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Submission to SALC-Discussion Paper 149 on Sexual Offences: Pornography and Children

By |2019-07-31T06:11:05+02:00Jul 30th, 2019|Categories: Home|

How do we tackle online risks without sacrificing children’s digital futures? by Anri van der Spuy As access to the Internet increases in South Africa (albeit slowly), our  children’s exposure to both new opportunities and new risks also increase. This is perhaps why the South African Law Reform Commission (SALRC) is proposing wide-ranging reforms [...]

7th Africa DNS Forum : African Digital Economy session

By |2019-07-22T15:22:06+02:00Jul 22nd, 2019|Categories: Home|

7thAfrica DNS Forum | 22 - 24 July 2019 | Gaborone, Botswana|Avani Hotel RIA presenter : Dr Onkokame Mothobi Panel: Africa Digital Economy. A reflection and an overview of key initiatives, current challenges and interventions and Digital ID & Africa Free Trade Zone as a single digital Economy  23 July 2019 -11:00-13:00 Live stream link: [...]

2017/2018 After Access survey data now available for download on DataFirst

By |2019-07-11T11:33:34+02:00Jul 11th, 2019|Categories: Home|

2017/2018 RIA After Access survey data now available at DataFirst The underlying datasets of the After Access surveys are curated by DataFirst. The data is now available having gone through a process of verification through independent peer review, public engagement and publication by Research ICT Africa. DataFirst is a research data service dedicated to giving open access to data [...]

Policy Brief: Visualisation and mapping does not compensate for poor data

By |2019-07-10T23:32:33+02:00Jul 10th, 2019|Categories: Home|

2019_Policy Brief Pricing No 1_Africa Data By Onkokame Mothobi (PhD) With Internet-based services taking the centre of an increasingly digital global economy, reliable and up to date data sets are crucial for the  formulation of evidence-based policy. Critical attention, however, should be paid to methodologies used to measure and compare indicators for policy formulation and to [...]

After Access: The state of ICT in Kenya

By |2019-07-10T23:45:09+02:00Jul 8th, 2019|Categories: Home|

Policy Paper No.9, Series 5: After Access The State of ICT in Kenya By Margaret Nyambura Ndung’u, Charley Lewis and Onkokame Mothobi Kenya seeks to position itself in the future of this digital world and global economy, spearheading innovation in the area of mobile money. With more than half of the Kenyan population now banked, the benefits [...]

Walking the Talk: Feminist research to understand the African gendered digital divide

By |2019-06-28T15:46:34+02:00Jun 27th, 2019|Categories: Home|

By Chenai Chair  “It is not easy for a girl to leave home and purposely go, maybe, to a cybercafé to access the Internet. This is because girls have responsibilities like household chores well…[some] girls are also not interested in the Internet, and some choose to stay home, and those who have some interest [...]

SADC Parliamentary Forum presentation

By |2019-05-22T17:03:14+02:00May 22nd, 2019|Categories: Home|

On Wednesday, 22 May, Alison Gillwald, Enrico Calandro and Anri van der Spuy presented policy options for the digital economy to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Parliamentary Forum (PF) meeting in Johannesburg. The two-hour session covered a range of issues pertaining to the governance of digital economies. A detailed report on the session, [...]

CPR South Young Scholar Programme 2015 – Reflections of a Young Scholar & What to Expect

By |2016-06-07T09:44:48+02:00Jun 7th, 2016|Categories: Gender and Internet rights, RIA Rap|

The word young is used here to represent researchers and policy makers who are “young to the field” and there is no literal age limit.  We quickly found this out by being thrown in the deep end with representatives from industry who are vastly more experienced than others. As a young scholar attending the program there [...]

South African mobile contract user? What contract will give you the best value for money?

By |2016-04-06T10:22:51+02:00Apr 6th, 2016|Categories: Gender and Internet rights, Pricing, RIA Rap|

The year 2016 has kicked off with South Africa’s smallest operators offering consumers excellent contract value. As of the beginning of 2016 there are 96 basic contracts in the market (without devices) which are then adapted to include devices. These contracts have been analysed using Research ICT Africa’s postpaid value index (PVI).  Consumers care about price [...]