ICT policy

Highlights from APC's contribution to implementation of WSIS goals
Highlights from APC's contribution to implementation of WSIS goals 22 March 2011

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) was a major UN conference on information and communication technologies (ICTs) that took place in Geneva in 2003 and Tunis in 2005. These are highlights of APC’s contribution to implementation of WSIS goals. It provides an overview of our work during the last five years.

Impact 2.0 iGuide: New mechanisms for linking research and policy
Impact 2.0 iGuide: New mechanisms for linking research and policy 15 March 2011

The manual guides researchers in finding the appropriate tools through identifying their specific communication needs and strategies. Its structure follows the “context, evidence, links” framework developed by the Research and Policy in Development Programme (RAPID) of the Overseas Development Institute for linking research and policy.

New online guide for using Web 2.0 tools to link research and policy
New online guide for using Web 2.0 tools to link research and policy 15 March 2011

Fundación Comunica and APC have launched the Impact 2.0 iGuide: New mechanisms for linking research and policy, a guide designed to help researchers identify the right Web 2.0 tools for establishing links with policy makers, for building their online presence and credibility and for effectively communicating their research.

Open spectrum for development: South Africa case study
Open spectrum for development: South Africa case study 18 February 2011

Prior to 1994, spectrum in South Africa was managed by the state body responsible for its implementation. Thus broadcast spectrum was managed by the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and telecommunications spectrum managed by the state telecommunications provider, Telkom. This was generally uncontentious because, prior to the rise of mobile telecommunications and wireless broadband...

New mechanisms for linking research & policy – Initial workshop
New mechanisms for linking research & policy – Initial workshop 18 February 2011

Thirty people, including participants, resource people and expert trainers, will participate in a two-day workshop in Kingston, Jamaica 22-23 February 2011. The workshop is the initial activity of an expert programme on new mechanisms for linking research and policy and will cover fundamentals in communication planning, audio visual production, data visualisation techniques and Web 2.0 strategi...

New report on climate change as a strategic priority for ICT4D organisations
New report on climate change as a strategic priority for ICT4D organisations 16 February 2011

The recent literature review of information and communications technologies(ICTs), climate change and development by Angelica Ospina and Richard Heeks points to a clear role for civil society organisations at many levels of climate change response, including advocacy, information dissemination, helping local communities adapt, and providing a voice for affected people.

Open spectrum for development: India case study
Open spectrum for development: India case study 03 February 2011

Spectrum management and regulation is the collective responsibility of more than one body in India. There are different bodies handling spectrum licensing, regulation, pricing, and the levy of penalties; some bodies have only an advisory role.

Moving with the times: Opening spectrum so we can all communicate
Moving with the times: Opening spectrum so we can all communicate 24 January 2011

The spectrum both surrounds us and passes through us. Made up of waves of energy that allow us to communicate the way we do today – through radio, television, mobile phones, wireless internet and more — spectrum is an invisible common link that ties our societies together. A global shift in spectrum regulation is currently under way with regulatory reforms being developed and proposed in se...

Regional ICT advocacy in Africa: Key lessons from the CICEWA project
Regional ICT advocacy in Africa: Key lessons from the CICEWA project 04 January 2011

More than a decade after the telecommunications policy reform in many African countries, there continues to be a deficit in universal affordable access to fixed telecom infrastructure. This deficit severely limits the possibility of information and communication technologies (ICTs) being used to foster social and economic development, yet, the problem persists despite the phenomenal increase in...

A national cyber-strategy for Congo, which integrates women
A national cyber-strategy for Congo, which integrates women 04 January 2011

While the APC’s CICEWA research and advocacy —a project that aims to advocate for universal access and telecommunications reform in Central, East and West Africa, “our work has just begun,” says Sylvie Niombo a women and tech activist in the Congo. As part of CICEWA her small NGO has carried out research and advocacy within the scope of the CICEWA project, and managed to highlight the i...