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Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Meet the community networks studied during the research
Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Meet the community networks studied during the research 26 March 2020

The research publication "Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Community-led small-scale telecommunication infrastructure networks in the global South", authored by Nicola J. Bidwell and Michael Jensen and launched in 2019, studied the benefits of, and challenges facing, small-scale, community-based connectivity projects. The report presented the findings gathered through visits to 12 rural community networks in the global South, in addition to information on a number of others compiled through...

Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Why is research on community networks necessary?
Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Why is research on community networks necessary? 18 March 2020

The research publication "Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Community-led small-scale telecommunication infrastructure networks in the global South", authored by Nicola J. Bidwell and Michael Jensen and launched in 2019, studied the benefits of, and challenges facing, small-scale, community-based connectivity projects. The ultimate goal of the research was to contribute to creating a more enabling environment for small community-based local access networks to grow and flourish, given the vit...

"We would like to know how to use that... smartphone"
"We would like to know how to use that... smartphone" 09 March 2020 Lillian Achom for GenderIT.org

A number of times, especially in rural areas, children’s access to education and exposure to information and communications technologies (ICTs), especially for the girl-child, are dependent on the perceptions and beliefs of the parents, particularly the mothers, who have a lot of influence on them. During one of our learning visits with a few international guests in a community in Northern Ug...

#KeepIton: Joint letter on keeping the internet open and secure during the elections in Togo
#KeepIton: Joint letter on keeping the internet open and secure during the elections in Togo 21 February 2020 Various

Re: Internet shutdowns during Togo’s elections Your Excellency Cina Lawson, Posts, Digital Economy, and Technology Innovation Minister CC: M. Abayeh Germain Boyodi, Director of Autorité de Régulation des Communications Électroniques et des Postes (ARCEP); Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the S...

Comments in respect of the Provisioning of Mobile Broadband Wireless Open Access Services for Urban and Rural Areas Using the Complementary Bands, IMT700, IMT800, IMT2300, IMT2600 and IMT3500
Comments in respect of the Provisioning of Mobile Broadband Wireless Open Access Services for Urban and Rural Areas Using the Complementary Bands, IMT700, IMT800, IMT2300, IMT2600 and IMT3500 31 January 2020 Zenzeleni Networks and APC

In Public Notice 597 in the Government Gazette dated 1 November 2019 on the Licensing Process for International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) Spectrum, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) invited interested stakeholders to submit their comments in respect of the Provisioning of Mobile Broadband Wireless Open Access Services for Urban and Rural Areas Using the Comp...

Data Protection Africa: A tool for information, advocacy and activism in Africa
Data Protection Africa: A tool for information, advocacy and activism in Africa 21 January 2020 Tshepiso Hadebe, ALT Advisory

Phase 1 of Data Protection Africa (DPA) has launched! DPA is an online open-access portal that provides information on data protection laws and access to data protection authorities in 31 African countries. The portal also lists digital rights organisations which work in the data protection space in Africa. Phase 2 is coming soon. A full review of data protection laws in 31 African countrie...

African advocacy for robust, open and free internet in 2020
African advocacy for robust, open and free internet in 2020 16 January 2020 Koliwe Majama

The African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms (AfDec) Coalition has set 2020 as the year for robust advocacy for an open and free internet as well as strategic promotion of online human rights in Africa. AfDec’s work is hinged on the promotion of the 13 principles of the African Declaration. The Coalition is a Pan-African initiative aimed at promoting principles of openness in in...

Good-mannered women never make any history, even online
Good-mannered women never make any history, even online 10 January 2020 Francis Monyango

They say good-mannered women never make any history. And I agree. The definition of “good” has from time immemorial been skewed against women. Their dignity has always been latched on them being good and conforming to society’s standards of good women. To give the term “bad-mannered” woman context, the late Wangari Maathai comes to mind. As per society’s standards, she was not a goo...

Nontsokolo Sigcau of Zenzeleni: "I want to take this community network to other communities, because internet is for everyone"
Nontsokolo Sigcau of Zenzeleni: "I want to take this community network to other communities, because internet is for everyone" 02 January 2020 APCNews

This is the fifth in a series of interviews that highlight the journey, struggles and achievements of women doing work in community networks. We are documenting their experiences with the intention to inspire more women to get involved in this field. For this interview we spoke with Nontsokolo Sigcau. Nontsokolo Sigcau, better known by those around her as Mama Sigcau, is a representative of Zen...

Africa in the crosshairs of new disinformation and surveillance schemes that undermine democracy
Africa in the crosshairs of new disinformation and surveillance schemes that undermine democracy 13 December 2019 Daniel Mwesigwa

A range of spyware vendors including Italian Hacking Team, the Anglo-German Gamma Group, and Israeli’s NSO Group, have found a ready market in authoritarian and repressive governments in Africa and elsewhere. Similarly, systematic propaganda campaigns designed by meddlesome actors – including government agents and ambitious data analytics companies such as Cambridge Analytica working on beh...

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