APCNews 136 – I Don't Forward Violence, Spectrum in India, S Africa – 28/2/11
APCNews 136 – I Don’t Forward Violence, Spectrum in India, S Africa – 28/2/11
APCNews – February 28 2011 – Year XI Issue 136
The news service on ICTs for social justice and sustainable development
Every thirty months the amount of information that can be transmitted over a wireless internet connection doubles. Wireless could be the way to provide affordable broadband to millions of people currently living with poor connectivity. However the policy and regulation related to spectrum is often inefficient, secretive and ill-informed. A global shift in spectrum regulation is currently under-way and regulatory reforms are being developed and proposed in many different countries. As part of APC’s work on open spectrum for development (http://www.apc.org/en/node/10445/), we have commissioned studies in five countries http://www.apc.org/en/node/11863/ to identify loopholes in current policies and recognise good practices. Previously we covered Kenya (http://www.apc.org/en/node/11616/) and Nigeria (http://www.apc.org/en/node/11800/), now read our features on India and South Africa. And watch out for Brazil in the coming weeks.
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I don’t forward violence! Take a stand and join the campaign
NEW YORK (Take back the tech! for APC) – Boyfriends and girlfriends rarely make commitments and plans to delete private photographs of each other when they snap them. What happens when the relationship breaks down and one of them decides to post them online? What about the people who receive and forward the images and videos? In each act of viewing and forwarding, they are continuing and replicating the violence. APC is launching a new campaign to stop the spread of violence by committing not to forward abusive messages. We invite you to take a stand.
India’s untapped potential: Are a billion people losing out because of spectrum?
CALGARY (LC for APCNews) – As one of the world’s fastest growing economies and with over 65% of its billion-plus population under 35, India has huge potential. But according to a new report by Shyam Ponappa, commissioned by APC the current model for managing spectrum in India could be a huge barrier to the country’s economic and social development. Instead, he suggests that “it would be much more conducive to a sound economy…to have two to three main operators as we do with the provision of utilities.
South Africa: Untapped TV spectrum can make internet more affordable
GULMARG (LC for APCNews) – “Open spectrum is important because access is important” says Steve Song, telecommunications fellow at the Shuttleworth Foundation in an interview with APCNews. But in South Africa, the problem is not lack of access – it’s that access is not affordable. Freeing up wireless spectrum, such as television white spaces —the space between channels— or making more information available on spectrum that is currently not in use could help to make affordable access a reality. Song is the author of a new country survey report commissioned by APC in which he explores how spectrum is currently managed in South Africa, and the barriers that are blocking availability.
Eleven tips for opening up the spectrum
MONTREAL (Evan Light for APCNews) – Most communications policies around the globe have been developed on models based on the economic, political and social realities of North America and Europe – which assume large private companies build expansive national wired infrastructures. So laws and regulations have evolved with the understanding that these wired networks are the main communication infrastructure and that wireless networks connect through them. But wired networks do not exist in many developing countries and do not necessarily need to be built.
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