Issue papers

Media brief: Censorship, sexuality and the internet
Media brief: Censorship, sexuality and the internet 28 April 2010 APC

Read the text below or download the pdf. Women, internet and sexuality Put sex and new technology together and you’ll always get waves. Victorian societies were scandalised by the arrival of the telephone because women –who were chaperoned at all times– could potentially talk with suitors in private. Over the last decade, the internet has been censored and content regulated for a multitude of reasons and the principal reason cited by governments across all geopolitical spectrums ha...

The Case for “Open Access” Communications Infrastructure in Africa: The SAT-3/WASC cable
The Case for “Open Access” Communications Infrastructure in Africa: The SAT-3/WASC cable 15 May 2008 Abiodun Jagun

Submarine cables serving Africa in 2007 (APC)This study examining the impact the SAT-3 fibre optic submarine cable has had on telecommunications in four African countries has found that the potential of the cable has not been properly exploited. Instead, ownership of the cable by telecoms incumbents in the countries researched has reinforced their market positions. The study analyses the effect ownership of the South Atlantic 3/West Africa Submarine Cable (SAT-3/WASC) has had on the communic...

The Case for “Open Access” in Africa: Mauritius case study
The Case for “Open Access” in Africa: Mauritius case study 15 May 2008 Russell Southwood

This case study looks at the relationship between international bandwidth prices in Mauritius and the impact of its Cyber Island strategy. Whilst other countries along the SAT-3/SAFE cable have struggled to find ways to address the high costs of monopoly international bandwidth on this cable, Mauritius has used a price determination to address the issue. Interestingly, once the process was anno...

Building consensus on internet access at the IGF
Building consensus on internet access at the IGF 01 May 2008 Abiodun Jagun

Whilst recognising that the IGF is currently viewed and operates primarily as a space for discussion, the paper finds that (specifically in the case of Access) it is also a space in which commonality of opinion occurs to the level at which ‘recommendations’ can be made and repeatedly asserted independently/individually in the workshops, and strategically reinforced at different levels of th...

Convergence for development: Community radio as a digital inclusion strategy
Convergence for development: Community radio as a digital inclusion strategy 14 March 2008 Carlos Rivadeneyra Olcese

The distinction between “new” and “old” technology is no longer significant in the current state of technology convergence. People from community radios and telecentres are working together for more democratic and participatory access to communication, specifically in rural and poor urban areas. This paper by Carlos Rivadeneyra provides conceptual tools to re-think, from this perspectiv...

The World Wide Web of Desire: Content regulation on the internet
The World Wide Web of Desire: Content regulation on the internet 06 March 2008 Namita Malhotra

It is obvious that the discourse around content regulation has shifted mostly towards the protection of children from harmful content and child pornography on the internet. Any references to gender-related concerns were dropped, including even problematic conceptions that women and children need the paternalistic protection of the state or international bodies from harmful content. One can spec...

Digital dangers: Information & communication technologies and trafficking in women
Digital dangers: Information & communication technologies and trafficking in women 11 December 2007 Kathleen Maltzahn

This discussion paper asks if new technologies are re-shaping or facilitating trafficking, and/or if the use of ICTs in trafficking will change the way we understand other issues. For example, how should we think about the distribution of women’s images against their will; can we talk about trafficking in images, and what relation does this have to the debate about pornography? It explores go...

Cultivating violence through technology?
Cultivating violence through technology? 11 December 2007 Jac SM Kee

This paper explores the connection between new information communication technologies (ICTs) and violence against women (VAW). From the perspective of representation and rapid dissemination of information and communication enabled through ICTs, the paper looks at domestic violence in the homes, sexual violence and women in conflict affected areas. It presents case studies, strategies and analys...

WSIS process and issues debated
WSIS process and issues debated 11 December 2007 Valeria Betancourt

This document was originally produced in Spanish February 2004 for the publication The World Summit on the Information Society: a subject for all produced by the Third Sector Information Network (RITS) and the Heinrich Böll Foundation. The present version offers an update related to the second phase of the WSIS. This article offers a general description of the WSIS as an introduction to help u...

Networking communities in the South -- challenges for diverse actors: Remittance, microfinance and technology
Networking communities in the South -- challenges for diverse actors: Remittance, microfinance and technology 11 December 2007 Scott Robinson

In 2003 a Pew Hispanic Center survey found that 40% of the adult, foreign-­born Latino population in the United States, some 6 million people, send money home on a regular basis. This paper deals with the issue of the high cost to migrants of sending money back to their families at home, i.e. international money transfers and who controls them, and discusses opportunities of creating an altern...

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