ICT policy

ICTPolicy Portal Workshop, London: learning points
ICTPolicy Portal Workshop, London: learning points 05 July 2006 APC

A five days exposure to intensive learning about the ICT-policy issues and tracks throughout the APC network helped me stay tuned and understand the importance of what we all are doing. The experiences gained were aggregated into an ICT-policy ballad, in .phf (post-haiku format).

Horrifying image of lack of internet cables to Africa
Horrifying image of lack of internet cables to Africa 29 June 2006 APC

At a presentation at APC’s national ICT policy workshop currently going on in London, I was shocked to see a map in a presentation by Russell Southwood which shows how poorly connected Africa is with submarine internet fibre.

UN-GAID: One more acronym - or a new beginning?
UN-GAID: One more acronym - or a new beginning? 26 June 2006 APC

South Asia-based BytesForAll‘s newest member, Nalaka Gunawardene of Sri Lanka, who is a veteran journalist and observer of the “ICT4D” (information and communication technologies for development) field, was there at the launch of the Global Alliance for ICT and Development (UN-GAID) in mid June 2006 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He wonders whether the newly-formed UN-GAID will m...

Often, it's the simple tools that matter... says Egyptian blogger
Often, it's the simple tools that matter... says Egyptian blogger 25 June 2006 APC

An ant, they say, can infuriate an elephant. That is, if the ant choose the right target, and goes into the elephant’s ear. In the Egyptian world of technology, an 24-year-old engineer is doing the same by giving a voice to protest that’s otherwise stifled in that part of the globe.

Depressing birthday, national budget and Sales Tax on Computers
Depressing birthday, national budget and Sales Tax on Computers 19 June 2006 APC

Supposedly the birthday should be a bright day, with pleasant weather, gifts, lots of flowers, hundreds of birthday wishes via SMS and emails, sumptuous ice cream cake, dinner party with friends etc. However, this wasn’t the case on my birthday this year.

E-government: An opportunity for citizen participation in the era of digital development
E-government: An opportunity for citizen participation in the era of digital development 05 June 2006 Valeria Betancourt

The initiatives that have been adopted to improve e-government in Latin America primarily focus on improving online services and state administration. Citizens, however, remain unable to participate in the decision-making process because this dimension, which is at least as important if not more then the previous one, has been left aside. As a starting point for reflecting on the issue, APC’s...

Commmunity radios in South Africa
Commmunity radios in South Africa 02 May 2006 APC

APC staff writer Frederick Noronha runs in to Willie Currie in Dhaka, Bangladesh and asks: Could you share something with us on the South African community radio policy? It’s a fairly useful one, isn’t it so? Willie Currie, APC’s manager of the Communications and Information Policy Programme answers: Yeah. There are 100 odd community radio stations in South Africa.

Software Piracy Crackdown or ICT Human Rights Violations?
Software Piracy Crackdown or ICT Human Rights Violations? 26 April 2006 APC

Where the Government in Pakistan, Intellectual Property Organization, Federal Investigation Authorities and the Business Software Alliance BSA are initiating a crackdown on Software Piracy in Pakistan, there is hardly any awareness of piracy and its implications within society apart from members of the IT Industry. It is crucial to the basic Human Rights of the citizens of Pakistan that they fi...

Pakistan: Electronic Data Protection Act 2005 (Final Draft)
Pakistan: Electronic Data Protection Act 2005 (Final Draft) 24 April 2006 APC

Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB), a government entity has drafted “Electronic Data Protection Act 2005” by outsourcing the work to an individual Mr. Aslam Hayat Khan. As per PSEB, the proposed Act aims to prevent unauthorized access and theft of electronic data and to ensure intellectual property rights with regards to the processing of electronic data in Pakistan.

How could governments get it so wrong?
How could governments get it so wrong? 21 April 2006 APC

"Whatever is the state of localisation in India, the government is definitely responsible for framing the policies. We have dreams of software superpowerdom, yet basic tools are not in place. They have spent crores (tens of millions by Government of India organisations) CDAC and TDIL, and that too all in the name of undertaking work in Indic computing and benefitting the people," says Ravikant...

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