Africa

Ten years of TV white space advocacy
Ten years of TV white space advocacy 17 April 2018 Steve Song

On Friday, March 23rd 2018, the South African communications regulator (ICASA) formally gazetted Regulations on the Use of Television White Spaces spectrum. This means that, subject to type approval and to authorisation through a geo-location database, TV White Space (TVWS) wireless communication equipment can legally be used in South Africa. This is a pretty big deal. TVWS regulation exists in the United States, the UK, and in Singapore but South Africa is arguably t...

CIVICUS: Joint letter on recent arrests of journalists and human rights defenders in Ethiopia
CIVICUS: Joint letter on recent arrests of journalists and human rights defenders in Ethiopia 03 April 2018 CIVICUS

In a letter to the Ethiopian Prime Minister-designate, a coalition of over 40 civil society organisations express their concern regarding the recent arrests of journalists and human rights defenders To: Prime Minister-Designate, Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali  Cc: Abadula Gemeda, Speaker of the House of Peoples’ Representative                                             Your Excellenc...

APC's subgranting programme benefits 16 members in 2018
APC's subgranting programme benefits 16 members in 2018 28 March 2018

APC’s subgranting programme, now in its third year, has so far awarded a total of USD 291,534 to support its members in achieving APC’s vision. Seventeen member organisations were recipients of 17 grants, 14 of which are project grants of up to USD 20,000 each, while the other three are research and campaign grants of up to USD 5,000 each. This last category of grants is still open for prop...

Alex Comninos
Alex Comninos 28 March 2018

Alex Comninos (MSocSci, International Relations, University of Cape Town) is a policy researcher who has published research on various topics including freedom of association and peaceful assembly online, cybersecurity, intermediary liability, mobile banking and African political economy.  

The African School on Internet Governance: Tracer study of four rounds of AfriSIG (2013-2016)
The African School on Internet Governance: Tracer study of four rounds of AfriSIG (2013-2016) 22 March 2018 Debbie Budlender

The African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG) is an annual five-day residential knowledge and leadership building event established by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and the NEPAD Planning and Coordination Agency and from 2015 organised in partnership with the African Union Commission (AUC) and the African Internet Governance Forum (AfIGF). The primary objective of A...

Inside the Information Society: Exploring Africa’s research priorities
Inside the Information Society: Exploring Africa’s research priorities 12 March 2018 David Souter

Last week I participated in / facilitated a workshop on Africa’s research priorities for the Information Society. What follows are some thoughts arising. The workshop was organised by Research ICT Africa, which has published some of the most interesting and in-depth analyses of Africa’s communications sector in the last decade. The findings from one strand of its work, its latest ...

What are we looking for?: Research on community networks
What are we looking for?: Research on community networks 20 February 2018 Tigist Shewarega Hussen for GenderIT.org

As I am observing the diverse research projects that are emerging in Africa in relation to community networks (CNs), I am compelled to write this short commentary. I have worked in Zenzeleni Networks as a gender analyst for +/- 2 years. As a black African feminist scholar, I was invited to explore and analyze gender dynamics within Zenzeleni Networks. The research focuses on participation of wo...

Written submission by Zenzeleni Networks, APC and the University of Western Cape on the Electronic Communications Amendment Bill in South Africa
Written submission by Zenzeleni Networks, APC and the University of Western Cape on the Electronic Communications Amendment Bill in South Africa 20 February 2018 Zenzeleni Networks, APC and University of Western Cape

In Notice 1293 published in Government Gazette No. 41261 dated 17 November 2017, the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) invited written submissions on the Electronic Communications Amendment Bill. The date for submissions was extended to 31 January 2018 as a result of Notice 1390 published in Government Gazette No. 41312 dated 8 December 2017. This submission is premis...

Advancing a gender-responsive approach to ICT policy and decision making
Advancing a gender-responsive approach to ICT policy and decision making 30 January 2018 Moses Owiny, WOUGNET

At the core of policy formulation and implementation processes lies the need to have diverse groups of stakeholders to make relevant input into the policy making process. Policy making is thus not only a preserve of the government, normally set within the framework of the top-bottom approach, but rather the contemporary environment contends that for policy formulation and implementation to be s...

Expanding community networks: Around the world with AlterMundi
Expanding community networks: Around the world with AlterMundi 24 January 2018 Nico Pace, AlterMundi

One year ago, our members’ network was joined by AlterMundi, an Argentina-based NGO that strives to promote a new paradigm based on freedom gained through peer-to-peer collaboration. AlterMundi explores different forms of such collaboration from a technological perspective and with an emphasis on wireless community networks in small towns and rural areas. Through projects such as LibreMe...

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