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Southern African IGF
Southern African IGF 31 July 2011

On September 1-3 the first ever Southern African Internet Governance Forum kicks off in Johannesburg in preparation for the global UN internet forum to be held in Kenya. Hosted by APC, the African Union’s New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and South African non-profit SANGONeT, the event is aimed at ensuring that the views and voices of Southern Africa are represented in Kenya at the end of the month. Participants from all fifteen Southern African nations are expected at the...

Digital broadcast migration in West Africa: Nigeria Research Report
Digital broadcast migration in West Africa: Nigeria Research Report 13 April 2011 Fola Odufwa

Nigeria, one of Africa’s most liberalised broadcast markets, appears to be on course to meet its self-imposed target of June 17, 2012 as the change- over date to digital broadcasting transmission in the country. Industry regulator the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), the industry claims that cable and Direct – to – home (“DTH”) operators in the country are already transmitting digital signals. In addition, the Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, has pub...

Media Piracy in South Africa
Media Piracy in South Africa 13 March 2011 LC

Poverty and social inequity in South Africa have shaped the development of media culture and distribution in the country. Low incomes in a country where one-third of the population lives on less than one dollar a day, high prices for commercial DVDs and Cds and a widespread advertising culture have created a high demand for media goods which are not easily obtained legally for the great majori...

South Africa: Untapped TV spectrum can make internet more affordable
South Africa: Untapped TV spectrum can make internet more affordable 28 February 2011

“Open spectrum is important because access is important” says Steve Song, telecommunications fellow at the Shuttleworth Foundation in an interview with APCNews. But in South Africa, the problem is not lack of access – it’s that access is not affordable. Freeing up wireless spectrum, such as television white spaces —the space between channels— or making more information available on ...

Open spectrum for development: South Africa case study
Open spectrum for development: South Africa case study 18 February 2011 Steve Song

Prior to 1994, spectrum in South Africa was managed by the state body responsible for its implementation. Thus broadcast spectrum was managed by the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and telecommunications spectrum managed by the state telecommunications provider, Telkom. This was generally uncontentious because, prior to the rise of mobile telecommunications and wireless broadband,...

More spectrum could make licensing a more transparent process in Nigeria
More spectrum could make licensing a more transparent process in Nigeria 24 January 2011 Fola Odufuwa

Nigeria is arguably one of the leading countries in Africa with respect to spectrum deregulation and licensing. However while the country follows best practices on the telecommunications side, the process for allocating broadcasting licenses and frequencies lacks transparency and is still dependant on Presidential approval. As the two regulatory bodies prepare to merge to form a single entity, ...

GenARDIS grantee wins Africa Rural Connect contest
GenARDIS grantee wins Africa Rural Connect contest 18 January 2011 LC

In 2008-2009, Ugandan organisation Toro Development Network (ToroDev) was awarded a small grant through the APC’s Gender and agriculture and rural development in the information society (GenARIDS) project. No more than a year later, the grass roots organisation has been awarded $12, 000 through the Africa Rural Connect contest, to continue its work in helping small-scale rural farmers ...

Media's role in reporting violence against women discusssed at Johannesburg roundtable
Media's role in reporting violence against women discusssed at Johannesburg roundtable 19 November 2010

APC Women and IPS Africa hosted a media discussion on November 17 entitled ‘Click Against Violence: Taking 16 Days of Activism Online’ to explore and highlight issues of gender based violence, ICTs and the role of media.

Women'sNet calls for action against the filming of violence against women and girls in South Africa
Women'sNet calls for action against the filming of violence against women and girls in South Africa 19 November 2010 Women'sNet

On 4 November 2010, a fifteen year-old girl was gang-raped by two boys her age at a school east of Johannesburg. The rape happened in front of other students who filmed the incident on their mobile phones and then shared it with friends. Women’sNet APC’s partner in our Take Back the Tech! to end violence against women campaign calls on the National Prosecuting Authority to act again...

Media Roundtable for 'Click Against Violence: Taking 16 Days of Activism Online'
Media Roundtable for 'Click Against Violence: Taking 16 Days of Activism Online' 10 November 2010

APC Women (www.apcwomen.org) and Inter Press Service Africa (www.ips.org/africa) are co-hosting a media roundtable entitled ‘Click Against Violence: Taking 16 Days of Activism Online’, to discuss online Gender Based Violence and resources available to cover the issue.

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