Business people, community activists and policy-makers have an interest in as many people as possible –including people in the lowest income-brackets- having access to the internet, being able to check out important information on websites
Pakistan’s new draft IT policy has recently been made available online for comments and feedback. The email announcing this was sent by government officials, and with a very tight deadline. However, “none of the relevant stakeholders were aware of any consultation process being conducted by the government” says Bytes for All, an internet rights activist group in Pakistan and APC member. Bytes for All and Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & ITES (P@SHA) are jointly organising a much-needed broad based National Stakeholders’ Consultation on 13th November 2010 in Karachi. Find out more on how you can have your say in the national IT policy.
Last month Valeria Betancourt was named the third most influential person in internet public policy in Latin America in a survey carried out by a well-known ICT policy and research think-tank. She also became APC’s policy manager taking over from South African Willie Currie, after leading our policy work in Latin America since 2001.
The Broadband policy of South Africa was approved by Cabinet in June 20101. This paper analyses the main differences between the draft policy and the final policy. It looks at the shortcomings in the policy development process and makes recommendations on how to salvage the situation.
This guide was developed by The Association for Progressive Communications APC for the project Impact 2.0 – New mechanisms for linking research and policy. The development was supported by Fundación Comunica2. The guide is aimed towards providing the national focal points in Peru, Uruguay and Ecuador with guidelines for how Web 2.0 tools can be used to facilitate participatory policy making process.
The main issues that the guide addresses are:
- How researchers can effectively and strategically use new information and communication technologies (ICTs), specifically Web 2.0 tools, to publish and publicise their research processes and findings so that they can reach policy makers and activists.
- How researchers can use Web 2.0 tools to establish links with policy makers and other stakeholders involved in their issues.
- How researchers can use Web 2.0 tools to encourage discussion and / or debate on issues based on their research findings.
The document is available in hybrid pdf format – you can view it in pdf viewer or open and edit in OpenOffice if you have this OpenOffice plug-in installed (one click install after clicking on “Get It!”).
This report seeks to provide an evaluation of the advocacy phase of the Communication for influence: Linking advocacy, dissemination and research by building ICTD networks in Central, East and West Africa (CICEWA) project, implemented with IDRC funding between 2008 and 2010.
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A comment I made in an open consultation at the IGF 2010 in Vilnius has been tweeted somewhat out of context, which is of course in the nature of tweets. Here is some background.
The context was a lunch time session at the IGF with the chairperson of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development.
Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication @5th IGF 2010 Vilnius, Lithuania
AHM Bazlur Rahman-S21BR, Chief Executive Officer of Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication will join the IGF in Vilnius, Lithuania, on 14-17 September, 2010, along with
Bangladesh head of Delegation H.E. Mr.
Pushing for broadband policy in Africa