Open access

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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Why African governments need to listen to the case for "open access" to international communications infrastructure

SAXONWOLD 25 September 2008 (Lisa Thornton for APCNews)

Africa faces two serious challenges regarding internet connectivity – high prices and unreliable connections. The SAT-3/WASC cable, a submarine cable that runs from Portugal to South Africa, has the potential to help alleviate some of the connectivity challenges however, a study released by the APC in May 2008 and now in French and Portuguese written by Abiodun Jagun, reveals that the cable remains largely under-utilised. APCNews talks to Abi Jagun about her findings.

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6th International Conference on Open Access

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Cross Roads Cresta Hotel
Date and time: 
Nov 12 2008 (All day) - Nov 14 2008 (All day)

Open Access in the context of Communication (Open Communication) means that anyone, on equal conditions with a transparent relation between cost and pricing, can get access to and share communication

Internet in Africa: A well-organised racket

MONTREAL 16 September 2008 (Frédéric Dubois for Alternatives)

Africans pay five to ten times more than Canadians do to access the internet. It is even more costly in rural settings, where a connection is often hard to find. However, what is even more scandalous is the fact that the consumers have no say. A walk on the dark side of the internet.

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New APC series on equitable access

LONDON 4 August 2008 (APC for APCNews)

“Access to the internet is a thousand times cheaper in Scandinavian countries than in my village,” says Nigerian activist John Dada, who specialises in information and communications technologies (ICTs) for development. In order to contribute to the discussion on what can make access to the internet real for people, specially the poor and marginalised, APC is launching a series on equitable access that includes papers and commentaries on the themes of business models, policy and regulation, tools and technologies and people, networks and capabilities. We ask for your comments.

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Privatisation on its own can be dangerous, workshop told

JOHANNESBURG 29 July 2008 (Alan Finlay for APCNews)

Privatisation without regulation does not necessarily improve service delivery, and may even decrease access to information and communication technology for the poor. This is the view of US-based academic and ICT policy analyst Robert Horwitz, who was speaking at a one-week research workshop held in Johannesburg in July 2008. Horwitz is no newcomer to South Africa, or to the politics behind antennas, cables and wires.

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Policies for equitable access

By Lishan Adam (July 2008, APC )
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Tools and technologies for equitable access

By Alberto Escudero-Pascual (July 2008, APC )
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Capacity building for equitable access

By David Souter (July 2008, APC )
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