Africa

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 AfriSIG is to give Africans from multiple sectors and stakeholder groups the opportunity to gain know...

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 sets of household surveys, are now being published. Illuminating, not least because of what is ...

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...

My eye opening experience at AfriSIG 2017
My eye opening experience at AfriSIG 2017 07 December 2017 Moipone Mhlekwa

The African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG) 2017 has been both an eye opener and learning curve. When coming here I had no idea of the kind of impact and paradigm shift this school would have on me. Initially I had thought that I would come to the school and maybe learn a few things, then go back home and start influencing internet governance.  However, the experience has over-exce...

A learning experience from the 5th African School on Internet Governance
A learning experience from the 5th African School on Internet Governance 07 December 2017 Sheila Nsekanabo

Taking part in the 5th African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG) taught me the definition of internet governance, which is defined as the handling of technical coordination required for and policy issues related to the interoperability and smooth functioning of the different components of internet infrastructure and the exchange of information over the internet. The knowledge I acquired I...

From Limpopo to Sharm El Sheikh: A journey of initiation on internet governance
From Limpopo to Sharm El Sheikh: A journey of initiation on internet governance 07 December 2017 Phoshollo Phasha

I am a young woman who grew up in the rural areas of Limpopo in South Africa, where there is not much development done, internet is regarded as a luxury, and technology is not exposed. It has therefore been much of a privilege for me to be a participant at the 5th African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG). In Limpopo, many people have different technological gadgets but use them in a way ...

My initiation in the internet governance arena
My initiation in the internet governance arena 07 December 2017 Billy Ray

Attending the African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG) is my first experience in any event related to internet governance. This has given me the opportunity to interact with different stakeholders from all walks of life and I enjoyed it. The school was generally good and constituted a very active and enthusiastic class that inspired participants and resource persons to reason things out ...

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