ICT policy

Nancy Hafkin: 30 years of building Africa's networks
Nancy Hafkin: 30 years of building Africa's networks 14 June 2012

After more than 30 years of working to promote information and communications technology in Africa, Nancy Hafkin was inducted into the Internet Wall of Fame. In an interview with APCNews, she shares the history of her work and that of communications technology in Africa, her interest in Africa, obstacles and achievements.

Bytes for All calls for civil society participation in drafting cyber crime legislation in Pakistan
Bytes for All calls for civil society participation in drafting cyber crime legislation in Pakistan 08 June 2012

The Government of Pakistan is working to revive and restructure the cyber crime law, which lapsed in 2009. Stakeholders who are being consulted are corporations such as telecom operators, ISPs, and governmental organisations. However, no representative civil society organisation holds an opinion even though it is a globally accepted norm that governments use a multi-stakeholder process to ensure active participation by civil society.

Malaysia: Bad laws won’t stop cyber crime
Malaysia: Bad laws won’t stop cyber crime 30 May 2012

The recent amendments to the Malaysian Evidence Act, passed without debate at Parliament on May 19 2012, clearly signal the government’s intention to increase censorship on the internet.

Connect Your Rights!  - The video
Connect Your Rights! - The video 16 May 2012

“Connect Your Rights!” is the take-home message from this short video. Developed for the APC-campaign Connect Your Rights! Internet Rights are Human Rights, the video provides you with a quick and clear understanding of why human rights on the internet matter. Watch now.    

The Internet and Human Rights: a new frontier?
The Internet and Human Rights: a new frontier? 26 April 2012

The Internet can strengthen human rights through the enhancement of the realization of freedom of expression, allowing people to receive information and seek to impart it as required in article 19 of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights.

Surveilling CISPA
Surveilling CISPA 24 April 2012

Surveilling CISPA: CC licence DonkeyHoteyI wrote a story about surveillance efforts by the UK authorities lately. It seems that snooping communications (emails, text messaging, etc) is in vogue.

ICT Policy in critical need of attention in Africa
ICT Policy in critical need of attention in Africa 17 March 2012

ICT Policy in critical need of attention in Africa ICT’s potential for political, social and economic transformation of society is not contested and Africa is exploding with a desire to be connected to the rest of the world more than ever. There is evidence that many countries on the continent are investing in ICT in order to reap the benefits.

Some thoughts on ICT policy in Africa
Some thoughts on ICT policy in Africa 17 March 2012

Last year events in North Africa and the Middle East showed how ICT and media may have an impact on the future of people and countries. The revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt was successful mainly thanks to social media.

ICT policy in Africa: a lot still to be done
ICT policy in Africa: a lot still to be done 17 March 2012

ICT policy in Africa: a lot still to be done In this blog I argue that there is a critical need for ICT policy in Africa because ICT policy in Africa is in many respects closely linked with overcoming the digital divide. Both private investors and increasingly, public donors are not yet ready to invest in countries without a proper institutional and legal environment for internet development.

ICT Policy Interventions to Promote Digital Participation in Africa
ICT Policy Interventions to Promote Digital Participation in Africa 17 March 2012

Information Communication Technologies (ICT’s) are increasingly used by government agencies across the African continent with a view to making their service offerings more widely accessible. E-governance is widely considered a powerful and effective tool in the fight against corruption which it achieves by increasing transparency, efficiency and greater accountability of Government officials.