Research ICT Africa has been ranked among the top 20 global science and technology think tanks according to the 2014 Global Go To Think Tank Index (GGTTI). The GGTTTI has become the gold standard of excellence for think tanks around the world and is widely cited by donors, journals, think tanks and policymakers.
Mobile termination rates no longer pose an obstacle to competition. Cell C and Telkom Mobile have continued to place pressure on MTN and Vodacom to reduce their prices, even at the new higher rate of 20c.
Download Research ICT Africa's policy brief no 1, 2015: Consumers benefit from lower mobile termination rates
ICT4D Regulation and Strategy by Alison Gillwald in the Encyclopedia of Digital Communication and Society
Published Online: 11 February 2015
This entry provides an overview of telecom reform, starting with the first round which saw the privatization of fixed line incumbents, the liberalization of the mobile market, and the establishment of national regulatory authorities. It tracks what can be regarded as a second round of reform compelled by the public availability of the internet and the convergence of traditionally distinct broadcasting platforms requiring, ultimately, in the current phase of regulatory reform, the regulation of an integrated networks, services, and content value chain – or broadband. This is done from a global South point of view in terms of the common challenges faced in countries with low penetration rates, less mature, generally less competitive markets, facing institutional capacity challenges, limited network extension, and high build-out costs and with low national incomes.
Yuan Ze University, Taiwan
Deadline for applications: 19 March 2015
The Institute of Technology and Society (ITSrio.org) invites researchers, graduate students as well as professionals working with technology policy, to apply to its Global Policy Fellowship Program and spend four weeks* in Brazil at ITS. Last year, the programme welcomed six fellows from all over the world, who contributed immensely to the success of the Fellowship Programme.
(See the list of our 2014 fellows here, and what they have to say about their experiences here).
The RIA research agenda on “Broadband 4 Africa” arises from an evolution of research practice over the last decade that has resulted in a more holistic understanding of ICT, broadband and the Internet as an ecosystem. This ecological approach enables the identification of linkages between different elements in the system, and how the functioning of one part of the system is dependent on the successful functioning of other parts.
The CPRsouth 2015 deadline for abstracts/paper proposals has been extended until the 5th of January 2015. Kindly note that authors who have already submitted proposals are invited to revise and resubmit their entries by the January 2015 deadline should they wish to do so.
How ordinary people got connected, a 10-year, IDRC-funded evaluation of Research ICT Africa and its impact on policy influence on the African continent.
Chapter 6, Reconceptualizing Development in the Global Information Age. Edited by Manuel Castells & Pekka Himanen.
By Nico Cloete and Alison Gillwald
This chapter will analyze information and human development in South Africa. In the case of informational development, the structural basis for this growth in many countries has been the expansion of a highly dynamic, knowledge-producing, technologically advanced sector that is connected to other similar sectors in a global network while excluding a significant segment of its own economy and population (Castells and Cloete 2011). This is the case in South Africa. In relation to human development, South African apartheid was on one hand about inequality, in terms of access to and participation in the economy. But, on the other hand, exclusion under apartheid was also about discriminatory laws that affected the legal rights of black people. Before elaborating on economic disparities and inequalities, with ICT and higher education as particular lenses, we wish to start with the struggle for rights. Human rights formed not only the scaffolding for economic exclusion, but affected something equally fundamental: dignity.
The changing landscape of ICT governance practice - convergence and big data.
Call for abstracts/paper proposals.
Deadline for submissions: 15 December 2014.
Vacancies PRINCIPAL RESEACHER/ SENIOR RESEARCHER/ RESEARCHER
Research ICT Africa requires a full-time Principal Researcher/Senior Researcher/Researcher to join their research team in Cape Town on contract. The successful applicant will be responsible for the following key functions:
- Research and training under direction of the Executive Director;
- Preparation of presentations, reports and policy papers for dissemination;
- Lead and participate in teams established for the purpose of undertaking research and consulting projects;
- Preparation of proposals and tenders and writing up of research products.
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Training and Events CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: CPRsouth 2015 Young Scholar Awards THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF ICT GOVERNANCE AND PRACTICE – CONVERGENCE AND BIG DATA Innovation Center for Big Data and Digital Convergence: Yuan Ze University, Taiwan (26 – 28 August 2015) 2015 Young Scholars’ ...
CPRsouth 2015: Extension of deadline for abstracts - 05 January 2015 THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF ICT GOVERNANCE AND PRACTICE – CONVERGENCE AND BIG DATA (Hosted by the Innovation Center for Big Data and Digital Convergence, Yuan Ze University, Taiwan: 26 – 28 August 2015) Abstracts/pa...
Making all voices count Fellowship Programme Making all voices count offers opportunities for people to work as Fellows with all travel and salary covered. Further information about the fellowship is available at the following link.