Open access

The BroadBand4Africa coalition explains what’s behind the South African campaign

JOHANNESBURG 27 April 2009 (BroadBand4Africa.org.za)

Does broadband really make a difference to economic growth? Are there other similar broadband campaigns elsewhere in Africa? The South Africa broadband campaign has answers to these questions on its campaign site:www.broadband4africa.org.za. APC has translated this essential information into French and Portuguese for our African readers and Spanish for Latin American readers fed up of paying over the odds for what’s now the basic internet connectivity required to access today’s interactive sites.

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Launch of draft framework for a national broadband strategy highlights policy vacuum in South Africa

25 March 2009
JOHANNESBURG 25 March 2009 (APC and partners) -

A draft framework towards a broadband strategy in South Africa was launched in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

Saving the future one strategic plan at a time

Melbourne, Australia

How does an organisation founded in the 20th Century devise a strategic plan for the 21st…

African parliamentarians support equitable access for all

MONTEVIDEO 11 March 2009 (KAH for APCNews)

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 social and economic, said APC’s Anriette Esterhuysen in her presentation which was framed by APC’s internet rights charter. The charter has just been translated into its twentieth language, Esperanto.

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Internet: Opening a door to development for the rural population in Paraguay

MONTEVIDEO 9 March 2009 (Natalia Uval for APCNews)

One hundred institutions in rural areas of Paraguay with access to the internet. Poor indigenous communities experiencing contact with the world beyond their local surroundings for the first time ever. These are just a few snapshots of the outcomes achieved by Oportunet, a project launched in 2007 in Paraguay that has demonstrated the potential of the internet as a door to economic and social development in the poorest communities.

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South Africa: Calls for broadband strategy

JOHANNESBURG 4 March 2009 (Audra Mahlong for ITWeb)

South African tech site, ITWeb, interviews APC’s Willie Currie on the forum being convened by APC and SANGONeT along with South Africa Connect and the Shuttleworth Foundation with the aim of drawing up a framework for a national broadband strategy.

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South African National Broadband Forum

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Ballroom - Sunnyside Park Hotel - 2 York Road - Corner St Andrews Road and Princess of Wales Terrace - Parktown - +2711-640-0400 - www.legacyhotels.co.za
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Mar 24 2009 - 9:00am - 5:30pm

Access to broadband is an imperative for the full expression of citizenship in today’s world. With affordable broadband, the enormous potential for socio-economic, cultural, and educational development in South Africa can be realised.

Watchdog report tackles the issue of unequal access to the internet and the information society in 2008

JOHANNESBURG 2 December 2008 (Alan Finlay for APCNews)

GISW 2008GISW 2008How do we ensure access to the internet is a human right enjoyed by everyone? This is one of the critical questions asked by an annual publication that highlights the importance of people’s access to information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure – and where and how countries are getting it right or wrong, and what can be done about it.

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The case for “open access” in Africa: Mauritius case study

LONDON 26 September 2008 (Russell Southwood for APC)

As other African countries along the SAT-3 submarine internet cable struggle with the high costs of monopolised international bandwidth, Mauritius has encouraged a lowering of prices through price-setting. But Mauritius Telecom had lowered its rates even before the government scale came into effect. The Cyber Island has seen a significant increase in its call centre and outsourcing sectors. Can Mauritius provide lessons to countries that are looking to boost their economies? This study written by Russell Southwood for APC in May, and now available for the first time in French and Portuguese, examines the relationship between international bandwidth prices in Mauritius and the impact of its Cyber Island strategy.

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