Wireless technology

Using open spectrum in Africa to improve access with wireless broadband
Using open spectrum in Africa to improve access with wireless broadband 05 March 2013

At an event hosted by APC, WAPA and Google Africa in October 2011, government officials, regulators, and industry leaders gathered to discuss the benefits of TV white spaces (TVWS). In a recent piece on this emerging issue, “TV’s white spaces connecting rural Africa” BBC News highlights outcomes from the spectrum workshop and potential unprecedented impacts on access.

Media anchoring positive protests against sexual assault in India
Media anchoring positive protests against sexual assault in India 03 January 2013

Protests in New Delhi, December 22nd and 23rd, 2012Slogans like ‘Don’t stop your daughter from going out.

Launch of Solar Powered Long-Distance Wireless Workshop
Launch of Solar Powered Long-Distance Wireless Workshop 12 August 2012

The PISCES Project workshop on Wireless Networking in the Developing World got off to a great start on Tuesday, July 31, 2012.

Planet Text: How SMS Messaging is Changing the World
Planet Text: How SMS Messaging is Changing the World 14 January 2012

SMS messaging, better known as texting, is changing how many of us interact with each other on a daily basis. However, beyond just simple communication, it is astounding to see how texting is reshaping the lives of so many.

Google buys Motorola - It begins!
Google buys Motorola - It begins! 16 August 2011

Google – the people who brought you the Pet Rock – have just purchased Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion. In CASH. Google now has the ability to rival its chief competitor, Apple, which produces both the iphone and its operating system.

I Can Stalk U - Raising awareness about inadvertent information sharing
I Can Stalk U - Raising awareness about inadvertent information sharing 04 April 2011

The aptly named icanstalku.com attempts to expose the dangers inherent in posting information — in this case pictures — online in a rather unconventional way: the site regularly updates its news feed with individuals’ user names and locations, all gleaned from photos posted to Twitter.

India's untapped potential: Are a billion people losing out because of spectrum?
India's untapped potential: Are a billion people losing out because of spectrum? 28 February 2011

As one of the world’s fastest growing economies and with over 65% of its billion-plus population under 35, India has huge potential. But according to a new report by Shyam Ponappa, commissioned by APC the current model for managing spectrum in India could be a huge barrier to the country’s economic and social development. Instead, he suggests that “it would be much more conduc...

Opening up spectrum can prevent Kenya from running out
Opening up spectrum can prevent Kenya from running out 22 December 2010

Currently, about 20 million Kenyans own mobile phones. Mobile phones receive their signals over electromagnetic waves that are also used for everything from home appliances like microwave ovens and remote controls, to the radio and internet. These waves are assigned different frequencies or spectrum so that they don’t interfere with each other. However Kenya is at risk of running out of spect...

What's the “digital dividend”?  West African digital broadcast migration
What's the “digital dividend”? West African digital broadcast migration 22 November 2010

Nollywood is bigger than Hollywood —Nigeria produces a massive 200 films a month— yet 80-90% of content on most African TV stations comes from other continents. As African nations plan to move to digital broadcasting by 2015 it’s time for serious shifts to be made. APC and Balancing Act launch a new initiative to lower the costs and maximise the benefits of migration for citiz...

10 Tactics film screening inspires ideas for Drumbeat San Diego
10 Tactics film screening inspires ideas for Drumbeat San Diego 01 November 2010

The film 10 Tactics was screened for the first time in San Diego, California on October 25th, 2010. New Media Rights hosted the event at the local Joyce Beers Center. 10 Tactics is a film about how rights advocates have used digital technologies to turn information into action.