Impact Facilitator for Local Access Networks Project 11 August 2017

Main purpose of the job The purpose of the position is to develop and carry out a gender analysis and social impact research strategy for APC's new community-based connectivity action research project "Local Access Networks: Can the unconnected connect themselves?". This will require on-site research into the social impact of community-based initiatives to build telecommunications connectivity infrastructure and to ensure the integration of feminist, gender and social impact perspectives and ...

GreenNet: 30 years making internet history
GreenNet: 30 years making internet history 09 November 2016

The APC European members meeting that took place on 19-20 October 2016 in Sarajevo was the perfect venue for Leila Nachawati Rego from APCNews to meet Edward Maw and Karen Banks from GreenNet, one of APC’s founders and the first organisational member of the network. They reviewed GreenNet’s long and fruitful relationship with APC, its groundbreaking past as the first NGO internet service pr...

COP21: Can ICTs mitigate climate change?
COP21: Can ICTs mitigate climate change? 02 December 2015 APC

“Climate change creates a new opportunity for humanity to change its direction,” was ecofeminist Vandana Shiva’s message to COP21, the UN Conference on Environment and Development 2015, celebrated in Paris between 30 November and 11 December. At APC, awareness of climate change and its relationship with information and communications technologies (ICTs) has been an integral pa...

Using ICT to enhance community resilience to climate change impacts
Using ICT to enhance community resilience to climate change impacts 14 August 2014 Cooperativa Sulá Batsú

ICTs can enhance the capacity of communities to organise and respond to extreme weather events provoked by climate change… Photo: Sulá BatsúCooperativa Sulá Batsú is piloting the Resilience Assessment Benchmarking and Impact Tool (RABIT) developed by Angélica Ospina and Richard Heeks of the Centre for Development Informatics at the University of Manchester. RABIT is aimed at enhanci...

Climate change agenda (or lack thereof) at the 2013 IGF
Climate change agenda (or lack thereof) at the 2013 IGF 23 October 2013 AG

In September at a Stockholm conference of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change climate scientists released a key report which concluded that global warming is human induced with at least 95 percent certainty (let’s be honest – we’ve known this for years). While it is a hot topic in the media, it has not been popular on the agenda or in discussion at the 8th...

FAQ: Greening IT
FAQ: Greening IT 18 April 2013 APC

What does "ICTs and environmental sustainability" mean? Who else is focusing on this area? Given the growing importance of environmental sustainability in social and economic development, much global attention has been given to the role of information and communications technologies (ICTs), both as tools to address sustainability imbalances and as the source of environmental challenges in thems...

Building the Evidence Base for Strategic Action on Climate Change: Mexico City's Virtual Climate Change Centre
Building the Evidence Base for Strategic Action on Climate Change: Mexico City's Virtual Climate Change Centre 04 January 2013 Olinca Marino

This case study from the University of Manchester, United Kingdom (UK)‘s “Climate Change, Innovation and ICTs” research project, funded by Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and managed by the University’s Centre for Development Informatics (CDI), describes a multi-stakeholder initiative that sought to build city-wide climate change informat...

COP 18, ICTs, and climate change
COP 18, ICTs, and climate change 11 December 2012 Alexandra Groome

Since the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was created in 1994, the Conference of Parties (COP) has been meeting annually to discuss the implications of climate change. The COP comprises members from 195 countries. This year’s meeting, COP18, was held in the Middle East for the very first time in Doha, Qatar. With the conclusion of COP18, many governments have ...

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