ICT for development

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 improvements in the quality of life, for a growing population, while reducing fossil fuel consumptio...

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 think about it. Before I come to why, and how, we need to ask three questions: What is privacy? Who thr...

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 ...

Policy submission: Alternatives for Affordable Communications in rural South Africa
Policy submission: Alternatives for Affordable Communications in rural South Africa 15 September 2016 Various

This is a submission to the Parliament of South Africa hearings on "The Cost to Communicate in South Africa" from APC, Research ICT Africa, the Freedom of Expression Institute of South Africa, Media Monitoring Africa, the Right To Know Campaign, the Internet Society (Gauteng Chapter), the Soweto Wireless User Group and Zenzeleni Networks. Providing affordable universal services and access to co...

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 ...

Inside the Information Society: What about the workers?
Inside the Information Society: What about the workers? 26 August 2016 David Souter

David Souter’s weekly blog for APC about the Information Society returns today from its summer/winter break. This week’s blog is about the impact of ICTs on the world of work. More attention’s being paid of late to the impact that ICTs are having on the world of work. Not before time, I’d say. After all, the work we do is central to most of our lives. It plays a big part in deciding how...

Inside the Information Society: Connecting ICTs to economic, social and cultural rights
Inside the Information Society: Connecting ICTs to economic, social and cultural rights 01 July 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 looks at the impact of ICTs and the Internet on economic, social and cultural rights. Debates about rights and the Internet have focused mostly on civil and political rights, especially privacy and freedom of expression. But, as I wrote in last week’s b...

The problem with “development” – linking infrastructure to content indicators
The problem with “development” – linking infrastructure to content indicators 15 June 2016 Alan Finlay

Responding to reports by the special rapporteurs on migrants and extreme poverty at the 32nd session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva, the government of Botswana had something interesting to say. It said that although it did not recognise the covenant on economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRs) “in any legal sense”, it subscribed to its objectives. In line with this it was do...

AlterMundi, APC's new member in Argentina: "Let's talk about extending the internet infrastructure"
AlterMundi, APC's new member in Argentina: "Let's talk about extending the internet infrastructure" 26 May 2016 Leila Nachawati Rego

AlterMundi in action in Córdoba, Argentina. Photos: AlterMundi AlterMundi is, in the words of its members, “a network of activists, working with people with no knowledge of networks or information technology so that they can construct and maintain their own communications systems.” In other words, a group of Argentinians taking the internet to small towns and villages in their country usin...

The right to education and the internet: Case study on the role of the internet in provision and accessibility of educational resources in South Africa
The right to education and the internet: Case study on the role of the internet in provision and accessibility of educational resources in South Africa 16 May 2016 Andrew Rens

The right to education and the internet. Case study on the role of the internet in provision and accessibility of educational resources in South Africa This case study has been produced as part of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) research project Connecting your rights: Economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRs) and the internet. This is a three-year project funded by the ...

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