ICT policy

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...

Digital broadcast migration in West Africa: Ghana Research Report
Digital broadcast migration in West Africa: Ghana Research Report 13 April 2011 Internet Research, Ghana

Ghana’s migration from analogue to digital TV broadcasting is to comply with the GE-06 Agreement to meet the 2015 deadline set by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). This migration is the largest initiative to impact the Ghana TV broadcasting since the conversion from black and white to color TV in the 1980’s. But the migration will not just be something that affects broadcasters: it will be a major undertaking for TV viewers in Ghana. In spite of the magnitude of this fo...

Digital broadcast migration in West Africa: Getting the most out of the transition
Digital broadcast migration in West Africa: Getting the most out of the transition 13 April 2011 Russell Southwood

The digital migration is probably going to be one of the biggest upheavals in African television since the medium was first launched on the continent. It is a process of change that will affect both the broadcasters themselves and those who watch television. Since the owners of televisions will need to buy either a digital set-top box or television, it will also have costs that will be widely f...

Internet Rights and Principles Coalition publishes its Internet Bill of Rights
Internet Rights and Principles Coalition publishes its Internet Bill of Rights 01 April 2011 grady

The Internet Rights and Principles Coalition officially published its Internet Bill of Rights on March 31st as part of their second expert meeting in Sweden.

Highlights from APC's contribution to implementation of WSIS goals
Highlights from APC's contribution to implementation of WSIS goals 22 March 2011 APC

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) was a major UN conference on information and communication technologies (ICTs) that took place in Geneva in 2003 and Tunis in 2005. These are highlights of APC’s contribution to implementation of WSIS goals. It provides an overview of our work during the last five years.

Impact 2.0 iGuide: New mechanisms for linking research and policy
Impact 2.0 iGuide: New mechanisms for linking research and policy 15 March 2011 Cheekay Cinco, Bruce Girard and Karel Novotný

The manual guides researchers in finding the appropriate tools through identifying their specific communication needs and strategies. Its structure follows the “context, evidence, links” framework developed by the Research and Policy in Development Programme (RAPID) of the Overseas Development Institute for linking research and policy.

New online guide for using Web 2.0 tools to link research and policy
New online guide for using Web 2.0 tools to link research and policy 15 March 2011 KN

Fundación Comunica and APC have launched the Impact 2.0 iGuide: New mechanisms for linking research and policy, a guide designed to help researchers identify the right Web 2.0 tools for establishing links with policy makers, for building their online presence and credibility and for effectively communicating their research.

New mechanisms for linking research & policy – Initial workshop
New mechanisms for linking research & policy – Initial workshop 18 February 2011

Thirty people, including participants, resource people and expert trainers, will participate in a two-day workshop in Kingston, Jamaica 22-23 February 2011. The workshop is the initial activity of an expert programme on new mechanisms for linking research and policy and will cover fundamentals in communication planning, audio visual production, data visualisation techniques and Web 2.0 strategi...

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...

New report on climate change as a strategic priority for ICT4D organisations
New report on climate change as a strategic priority for ICT4D organisations 16 February 2011 Richard Heeks and Angelica Ospina

The recent literature review of information and communications technologies(ICTs), climate change and development by Angelica Ospina and Richard Heeks points to a clear role for civil society organisations at many levels of climate change response, including advocacy, information dissemination, helping local communities adapt, and providing a voice for affected people.