Africa

Egypt: Court fines Mubarak and Vodafone for communications blackouts

30 May 2011
MONTEVIDEO 30 May 2011 (APC) -

APC welcomes the recent ruling of an Egyptian court that fined former president Mubarak and two of his aides $90 million for cutting internet and cell phones communications during the Egyptian revolution earlier thi

Be part of the online media revolution!

The International Press Institute is now taking applications for the IPI Press Contest.

The goal of the contest is to encourage the expansion of online free media in Africa, the Middle East and Europe by working with mobile, digital and open-source technology.

Ashoka recognises James Nguo for Kenyan mobile telecentres

MONTEVIDEO 25 April 2011 (LC for APCNews)

James Nguo, regional director of the Arid Lands Information Network (ALIN) has been working on rural community knowledge centres in Kenya for over four years. This work has been recognised by the Ashoka Global Academy, an organisation that promotes social entrepreneurship through small grants and fellowships.

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Uganda orders blocking of Facebook, Twitter

Amid mounting protests over fuel and food prices, the Ugandan government called on ISPs to block access to Facebook and Twitter.

Digital broadcast migration in West Africa: Nigeria Research Report

By Fola Odufwa (April 2011, APC and Balancing Act )
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Digital broadcast migration in West Africa: Ghana Research Report

By Internet Research, Ghana (January 2011, APC and Balancing Act )
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Digital broadcast migration in West Africa: Getting the most out of the transition

By Russell Southwood (March 2011, APC and Balancing Act )
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New website helps transition to digital broadcasting in West Africa

4 April 2011
JOHANNESBURG 4 April 2011 (APC) -

African countries have committed to migrating to digital broadcasting by June 2015. It will be a costly process and it is not clear who will benefit — or where the resources needed to make the transition will come from.

New website helps transition to digital broadcasting in Africa

JOHANNESBURG 4 April 2011 (APC and Balancing Act for APC)

African countries have committed to migrating to digital broadcasting by June 2015. It will be a costly process and it is not clear who will benefit — or where the resources needed to make the transition will come from. A new website provides independent information for policy-makers about making the transition and reports on digital migration in Ghana, Nigeria and Senegal.

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Pirated DVDs in a South African township mean access to culture and social inclusion

GULMARG 14 March 2011 (LC for APCNews)

Although the political significance of piracy as a form of rebellion in South Africa has mostly dropped away in the post-Apartheid era, “the sharply racialised patterns of inequality and access to media have not,” says a new book that looks at the prevalence of media piracy, how it is organised, and why people buy pirated goods or work in the black market. The book collects case studies from various countries including a chapter on South Africa by APC. The case study of Hanover Park, a township outside Cape Town, reveals that watching pirated films brings families together. And more importantly, allows people with limited means the opportunity to access information and culture they would otherwise not be able to afford, bridging the social gap between the different social classes and making them be a part of a global conversation.

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