Straight talk with young African leaders: Net Neutrality and African Innovation - Rightscon 2016 IREX convened young technology experts and social entrepreneurs from sub-Saharan Africa to debate net neutrality, zero ratings, and African innovation at RightsCon 2016 in Sillicon Valley. Research ICT Africa's Chenai Chair, was one of the panelists together with Raindolf Owusu from Ghana, [...]
Understanding what is happening in ICT in Nigeria Led by Nigerian network partner, Mr Fola Odufuwa, RIA recently completed a comprehensive supply and demand side analysis of the Nigerian ICT sector as part of a 12-country study. Read the full report here.
Understanding what is happening in ICT in Kenya ‘Understanding what is happening in ICT in Kenya’ is the latest publication in RIA’s series ‘Evidence for ICT Policy Action’. The report is based on a scrutiny of both demand- and supply-side perspectives and includes recommendations on how to address some of the most urgent challenges facing the [...]
Understanding what is happening in ICT in Botswana ‘Understanding what is happening in ICT in Botswana’ is the latest publication in RIA’s series ‘Evidence for ICT Policy Action’. The report is based on a scrutiny of both demand- and supply-side perspectives and includes recommendations on how to address some of the most urgent challenges facing [...]
Lifting the veil on ICT gender indicators in Africa Despite the rhetorical undertaking of governments and multilateral agencies, there has been little systematic collection of sex disaggregated data on ICT access and use, and even less which analyses the existing descriptive data. This overview across 11 African countries confirms the findings of the few systematic national [...]
Alison Gillwald at Roundtable on Inclusion in the Network Society, Bengaluru, India, 2014 In 2014 Dr Alison Gillwald, lay bare the requirement and benefits of access to technology societies with great economic disparity. She highlights the importance of providing access to commummnication technology in addressing issues face by emergent economing within their unique contexts. Listen to [...]
SAFM Interview - Prof Alison Gillwald on Regulation of Over-The-Top Services in South Africa Prof Alison GIllwald recently discussed regulation of Over-The-Top (OTT) services on The Forum@eight on SAfm with Sakina Kamwendo. Listen to the complete podcast here.
Parliamentary hearing on OTT services RIA Executive Director, Prof Alison Gillwald, provides the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Telecommunications and Postal Services with reasons why, in a mobile prepaid environment, OTT applications and zero-rated social networking platforms should be embraced on the basis of their positive consumer welfare outcomes, not regulated or banned. She provides [...]
Zero-rated internet services: What is to be done? Facebook recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of its non-profit initiative, Internet.org. Facebook claims to have set up this initiative to help those in developing countries who cannot afford to access the Internet with a fixed-line or mobile data. The application provides users with access to what they term [...]
Amy Mahan Scholarship Second PhD Graduate On the 19 December 2015, Enrico Calandro graduated from the University of Cape Town, Faculty of Commerce, Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration, programme on Managing Infrastructure Reform and Regulation, under the supervision of Prof Alison Gillwald. As part of the initiative to build African ICT policy skills, [...]