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Inside the Digital Society: Measuring the impact of ICTs on development
Inside the Digital Society: Measuring the impact of ICTs on development 17 February 2020 David Souter

I’ve been discussing, with colleagues, the challenge of measuring the impact of ICTs on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – the goals and targets the United Nations agreed in 2015. What data do we have? What data can we get? What can those data tell us? The SDGs and ICTs The SDGs are highly complex. They’re comprehensive, ranging from poverty reduction to empowerment, employment to environment. Most targets are for 2030 (a few for sooner). Most are a...

Inside the Digital Society: The climate for digital development
Inside the Digital Society: The climate for digital development 04 February 2020 David Souter

Predicting the future’s hard but there are two global trends that seem fairly certain. Digitalisation and climate change are likely to shape our future more than anything else that we can see at present (short of catastrophe). How are they linked? Or, to put it another way, why aren’t they linked more than they are? This week, the problem. Next week, a suggested approach. An existential threat When I was young, the existential threat we feared – the thing that could destr...

Inside the Digital Society: A world without work?
Inside the Digital Society: A world without work? 27 January 2020 David Souter

Fears that digital technology will cost jobs and lead to large-scale unemployment are nothing new. In last week’s blog, I pointed out such fears as long ago as 1971. But they’ve become more prevalent of late. This week, I’ll comment on a new view of long-term employment and unemployment in the digital age, from Oxford economist Daniel Susskind. A World Without Work, he calls it. I’ll ag...

Inside the Digital Society: Everything changes, everything stays the same
Inside the Digital Society: Everything changes, everything stays the same 20 January 2020 David Souter

USAID – the US government’s development agency – tweeted recently that we were ‘entering the second decade of digital development.’ Not so, we’re much further down the road then that. When I was thinking, some years ago, of writing a book about the early years of ICT4D – or ‘digital development’ – a key figure from those early days directed me way back, towards United Nation...

Inside the Digital Society: Why do we need ethics in AI?
Inside the Digital Society: Why do we need ethics in AI? 28 October 2019 David Souter

Artificial intelligence is not such a new idea as many think. It’s long been a dream or nightmare in science fiction. The term itself was coined in the 1950s. There’s been talk of ethics round it, too, for more than half a century. But debates on this today are different, for several reasons. AI systems that affect our lives are now becoming widespread and much more perv...

 The intersection between the revolution we want and the technology we use
The intersection between the revolution we want and the technology we use 17 July 2019

APC member organisation May First Movement Technology has launched a new video produced through the Technology and Revolution Convergence project, which it describes as “an unprecedented movement-wide conversation about the intersection between the revolution we want and the technology we use (and must democratise).” Between 2017 and 2019, the Technology and Revolution Convergence campaign ...

Mentoring women in technology: Laying out the landscape
Mentoring women in technology: Laying out the landscape 09 October 2018 Nodumo Dhlamini for GenderIT.org

t will be helpful for all of us to understand the landscape in which the initiatives for mentoring women in technology exist.  During my 25-year work experience I have witnessed the value of mentoring girls and women to become confident users and implementers of information and communications technology (ICT) tools and solutions. I am passionate about the girl child and I participate in me...

Measuring the digital divide: Why we should be using a women-centred analysis
Measuring the digital divide: Why we should be using a women-centred analysis 04 July 2018 Nic Bidwell

Targeting "the gap" between women and men in access to the internet is fundamental in reaching the goal of access for all. In an article for the Alliance for Affordable internet, the Web Foundation argues that the indicator of this gap should be calculated relative to a women-centred reference when the intention is to focus on the disparity and disadvantages faced by women. Gender internet...

Educating, hiring and retaining women in technology: A gendered enquiry
Educating, hiring and retaining women in technology: A gendered enquiry 22 February 2017 Radhika Radhakrishnan

Research suggests that women are underrepresented at every level in technology. Why is this the case? And how do we educate, hire, and retain more women in it? In this article, Radhika Radhakrishnan highlights the underlying realities that women face in technology beyond just a numbers game, and offers insight to such questions by interviewing diverse, pioneering women working in various aspect...

COP21: Can ICTs mitigate climate change?
COP21: Can ICTs mitigate climate change? 02 December 2015 APC

“Climate change creates a new opportunity for humanity to change its direction,” was ecofeminist Vandana Shiva’s message to COP21, the UN Conference on Environment and Development 2015, celebrated in Paris between 30 November and 11 December. At APC, awareness of climate change and its relationship with information and communications technologies (ICTs) has been an integral pa...

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