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

JOHANNESBURG 22 November 2010 (Russell Southwood for APC)

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 citizens and governments.

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Case Study: São Paulo Telecentres Project

casestudy_GCA This case study is about the involvement of RITS (Rede de Informacão para o Terceiro Setor) – a Brazilian civil society organisation involved in ICT policy monitoring and advocacy – in setting up comm

Case Study: Some Lessons From India

India is known as an IT powerhouse but still has the greatest number of poor people of any country in the world. India’s experience with policies for digital inclusion therefore may offer some useful lessons for other developing countries. This case study provides an analysis of the ambitious Common Service Centres (CSCs) scheme of the National e-Governance Plan.

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

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

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

PRETORIA 26 July 2010 (Ungana-Afrika for APCNews)

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, NGOs and individuals.

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Opening up e-government in Romania

MONTEVIDEO 26 July 2010 (Kah for APCNews)

Activists advocate for “the real deal” in climate change policy during the 2009 UN Copenhagen conference using a site developed by StrawberryNet.  Photo: GreendexActivists 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 Romania is far more advanced than information dissemination practices, and that if Romania is to become a transparent, participatory society, government initiatives and a business community drive have to be backed up by opinion-makers and citizen action groups.

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Call for Participation: Conference 2011

Seattle, United States

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

JOHANNESBURG 25 June 2010 (APC for APCNews)

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 – advancing human rights and democracy. The full publication is now available in French, and an abridged version in Spanish.

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