Africa

E-waste fast-growing problem in Southern Africa (Southern Times)

Johannesburg

As technology becomes more widely used around the world, issues of e-waste, particularly its impact on the environment and human health, have garnered increased attention.

Calling for a paradigm shift of ICT policies in Africa for growth to the next level

Calling for a paradigm shift of ICT policies in Africa for growth to the next level
In Nov 2005, Africa proudly hosted the second and final phase of WSIS in Tunis and latched itself among the community of nations to usher the emerging information society into Africa. For Africa, the ambitious commitment like other continents called for among others ….

ICT Policy and Human Rights ~ What does it mean for Africa

ICT POLICY IS IN CRITICAL NEED OF ATTENTION IN AFRICA?

Information Communication Technology commonly referred to as ICT can be described as technologies used to gather, share and disseminate information using computers and computer networks. Policies are typically guiding principles designed to influence decisions or actions within organizations, governments, groups and/or individuals.

Computer Aid launches new e-waste partnership in Kenya

LONDON 28 February 2012 (Computer Aid)

As part of its ongoing work in reducing the environmental impacts of end-of-life ICTs, Computer Aid International has partnered with the WEEE Centre in Nairobi, Kenya, which provides e-waste management in the country and region. Together, they will provide training and help develop computer recycling facilities throughout Africa.

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iTweb, South Africa
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17 February 2012

Anriette Esterhuysen, director of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), adds that TV white spaces technology is ideally suited to the provision of Internet services in rural Africa. Not only do television broadcast frequencies cover enormous geographic areas, but in Africa, there are very few broadcasters and therefore fewer opportunities for interference between different transmissions, she says. APC’s call for the deregulation of the TV white spaces spectrum is part of its wider campaign aimed at ensuring free and open Internet access for all people in SA.

SMS cut off in DRC detrimental to ending violence against women

20 December 2011
KINSHASA 20 December 2011 () -

SMS services have been suspended in the Democratic Republic of Congo, allegedly to prevent the spread of electoral related rumours.

SMS cut off in DRC detrimental to ending violence against women

KINSHASA 20 December 2011 (APC for APCNews)

SMS services have been suspended in the Democratic Republic of Congo allegedly to prevent the spread of electoral related rumours. Cutting access to communications is a violation of the rights to freedom of expression and freedom of information protected under the DRC constitution and Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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E-waste in Egypt: How do you solve a problem you can't quantify?

CALGARY 2 December 2011 (LC for APCNews)

ICT related e-waste in Egypt is a growing problem, but addressing it is difficult since there is no official research or data on the subject, says a new report written by ArabDev for the APC. APCNews talks to author Leila Hassanin about putting e-waste on the policy map.

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Digital transition in Senegal – let’s not forget the social costs

CALGARY 29 November 2011 (LC for APCNews)

For developing countries, digital broadcasting migration is yet another issue in a long list of challenges. In a new report written by Coura Fall for APC, the ICT (information and communication technology) expert explains that the transition presents more than economic challenges. Social challenges must also be taken into account.

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Notes from the Sida conference on Internet Activism

Ottawa

The recent conference on internet activism, put on by the Swedish International Development Agency, was particularly enlightening.

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