ICT policy

APC in Qatar for an interfaith dialogue on social networking

BUENOS AIRES 2 November 2011 (Dafne Sabanes Plou for APCNews)

Followers turned to Twitter to receive words of guidance from the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Chief Rabbi and Muslim leaders during the London riots in August. APC’s Dafne Plou was in Qatar to follow how today’s religious progressives are using social networking to spread their messages.

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First things first: Nigeria needs a regulatory framework to continue digital migration

CALGARY 31 October 2011 (LC for APCNews)

Nigeria has been ahead of the game when it comes to digital broadcast migration, and has set itself the bold target of completing the migration by June 2012. But a new report by APC reveals that things are not moving because the policy framework still has not been approved, meaning that Nigeria will not likely meet its target.

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To DVB-T or not to DVB-T? Ghanaian committee must make up its mind

CALGARY 28 October 2011 (LC for APCNews)

As West Africa’s fifteen countries migrate to digital TV by 2015, the people responsible for the change-over in Ghana have been struggling to determine which technology to use. Meanwhile the process hasn’t developed much and most Ghanaians have not been informed of this upcoming migration, says the author of new research carried out for APC.

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Evaluation of Global Information Society Watch 2007-2010

By Debbie Budlender (August 2011, APC )
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APC publishes new issue paper on spectrum for development

CALGARY 20 October 2011 (LC for APCNews)

A new issue paper by South Africa-based ICT expert Steve Song for APC explains how wirless is crucial to bridging the digital divide. This article summarises some of the key points of his paper which is available for download.

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Chakula, an African ICT policy newsletter: Past editions

By APC (October 2011, APC )
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TV white spaces can open up low-cost high-speed internet across Africa: All we need is the regulatory go-ahead

JOHANNESBURG 13 October 2011 (KAH for APCNews)

“We have the skills, the entrepreneurs, a spectrum model we can replicate, the standards, the technology and clearly we have the demand” said South African Henk Kleynhans in the wake of a TV white spaces workshop in Johannesburg last week. “All we need is a regulatory go-ahead.”

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Recommendations made at the WATRA workshop on the migration to digital broadcasting in West Africa

ACCRA 11 October 2011 (WATRA for APCNews)

West-African countries are currently in a race against time to switch from analogue to digital broadcasting. A one-day regional workshop held by the West African Telecoms Regulators Assembly (WATRA) and ECOWAS helped establish recommendations and steps for going forward to help those countries undergoing the transition.

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Digital broadcast migration in West Africa: Ghana workshop report

By Tanko Mohammed (June 2011, APC and Balancing Act )

The Ghana analog to digital migration workshop brought together almost 40 key stakeholders from the different sectors and provided them with key information of the mandated migration and educated them of the urgency, consequences, cost and strategies that could be taken during this initiative.

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New APC brief on the new threats to human rights online

WELLINGTON 30 September 2011 (Joy Liddicoat for APCNews)

APC’s human rights expert Joy Liddicoat outlines the state of human rights online and the major challenges facing activists and human rights defenders. As levels of censorship and surveillance are increasing worldwide including in democratic countries threaten the lives of democracy activists, APC calls for the theme of the 2012 IGF to focus exclusively on human rights.

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