Call for applications: Research Methods Workshop for Internet Policy & Advocacy in Africa

November 9th, 2017|0 Comments

Application Due Soon: 10 November 2017 Date: February 26, 2018-March 3, 2018 Venue: Kampala, Uganda The Annenberg School for Communication’s Internet Policy Observatory has teamed up with the Collaboration on International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA), Research ICT Africa, Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANet), Unwanted Witness, Paradigm Initiative, and Young ICT Advocates to organize the fourth regional Research Methods Workshop for Internet Policy and Advocacy in Africa. The workshop, taking place from Feb 26 to [...]

Findings of a Survey on Multistakeholder Participation in Internet Governance from Africa

June 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Findings of a Survey on Multistakeholder Participation in Internet Governance from Africa 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. “There is no coordinated approach nationally or within countries in Southern Africa Development [...]

Invitation to participate in a survey on IGFs in Africa

June 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Invitation to participate in a survey on IGFs in Africa 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 All responses will be aggregated and respondent information will not be published or released in [...]

Survey on Mapping Multistakeholder Participation in Internet Governance from an African perspective

June 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Survey on Mapping Multistakeholder Participation in Internet Governance from an African perspective by Enrico Calandro 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 [...]

Reflections for the 2014 Milton Wolf Seminar

June 26th, 2017|0 Comments

Reflections for the 2014 Milton Wolf Seminar 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 [...]

World Summit on the Information Society 2017: High level policy statement

June 14th, 2017|0 Comments

World Summit on the Information Society 2017: High level policy statement By Alison Gillwald (PhD) Executive director, Research ICT Africa, and Adjunct Professor University of Cape Town. Research ICT Africa is an African public–interest ICT research ICT policy and regulatory network that has provided technical assistance to African countries, multilateral agencies and development banks for over a decade. It is the only organization collecting comprehensive supply-side and demand-side data that is available in the public domain with national [...]

Inclusive development and digital transformation in Africa

October 19th, 2016|0 Comments

Inclusive development and digital transformation in Africa 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.

Internet governance guidebook: Top resource for the Global South

June 14th, 2016|0 Comments

Internet governance guidebook: Top resource for the Global South 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 [...]

Written submission on the Cybercrime and Cybersecurity Bill

December 14th, 2015|0 Comments

Written submission on the Cybercrime and Cybersecurity Bill 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. We make this submission in the public interest to ensure that a Cybercrime and Cybersecurity Bill is drafted with the intention of protecting Internet users’ rights to safety and security, privacy, access to information, and [...]

Crowdsourcing ideas as an emerging form of multistakeholder participation in Internet governance

October 26th, 2015|0 Comments

Crowdsourcing ideas as an emerging form of multistakeholder participation in Internet governance 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 [...]

Discussion on multistakeholder participation in Internet Governance in Africa

May 29th, 2015|0 Comments

Discussion on multistakeholder participation in Internet Governance in Africa 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. Specifically, participants will be invited to consider how factors such as low level of Internet access and use, low quality of service and high prices of [...]

Comments for Stockholm Internet Forum (SIF14) by Alison Gillwald

May 29th, 2015|0 Comments

Comments for Stockholm Internet Forum (SIF14) by Alison Gillwald 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 [...]

Mapping Multistakeholder Participation in Internet Governance in Africa

May 29th, 2015|0 Comments

Mapping Multistakeholder Participation in Internet Governance in Africa 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 [...]

The South African Draft Online Regulation Policy as a form of “censorship by proxy”

May 29th, 2015|0 Comments

The South African Draft Online Regulation Policy as a form of “censorship by proxy”. by Enrico Calandro On 4 March 2015, the Film and Publications Board (FPB) of South Africa, an office of the Department of Communication, published a draft Online Regulation Policy (Notice 182 in Government Gazette 38531). The 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, [...]

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