Rwanda’s policy vacuum could mean trouble for broadband

JOHANNESBURG 29 October 2009 (Emmanuel Habumuremyi and Alan Finlay for APCNews)

The imminent arrival of broadband in Rwanda has exposed a policy vacuum that desperately needs to be filled if the poor in the country are going to benefit from the information society. Having good plans is not enough, argue Emmanuel Habumuremyi and Alan Finlay.

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Ecuador: Getting to where cables and commercial interests don't reach

QUITO 29 October 2009 (María Eugenia Hidalgo and AL for APCNews)

The new Constitution of Ecuador, which was passed in October of 2008, now legitimises the use of wireless networks as a way to achieve universal access. In the debate leading up to the new constitution, the wireless networks were able to boast low cost, sustainability and using existing and free waves to the communities and organisations using them. In an attempt to connect paper to practice, APC conducted a study on the possibilities and the political and regulatory context of this type of network, and explore a few success stories that took place over the last few years.

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Global Information Society Watch 2008

By APC/Hivos/ITeM (October 2008, APC/Hivos/ITeM )

How do we ensure access to the internet is a human right enjoyed by everyone? This is one of the critical questions asked by an annual publication that highlights the importance of people’s access to information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure – and where and how countries are getting it right or wrong, and what can be done about it.

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It’s not enough to have a pushy broadband policy in Tanzania

TANZANIA 13 October 2009 (John Mireny for APCNews)

By most standards, Tanzania’s information and communications technology (ICT) policy looks ambitious. In just six years, it wants to make the country a hub of telecommunications infrastructure to help build the economy and end poverty. But John Mireny argues that when it comes to broadband, this vision lacks practical application, and is out of step with the real limitations on the ground….

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Internet blackout in Niger: Niger’s dependence on the damaged Beninese fibre optic cable

CALGARY 13 October 2009 (LC for APCNews)

For twenty days in July, land-locked Niger was without internet connection owing to damage to the undersea cable which goes through neighbouring Benin, and on which Niger depends for 70% of its bandwidth. This APC investigation seeks to understand why this West African country is almost exclusively reliant on Beninese infrastructures, when an alternative satellite solution could have minimised the severity of the situation.

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Written Submission to the United Nations Group on the Information Society (UNGIS)

By Willie Currie (October 2009, APC )
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Amy Mahan Research Fellowship Program to Assess the Impact of Public Access to ICTs

Montevideo

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Amy Mahan Research Fellowship Program to Assess the Impact of Public Access to ICTs.

Kenya: Killing two birds with one stone

JOHANNESBURG 24 September 2009 (Rebecca Wanjiku and Alan Finlay for APCNews)

On 12 December last year – Kenya’s 44th independence-day celebrations – journalists, media owners and civil society activists took to the streets in Nairobi. They were protesting the publication of Kenya’s Communications Amendment Bill (2007) which was later passed into law. But the media protests overshadowed a more complex challenge that lies at the heart of policy convergence in a networked world, write Rebecca Wanjiku and Alan Finlay…

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