ICT policy

Human rights and the internet: The key role of National Human Rights Institutions in protecting human rights in the digital age
Human rights and the internet: The key role of National Human Rights Institutions in protecting human rights in the digital age 21 June 2017

The internet is changing the ways in which people interact, trade, learn and communicate. For those who have got access to it, it is becoming increasingly difficult to imagine life without it. It offers us all kinds of opportunities, including exercising our human rights both online and offline, as different United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council resolutions have established. The internet also holds the promise of being a great equaliser. On the internet, traditionally marginalised people a...

Inside the Information Society: Marking Mark’s card. A comment on Mark Zuckerberg’s manifesto
Inside the Information Society: Marking Mark’s card. A comment on Mark Zuckerberg’s manifesto 10 April 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 comments on Mark Zuckerberg says in his recent online "manifesto". Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive of Facebook, recently published a "manifesto" about his company, the Internet and society in general. Last week, I said why I think it is important. This week, some comments on its content. A recap But first a recap. Zuckerberg's views matter because...

Inside the Information Society: Making his Mark. Why we should read Mark Zuckerberg
Inside the Information Society: Making his Mark. Why we should read Mark Zuckerberg 02 April 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 Mark Zuckerberg’s recent online ‘manifesto’. A couple of weeks ago, Mark Zuckerberg posted a manifesto on his Facebook page. In it, he addressed some of the challenges he sees facing Facebook and its peers. Facebook ...

Inside the Information Society: Digital identity (Who’s who?)
Inside the Information Society: Digital identity (Who’s who?) 26 March 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 reflects on digital identities. Identity matters to us. It defines who we are; and, to a considerable extent, it defines how others treat us – including government agencies and others we rely on. Most of us want to define our own identitie...

Inside the Information Society: Should we fear the platform economy?
Inside the Information Society: Should we fear the platform economy? 19 March 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 reflects on the platform economy. Last week I asked if we should fear online monopolies. This week, I’ll ask the same of online platforms, and the new economy they’re bringing into being. What is the platform economy? Let’s start with ...

Women’s voices, men’s silence
Women’s voices, men’s silence 14 December 2016 Nomagugu Nyathi

This article explores the persuasiveness of women’s rights activists in Africa and proposes ways in which activists can counter the silence of men when it comes to these issues. Are human rights enough? In the past few days I got to thinking a lot about women’s rights. I wondered why it seemed that advocacy for women’s rights fell short of the greater public’s sympathy. These musings b...

Data for better policy making
Data for better policy making 14 December 2016 Esther Kamande

Information and communications technology (ICT) policy makers are confronted with the conflicting challenge of providing a stable and predictable regulatory environment to maintain existing investments and create room for long-term investments while still adapting to the ever changing ICT ecosystem. Growth in the ICT industry largely rides on certainty due to the resources required by investors...

Anita Gurumurthy at the Internet Governance Forum 2016 opening session
Anita Gurumurthy at the Internet Governance Forum 2016 opening session 14 December 2016 Anita Gurumurthy

Anita Gurumurthy, representing IT for Change, was nominated to speak at the opening session of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Guadalajara, Mexico on 6 December 2016. In her address, Anita highlighted the growing unfreedoms of a datafied world and the urgent need for social movements to come together to develop an internet that can be individually empowering, collectively enriching and e...

The National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper South Africa 2016: Commentary on the internet
The National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper South Africa 2016: Commentary on the internet 14 December 2016 Esther Kamande

The recently published white paper focuses on convergence of modern and traditional modes of communication, which is a big step in connecting the present to the future of information and communications technologies (ICTs). The use of data in formulating policies and monitoring progress is also a great step towards an evidence-based policy that measures progress within set timelines. Furthermore...

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...

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