Terror fear enables veil of surveillance by Alison Gillwald for Business day on 27 November 2015

What has been alarming about the talk shows, social networks and even traditional media coverage of the biggest penalty in regulatory history being faced by MTN in Nigeria, for failing to register SIM cards, is the apparent lack of concern about the chilling effect mandatory SIM registration has had on the spread of information and communications technologies (ICT).
This is a key driver of economic growth and development on the continent, and the stealth with which a pervasive continental and global surveillance system has been deployed through private resources should set off alarm bells.


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Bundling up - new pricing strategies in the African prepaid market by Admin on 23 November 2015

 As the African prepaid data market evolves, Over the Top (OTT) services are the new battleground: new entrants and some dominant operators are creating innovative new pricing strategies to increase market share or  retain customers and defend their revenues from OTT players. Bundles exist in various forms: voice and data; SMS and data or voice; sms, data and voice. These bundles are generally offered with a limit or uncapped subject to a fair use policy. This convergence of voice and data offerings into diverse bundles has prompted the development of an African prepaid market Bundled Value for Money Index (BVMI) to assess the value of new bundled products in this dynamic market. 

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Legal and Regulatory Environment-Discussion with Raul Echeberria and Alison Gillwald by Administrator on 23 November 2015

The CGI.br -the internet steering committee of Brazil, held throughout the year 2015 a cycle of conferences with the participation of scientists, thinkers, inventors, activists and Internet personalities. The topic "Legal and Regulatory" was discussed by Raúl Echeberría, Vice President for Global Engagement Internet Society, and Professor Alison Gillwald, Executive Director of Research ICT Africa and Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town on 16 September 2015, in Hotel Blue Tree Premium in São Paulo. 

View the discussion here

Check out more information on www.cgi.br /20 years 

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CPRsouth 2016 Call for Papers by Admin on 18 November 2015

CPRsouth 2016: Inclusive Innovation

Co-hosted by COSTECH and TCRA


8 – 10 September 2016


Deadline for submissions: 15 January 2016

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

Paper proposals should be submitted electronically on or before 15 January 2016
Submit abstract/paper proposal here


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Zero-rated internet services: What is to be done? by Admin on 10 November 2015

Facebook recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of its non-profit initiative, Internet.org. Facebook claims to have set up this initiative to help those in developing countries who cannot afford to access the Internet with a fixed-line or mobile data. The application provides users with access to what they term “basic internet services,” including Facebook, Facebook Messenger, and a suite of country specific websites related to education, finance, health, information, the marketplace, the news, and women’s issues. Though critics have argued that this does not constitute access to the ‘free and open’ internet it is a far more comprehensive offering than Facebook Zero, their stripped down application developed originally for feature phones and the application that introduced many mobile users to the internet. This provided access to the Facebook Zero app only, which did not have any video, image, or audio features.
By mid-2015 Facebook had partnered with more than twelve mobile operators in seventeen countries to provide free usage of its Internet.org mobile application.

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