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Inside the Information Society: Making policy for the digital age
Inside the Information Society: Making policy for the digital age 03 December 2018 David Souter

Some people view the future with excitement. Others look on it in trepidation. That’s especially so as we accelerate towards a digital society.   To one side, cyber-optimists imagine a world in which technology cures all our ills and illnesses (some even think that it might conquer death). To the other, cyber-pessimists fear one in which we lose control to our digital creations (and those people that still hold power over them). In between, we realists seek to navigate a...

Inside the Information Society: A new tool for measuring the internet
Inside the Information Society: A new tool for measuring the internet 26 November 2018 David Souter

It’s been a busy month of international meetings around ICTs and internet.   The ITU - the International Telecommunication Union – held a Plenipotentiary Conference in Dubai, agreeing its agenda for the next four years. The thirteenth annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) was held at UNESCO’s conference in Paris. More on the latter, at least, in a later post.   But another international gathering of significance was held last week at UNESCO. The Council of its Inte...

Inside the Information Society: What happened to those liberal hopes?
Inside the Information Society: What happened to those liberal hopes? 30 October 2018 David Souter

Twenty years ago, the internet was expected to advance the causes of democracy and human rights. But is it turning out that way? The world today is less liberal than it was back then. What’s happening? Old expectations Let’s go back twenty years or so, when the internet was becoming widespread in the North, more available in the South, and widely seen as a source of new hope ...

Inside the Information Society: Naming the Information Society
Inside the Information Society: Naming the Information Society 25 September 2018 David Souter

The names that we give things make us think about them in a certain way. Sometimes that's valid; sometimes deceptive. Sometimes we end up using terms that are no longer relevant. Some thoughts this week on some of the names we've given phenomena in the world of ICTs - and whether what we mean by the biggest term of all (the 'Information Society') is changing or should change. Many wor...

Inside the Information Society: Back to the blog. Four starting points to think about the future
Inside the Information Society: Back to the blog. Four starting points to think about the future 17 September 2018 David Souter

It's been a while since Inside the Information Society's last outing - but now its Northern summer / Southern winter break is over. I'll be back and blogging here for APC each week until just before the turn of year. I'm at a crossroads, too. After 25 years of researching, report-writing and project management within the Information Society, and reaching that advanced age 63, I'm changing ...

Inside the Information Society: What is the impact of the internet on politics?
Inside the Information Society: What is the impact of the internet on politics? 06 November 2017 David Souter

This week’s blog looks at the impact of the Internet on politics. Last week I wrote about the need for us to think about the Internet and social media in a more nuanced way. ‘Too much debate about the Information Society is binary,’ I said. ‘To advocates, anything digital looks good. Others are spooked by impacts that are uncontrolled and unbenign. If we’re serious, we need to be more...

Inside the Information Society: Social Media, saint or sinner?
Inside the Information Society: Social Media, saint or sinner? 30 October 2017 David Souter

Too much debate about the Information Society is binary. To advocates, anything digital looks good. Others are spooked by impacts that are uncontrolled and unbenign. If we’re serious, we need to be more nuanced. Some reflection on this where social media’s concerned this week; next week, the Internet’s impact on politics. One newspaper, two stories Let’s take two stories from the same n...

Inside the Information Society: The future of cybersecurity
Inside the Information Society: The future of cybersecurity 18 September 2017 David Souter

Cybersecurity is increasingly central to discussions about the future of the Internet – and the future of everything that’s affected by the Internet. Last week I wrote about the need to shape our thinking on the Internet around its future rather than its past. This week I’m asking what that means for how we think about security. What’s the problem? Five starting points. First, we have a...

Inside the Information Society: How should we re-think the Information Society?
Inside the Information Society: How should we re-think the Information Society? 11 September 2017 David Souter

It’s time for ‘Inside the Information Society’ to resume after its Northern-summer/Southern-winter break. I’m glad to be back. I hope you enjoy the new season’s posts and that they raise ideas and issues of importance to you. Like last year, so this, I’ll look at what’s happening in the Information Society, comment on new developments, raise questions and challenge assumptions. Th...

Inside the Information Society: Of politics and social media
Inside the Information Society: Of politics and social media 26 June 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 the relationship between social media and politics.  There’s been a lot of talk lately about politics and social media. Some have seen Facebook, Twitter and the like as champions of empowerment; others, more recently, as vehicles for hat...

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