Africa

Community Networks Stories: Building access to digital learning in Malawi, where connectivity is usually "only accessible to a few elites"
Community Networks Stories: Building access to digital learning in Malawi, where connectivity is usually "only accessible to a few elites" 21 May 2020

The Centre for Youth and Development (CYD) is working with the community of Mzuzu, in northern Malawi, to build a low-cost wireless wide area network architecture for providing access to local digital resources and services and later to the internet.

CIPESA: Uganda’s social media tax undermining COVID-19 fight
CIPESA: Uganda’s social media tax undermining COVID-19 fight 19 May 2020 Juliet Nanfuka for CIPESA

In Uganda, social media is one of the avenues for disseminating information on COVID-19 to citizens. However, the effectiveness has been undermined by the social media tax, which requires telecom subscribers to pay a daily subscription in order to access popular social media platforms.

#MFIAfrica: The e-zine!
#MFIAfrica: The e-zine! 18 May 2020 Wairimũ Murĩithi and Youlendree Appasamy

This e-zine is the culmination of the lives and afterlives of the Making a Feminist Internet in Africa convening. It documents the explorations and experiments that grew into dynamic answers, solutions and even more questions on what it means to have a feminist internet in Africa.

Community-led Connectivity: Assessing the potential of community network models in the context of forced displacement in East Africa
Community-led Connectivity: Assessing the potential of community network models in the context of forced displacement in East Africa 15 May 2020 Association for Progressive Communications (APC)

This report by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) was commissioned by the UNHCR Innovation Service as part of the Digital Access, Inclusion and Participation programme.

Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: What can we learn from the research to make advocacy for community networks more effective?
Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: What can we learn from the research to make advocacy for community networks more effective? 14 May 2020

The research report "Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Community-led small-scale telecommunication infrastructure networks in the global South" explores the benefits of, and challenges facing, projects of this kind. This week we look at the recommendations that emerged from the research.

Open letter to President Ramaphosa on South African copyright laws
Open letter to President Ramaphosa on South African copyright laws 11 May 2020 Association for Progressive Communications and International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions

Open letter from APC and the IFLA to President Cyril Ramaphosa concerning the Copyright Bill that currently awaits his signature, following its approval by the South African Parliament.

Open letter to the EU Ambassador to South Africa on copyright laws
Open letter to the EU Ambassador to South Africa on copyright laws 11 May 2020 Association for Progressive Communications and International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions

Open letter from APC and the IFLA to the EU Ambassador to South Africa concerning the Copyright Bill that currently awaits the signature of President Ramaphosa, following its approval by the South African Parliament.

Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: What is stopping community networks from reaching their full potential?
Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: What is stopping community networks from reaching their full potential? 08 May 2020

The report "Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Community-led small-scale telecommunication infrastructure networks in the global South" explores the benefits of, and challenges facing, projects of this kind. This week we look at impediments to the realisation of the benefits of community networks.

KICTANet: 5G myths, realities, opportunities
KICTANet: 5G myths, realities, opportunities 07 May 2020 APCNews

APC member KICTANet hosted a webinar in partnership with Huawei on the realities of 5G in Kenya. Panellists discussed the claims that 5G causes health problems, then moved to the regulatory environment and what would need to change in order for 5G to be viable for the Kenyan market.

APC webinar: What does 5G mean for global connectivity efforts?
APC webinar: What does 5G mean for global connectivity efforts? 05 May 2020 APCNews

In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, the importance of connectivity in staying informed has become more evident than ever. As this recent webinar makes clear, 5G is not conducive to reaching those who are currently disconnected, but will probably instead further the digital divide.

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