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Report on the Southern Africa Regional Infrastructure Sharing Workshop
Report on the Southern Africa Regional Infrastructure Sharing Workshop 23 September 2015 CRASA and APC

ICT policy makers and regulators from 14 Southern African countries comprising the Member States of the SADC region gathered in Johannesburg to discuss how infrastructure sharing strategies and policies can be used to improve broadband access in the region. Dveloping countries can save billions and speed universal broadband access by sharing telecom infrastructure (such as ducts, fibres and masts) as well as sharing with other utility infrastructure such as roads, power grids, fuel pipelines ...

APC and Web We Want: New grants will help promote African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms in seven countries
APC and Web We Want: New grants will help promote African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms in seven countries 01 September 2015

Web We Want announces recipients of small grants to promote the African Declaration of Internet Rights and Freedoms. At APC we are delighted to see among them our member, Cameroon Protégé QV. Read about the other recipients and the Declaration.

ICTs for Feminist Movement Building: Activist Toolkit
ICTs for Feminist Movement Building: Activist Toolkit 05 August 2015 Just Associates (JASS), the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and Women'sNet, with illustrations by Donovan Ward

This toolkit aims to assist activists to think through their communication strategies in a way that supports movement building. It offers a practical guide to writing a communication strategy and reviews a number of tools (ICTs) and technology-related campaigns which can be used in organising work.    

Draft Provisions for Amendment of the South African Copyright Act of 1978
Draft Provisions for Amendment of the South African Copyright Act of 1978 30 July 2015 Andrew Rens, Emilar Vushe, Anriette Esterhuysen

South Africans should be able to make fair use of copyright materials. Fair use is important for technological innovation, reverse engineering, education and access to knowledge. Contracts and anti-circumvention rules should not be allowed to prevent South Africans from making fair use of copyright materials. South Africans should be able to bulk import copyright works including textbooks legit...

Remarks from the Association for Progressive Communications on the Draft Online Regulation Policy of the Film and Publication Board of South Africa
Remarks from the Association for Progressive Communications on the Draft Online Regulation Policy of the Film and Publication Board of South Africa 15 July 2015 APC

On 4 March 2015, the Film and Publication Board (FPB) gazetted the Draft Online Regulation Policy and opened it for public comment. In effect the policy would allow the FPB, at its discretion, to classify user-generated content on any online content platform.

The Draft Online Regulation Policy of the Film and Publication Board of South Africa would allow classification of user-generated content
The Draft Online Regulation Policy of the Film and Publication Board of South Africa would allow classification of user-generated content 15 July 2015 APC

On 4 March 2015, the Film and Publication Board gazetted the Draft Online Regulation Policy and opened it for public comment. In effect the policy would allow the FPB, at its discretion, to classify user-generated content on any online content platform.    

APC opposes internet content regulation proposed by South Africa's Film and Publication Board
APC opposes internet content regulation proposed by South Africa's Film and Publication Board 25 May 2015

If implemented, the Draft Online Regulation Policy proposed by the South African Film and Publication Board would, under the guise of child protection, pose serious threats to online freedom of expression. APC joins the many South African civil society and broader communications sector voices that are expressing their concern about the proposed regulations.

Can infrastructure sharing strategies improve broadband access in Southern Africa?
Can infrastructure sharing strategies improve broadband access in Southern Africa? 19 May 2015

ICT ministries and regulators from Southern Africa are meeting this week to consider ways to use infrastructure sharing to help achieve more universal access to broadband.

Call for applications for the third African School on Internet Governance
Call for applications for the third African School on Internet Governance 22 April 2015 APC

APC and the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency are pleased to announce the call for applications for the third African School on Internet Governance.

Unlocking broadband for all: Broadband infrastructure sharing policies and strategies in emerging markets
Unlocking broadband for all: Broadband infrastructure sharing policies and strategies in emerging markets 20 April 2015

In the quest for universal access, this study shows that the cost of network deployment can be dramatically reduced if operators collaborate with each other in deploying fibre optic backbones or masts for wireless broadband. The report points out that even greater savings can be made if other utilities such as roads, rail lines, pipelines and power grids share their infrastructure with network ...

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