IGF 2018

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

The session on "Algorithmic transparency and the right to explanation" took place on the first day of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2018. There was a great deal of expectation around this workshop, because algorithms and the right to explanation is a hot topic with numerous concerns but not many answers. The room was crowded – there were even people who listened to the session while standing because there weren’t enough seats for everyone. Everybody wanted to hear what the experts h...

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. 1. Calls for grants The GSMA launched a new Innovation Fund for Rural Connectivity, aimed at expanding digital inclusion through innovative new technology solutions for connecting unserved rural communities in Uganda and Ghana. Read more. The European Commission (EC) has announced that the date and time for the reopening of the WiFi4EU grant application portal will be 7 November. The reopening of ...

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. With the intent “to look at some of the emerging issues at the intersection of ...

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 IGF Main Session on Cybersecurity, Trust and Privacy brought together a mixed panel of private, public and government sector representatives. As a result, the commentary and responses provided by the panellists reflected their diverse backgrounds, with viewpoints that were at times conflicting and that generated discussion among presenters and from audience members alike. However, the centr...

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. Certainly, the advent of social media platforms and other online forums have permitted dissemination of information at an ...

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 (IGF) in Paris. Moderated by APC’s Kathleen Diga with statements from Chat Garcia Ramilo and Valeria Betancourt, the session brought together many of the authors who contributed to the report, which was themed this year on community-owned networks fo...

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

One of the themes that dominated this year’s Internet Governance Forum (IGF) was how to address the “connectivity gap”, with over half the world’s population still unconnected and the rate of new connectivity beginning to slow. In particular, remote, rural and indigenous communities face significant barriers to sustainable internet access due to a lack of available infrastructure and lo...

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

Setting the tone at the outset of the Internet Governance Forum Day 2 workshop “Preventing Youth from Online Violent Radicalisation”, moderator Boyan Radoykov of UNESCO acknowledged that addressing youth extremism is an “extremely challenging issue and extremely challenging work.” This reality was confirmed by the conversation that followed, which exposed the tensions between the growin...

"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

The global Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has been ratified by 177 states, which makes it obligatory for them to "promote access for persons with disabilities to new information and communications technologies and systems, including the internet." However, more than 12 years since the convention was born, web accessibility remains a distant reality for people with di...

Focusing on the SDGs: “We have to really think about including all genders and marginalised genders in this conversation”
Focusing on the SDGs: “We have to really think about including all genders and marginalised genders in this conversation” 14 November 2018 Flavia Fascendini for APCNews

“Technologies have the potential to act as catalysts for the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and help advance all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and constituent targets. At the same time, rapid technological change poses new challenges and can have unintended consequences,” stated co-moderator Nadia Tjahja from the Youth Coalition on Internet Governance during the openin...

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