Statement from participants in the “Civil Society Workshop on Open Access to ICT infrastructure in Africa”
A statement by African civil society groups was made in light of the publicised commitments and goals of the Connect Africa Summit taking place in Rwanda, Kigali on 29th and 30th of October 2007. The statement acknowledges that the private sector plays a key role in the deployment of infrastructure in Africa. Its continued investment should be encouraged through the implementation of a stable policy environment that encourages investment as well as protect the public interest. Read the full statement here.
Graciela Selaimen of APC member organization RITS (Information Network for the Third Sector) was one of three panellists invited to speak about Connect Your Rights! Campaign ">internet rightsduring the session Know your rights: Article 19 in cyberspace, on 7 October 2007, the first day of the International Freedom of Expression eXchange (IFEX) conference.
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APC announces a one-day event on equitable access to ICT infrastructure for 10 November 2007 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This event will bring together innovative minds and experience in developing and implementing ICT policy and technology solutions for low-cost access and connectivity.
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A seminar on 'Multi-Stakeholder National Consultation: "What is civil society?", initial working definition adopted by the Centre for Civil Society at the London School of Economics">CSOsand Aid Effectiveness' was held in the city yesterday. The seminar was organised jointly by a research and The American Heritage Dictionaries on Answers.com ">advocacy organisation (and APC-member) VOICE and a global The Oxford Pocket Dictionary of Current English on Encyclopedia.com">networking organisation 'Reality of Aid' at the Brac Centre, said a press release.
Delegates representing NGOs-members of the EDRI (European Digital Rights) network took part in the General Assembly (GA) in Berlin September 1-2, 2007, discussing current issues of interest and the overall functioning of the association.
This paper was commissioned by the APC as part of the Catalysing Access to ICTs in Africa initiative and to contribute to APC’s efforts to promote open access to ICT infrastructure in Africa. According to the author, a variety of factors are responsible for the lack of acess to bandwith in Africa, but the biggest cause is the high cost of international connections to the global telecommunication backbones.
DRC: Alternatives reveals the first independent study on an internet infrastructure that can serve the entire country
The NGO Alternatives revealed the first independent feasibility study on the implementation of a vast high-speed internet infrastructure the size of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Carried out by Congolese and international researchers, the study proposes, in particular, that the implementation of the internet network be carried out in partnership with the Congolese National Electricity Company (SNEL).