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Open spectrum for development: Policy brief
Open spectrum for development: Policy brief 17 January 2011

This policy brief by Evan Light provides a brief history of how spectrum use has developed over the past 80 years, examines how it is currently being managed and what the current issues surrounding spectrum are, and makes a case for open spectrum.

New Report about Open Data for an Open Society
New Report about Open Data for an Open Society 13 January 2011

Open Data, Open Society is a report written by Marco Fioretti for the Institute of Economics of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna.

APC says, A stand for WikiLeaks is a stand for freedom of information online
APC says, A stand for WikiLeaks is a stand for freedom of information online 07 December 2010

APC has issued a statement to express our deep concern about recent attempts by governments and businesses to close down the whistleblower website WikiLeaks. We call on all governments and the internet community to explicitly reject any form of online content control that limits freedom of expression and information, particularly information that contributes to making governments more transpar...

What's the “digital dividend”?  West African digital broadcast migration
What's the “digital dividend”? West African digital broadcast migration 22 November 2010

Nollywood is bigger than Hollywood —Nigeria produces a massive 200 films a month— yet 80-90% of content on most African TV stations comes from other continents. As African nations plan to move to digital broadcasting by 2015 it’s time for serious shifts to be made. APC and Balancing Act launch a new initiative to lower the costs and maximise the benefits of migration for citiz...

CommunicationisYourRight.org Encourages People to Speak Up and Create Media About their Human Right to Communicate
CommunicationisYourRight.org Encourages People to Speak Up and Create Media About their Human Right to Communicate 28 August 2010

CommunicationisYourRight.org Encourages People to Speak Up and Create Media About their Human Right to Communicate. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 26, 2010 Contact: Mera Szendro Bok, email: myvoicearticle19@gmail.com

New model to get broadband to under-served communities in South Africa
New model to get broadband to under-served communities in South Africa 26 July 2010

Broadband for All aims to provide broadband connectivity to South Africa’s under-served areas through a community-centric model rather than a telco-driven model. The model leverages wireless-mesh technologies to link priority government sites and high bandwidth users such as schools, municipalities and government offices, who in turn provide a link to smaller customers such as businesses,...

Opening up e-government in Romania
Opening up e-government in Romania 26 July 2010

Activists advocate for “the real deal” in climate change policy during the 2009 UN Copenhagen conference using a site developed by StrawberryNet. Photo: GreendexRozi Bako reports that after researching the state of access to online information for extending democracy in Romania “we are now advocating for open e-government”. Bako of the StrawberryNet Foundation found that technology in ...

Call for Participation: Conference 2011
Call for Participation: Conference 2011 29 June 2010

Call for participation for researchers interested in ICTD, public-access computing, and community informatics. The iConference 2011 will be held from February 8–11, 2011, in Seattle.

NOW IN FRENCH AND SPANISH: Do you have a right to online knowledge?  Report shows open internet in danger
NOW IN FRENCH AND SPANISH: Do you have a right to online knowledge? Report shows open internet in danger 25 June 2010

A major report that reveals how vulnerable the internet as we know it is, has just been published in French and Spanish by two global civil society organisations. The annual report, called Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch), was in November by the Association for Progressive Communications and Dutch-funder Hivos. GISWatch 2009 is entitled Access to online information and knowledge – ...

Open access to spectrum for development
Open access to spectrum for development 20 May 2010

Wireless technology could radically transform the lives of millions of people living with poor connectivity — but only if the policy makes sense. Our research critiques the situation in Africa, Asia and Latin America.