ICT policy

Inside the Information Society: Marking Mark’s card. A comment on Mark Zuckerberg’s manifesto
Inside the Information Society: Marking Mark’s card. A comment on Mark Zuckerberg’s manifesto 10 April 2017

Each week David Souter comments on an important issue for APC members and others concerned about the Information Society. This week's blog post comments on Mark Zuckerberg says in his recent online "manifesto".

Inside the Information Society: Making his Mark. Why we should read Mark Zuckerberg
Inside the Information Society: Making his Mark. Why we should read Mark Zuckerberg 02 April 2017

A couple of weeks ago, Mark Zuckerberg posted a manifesto on his Facebook page. In it, he addressed some of the challenges he sees facing Facebook and its peers.

Inside the Information Society: Digital identity (Who’s who?)
Inside the Information Society: Digital identity (Who’s who?) 26 March 2017

Identity matters to us. It defines who we are; and, to a considerable extent, it defines how others treat us – including government agencies and others we rely on.

Inside the Information Society: Should we fear the platform economy?
Inside the Information Society: Should we fear the platform economy? 19 March 2017

Last week I asked if we should fear online monopolies. This week, I’ll ask the same of online platforms, and the new economy they’re bringing into being.

Women’s voices, men’s silence
Women’s voices, men’s silence 14 December 2016

This article explores the persuasiveness of women’s rights activists in Africa and proposes ways in which activists can counter the silence of men when it comes to these issues. Are human rights enough? In the past few days I got to thinking a lot about women’s rights.

Data for better policy making
Data for better policy making 14 December 2016

Information and communications technology (ICT) policy makers are confronted with the conflicting challenge of providing a stable and predictable regulatory environment to maintain existing investments and create room for long-term investments while still adapting to the ever changing ICT ecosystem.    

The National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper South Africa 2016: Commentary on the internet
The National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper South Africa 2016: Commentary on the internet 14 December 2016

The recently published white paper focuses on convergence of modern and traditional modes of communication, which is a big step in connecting the present to the future of information and communications technologies (ICTs). The use of data in formulating policies and monitoring progress is also a great step towards an evidence-based policy that measures progress within set timelines.

Anita Gurumurthy at the Internet Governance Forum 2016 opening session
Anita Gurumurthy at the Internet Governance Forum 2016 opening session 14 December 2016

Anita Gurumurthy, representing IT for Change, was nominated to speak at the opening session of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Guadalajara, Mexico on 6 December 2016.    

Inside the Information Society: What does the latest ICT Development Index tell us?
Inside the Information Society: What does the latest ICT Development Index tell us? 28 November 2016

Each week David Souter comments on an important issue for APC members and others concerned about the Information Society. This week’s blog post is about the latest edition of the ITU’s ICT Development Index.

Inside the Information Society: Upsetting and resetting standards, rules and norms
Inside the Information Society: Upsetting and resetting standards, rules and norms 19 November 2016

Each week David Souter comments on an important issue for APC members and others concerned about the Information Society. This week’s blog post is about the importance of standards, rules and norms – and the need to re-engineer these for the digital age.