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Opening up spectrum can prevent Kenya from running out

CALGARY 22 December 2010 (LC for APCNews)

Currently, about 20 million Kenyans own mobile phones. Mobile phones receive their signals over electromagnetic waves that are also used for everything from home appliances like microwave ovens and remote controls, to the radio and internet. These waves are assigned different frequencies or spectrum so that they don’t interfere with each other. However Kenya is at risk of running out of spectrum because of an outdated spectrum allocation framework and a disaster in day-to-day communications and the security of countless services is waiting to happen. A new study by Muriuki Mureithi commissioned by the APC proposes a solution.

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Open spectrum for development: Nigeria case study

By Fola Odufuwa (December 2010, APC )

With hundreds of telecommunications and broadcasting licenses granted since 1992, Nigeria is arguably the leading country in Africa with respect to spectrum deregulation and licensing. There are over currently 350 licensed broadcast stations in operation in the country. Simultaneously NCC has licensed over 300 telecoms licenses to private companies in Nigeria, though unlike for broadcasting, this study could not independently verify the utilization of these licenses. With the global trend that will see the two regulatory bodies merge, this report questions which regulatory body’s practice of assignment will prevail, and what steps will be taken to improve transparency and usage of spectrum – especially of the newly-freed broadcasting frequencies from digital migration.

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Occupying Streets to Reclaim Online Spaces

Outside Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, corner of Miriam Makeba and President streets, Newton, Zimbabwe

Women’sNet invites you to a day filled with activities to reclaim Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) back by occupying Miriam Makeba Street and setting up an outdoor internet cafe.

CAMEROON Profits Were Only a Phone Call Away

Inter Press Service (IPS), YAOUNDÉ, Cameroon
CAMEROON Profits Were Only a Phone Call Away
08 December 2010

[…]Njepang is a resource person with a project funded by GenARDIS (Gender, Agriculture and Rural Development in the Information Society). “We thought that in this fast-moving world, it was necessary to put at the disposal of these village communities, a communication tool, namely, the mobile telephone,” said Njepang.

GenARDIS teamed up with the SB Mathur Foundation in a six-month project to provide women farmers in Santa district in the North West, and in Bangang, Bafoussam and Kamna districts in Cameroon’s West Region with cellphones with which to gain access to valuable market information. […]

APC and WikiLeaks

SABC Radio, JOHANNESBURG, South Africa
APC and WikiLeaks
08 December 2010

The Association for Progressive Communications says it believes the ability to use the Internet to share information and communicate freely is vital to the realisation of human rights. The association’s statement comes after WikiLeaks website outraged Washington by releasing thousands of secret American documents. The association says the website plays a vital role in aiding the fight against corruption in governments and corporations. According to the association, WikiLeak has enhanced efforts to use the internet to contribute more accountable and transparent governance at global and national levels. The association is the world’s longest-running online progressive network which was founded in 1990.

Marching towards a positive future

Kinshasha

Hi comrade. Hope this letter will find you a good health. Just wanted to tell you that on December 1, in Kinshasa, we will be marching from Maison communal de Kimbanseke towards… a positive future.

Five organizations representing those who have suffered the most from HIV join forces to speak out, celebrate and inform.

Challenging pornophobia and moral beliefs of Congolese media practitioners

DRC

Today I challenged ideas around pornophobia and morality among Congolese media practitioners

I’m just back from a cyberdialogue organized in my country around ICT and violence against women. As my organization Si Jeunesse Savait is implementing a 2-year project on the topic, I felt like it was really the place to be today. I put aside planning for next year. That could wait.

Take Back the Tech! fund winner trains women in ICT skills in Uganda

NAMAINGO 30 November 2010 (Loyce Kyogabirwe for APCNews)

“I used to think that computers are only for those people who are educated and are in big offices in Kampala but today I have realized that I can also use a computer,” said Kintu Solome, who received training in ICT skills at a workshop led by APC partner Isis WICCE in Uganda 15-19 November. Isis-WICCE was awarded a small grant from APC Women’s Networking Support Programme’s (WNSP) Take Back the Tech! to end violence against women project to hold the training.

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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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Media's role in reporting violence against women discusssed at Johannesburg roundtable

JOHANNESBURG 19 November 2010 (IPS)

APC Women and IPS Africa hosted a media discussion on November 17 entitled ‘Click Against Violence: Taking 16 Days of Activism Online’ to explore and highlight issues of gender based violence, ICTs and the role of media.

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