ICT policy

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 access to mobile telecom networks, and greatly inhibits access to information and knowledge through...

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 importance of involving women in the development of national ICT policy in the country. By using GEM,...

Policy change in Africa: Networks are key to communicating for influence
Policy change in Africa: Networks are key to communicating for influence 22 December 2010

Two years ago, APC’s policy team led a project that would help strengthen African civil society to advocate for affordable broadband, adequate infrastructure, and in some cases, universal access funds which help put in place the necessary systems to achieve universal access to the internet. The Communication for Influence in Central, East and West Africa, or CICEWA, initiative was about i...

Open spectrum for development: Nigeria case study
Open spectrum for development: Nigeria case study 16 December 2010

With hundreds of telecommunications and broadcasting licenses granted since 1992, Nigeria is arguably the leading country in Africa with respect to spectrum deregulation and licensing. There are over currently 350 licensed broadcast stations in operation in the country. Simultaneously NCC has licensed over 300 telecoms licenses to private companies in Nigeria, though unlike for broadcasting, th...

Contribution to the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development five year review of progress on WSIS outcomes
Contribution to the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development five year review of progress on WSIS outcomes 14 December 2010

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. This is APC’s contribution to an invitation from UN CSTD to the different stakeholders to submit inputs concerning the implementation and follow-up of WSIS outcomes. Our response includes a reflection on the ...

New report asks, how environmentally-friendly is technology?
New report asks, how environmentally-friendly is technology? 12 December 2010

Computers are creating massive e-waste. The paper industry has had to double to meet printer demand. But smart technologies are bringing huge savings in energy consumption. As the UN conference on climate change starts in Cancun, the new Global Information Society Watch from APC and Hivos looks at ICTs and environmental sustainability in 53 countries, six regions and through ten expert thematic...

Digital Solidarities, Communication Policy and Multi-stakeholder Global Governance
Digital Solidarities, Communication Policy and Multi-stakeholder Global Governance 10 December 2010

In 2003 and 2005, the fisrt phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) took place, taking care of information and communication issues. Although this first phase was undoubtedly important in respect to internet governance, information and communication rights, it was not enough to cover a phenomenon as wide and shifting as internet. In WSIS Phase II, further issues on informati...

How Technology is Being Used to Perpetrate Violence Against Women – And to Fight it
How Technology is Being Used to Perpetrate Violence Against Women – And to Fight it 18 November 2010

This briefing relies on new research into how new technologies are being used by abusers and by women fighting back. The cases were uncovered in research commissioned by the APC in 12 developing countries.

Have your say in Pakistan's IT policy and help put the policy process back on track
Have your say in Pakistan's IT policy and help put the policy process back on track 12 November 2010

Pakistan’s new draft IT policy has recently been made available online for comments and feedback. The email announcing this was sent by government officials, and with a very tight deadline. However, “none of the relevant stakeholders were aware of any consultation process being conducted by the government” says Bytes for All, an internet rights activist group in Pakistan and APC memb...

Digital broadcast migration in West Africa: What's the dividend?
Digital broadcast migration in West Africa: What's the dividend? 10 November 2010

African countries committed to migrating from analogue to digital broadcasting by 2015 – but migration won't be easy or cheap. We work with civil society, broadcasters, policy-makers and regulators to produce the data and tools required to make informed decisions.