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Uganda orders blocking of Facebook, Twitter

Amid mounting protests over fuel and food prices, the Ugandan government called on ISPs to block access to Facebook and Twitter.

Indian government censors erotic web comic

In March 2011, the Indian government blocked Savita Bhabhi, an immensely popular soft-core web comic, sparking popular outcry.

APCNews 138 – Spectrum in Brazil, Wikileaks – 28/3/11

APCNews 138 – Spectrum in Brazil, Wikileaks – 28/3/11

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APCNews – March 28 2011 – Year XI Issue 138
The news service on ICTs for social justice and sustainable development

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APC has always considered access to the internet as a basic rig

Pirated DVDs in a South African township mean access to culture and social inclusion

GULMARG 14 March 2011 (LC for APCNews)

Although the political significance of piracy as a form of rebellion in South Africa has mostly dropped away in the post-Apartheid era, “the sharply racialised patterns of inequality and access to media have not,” says a new book that looks at the prevalence of media piracy, how it is organised, and why people buy pirated goods or work in the black market. The book collects case studies from various countries including a chapter on South Africa by APC. The case study of Hanover Park, a township outside Cape Town, reveals that watching pirated films brings families together. And more importantly, allows people with limited means the opportunity to access information and culture they would otherwise not be able to afford, bridging the social gap between the different social classes and making them be a part of a global conversation.

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Media Piracy in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG 14 March 2011 (LC for APCNews)

Poverty and social inequity in South Africa have shaped the development of media culture and distribution in the country. Low incomes in a country where one-third of the population lives on less than one dollar a day, high prices for commercial DVDs and Cds and a widespread advertising culture have created a high demand for media goods which are not easily obtained legally for the great majority of South Africans. Making pirated disks, books and online digital formats the desirable alternative. A new study on media piracy Media Piracy in Emerging Economies examines why piracy has come to be so widespread world-wide, the reasons why it persists and looks at the future. APC is the contributor for the South African chapter.

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APCNews 137 – Media Piracy and access to knowledge – 14/3/11

APCNews 137 – Media Piracy and access to knowledge – 14/3/11

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APCNews – March 14 2011 – Year XI Issue 137
The news service on ICTs for social justice and sustainable development
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Although media piracy is ubiquitous in most low and middle-inc

Open spectrum for development: Brazil case study

By Carlos Afonso, with collaboration from Jonas Valente (March 2011, APC )

For about 75 years up to the sixties, nearly all telecommunications services in the country were in private hands, distributed among hundreds of local operators. Telephony authorizations were issued and controlled by the state governments. In this process Companhia Telefônica Brasileira (CTB, a subsidiary of the Canadian company Brazilian Traction) emerged as a major operator of local and long-distance services in the majority of the larger Brazilian cities, covering about 80% of the telephone terminals in the country. CTB shared the market in these cities with Companhia Telefônica Nacional, CTN, an ITT3 subsidiary. The remaining cities and towns were covered by small local operators in extremely precarious situations.

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