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Have you watched our videos on spectrum for development yet?

PERGAMINO 25 July 2012 (FF for APCNews)

Together with CIESPAL and with the support of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), APC has developed seven videos that explain what radio spectrum is and how it can affect our rights.

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Uganda is a ripe state for open governance data

PERGAMINO 5 July 2012 (FF for APCNews)

In the context of APC’s Action Research Network project, CIPESA developed a series of reports as a result of their research in open government data in Uganda, which shows the increasing demand for transparency and accountability through the use of ICT, as well as the existence of great expectations of the benefits that OGD could bring to the country.

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Going online is the same as going out to a rally

Thirty people from six continents met at the APC “Dialogue on digital security and women’s human rights defenders” to discuss regional and global trends on digital security, freedom of expression and freedom of association, and their impact on women’s human rights defenders. Katerina Fialova and Sonia Randhawa interviewed two of the participants.

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Open spectrum for development launches website

PERGAMINO 13 June 2012 (FF for APCNews)

APC’s initiative “Open Spectrum for Development,” which analyses spectrum regulation in Africa, Asia and Latin America, has its own website to feature materials produced from the project.

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Crest Factor Reduction of an OFDM/WiMAX Network

By Sheila Mugala, Julius Butime, and Dorothy Okello (June 2012, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering, Art, Design and Technology (CEDAT), Makerere University, Uganda )

African countries lag behind the rest of the world in their use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). To reduce the digital divide quickly and cost-effectively, wireless networks are considered. WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) is a wireless broadband access technology that uses Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) which is a multicarrier modulation scheme. OFDM presents a problem of a high crest factor or Peak to Average Power Ratio (PAPR). To circumvent this problem either High Power Amplifiers (HPAs) with large dynamic range or PAPR reduction techniques are used. The former scheme increases cost of the system while the latter introduces redundancy or distortion. A novel PAPR reduction scheme is presented. It is a combination of the ideas of Tone Reservation and Selected Mapping. The advantage of this scheme is that it has a lower complexity. It is simulated for a WiMAX system.

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Making government accountable to citizens in Uganda and the region

PERGAMINO 30 May 2012 (FF for APCNews)

Lillian Nalwoga from the Collaboration on International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) coordinated research on open governance data in Uganda as part of APC’s Action Research Network project. “Citizens, academia, the private sector and civil society need to be more involved in the implementation of open governance,” says Nalwoga in an interview with APCNews.

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Developing countries utilise cost-effective option to bridge access gap

PERGAMINO 25 May 2012 (FF for APCNews)

APCNews interviewed Ermanno Pietrosemoli from EsLaRed and Russel Southwood from Balancing Act on some of the issues covered during a workshop organised by APC at the recent WSIS Forum in Geneva. Both agreed that workshops on TV white spaces sensitises stakeholders to deal with spectrum allocation from an important perspective that supersedes commercial interests.

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WSIS Forum 2012: TV White Spaces on the agenda

PERGAMINO 4 May 2012 (FF for APCNews)

From 14-18 May Geneva will be hosting the WSIS Forum 2012, where the Association for Progressive Communications has organised two thematic workshops on May 17th, one of them under the subject Television White Spaces.

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Debate over spectrum in Argentina: “A defining push is needed to get past the debate stage”

MONTEVIDEO 21 March 2012 (AF for APCNews)

Although in Argentina a debate does exist on the spectrum, it prioritises aspects related to broadcasting and obscures those related to telecommunications. Florencia Roveri and Flavia Fascendini of Nodo Tau clarify this issue in this interview conducted as part of the “Open spectrum for development” project.

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Open spectrum in Peru: Capitalising on an opportunity to democratise access to the internet

MONTEVIDEO 21 March 2012 (AF for APCNews)

In an interview with APC, Maicu Alvarado and Gabriela Perona of CEPES share experiences of using the spectrum with a positive social impact and offer guidelines for thinking collectively about policies for managing the spectrum that aim for more than simply economic growth.

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