Access

Global Information Society Watch 2008: Focus on access to infrastructure
Global Information Society Watch 2008: Focus on access to infrastructure 22 October 2009

How do we ensure access to the internet is a human right enjoyed by all? This is one of the critical questions asked by GISWatch 2008, which highlights the importance of people’s access to ICT infrastructure, where and how countries are getting it right or wrong, and what can be done about it.

Internet blackout in Niger:  Niger’s dependence on the damaged Beninese fibre optic cable
Internet blackout in Niger: Niger’s dependence on the damaged Beninese fibre optic cable 13 October 2009

For twenty days in July, land-locked Niger was without internet connection owing to damage to the undersea cable which goes through neighbouring Benin, and on which Niger depends for 70% of its bandwidth. This APC investigation seeks to understand why this West African country is almost exclusively reliant on Beninese infrastructures, when an alternative satellite solution could have minimised the severity of the situation.

It’s not enough to have a pushy broadband policy in Tanzania
It’s not enough to have a pushy broadband policy in Tanzania 13 October 2009

By most standards, Tanzania’s information and communications technology (ICT) policy looks ambitious. In just six years, it wants to make the country a hub of telecommunications infrastructure to help build the economy and end poverty. But John Mireny argues that when it comes to broadband, this vision lacks practical application, and is out of step with the real limitations on the ground….

Kenya: Killing two birds with one stone
Kenya: Killing two birds with one stone 24 September 2009

On 12 December last year – Kenya’s 44th independence-day celebrations – journalists, media owners and civil society activists took to the streets in Nairobi. They were protesting the publication of Kenya’s Communications Amendment Bill (2007) which was later passed into law. But the media protests overshadowed a more complex challenge that lies at the heart of policy convergence in a ne...

Local internet traffic in Venezuela: More efficiency or more State control?
Local internet traffic in Venezuela: More efficiency or more State control? 24 September 2009

Gráfico del crecimiento de internetIn Latin America there is still a lack of universal access to telecommunications infrastructure in general and broadband in particuar. Some countries have chosen to develop national and local internet traffic through national access points (NAP) to keep prices down by avoiding international networks. However Venezuela has not yet taken the decision to instal...

Milking a cow you don’t feed: Is Uganda starving telecoms growth through high taxes?
Milking a cow you don’t feed: Is Uganda starving telecoms growth through high taxes? 09 September 2009

Analysts argue that governments in cash-strapped developing countries often tread a tightrope between a need to shore up the state coffers for public spending, and a responsibility to address critical telecommunications access for the poor. Telecommunications make money – lots of it – and many governments know that this money can be used to fund basic services, such as water, housing and el...

CC Case Studies
CC Case Studies 26 June 2009

[img_assist|nid=8855|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=213|height=300]Late 2008 a sensational homage to Creative Commons (CC) usage within Australasia was published. Edited by Rachel Cobcroft and produced in collaboration with the team at the Australian Creative Commons Clinic, >Building an Australasian Commons features a vast repertoire of projects and initiatives that have employed Crea...

APC strategic priorities for 2009-12: The challenges and opportunities  to using internet for social justice today
APC strategic priorities for 2009-12: The challenges and opportunities to using internet for social justice today 14 May 2009

After several days of intense debate, APC members identified six issues as the key strategic areas that APC must tackle in the next five years: advocating for affordable internet access for all, ICTs and the environment, building the “information commons” , defending internet rights, critical and creative engagement of emerging technologies from a social change perspective and improving gov...

May First/People Link
May First/People Link 13 May 2009

May First/People Link is a politically progressive member-run and controlled organization that redefines the concept of "Internet Service Provider" in a collective and collaborative way. May First/People Link's members are organizers and activists. Like any democratic membership organization, they gather together each year to evaluate the past year's experiences, plan the coming year's wor...

Thousands of South Africans sign up to campaign for cheaper broadband
Thousands of South Africans sign up to campaign for cheaper broadband 28 April 2009

South Africa is on the cusp of major broadband infrastructure roll-out. Seacom, a submarine cable initiative, will link South Africa to India and Europe by mid-2009, breaking the state monopoly and bringing down the cost of international bandwidth. And the new government isn’t ready for this, say a coalition of South Africans. So to help, they’ve put together a policy framework that could ...