ICT policy

To DVB-T or not to DVB-T? Ghanaian committee must make up its mind
To DVB-T or not to DVB-T? Ghanaian committee must make up its mind 28 October 2011

As West Africa’s fifteen countries migrate to digital TV by 2015, the people responsible for the change-over in Ghana have been struggling to determine which technology to use. Meanwhile the process hasn’t developed much and most Ghanaians have not been informed of this upcoming migration, says the author of new research carried out for APC.

Evaluation of Global Information Society Watch 2007-2010
Evaluation of Global Information Society Watch 2007-2010 27 October 2011

APC has been playing a leading role in civil society-led global ICT policy advocacy since the inception of the United Nations World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in February 2001. Since the conclusion of the WSIS process in December 2005 APC has been active in follow-up global forums as well as in various related regional processes in Africa, Asia and Latin America. In 2007 APC joined forces first with ITeM (the Third World Institute) and Hivos, a Dutch non-governmental organisati...

APC publishes new issue paper on spectrum for development
APC publishes new issue paper on spectrum for development 20 October 2011

A new issue paper by South Africa-based ICT expert Steve Song for APC explains how wirless is crucial to bridging the digital divide. This article summarises some of the key points of his paper which is available for download.

Chakula, an African ICT policy newsletter: Past editions
Chakula, an African ICT policy newsletter: Past editions 17 October 2011

Chakula —the Swahili word for food— is APC’s very occasional Africa ICT policy newsletter. You can view the archives, subscribe and unsubscribe online. Read past editions of Chakula: CHAKULA Issue # 21: Changing policy in Africa: two years communicating for influence (March 2011) CHAKULA Issue # 20: Pushing for broadband policy in Africa (September 2010) CHAKULA Issue # 19: Inn...

TV white spaces can open up low-cost high-speed internet across Africa: All we need is the regulatory go-ahead
TV white spaces can open up low-cost high-speed internet across Africa: All we need is the regulatory go-ahead 13 October 2011

“We have the skills, the entrepreneurs, a spectrum model we can replicate, the standards, the technology and clearly we have the demand” said South African Henk Kleynhans in the wake of a TV white spaces workshop in Johannesburg last week. “All we need is a regulatory go-ahead.”

Recommendations made at the WATRA workshop on the migration to digital broadcasting in West Africa
Recommendations made at the WATRA workshop on the migration to digital broadcasting in West Africa 11 October 2011

West-African countries are currently in a race against time to switch from analogue to digital broadcasting. A one-day regional workshop held by the West African Telecoms Regulators Assembly (WATRA) and ECOWAS helped establish recommendations and steps for going forward to help those countries undergoing the transition.

Digital broadcast migration in West Africa: Ghana workshop report
Digital broadcast migration in West Africa: Ghana workshop report 07 October 2011

The Ghana analog to digital migration workshop brought together almost 40 key stakeholders from the different sectors and provided them with key information of the mandated migration and educated them of the urgency, consequences, cost and strategies that could be taken during this initiative.

New APC brief on the new threats to human rights online
New APC brief on the new threats to human rights online 30 September 2011

APC’s human rights expert Joy Liddicoat outlines the state of human rights online and the major challenges facing activists and human rights defenders. As levels of censorship and surveillance are increasing worldwide including in democratic countries threaten the lives of democracy activists, APC calls for the theme of the 2012 IGF to focus exclusively on human rights.

APC's closing statement Sixth Internet Governance Forum
APC's closing statement Sixth Internet Governance Forum 30 September 2011

APC reaffirms the importance of multi stakeholder participation in the internet global public policy and principles debate.

Pro-poor ICT access toolkit
Pro-poor ICT access toolkit 29 September 2011

A resource kit for making a universal access agenda happen. It has three modules – on policy and regulation, advocacy strategies and community-level projects.