APCNews 108 – ICT policy in Keny and Venezuela

APCNews – September 24 2009 – Year X Issue 108
The news service on ICTs for social justice and sustainable development
A NAP, or national access point, helps reduce the amount of local internet traffic in international networks, which increases speed and efficiency while reducing costs for users. In Venezuela, negotiations to create a NAP have come to a standstill and the State’s role in the process is being questioned. On the other side of the globe in Kenya, a new communications law has come into effect that puts traditional media and internet in the same category, and overlooks key aspects like the convergence of technology.


APC dedicates flagship publication to A.K. Mahan, activist who valued intellectual rigour and concrete outcomes

MONTEVIDEO (APC for APCNews) – Amy Mahan, a long-time collaborator of APC, died unexpectedly on March 5. Amy was a fervent supporter of Global Information Society Watch, a watchdog report that has become recognised as an essential reference by activists and critics in ICT policy all over the world, since its conception. APC will be dedicating the 2009 edition of GISWatch to be published in November in her honour. Amy touched all who worked with her, leaving a legacy of activist work that aspires to combine intellectual rigour and concrete outcomes that make a difference in the lives of people who lack resources, power and access.

Kenya: Killing two birds with one stone

JOHANNESBURG (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.

Local internet traffic in Venezuela: More efficiency or more State control?

MERIDA (Ysabel Briceño and AL for APCNews) – Latin America there continues to be a lack of universal access and telecommunications infrastructure in general – broadband in particuar. Some countries chose to develop national and local internet traffic through national access points (NAP), in order to prevent information from passing through international networks. Venezuela has not yet come to an agreement, needed to instal a NAP. APC analyses this situation and asks to what extent this is a viable solution for the country.

New Web 2.0 and social media for development training modules now available online

MONTEVIDEO (APC for APCNews) – APC has recently co-produced training materialson Web 2.0 and social media for development for the FAO Information Management Resource Kit (IMARK). This unit, along with others, is available for free online and in CD format on the project’s website.



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