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Africa E Week: Expanding access to affordable and reliable ICT Infrastructure and services

By | 2018-12-12T09:28:59+02:00 Dec 12th, 2018|Categories: Home|

For the panel on Expanding Access to Affordable and Reliable ICT Infrastructure and Services at the UNCTAD Africa e-commence week being held in Nairobi, RIA executive director, Dr Alison Gillwald, looks at the linkages between affordable access and  prices, quality of service, and network investment in Africa: Accuracy of Internet penetration data/ devices data Barriers to take up vs use Problems with [...]

Research ICT Africa attending Africa eCommerce Week

By | 2018-12-10T22:41:14+02:00 Dec 10th, 2018|Categories: Home|

Research ICT Africa is attending The Africa eCommerce Week  in Nairobi jointly organised by the African Union and the European Union. The event is hosted by the Government of Kenya and implemented in collaboration with partners of the eTrade for all initiative. Our Executive Director, Dr. Alison Gillwald and Senior Researcher, Dr Onkokame Mothobi will [...]

African digital platforms and the future of digital financial services

By | 2018-12-04T10:22:35+02:00 Dec 4th, 2018|Categories: ICT Access and Use Surveys|

By Renée Hunter, Chernay Johnson and Matthew Dunn This blog was first published on CENFRI As societies and economies change, so should the financial products that serve them. The insight2impact facility ׀ i2i in partnership with Research ICT Africa have created this series of infographics to describe their key findings on multi-sided platforms, and the individuals [...]

Parliament Presentation: Digital Inequality in South Africa

By | 2018-11-26T09:58:28+02:00 Nov 26th, 2018|Categories: Home|

Prof. Alison Gillwald will be presenting on the 26th of November before the Parliamentary Committee on Telecommunications and Postal Services as it conducts its public hearings on the Electronic Communications Amendment Bill.  Prof Gillwald will make a presentation to the committee on an update on the issues pertaining to the cost to communicate. In particular, the measures [...]

WEF: Understanding the gender gap in the Global South

By | 2018-11-09T09:57:12+02:00 Nov 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 [...]

Opinion: All sectors need to embrace digital economy to spur economic growth

By | 2018-12-04T09:54:56+02:00 Nov 8th, 2018|Categories: Home|

Policy clarity, investments and reducing data prices so everyone can afford to be online will assist SA in the fourth industrial revolution 08 NOVEMBER 2018 By ALISON GILLWALD for Business Day As we moved to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s investment summit on the back of the jobs summit held last month, the department of telecommunications [...]

CyberBRICS fellowship program

By | 2018-11-06T06:45:55+02:00 Nov 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+02:00 Nov 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+02:00 Oct 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+02:00 Oct 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 [...]