Africa

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.

UPDATE November 18th: APC calls for the release of Egyptian activist Alaa Abd El-Fattah

18 November 2011
JOHANNESBURG 18 November 2011 (APCNews) -

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (APC) November 1 — APC condemns the imprisonment of Alaa Abd El-Fattah, an influential Egyptian activist and blogger and long-time APC collaborator, for his conscientious obje

APC calls for the immediate release of Alaa Abd El-Fattah

JOHANNESBURG 1 November 2011 (APC for APCNews)

APC condemns the imprisonment of Alaa Abd El-Fattah, an influential Egyptian activist and blogger and long-time APC collaborator, for his conscientious objection to the use of military courts to try civilians in Egypt.

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First things first: Nigeria needs a regulatory framework to continue digital migration

CALGARY 31 October 2011 (LC for APCNews)

Nigeria has been ahead of the game when it comes to digital broadcast migration, and has set itself the bold target of completing the migration by June 2012. But a new report by APC reveals that things are not moving because the policy framework still has not been approved, meaning that Nigeria will not likely meet its target.

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To DVB-T or not to DVB-T? Ghanaian committee must make up its mind

CALGARY 28 October 2011 (LC for APCNews)

As West Africa’s fifteen countries migrate to digital TV by 2015, the people responsible for the change-over in Ghana have been struggling to determine which technology to use. Meanwhile the process hasn’t developed much and most Ghanaians have not been informed of this upcoming migration, says the author of new research carried out for APC.

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Egypt's Supreme Council goes "old school" on Egyptian blogger

The retrial of jailed Egyptian blogger Maikel Nabil Sanad was postponed this week, sparking anger and protest.

Maikel has been imprisoned since 28 March for his criticism of the military government, however, his original sentencing was overturned on appeal.

Chakula, an African ICT policy newsletter: Past editions

By APC (October 2011, APC )
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Rural realities, real solutions: ICT4D conference in Johannesburg

MONTEVIDEO 17 October 2011 (SANGONeT for APCNews)

The 7th edition of APC member SANGONeT’s ICT4RD 2011 confronts the realities of rural development and explores the innovative use of ICTs to catalyse the growth of ICT4RD solutions for scale from November 1-3.

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TV white spaces can open up low-cost high-speed internet across Africa: All we need is the regulatory go-ahead

JOHANNESBURG 13 October 2011 (KAH for APCNews)

“We have the skills, the entrepreneurs, a spectrum model we can replicate, the standards, the technology and clearly we have the demand” said South African Henk Kleynhans in the wake of a TV white spaces workshop in Johannesburg last week. “All we need is a regulatory go-ahead.”

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