South African data prices static for two years but consumers not flocking to cheapest product offering by Admin on 17 July 2017

Almost half of the South African population is still not using the Internet. A major contributing factor to this low Internet penetration could be the high cost of data products and smartphone devices. At the same time, consumers are not subscribing to the cheapest products on the market, such as the 1GB data bundle offered by Telkom at the substantially cheaper price of R99.

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From digital divide to digital inequality-shifting the ICT4D discourse: ACIST 2017 Keynote by Admin on 12 July 2017

Alison Gillwald, Research ICT Africa, UCT Graduate School of Development, Policy and Practice
African Conference on Information Technology and Systems- (ACIST 2017)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA, 10th – 11th July 2017
The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and associated targets are intended to stimulate action until 2030 in areas of critical importance for humanity and the planet. Although ICTs are not mentioned directly in any of the 17 targets, ICT are acknowledged as an enabler of many of them. Of the 167 indictors identified, there are seven ICT indicators based on ICT sub-targets. These include the primary goal of eliminating poverty, reducing gender inequality, improving inequitable education, resilient infrastructure and peaceful societies for sustainable development. Like the Millennium Development Goals before them in so far as ICT were indirectly included, the focus is on the digital divide. This divide has been conceptualised, measured and targets set in relation to ‘physical access’. The policies and strategies to bridge it focus primarily on supply side and infrastructural strategies, now to “Connect the Last Billion," to use the mantra of the donor organisations, global foundations and multilateral agencies that have mobilized around the SDGs. 

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World Summit on the Information Society 2017: High level policy statement by Alison Gillwald on 14 June 2017

BAlison Gillwald (PhD) Executive director, Research ICT Africa, and Adjunct Professor University of Cape Town.
Research ICT Africa is an African public–interest ICT research ICT policy and regulatory network that has provided technical assistance to African countries, multilateral agencies and development banks for over a decade. It is the only organization collecting comprehensive supply-side and demand-side data that is available in the public domain with national representative surveys underway in many of the African countries represented (and I should add by our Latin American partner network DIRSI and Asian partner network LIRNEasia). 
Based on this research I would like to comment on what we see as the central policy challenge as we move from voice into data services and Over the Top platforms, Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence – that is, that as we increase ICT access and use so digital inequality is amplified. 

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AFRINIC/RIA Workshop on Internet measurement Initiatives in Africa by Admin on 23 May 2017

 Africa Internet Summit 2017
Nairobi, Kenya
                        Internet measurements workshop
30 May 2017
Co-organised with AFRINIC
Internet measurements is a well know research area in networking, but it is still at an early stage in many developing regions including Africa. Typically, Internet measurements provide information with regard to coverage of networks (e.g. WiFi and cellular networks), performance (e.g. Internet throughput and latency) and usage. Importantly, Internet development campaigners, as well as policy makers in the developing regions, have recognised the crucial role that Internet measurement data can play in facilitating evidence-based policy-making and advocacy. Such information is helpful in guiding policy formulation, as well as for policy makers and regulators to monitor the effect of regulatory and policy interventions and market developments.

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Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellowship call by Admin on 17 May 2017

The Open Web Fellowship program empowers the next generation of open Internet leaders and advocates by embedding them at leading human rights and civil society organizations from around the world, where they can positively impact the health of the Internet and bring critical strategic expertise to the organization. 

Research ICT Africa (RIA), the only African organisation selected, will be hosting a 2017 fellow in Cape Town, South Africa. The Fellowship gives an individual the opportunity to work with RIA, and benefit from the expertise of its staff and research environment to work on a project for a sustained period.

The  fellowship call closes Sunday May 21, 2017 at 11:59PM PST.

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