IGF 2018

APC's reflections on the 2018 IGF and suggestions for 2019
APC's reflections on the 2018 IGF and suggestions for 2019 18 January 2019 Deborah Brown, Anriette Esterhuysen and Mehar Gujral.

Submission to the IGF Community Public Consultation, January 2019.

Algorithmic transparency and the right to explanation: Transparency is only the first step
Algorithmic transparency and the right to explanation: Transparency is only the first step 06 December 2018 Sebastián Becker Castellaro

There was a great deal of expectation around this Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2018 workshop, because algorithms and the right to explanation is a hot topic with numerous concerns but not many answers.

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 12
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 12 29 November 2018

Welcome to the 12th round-up of developments impacting your local access networks.

Dynamic Coalition on Gender and Internet Governance: Emerging issues on sexuality and diversity
Dynamic Coalition on Gender and Internet Governance: Emerging issues on sexuality and diversity 16 November 2018 Maja Romano for APCNews

The Dynamic Coalition on Gender and Internet Governance was a unique panel at the 2018 IGF, not only because it was one of the few to have full focus on gender rights, but also because it was a participatory session with presentations from panellists and also engagement by the majority of audience members present.

IGF Main Session on Cybersecurity, Trust and Privacy: Who does multistakeholderism represent?
IGF Main Session on Cybersecurity, Trust and Privacy: Who does multistakeholderism represent? 16 November 2018 Maja Romano for APCNews

The session brought together a mixed panel of private, public and government sector representatives. The commentary by panellists reflected their diverse backgrounds, with viewpoints that were at times conflicting and generated discussion among presenters and from audience members alike.

Countering misinformation online: Strengthening media literacy skills to fight “fake news”
Countering misinformation online: Strengthening media literacy skills to fight “fake news” 16 November 2018 Gabrielle Willms for APCNews

In recent years, the scope and consequences of online disinformation and misinformation campaigns have drawn increasing attention, as concern builds about their ability to exacerbate social polarisation, undermine public trust in the media and influence political decisions.

Launch of the 2018 GISWatch report on community networks: The many ways to "do-it-yourself" to end digital exclusion
Launch of the 2018 GISWatch report on community networks: The many ways to "do-it-yourself" to end digital exclusion 15 November 2018 APCNews

On 13 November, APC held its official launch of the 2018 edition of Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) at the Internet Governance Forum in Paris. The session brought together many of the authors who contributed to the report, which was themed this year on community-owned networks.

Connecting the underserved: Innovation through knowledge sharing, “imagination” and a “community mindset”
Connecting the underserved: Innovation through knowledge sharing, “imagination” and a “community mindset” 15 November 2018 Gabrielle Willms for APCNews

During the Day 3 workshop “Innovative Approaches to Connecting Underserved Areas”, moderator Sebastian Bellagamba stressed that  "the cost of not being connected keeps increasing for people," noting the link between internet access and socioeconomic development.

Preventing online violent radicalisation of youth: “Media and information literacy is the counter-narrative”
Preventing online violent radicalisation of youth: “Media and information literacy is the counter-narrative” 14 November 2018 Gabrielle Willms for APCNews

As the threat of online radicalisation of youth grows, the need for both pragmatic policy-based, legal and technical responses as well as a larger conversation on youth empowerment, resilience and capacity building in the digital space has become increasingly clear.

"We have the standards, the means to make internet services accessible. So why is this not happening?" Insights on disability and accessibility at the IGF 2018
"We have the standards, the means to make internet services accessible. So why is this not happening?" Insights on disability and accessibility at the IGF 2018 14 November 2018 Leila Nachawati for APCNews

More than 12 years since the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was ratified, web accessibility remains a distant reality for people with disabilities.

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