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Inside the Digital Society: The Sustainable Development Goals, the environment and the digital society
Inside the Digital Society: The Sustainable Development Goals, the environment and the digital society 29 March 2021 David Souter

This week’s blog’s a ‘sneak peek’ of the chapter I’ve written for this year’s Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) report by APC. It’s an overview of the main issues around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the environment and the digital society. 

Inside the Digital Society:  Technological disruption and complex societies
Inside the Digital Society:  Technological disruption and complex societies 08 March 2021 David Souter

Technological disruption is complex. It shouldn’t just be understood as progress or as threat. There will be winners and losers from it.

Inside the Digital Society: Lessons from little laptops
Inside the Digital Society: Lessons from little laptops 17 November 2020 David Souter

How do we get to the ‘people-centred, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society’ promised at the World Summit in 2003? What lessons can we learn from the experience of One Laptop Per Child?

Webcomic: The internet's footprint (Part 3)
Webcomic: The internet's footprint (Part 3) 16 November 2020 Nadège for GenderIT.org

In the third part of the webcomic "The Internet's Footprint", Nadège tells us how greenwashing hides the complex intersections between technologies, territory and capitalism, as well as highlighting the resistance and self-determination of local communities.

Inside the Digital Society: What have we learnt about a digital society from lockdown?
Inside the Digital Society: What have we learnt about a digital society from lockdown? 29 June 2020 David Souter

Yes, we’ve been able to substitute digital ways of doing things for the ways we’ve previously done them across much of our lives – or, at least, some of us have. But it’s proved more partial and less universal than some expected, which poses questions for the future.

Inside the Digital Society: Investment priorities - 5G or not 5G?
Inside the Digital Society: Investment priorities - 5G or not 5G? 27 April 2020 David Souter

In terms of the expansion of 5G technology, there are big public policy implications , which are about national resources as well as digital investment. 

Digital Rights Monitor: How governments are using tech for coronavirus awareness, in Pakistan and beyond
Digital Rights Monitor: How governments are using tech for coronavirus awareness, in Pakistan and beyond 25 March 2020 Waqas Naeem

As governments around the world attempt to flatten the curve of coronavirus cases, authorities appear to be looking towards technology for support. Chatbots, online dashboards, and mobile caller tunes are some of the digital strategies put on display by officials to raise awareness around Covid-19.

May First Movement Technology: Statement on the coronavirus situation
May First Movement Technology: Statement on the coronavirus situation 20 March 2020 May First Movement Technology

We have always counted on personal interactions to discuss and analyze situations and plan our activities. As part of a global movement that values humanity over capital, we don’t have the resources to do things any other way; therefore, our response to this situation is vitally important.

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

The world thirty years from now will be as different from today, in terms of its technology, as today’s world is from that of the early twentieth century. Digitalisation’s changes will interact with others, especially with climate change and with the shifting sands of geopolitics.

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. How are they linked? Or, to put it another way, why aren’t they linked more?

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