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Dr Bitange Ndemo joins Research ICT Africa Board
The successful former Permanent Secretary in the Kenyan Department of Communications, Dr Bitange Ndemo, has been appointed to the Research ICT Africa board.

Dr Ndemo’s tenure saw the rise of the Kenyan ICT sector with launching of undersea submarine cables, the mushrooming of business process outsourcing industry, the dramatic reduction in mobile termination rates (MTRs) in Kenya through effective regulation, the progressive leadership of Kenya on Internet Governance and the hosting of the first IGF in Africa, and attempts by Ndemo to pioneer an open data regime that would make government information freely available to its citizens in a single portal. The initiative was expected to set off a boom in apps development, but has been stifled by lack of cooperation from government departments to make their data available.

Dr Ndemo said: “I am delighted to be able to collaborate and advise RIA on the important issues addressed by their current research agenda – particularly in demand stimulation aspects of ICT policy and regulation that will allow more Africans to enjoy the social and economic benefits of broadband internet.“

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Revised Dates for CPRsouth 2014: 10 - 12 September 2014
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT:

CPRsouth 2014 conference dates have been pushed back by six days to avoid clashing with the Internet Governance Forum in Istanbul.

Revised dates for CPRsouth 2014: 10 - 12 September 2014

Revised dates for Young Scholars 2014:
7 - 9 September 2014

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A look at spectrum in four African countries
Does effective spectrum management make a real difference when it comes to more pervasive and affordable access to communication?  In this post I look at the spectrum management regimes in four African countries: Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, and South Africa, and try to draw some conclusions.

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Debating spectrum 2.0 for Africa

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Reflections for the 2014 Milton Wolf Seminar
By Alison Gillwald
This entry was originally posted in CGCS Media Wire blog.

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 to serve their interests, whatever those might be perceived to be. This is despite the rhetoric of dissatisfaction with current internet governance systems.

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The Information Lives of the Poor
By Laurent Elder.
This entry was originally posted in Ottawa Citizen.

Why should we care about how the poor access and communicate information? Intuitively, feeling safe and secure, obtaining clean water and food, and preventing sickness and disease appear to be much more important objectives for the poor.

Yet, all of these things are enabled or facilitated by information and communication. Families need to be connected when emergencies, disasters, or conflicts occur. Farmers must know where they can get the best prices for their produce. Health workers need to know, quickly and accurately, where a disease outbreak is occurring.

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Spectrum and the paradox of the ITU
The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is a paradox.  It is simultaneously an enabler and an obstacle to progress when it comes to radio spectrum.

Given that the demand for spectrum has increased and that globalisation has increased the demand for devices that work anywhere, should we now be providing more resources than ever to the ITU to carry out its critical function of coordination and harmonisation of spectrum regimes?  Yes, and no.

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2014 Young Scholars Programme (7-9 September 2014)

CALL FOR MOTIVATIONS FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE 2014 YOUNG SCHOLARS PROGRAMME

15 Young Scholars from Africa and 15 from the Asia-Pacific region will be selected to participate in a tutorial programme taught by recognised scholars and practitioners prior to the CPRsouth 2014 conference. 

CPRsouth 2014 (10-12 September 2014) will be hosted at Maropeng, in the Cradle of Humankind, South Africa, and the conference will be preceded directly by the tutorial programme on the 2nd and 3rd of September 2014.


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CPRafrica & CPRsouth conferences merge under the banner of CPRsouth in 2014
Following two highly successful joint Afro-Asian CPR conferences - hosted by CPRafrica in Port Louis, Mauritius in 2012, and CPRsouth in Mysore, India in 2013 - the conferences will formally merge in 2014 under the banner of CPRsouth to host the conference in Maropeng, in the Cradle of Humankind, South Africa.

Abstracts/paper proposals on ICT policy and regulation research carried out in Africa or the Asia-Pacific region, or relevant to Africa or the Asia-Pacific region, may be submitted electronically at www.cprsouth.org

The deadline for submission of abstracts has been extended to the 14th of March 2014. 

Additional information, including guidelines for submission may be found at this link.

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CPRsouth 2014 - Call for abstracts/paper proposals

What works, why and how do we know?

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS/PAPER PROPOSALS

Communication Policy Research: south (CPRsouth) intends to build human capacity in the South by reinforcing and developing the knowledge, skills, and commitment of ICT policy and regulation scholars in the region or with substantial interest in the region. The overall objective is to create policy intellectuals capable of informed and effective intervention in ICT policy and regulatory processes in specific country contexts.

Abstracts/paper proposals on ICT policy and regulation research carried out in Africa and the Asia-Pacific region, or relevant to Africa and the Asia-Pacific region, may be submitted for review and acceptance.

Proposals should be submitted electronically on or before 14 March 2014.

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Africa's LTE Future
By Steve Song.
This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series Debating Spectrum 2.0 for Africa

If you follow communication infrastructure in Africa, you would be forgiven if you have begun to think of LTE as the promised land. There is no doubt that mobile networks have transformed access on the continent.  Now, we are apparently just waiting for the roll-out of LTE to complete the revolution and provide high-speed broadband to all. This article looks at how LTE is evolving on the continent from the perspective of spectrum and device manufacturing.

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Research Areas Research ICT Africa has identified areas of ICT policy, regulation and indicator research that are under-investigated or where specialised research is needed and which might serve as possible topics for post-graduate research. 
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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.

For detailed job descriptions please click here, or contact admin@researchictafrica.net for more information

Training and Events Revised Dates for CPRsouth 2014: 10 - 12 September 2014 CPRsouth 2014 in Maropeng, South Africa, clashes with IGF 2014 in Istanbul.  Internet governance has assumed increased importance to the CPRsouth community in the aftermath of the controversial WCIT conference in 2012 and the Snowden revelati...
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2014 Young Scholars Programme (7-9 September 2014) What works, why and how do we know? CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: YOUNG SCHOLAR AWARDS 2014 Following two highly successful joint Afro-Asian CPR conferences - hosted by CPRafrica in Port Louis, Mauritius in 2012, and CPRsouth in Mysore, India in 2013 -...
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CPRsouth 2014 - Call for abstracts/paper proposals What works, why and how do we know? CALL FOR ABSTRACTS/PAPER PROPOSALS Communication Policy Research: south (CPRsouth) intends to build human capacity in the South by reinforcing and developing the knowledge, skills, and commitme...
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CPRafrica Papers Eight out of the best ten papers presented during CPRafrica 2010, Cape Town, have been published in info Volume 13 Issue 3
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