Beyond Access data: Research ICT Africa (RIA) ICT household surveys in 2017 by Admin on 17 January 2017

RIA, a non-profit think tank focused on building evidence for ICT policy and regulation, will be resuming the Household and Individual ICT access and use survey again in January 2017 after a funding interregnum.   This round includes, nine African countries (Kenya, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Mozambique, South Africa and Lesotho). The surveys are part of a global initiative on producing much needed quality data on ICT access and use in the global south. RIA will also co-ordinate the surveys with their sister networks LIRNEasia in four Asian countries (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Cambodia) and DIRSI in five Latin American (Peru, Guatemala, Colombia, Argentina and Chile).  

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Mauritian ICT Visionary, Dr Krishna Oolun, joins RIA advisory board by Admin on 17 January 2017

Dr Krishna Oolun is the latest eminent former regulator to join the advisory board of Research ICT Africa, an ICT policy and regulatory think tank based in Cape Town, that hosts an African wide research network. Dr Oolun was Chief Executive of the ICT Authority of Mauritius, the national regulatory authority between 2005 and 2015. Prior to that he was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Mauritius. Dr Oolun was involved in the drafting of the White Paper in Telecommunication in 1997 following the commitment of Mauritius to liberalise the sector. 

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Amy Mahan Scholarship Third PhD Graduate by Admin on 22 December 2016

On 20 December 2016, Cecilia Rudo Matanga 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 IDRC sponsored initiative to build African ICT policy skills, and in remembrance of RIA partner Amy Mahan, in 2010 Cecilia Matanga was awarded a scholarship to undertake her PhD in the area of ICT policy and regulation in Africa.

Amy ran Communica together with Bruce Girard and co-ordinated global south umbrella network, under which DIRSI, LIRNEasia, and RIA fell. Committed to understanding how ICT could be used for social and economic inclusion. Amy was a rich resource and friend to RIA prior to her untimely death in 2009.

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Measuring Information Society Report 2016: Acknowledgments by Admin on 20 December 2016

The 2016 edition of the Measuring the Information Society Report was prepared by the ICT Data and Statistics Division within the Telecommunications Development Bureau of ITU. The team comprised Susan Teltscher (Head of Division), Fredrik Eriksson, Vanessa Gray, Esperanza Magpantay, Lourdes Montenegro and Ivan Vallejo. David Souter, consultant to ITU, provided substantive contributions to Chapters 1, 2 and 3. Halvor Sannæs and Josie Sephton from Strategy Analytics Ltd. provided substantive inputs to Chapter 4.

Joss Gillet from GSMA Intelligence, Mariama Deen-Swarray from Research ICT Africa, Alexander Moler from InterMedia and Shazna Zuhyle from LIRNEasia provided useful comments and insights for data used in Chapter 5. 

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Developing Smart Public Wi-Fi in South Africa by Admin on 20 December 2016

With smartphones becoming increasingly available, even amongst lower income groups, and having the computing power and screen size needed for meaningful internet use, one promising solution to low internet access is free public Wi-Fi sponsored by the local authority. Provinces and cities in South Africa are starting to invest in coverage of underserviced areas and in their central business districts.

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