Google Africa

Google.org develops technologies to help address global challenges and supports innovative partners through grants, investments and in-kind resources. In 2015, Google supported several of APC's initiatives, including the African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG) and the “Broadband infrastructure sharing policies and ownership models in emerging markets” research and associated advocacy. It collaborated on the Google Policy Fellowship Program, and provided sponsorship of African participation in the global Internet Governance Forum (IGF). In 2016, Google South Africa was one of the supporters of AfriSIG and the African Internet Governance Forum.

African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG)
African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG) 22 March 2017

AfriSIG, an initiative co-organised by APC and NEPAD, is a multistakeholder training initiative that aims to give Africans from diverse sectors and stakeholder groups the opportunity to gain knowledge and confidence to participate effectively in internet governance processes and debates. 

Infrastructure Sharing for Supporting Better Broadband and Universal Access
Infrastructure Sharing for Supporting Better Broadband and Universal Access 13 April 2015

This project aims to identify the most effective strategies for infrastructure sharing and the national policies that encourage or facilitate their adoption, and improve awareness of the importance of infrastructure sharing in helping to address demand for broadband.

Internet intermediary liability: Towards evidence-based policy and regulatory reform to ensure free expression and access to information on the internet
Internet intermediary liability: Towards evidence-based policy and regulatory reform to ensure free expression and access to information on the internet 06 February 2014

APC is hosting a workshop on “Internet intermediary liability: towards evidence-based policy and regulatory reform to ensure free expression and access to information on the internet” in Johannesburg, South Africa. The aim of the workshop is to develop best practice guides for law makers and regulators in Africa – based on the discussion and conclusions of the workshop. This event will t...

Using open spectrum in Africa to improve access with wireless broadband
Using open spectrum in Africa to improve access with wireless broadband 05 March 2013

At an event hosted by APC, WAPA and Google Africa in October 2011, government officials, regulators, and industry leaders gathered to discuss the benefits of TV white spaces (TVWS). In a recent piece on this emerging issue, “TV’s white spaces connecting rural Africa” BBC News highlights outcomes from the spectrum workshop and potential unprecedented impacts on access.

Intermediary liability in South Africa
Intermediary liability in South Africa 04 January 2013

This paper looks at the role of internet intermediaries in South Africa as well as their limitations on enabling communication and facilitating information flows and the recently placed policy focus on internet intermediaries.

The liability of internet intermediaries in Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa and Uganda: An uncertain terrain
The liability of internet intermediaries in Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa and Uganda: An uncertain terrain 31 October 2012

This paper is part of a research project conducted on intermediary liability in Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa and Uganda. The paper draws on the independent research conducted by in-country researchers. The research includes five reports, as well as blog posts.

Intermediary liability in Kenya
Intermediary liability in Kenya 26 October 2012

The rapid growth in internet access and use in Africa, particularly through the mobile internet, makes it imperative for civil society and for internet companies committed to the free flow of information and freedom of expression to better understand how intermediary liability works (or does not work). This paper looks at the role of internet intermediaries as well as their limitations on enabl...

Intermediary liability in Nigeria
Intermediary liability in Nigeria 26 October 2012

This paper looks at issues around intermediary liability and the legal and institutional environment in Nigeria, and draws conclusions based on these while making recommendations on how Nigeria can make the best of the on-going legislative processes that will define the liability of intermediaries.

Intermediary liability in Uganda
Intermediary liability in Uganda 26 October 2012

This paper explores regulations relevant to the responsibilities of intermediaries in Uganda. It cites incidences of content takedowns, attempts to block access to internet content, mobile content filtering and media persecutions, and the applicable sections of the law.

Television White Spaces Spectrum Workshop: Opportunities for Kenya and South Africa
Television White Spaces Spectrum Workshop: Opportunities for Kenya and South Africa 10 August 2011

Objectives: Deepen understanding of opportunities offered by Television White Spaces Spectrum in Africa focusing on Kenya and South Africa Explore how TVWS can transform the connectivity landscape in Africa to achieve the goal of creating affordable access for all Share ideas and experiences on how TVWS can boost growth of the technology sector in sub-Saharan Africa. The event is aimed at gov...