This section features articles that are meant to inform readers about perspectives, issues and debates around certain topics considered relevant within the ICT arena, as well as highlights about all those activities and themes that matter to the APC network and the spaces we engage in.
The need to include community networks as a solution to access gaps in the World Summit on the Information Society follow-up and implementation process was the main focus of APC’s participation at this year’s Commission on Science and Technology for Development session.
The internet is viewed as the gateway to development. So, how do we respond to the challenge of the persistent digital divide? Mariana Fossatti says that we have to do this by decolonising our thinking around global governance of the internet, prioritising factors of justice and equity.
The summit, which aims to increase collaboration between community network operators in the region and provide opportunities for engagement with other stakeholders, shows that there is a sustained and growing interest in this area.
In this fourth column on gender and community networks, Nic Bidwell looks closely at the processes and difficulties of research on the social and gender impact of community networks in rural places, and focuses on some issues encountered in the nitty-gritty of such research.
We spoke to Colnodo about what winning this grant means for their work and for the region’s development.
Rudi International focuses on education, health, literacy, trauma healing for survivors of gender-based violence, and improved and safe access to ICTs. We talked to co-founder Alain-Daniel R. Wa-Baguma about their work and the future ahead.
On 10 August, Michelle Bachelet was confirmed as the new United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. The APC community has developed a list of priorities for the High Commissioner for her consideration when beginning her four-year term on 1 September.