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APC calls for strong data protection safeguards following Supreme Court of India's verdict on Aadhar, India's biometric identity programme

APC calls on the government of India to adopt and implement strong data protection safeguards in view of the Supreme Court of India's verdict upholding the constitutionality of Aadhar, India's unique biometric identity programme.

Mentoring women in technology: Laying out the landscape

Equity in digital access in Africa is far from being a reality. There is also a paucity of women in technology-related careers and more broadly in STEM.

Welcome to the sunrises and sunsets of Zanzibar

Three years ago, I caught a flight for the first time to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, excited and nervous to be joining the AfriSIG/gigX class of 2015.

Right to Know - Episode 4: Digital literacy and the perils of social activism in India

In this fourth and last episode of the series, we discover the perils of social activism in India and whether learning how to use Microsoft Notepad and Paint is digital literacy.

Connecting rural South Africa: The case for community networks

“There is so much potential in rural South Africa, and with a little bit of capacity building, a lot of things could happen around affordable internet access,” said Carlos Rey-Moreno of APC's Local Access Networks project at the end of a wor

Why Technology Isn’t Always the Answer in Global Health

October 04, 2018
We were so excited by the flashiness of the tools, we forgot our goal—to lower hypertension in Africa.

Fibre Feudalism

Rapidly growing demand for broadband is changing the landscape of African telecommunications infrastructure.  This change has been enabled by the spread of both undersea and terrestrial fibre optic infrastructure, as well as the proliferation of low-cost smartphones, which can deliver broadband through either 3G/4G services or WiFi.  In this new world, two critical choke-points emerge as key ba

Online dating in Pakistan

The rise of dating apps allows women to take control of their social life and their choices.

Netwoman: Policy and safer internet spaces for women

With the increase in internet usage in Tanzania, as in much of the world, gaining an online presence is fast becoming a norm. The big question is – how can we make online spaces safer and accessible to women?

Gendered reality traps: How "objective" machine learning contributes to intersectional exploitation

Is technology neutral or is coding political? In this article Smarika Kumar explores how algorithms work in the real world, and how they are a reflection of existing biases and forms of exclusion and discrimination in society.
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