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WEF: Understanding the gender gap in the Global South

By | 2018-11-09T09:57:12+00:00 November 9th, 2018|Categories: ICT Access and Use Surveys|

By Alison Gillwald for the World Economic Forum Despite there being no accurate data available at the global level to support claims currently being made in various gender and information and communication technology (ICT) indices, it is important to recognise the relevance of equality in access and use of the internet to social and [...]

CyberBRICS fellowship program

By | 2018-11-06T06:45:55+00:00 November 6th, 2018|Categories: Home|

CyberBRICS Fellowship Programme to be hosted at FGV Law School, Rio de Janeiro. The programme will offer five remunerated fellowships, from February to July 2019, at FGV DIREITO RIO, to support selected scholars having relevant experience in data protection and cybersecurity frameworks in at least one of the BRICS countries. The full Call for Applications [...]

Data deficit means we’re in the dark about the digital divide

By | 2018-11-01T15:07:50+00:00 November 1st, 2018|Categories: Home|

By Alison Gillwald Article written for and published by The Conversation Africa Digital concerns underpin many of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Gender equality, good health, quality education, industry innovation, smart and sustainable cities: these all require strong information and communications technology systems to become a reality. For all of this to happen, developing [...]

Facebook revelations: With greater connectivity comes greater responsibility

By | 2018-10-31T10:41:35+00:00 October 31st, 2018|Categories: Home|

By Anri van der Spuy There appears to be growing global consensus that internet platforms need to be better regulated following the Cambridge Analytica/Facebook revelations. But the how and what of such regulations still need to be considered and designed – especially in Africa. Mark Zuckerberg’s recent public testimony in Washington revealed just how [...]

South Africa Competition Commission Data Market inquiry

By | 2018-11-21T10:54:30+00:00 October 18th, 2018|Categories: Home|

Dr Onkokame Mothobi, RIA's senior researcher is participating in South Africa's Competiton Commission inquiry into the market for data services in South Africa - Data Services Market Inquiry. The inquiry serves to examine whether there are features or a combination of features in data services markets which prevent, distort or restrict competition and/or to achieve [...]

Welcome to ADPP fellow Dr Cecilia Matanga

By | 2018-10-01T15:58:12+00:00 October 1st, 2018|Categories: Home|

Research ICT Africa’s Digital Policy Project is happy to welcome a new senior fellow, Dr Cecilia Matanga, who has joined us as part of our policy team from August to support RIA’s activities in cyber policy. Cecilia completed her PhD in 2016 which focused on unravelling the role of parliament in ICT sector reforms in [...]

AfterAccess wins EQUALSinTech 2018 Research Award

By | 2018-09-28T15:01:34+00:00 September 28th, 2018|Categories: Africa Digital Policy Project, ICT Access and Use Surveys|

Aileen Aguero, Alison Gillwald and Helani Galpaya. Credit ITU Flicker On September 22, 2018, AfterAccess was presented with the 2018 EQUALS in Tech Award for research, which honours efforts to close the ICT gender gap through research. AfterAccess was recognized for its contribution to addressing the gender gap through the collection of robust data on [...]

Kenya has an opportunity to create a model data protection framework

By | 2018-10-02T11:24:40+00:00 September 24th, 2018|Categories: Home|

By Grace Mutung’u, research associate, Research ICT Africa Read Research ICT Africa's comments on Policy and Regulatory Framework for Data Protection in Kenya here  In  traditions of many Kenyan communities, spy missions were sent to establish the characteristics of the standing and ancestry of couples before a potential marriage. For example, a boy who [...]

After Access: Youth, Deprivation and the Internet in Africa

By | 2018-09-12T21:48:03+00:00 September 12th, 2018|Categories: Home|

Policy Paper no. 4, Series 5: After Access – Youth, Deprivation and Internet in Africa Research ICT Africa sought to understand the way in which young people make use of the internet within particular contexts as part of the After Access research series.The arising policy question was: What are the best approaches to ensuring that internet [...]

After Access: The state of ICT in South Africa

By | 2018-09-14T12:33:08+00:00 September 10th, 2018|Categories: Africa Digital Policy Project, Home, ICT Access and Use Surveys|

Increasing Internet connections suggests a bridging of the digital divide yet, as more people are connected, digital inequality paradoxically increases. Inequality exists not only between people online and offline, but also between those who have the skills and financial resources to use the Internet optimally, and those who do not. Without policy interventions to reduce these disparities offline [...]