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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 Wairagala Wakabi and Alan Finlay

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 electricity. But in the process universal access promises go adrift, as is the case with Uganda’s hi...

CC Case Studies
CC Case Studies 26 June 2009 Andrew Garton

[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 Creative Commons licenses.

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 APC

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 KAH

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 ...

The BroadBand4Africa coalition explains what’s behind the South African campaign
The BroadBand4Africa coalition explains what’s behind the South African campaign 27 April 2009

Does broadband really make a difference to economic growth? Are there other similar broadband campaigns elsewhere in Africa? The South Africa broadband campaign has answers to these questions on its campaign site:www.broadband4africa.org.za. APC has translated this essential information into French and Portuguese for our African readers and Spanish for Latin American readers fed up of paying o...

Saving the future one strategic plan at a time
Saving the future one strategic plan at a time 12 March 2009 Andrew Garton

How does an organisation founded in the 20th Century devise a strategic plan for the 21st…

African parliamentarians support equitable access for all
African parliamentarians support equitable access for all 11 March 2009 KAH

Representatives from 29 different African parliaments met last week in Kigali to reaffirm that “equitable access to information is a right for all” and urge governments to enact laws that promote access to information, knowledge and communication for all citizens. Traditionally seen as civil and political rights, information rights are now becoming acknowledged as rights that are also socia...

South African National Broadband Forum
South African National Broadband Forum 10 March 2009

APC is currently building a coalition of civil society organisations and businesses to campaign for the lowering of costs associated with the internet in South Africa. The project being carried out with the support of the Partnership for Higher Education in Africa (PHEA) will mobilise a number internet service providers (ISPs), communications workers, content providers, academics, alternative e...

Internet: Opening a door to development for the rural population in Paraguay
Internet: Opening a door to development for the rural population in Paraguay 09 March 2009 Natalia Uval

One hundred institutions in rural areas of Paraguay with access to the internet. Poor indigenous communities experiencing contact with the world beyond their local surroundings for the first time ever. These are just a few snapshots of the outcomes achieved by Oportunet, a project launched in 2007 in Paraguay that has demonstrated the potential of the internet as a door to economic and social d...