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Press Statement Calling for the Withdrawal of the draft Online Content Regulation Policy

Civil Society and Industry Associations call on Film & Publications Board to Withdraw Draft Online Content Regulation Policy

A broad alliance of civil society and industry associations has issued a firm call for the Film and Publications Board (“the Board”) to withdraw its draft Online Content Regulation Policy, released for public comment on 4 March 2015. The call for the withdrawal is based on the unconstitutional, unlawful and unworkable nature of the draft, as well as the fact that it ignores several related Government processes.

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Young Scholar Awards 2015: Extension of deadline
The deadline for applications for the 2015 Young Scholars' Programme has been extended to 23 March 2015.

Kindly note that no further extensions will be granted.

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Riding the digital wave, the impact of cybercapacity on human development

The European Union Institute for Security Studies report on “Riding the digital wave, the impact of cybercapacity on human development” analyses cybersecurity as a way to empower individuals, communities and governments to achieve their developmental goals by reducing digital security risks stemming from access and use of Information and Communications Technologies.

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Research ICT Africa Among Top 20 Global Science and Technology Think Tanks
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.

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Consumers benefit from lower mobile termination rates
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

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ICT4D, Regulation and Strategy

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.

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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’ Seminar
 (24 – 25 August 2015)


Deadline for applications: 23 March 2015

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ITS Global Fellowship Programme 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).

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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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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 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’ ...
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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...
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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.
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