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Broadband 4 Africa – ensuring economic and social inclusion
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.

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CPRsouth 2015: Extension of deadline for abstracts - 05 January 2015
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.

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How ordinary people got connected
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.

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South African Informational Development and Human Development: Rights vs. Capabilities
Chapter 6, Reconceptualizing Development in the Global Information Age. Edited by Manuel Castells & Pekka Himanen.

By Nico Cloete and Alison Gillwald

Restoring dignity

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.

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Call for abstracts/paper proposals - CPRsouth 2015, Taipei, Taiwan
The changing landscape of ICT governance practice - convergence and big data.

Call for abstracts/paper proposals.

Deadline for submissions: 15 December 2014.

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Systematic Review on economic impacts of mobiles and implications for tax debate
LIRNEasia has  completed a Systematic Review on the economic benefits of mobiles. The method is outlined in the slideset and the findings in the policy brief.

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RIA 2015 Household, Individual and informal sector survey
Research ICT Africa conducts surveys to collect ICT indicators that would otherwise not be available for policy makers and regulators. In order to be used for official purposes the indicator data needs to be representative and compliant with national statistical frameworks.
This study included Household, Individual and Informal Business Surveys across 12 African countries, which examined fixed, mobile and Internet access and use. This is used to undertake demand side analyses of what is happening in each country, which is triangulated with supply-side analyses and a regulatory perception survey. The representativeness requires that the selection probability of all the target subjects needs to be known. For a household survey it means that every single household in a country has a chance of being selected and that this chance (probability) is known. The standard process for sampling households and individuals is to use the census sample frame and randomly select Enumerator Areas (EAs) for each of the desired stratifications separately, such as rural and urban areas.

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Cameroonian government revokes Viettel’s 3G monopoly
In its edition of September 26 2014, The Cameroonian newspaper Le Quotidien de l’Economie, reported that Viettel’s request for an extension of its exclusivity on the provision of 3G services until 2016 has been turned down by the Cameroonian Government. The Agence de régulation des télécommunications (ART) has reportedly authorised MTN Cameroon and Orange Cameroon to offer 3G services from 2015, indicating that Viettel’s application to extend its monopoly was rejected.

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Nomination for RIA's Executive Director
We are pleased to announce that Dr Alison Gillwald, Executive Director of Research ICT Africa, has been selected as a top 10 candidate for the IT Personality of the Year 2014 Award.

The award, now in its 36th year, recognises a personality who has grown a successful IT business or organisation and has made an exceptional contribution to the industry in the past year.

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Mobile at the Base of the Pyramid series
The following studies, “Mobile at the Base of the Pyramid,” were commissioned by infoDev, a global technology and innovation program at the World Bank. The study were carried out under the supervision of Maja Andjelkovic of infoDev and prepared by Research ICT Africa’s lead researchers, Steve Esselaar and Christoph Stork.
These reports were made possible by the support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.

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Household and Individual

Internet Governance

Debating Spectrum

Measuring Broadband Performance in Africa

Price Transparency Index

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 for more information

Training and Events 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.
Google Policy Fellowships: RIA applications close 15 November 2014 Research ICT Africa is advertising a final call for applications from prospective Google Policy Fellows. The Google Policy Fellowship programme was inspired by Google’s Summer of Code with a public policy twist. The programme offers undergra...
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