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Africa E Week: The need for statistics to measure the development impact of digitisation

By | 2018-12-14T10:38:05+00:00 December 14th, 2018|Categories: Home|

Senior Researcher, Dr Onkokame Mothobi presented at the Africa E Commerce week on the importance of data. This session discussed the insights that can be provided by the collection of statistics concerning the digital economy in Africa, which supports decision-making by policy-makers and other stakeholders. It highlighted recent work that has been done in this [...]

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

By | 2018-12-12T09:28:59+00:00 December 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+00:00 December 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 [...]

Submission to the Inquiry into the role and responsibilities of the ICASA in Cybersecurity

By | 2018-12-03T10:47:22+00:00 December 3rd, 2018|Categories: Africa Digital Policy Project, Home|

Research ICT Africa welcomes the opportunity to submit written comments on the Inquiry into the role and responsibilities of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa, published in the Government Gazette on the 28 September 2018. To that end, ICASA has published a discussion document soliciting the views of stakeholders on what should be [...]

Discussing Freedoms Online

By | 2018-11-29T10:07:56+00:00 November 28th, 2018|Categories: Home|

This week Prof. Alison Gillwald and Anri van der Spuy will be participating in the Freedom Online Conference – Internet Freedom at a Crossroads: Common Paths towards Strengthening Human Rights Online, in Berlin. The Conference, which takes place from 28 to 30 November, is the flagship event of the Freedom Online Coalition, bringing together [...]

Parliament Presentation: Digital Inequality in South Africa

By | 2018-11-26T09:58:28+00:00 November 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 [...]

IGF Panel Discussion on Collaborative Models for Cybersecurity: The Mauritius Case

By | 2018-11-08T13:42:32+00:00 November 8th, 2018|Categories: Africa Digital Policy Project, Home|

What is the rationale for multistakeholder collaboration in cybersecurity policymaking? How can multistakeholder collaborations in cybersecurity be improved in Africa? What are the challenges of implementing them? What forms should multistakeholder collaborations for cybersecurity take? What are the key success factors experienced by the different stakeholders involved in such collaborations? Those are some of the questions that will [...]

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

By | 2018-12-04T09:54:56+00:00 November 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+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 [...]