Issue papers

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 alternative system. Scott Robinson is a Mexico-based anthropologist who has been a pioneer in community ba...

Financing the information society in the South: A global public goods perspective
Financing the information society in the South: A global public goods perspective 06 December 2007 Pablo Accuosto and Niki Johnson

This paper sets out to look at the question of financing the provision of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the South, within the context of the United Nations’ World Summit on the Information Society, and advocates adopting a “global public goods” perspective on the issue. The paper first examines how the question of ICT financing has been debated during the WSIS prepa...

Interconnection costs
Interconnection costs 30 November 2007 Mike Jensen

This paper produced by South African Mike Jensen covers increasing North-South inequities (“paying both ways”) and proposed strategies for minimising the disparities in interconnection rates, accelerating the restructuring of the communications sector, supporting the establishment of national and international internet exchange points, and building local demand for national and internationa...

E-waste challenges in developing countries: South Africa case study
E-waste challenges in developing countries: South Africa case study 30 November 2007 Alan Finlay

This discussion paper, commissioned by the APC, aims to raise the profile of e-waste issues in developing countries so that the implications of information and communications technology (ICTs) for development initiatives can be better understood – particularly in the context of the increasing flow of old technology from developed to developing countries.

World Summit on the Information Society: APC's recommendation on internet governance
World Summit on the Information Society: APC's recommendation on internet governance 30 November 2007 APC

APC has participated extensively in the internet governance process at the World Summit on Information Society. Out of this participation and in collaboration with other partners, including members of the WSIS civil society internet governance caucus, APC has crystallized a set of recommendations with regard to internet governance ahead of the final summit in Tunis in November 2005.

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