Africa

APC member KICTANeT at the IGF: Bringing East African perspectives

HYDERABAD 5 December 2008 (Alice Munyua for KICTANet)

Alice Munyua, of APC member Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANet) spoke at the IGF opening ceremony. In her speech, she highlighted the East African Internet Governance Forum (EAIGF) held in early November as the first of its kind in the African region. “[The EAIFG] was initiated from the realisation that there was a need to address very limited participation by Africa stakeholders in not only the Internet Governance Forum but also in other global ICT policy processes.”

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Ushahidi DRC page - chronicling the crisis in Eastern DRC

http://drc.ushahidi.com

We need your help your help in getting the word out about the Ushahidi
DRC page (http://drc.ushahidi.com). We are hoping to increase

Unbounded possibilities: Observations on sustaining rural ICTs in Africa

By Ian Howard (October 2008, APC )
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Mobile movement: SANGONeT's MobileActive08

Johannesburg

Every now and then a conference happens at the right time, in the right place, and in the right way. MobileActive08, hosted and organised by SANGONeT falls into this category.

MobileActive08 summit Johannesburg off to a good start

JOHANNESBURG 12 October 2008 (SANGONeT for APCNews)

Monday October 13 2008 marked the beginning of MobileActive08 Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa. Over 350 participants from more than 40 countries attended the first of the three-day event, whose theme is “Unlocking the Potential of Mobile Technology for Social Impact”. The event brings together key stakeholders that are interested in the use of mobile technology for social development, and the participants, which include NGO and nonprofit practitioners, will explore how mobile phones are being used to advance civil society work and investigate new opportunities. Follow the proceedings of the event and read about the discussion topics online.

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The case for “open access” in Africa: Mauritius case study

LONDON 26 September 2008 (Russell Southwood for APC)

As other African countries along the SAT-3 submarine internet cable struggle with the high costs of monopolised international bandwidth, Mauritius has encouraged a lowering of prices through price-setting. But Mauritius Telecom had lowered its rates even before the government scale came into effect. The Cyber Island has seen a significant increase in its call centre and outsourcing sectors. Can Mauritius provide lessons to countries that are looking to boost their economies? This study written by Russell Southwood for APC in May, and now available for the first time in French and Portuguese, examines the relationship between international bandwidth prices in Mauritius and the impact of its Cyber Island strategy.

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Why African governments need to listen to the case for "open access" to international communications infrastructure

SAXONWOLD 25 September 2008 (Lisa Thornton for APCNews)

Africa faces two serious challenges regarding internet connectivity – high prices and unreliable connections. The SAT-3/WASC cable, a submarine cable that runs from Portugal to South Africa, has the potential to help alleviate some of the connectivity challenges however, a study released by the APC in May 2008 and now in French and Portuguese written by Abiodun Jagun, reveals that the cable remains largely under-utilised. APCNews talks to Abi Jagun about her findings.

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6th International Conference on Open Access

Location: 
Cross Roads Cresta Hotel
Date and time: 
Nov 12 2008 (All day) - Nov 14 2008 (All day)

Open Access in the context of Communication (Open Communication) means that anyone, on equal conditions with a transparent relation between cost and pricing, can get access to and share communication

Internet in Africa: A well-organised racket

MONTREAL 16 September 2008 (Frédéric Dubois for Alternatives)

Africans pay five to ten times more than Canadians do to access the internet. It is even more costly in rural settings, where a connection is often hard to find. However, what is even more scandalous is the fact that the consumers have no say. A walk on the dark side of the internet.

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