Call for Papers International Workshop on Internet Measurements Research in Africa by Admin on 17 August 2017

Call for Papers
 Submission: 17 SEPTEMBER 2017
Notification: 1 OCTOBER 2017
Camera-ready submission: 30 OCTOBER 2017
Conference takes place: 11-12 DECEMBER 2017
 
 The aim of the workshop is to facilitate discussions around mechanisms and challenges of measuring Africa’s Internet; to evaluate the breadth of Internet measurements research and to formulate strategic directions for such research in Africa; and to initiate and accelerate collaboration among Africa’s Internet measurements researchers. 

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Cost of smartphones continues the digital divide in Tanzania by Admin on 16 August 2017

Research ICT Africa’s Beyond Access Survey, which assesses ICT access and use among individuals, households and businesses in conjunction with its local partner — the University of Dodoma, shows that close to 30% of Tanzanians use the Internet. Considering that mobile data prices are reasonably low, the 30% Internet penetration, rate is an indication that the affordability of the input device — Internet-enabled phones — in Tanzania remains a challenge. 

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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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