Crowdsourcing ideas as an emerging form of multistakeholder participation in Internet governance
by Enrico Calandro on 26 October 2015

What are the linkages between multistakeholder governance and crowdsourcing? Both are new — trendy, if you will — approaches to governance premised on the potential of collective wisdom, bringing together diverse groups in policy-shaping processes. Their interlinkage has remained underexplored so far. Our article recently published in Policy and Internet sought to investigate this in the context of Internet governance, in order to assess the extent to which crowdsourcing represents an emerging opportunity of participation in global public policymaking.

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Mapping Multistakeholder Participation in Internet Governance in Africa
by Admin on 29 May 2015

Assessing Internet governance arrangements requires an understanding of both the unevenness in access to and use of the Internet between the North and the South of the world, and of the disparities between developed and developing countries’ abilities to effectively participate in global Internet governance debates. Few developing countries participate in this debate, and even less in agenda setting for Internet governance.

The proposed research seeks to understand how these factors transect with the notion of multistakeholderism as a form of deliberative democracy for Internet governance, which is often informed by assumptions from more mature markets and Western democracies. It does so by exploring the evolution of multistakeholderism through the mapping of the main international and regional instruments of the Internet governance ecosystem in Africa.

The study assesses the ability of current multistakeholder initiatives to provide Africans with a compass to guide them through the miasma of cybercrime, political surveillance, censorship and profiteering that threaten the openness of the Internet.

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Reflections for the 2014 Milton Wolf Seminar
by Admin on 29 May 2015

By Alison Gillwald
This entry was originally posted in the CGCS Media Wire blog.

The work of Research ICT Africa (RIA) in relation to internet governance has sought to understand why few African countries participate actively in internet governance debates, despite the significant resources of multilateral and donor agencies thrown at such endeavours and opportunities created for participation through multistakeholder initiatives – with a few notable exceptions such as Kenya. Fewer still are involved in agenda setting and decision-making, or seek to engineer internet governance outcomes to serve their interests, whatever those might be perceived to be. This is despite the rhetoric of dissatisfaction with current internet governance systems.

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Comments for Stockholm Internet Forum (SIF14) by Alison Gillwald
by Admin on 29 May 2015

Main Session 1 chaired by Stephen Sackur of BBC Hard Talk

Over the last decade Research ICT Africa has been conducting individual, household and informal business surveys on ICT access and use that provide insights into the critical demand side issues that continue to constrain ICT diffusion and adoption in Africa. This enables us to identify the very different ways voice communications, and now the internet, are evolving in Africa and in the global South in comparison to the North. For me, the discussion on privacy needs to be located in this context of constraint – the absence of affordable access, institutions, resources and often human rights – on which discussions of privacy are usually premised.

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Survey on Mapping Multistakeholder Participation in Internet Governance from an African perspective
by Admin on 29 May 2015

Research ICT Africa, in collaboration with NEPAD Agency (e-Africa programme) and supported by a research grant from the Center for Global Communications Studies at the Annenberg School for Communications, UPENN, has entered a new phase of its research on mapping multistakeholder participation in internet governance in Africa. The main goal of the research is to provide evidence for policy action in support of an effective and meaningful involvement of African stakeholders in internet governance processes. The research, which is located in the political economy of Africa, provides a critical review of the main internet governance structures and processes. From this African perspective it intends to identify the participatory gaps in current internet governance processes. One of the ways in which it will do this is by conducting a systematic and comprehensive reconstruction of African participation in internet governance processes and institutions through a continent-wide online survey that is delivered to key national, regional, continental, and international respondents who have been involved in internet governance issues from an African perspective. Specifically, the survey investigates what respondents have tried to achieve in terms of enabling or constraining the development of an open internet and what has been the level and effectiveness of participation of African stakeholders in these debates.

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Discussion on multistakeholder participation in Internet Governance in Africa
by Admin on 29 May 2015

Internet Governance Forum 2014, Istanbul - Wednesday, September 3rd, 2:30pm - 4:00pm.

The proposed workshop has the format of a roundtable during which participants from different stakeholder groups will discuss the results of RIA research conducted, some of which has been undertaken with NEPAD Agency, on mapping multistakeholders participation in Internet governance from an African perspective.

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Invitation to participate in a survey on IGFs in Africa
by Admin on 29 May 2015

As a stakeholder in the Internet and ICT sector in Africa, you are invited to share your views and perspectives on Internet Governance Forums in Africa through an online survey. The survey is being undertaken as part of academic research towards a Master of Arts in Contemporary Diplomacy from the University of Malta. All responses will be aggregated and respondent information will not be published or released in any form. The research aims to study the effectiveness of national/regional/continental IGFs in Africa. It is expected that the results will provide valuable information for existing and planned initiatives and once published, the information will be made publicly available. The research builds on previous work including the effort started through the global IGF Inter-regional dialogues list to document national and regional IGFs and their processes.

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Findings of a Survey on Multistakeholder Participation in Internet Governance from Africa
by Admin on 29 May 2015

This article was originally posted on CGCS MediaWire Blog.

Enrico Calando of Research ICT Africa presents results from a survey on the perception of African stakeholders on internet governance structures and processes.

An animated discussion on the reasons for lack of African participation in internet governance took place at a roundtable organized by Research ICT Africa at the 2014 IGF in Istanbul.

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The South African Draft Online Regulation Policy as a form of “censorship by proxy”.
by Admin on 29 May 2015

The recently published Draft Online Regulation Policy (Draft Regulation) proposes far-reaching regulation of online content. The Draft Regulation is controversial not only in principle as it would restrict freedom of expression online, but also from a more practical perspective, with regards to implementation. The following blog-post discusses the potential impact of such regulation on users’ civil and political rights, particularly freedom of speech and expression, by extending its application beyond the remit of the FPB on protecting children’s rights for a safe media environment. Further, it explores unintended consequences of implementing such regulatory system.

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Written submission on the Cybercrime and Cybersecurity Bill
by Enrico Calandro on 14 December 2015

Research ICT Africa welcomes the opportunity to comment on the Cybercrime and Cybersecurity Bill – Draft for Public Comment (hereinafter Draft Bill) released by the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development on 28 August 2015.

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Internet governance guidebook: Top resource for the Global South
by Admin on 14 June 2016

How the Internet is governed in the future will shape global communications, development and human rights. The Internet governance guidebook is written for, and by, stakeholders in the Global South. The guidebook’s authors explore some of the most pressing Internet governance issues facing the Global South. Research ICT Africa’s Dr Enrico Calandro writes on “Undermining privacy and freedom of expression in guise of cybersecurity-Post-9/11 in contemporary South Africa”.
 
Access the complete guide book published by DW Akademie together with iRights here. 

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Inclusive development and digital transformation in Africa
by Alison Gillwald on 19 October 2016

RIA Executive Director, Prof. Alison Gillwald, addressed delegates at the 5th Meeting of the African Internet Governance Forum, AfIGF 2016, on the challenges of evidence–based policy formulation and safeguarding public interest outcomes in increasingly globalised and complex environment.

Prof.  Gillwald's presentation 'Inclusive development & digital transformation in Africa' may be viewed here.

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