ICT policy

Introduction to the Regional Advocacy reports: Universal Access Funds in the Andean Region
Introduction to the Regional Advocacy reports: Universal Access Funds in the Andean Region 29 June 2009

In his analysis, Hugo Carrión reflects on the political and economic context in which universal access funds emerged in the Andean Region and their evolution as mechanisms for achieving the objectives of universality in telecommunications. He also reflects on the current role of the state regarding provision of public services and reviews the situation in Andean countries. Carrión concludes that regulation and control are inherent to the role of the state which is responsible for assuring...

Benin: Where mobile users carry  3, 4, even 5 SIM cards to make a call
Benin: Where mobile users carry 3, 4, even 5 SIM cards to make a call 28 May 2009

The telecoms situation in Benin is unique. The array of mobile telephone enterprises established during Mathieu Kérékou’s regime has resulted in the average Beninese owning three, four, or even five SIM cards for their daily communication needs. Facilitated by corruption and skyrocketing prices, it was not until the arrival to power of the new president Yayi Boni in 2006 that reform in this sector began. Despite the current progress and lower prices, networks remain segregated and th...

APC says goodbye to the Africa ICT policy monitor site
APC says goodbye to the Africa ICT policy monitor site 28 May 2009

Since the APC Africa ICT Policy Monitor started in 2001, significant inroads into raising the profile of the need for progressive ICT policy approaches in Africa have been made. The need for a portal like the Africa ICT Policy Monitor that collects and organises news and resources on a vast array of issues has diminished, but APC’s policy programme’s Africa wing will continue to report on i...

WSIS follow up: APC at the Commission on Science and Technology for Development
WSIS follow up: APC at the Commission on Science and Technology for Development 24 May 2009

“The post WSIS clock is ticking and many challenges remain,” said APC executive director Anriette Esterhuysen at the opening of the twelfth session of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSDT). Among these challenges, she talked about WSIS principles related to human rights: “In many countries from the developed world and the developing world there is still a sense t...

APC response to the Internet Governance Forum Review
APC response to the Internet Governance Forum Review 15 May 2009

“The IGF has embodied the WSIS Principles – that internet governance should be multilateral, transparent and democratic, with the full involvement of governments, the private sector, civil society and international organisations – in its practice as a space for policy dialogue. [...] There are however areas that need improvement. Participation of civil society, and in some cases also of d...

Removing blinders on war crimes and e-accessibility in the former Yugoslavia
Removing blinders on war crimes and e-accessibility in the former Yugoslavia 14 May 2009

APC member ZaMirNET has been working hard on uncovering the truth about war crimes committed during the Yugoslav wars, between 1991 and 2001. In late October, they joined an initiative to establish a regional body that will expose the truth about war crimes committed in the former Yugoslavia, which will help serve justice and guarantee that these crimes will not be repeated in the future. More...

Citizens’ Participation And Political Rejuvenation In India
Citizens’ Participation And Political Rejuvenation In India 15 March 2009

It seems the efforts of people like Mr.Praveen Dalal are finally appreciated and have

African parliamentarians support equitable access for all
African parliamentarians support equitable access for all 11 March 2009

Representatives from 29 different African parliaments met last week in Kigali to reaffirm that “equitable access to information is a right for all” and urge governments to enact laws that promote access to information, knowledge and communication for all citizens. Traditionally seen as civil and political rights, information rights are now becoming acknowledged as rights that are also socia...

Study on the effects and possibilities of ICT for the enhancement of democracy
Study on the effects and possibilities of ICT for the enhancement of democracy 10 March 2009

APC has been commissioned by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) to investigate the potential for the use of ICTs for advancing democracy. The study is intended to look beyond the simple “use” of ICTs (mainly internet and mobile phones) for democracy and are digging deeper to find out how ICTs permeate the different levels of society. Among others, the study assesses how civ...

South African National Broadband Forum
South African National Broadband Forum 10 March 2009

APC is currently building a coalition of civil society organisations and businesses to campaign for the lowering of costs associated with the internet in South Africa. The project being carried out with the support of the Partnership for Higher Education in Africa (PHEA) will mobilise a number internet service providers (ISPs), communications workers, content providers, academics, alternative e...