The launch of Myanmar translation of Information Lives of the Poor, co-authored by Laurent Elder, Rohan Samarajiva, Alison Gillwald and Hernan Galperin and published by IDRC will be marked by two events.
September 12-14, 2014
George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, VA
TPRC is an annual conference on communication, information, and Internet policy that convenes international and interdisciplinary researchers and policymakers from academia, industry, government, and nonprofit organizations. Its purpose is to present original research relevant to policy making, share information about areas where research is needed, and engage in discussion on current policy issues.
Poor policy decisions in Cameroon have impeded the growth of affordable, real broadband services that are taking off in many of the continent’s leading economies. Although the introduction of bundled products by Orange Cameroon has significantly reduced the price for mobile prepaid services, the country lags behind its African peers in the deployment of 3G services due to protectionist policies and weak regulatory environment.
The entry of the new operator Movitel into the market in 2012 has shaken up the duopoly mobile and fixed monopoly markets that delivered poor services primarily in the major cities at high prices. Assisted by the reduction in the mobile termination rates in 2012, the market has become far more competitive with mCel and Vodacom Mozambique pressured into reducing their mobile prepaid voice tariffs.
While expansion of mobile networks across the continent continues to be constrained by the failure to assign high demand broadband spectrum, operators are devising ways around this by recycling their spectrum in order to offer high-speed and quality broadband bundles. The range of 4G services now becoming available creates another divide between countries’ ICT sectors, their regulators and their operators.
The Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development recently released a report, Measuring ICT and Gender: An Assessment. The report constitutes part of the efforts by the Task Group on Gender (TGG) of the Partnership on Measuring ICT for development to improve the availability of sex-disaggregated data.
As a member of the TGG spearheaded by the ITU and UNCTAD, RIA’s contribution to the report was based on their experience conducting surveys at household, individual and business levels. By disaggregating ICT access and use data into various categories, including gender, RIA provided input on how ICT use is currently measured in terms of gender in the countries surveyed.
The report takes stock of the ICT indicators currently available on gender, identifies the gaps and proposes possible indicators that could enrich the data on ICT and Gender.
Research ICT Africa, in collaboration with NEPAD Agency (e-Africa programme) and supported by a research grant from the Center for Global Communications Studies at the Annenberg School for Communications, UPENN, has entered a new phase of its research on mapping multistakeholder participation in internet governance in Africa. The main goal of the research is to provide evidence for policy action in support of an effective and meaningful involvement of African stakeholders in internet governance processes. The research, which is located in the political economy of Africa, provides a critical review of the main internet governance structures and processes. From this African perspective it intends to identify the participatory gaps in current internet governance processes. One of the ways in which it will do this is by conducting a systematic and comprehensive reconstruction of African participation in internet governance processes and institutions through a continent-wide online survey that is delivered to key national, regional, continental, and international respondents who have been involved in internet governance issues from an African perspective. Specifically, the survey investigates what respondents have tried to achieve in terms of enabling or constraining the development of an open internet and what has been the level and effectiveness of participation of African stakeholders in these debates.
Main Session 1 chaired by Stephen Sackur of BBC Hard Talk
Over the last decade Research ICT Africa has been conducting individual, household and informal business surveys on ICT access and use that provide insights into the critical demand side issues that continue to constrain ICT diffusion and adoption in Africa. This enables us to identify the very different ways voice communications, and now the internet, are evolving in Africa and in the global South in comparison to the North. For me, the discussion on privacy needs to be located in this context of constraint – the absence of affordable access, institutions, resources and often human rights – on which discussions of privacy are usually premised.
Voice and SMS revenues have been eroded by the increasing use of IP-based services such as instant messaging and voice over IP (VoIP). African operators have reacted to this change in the telecommunications market by providing bundling voice, SMS and data services.
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.“
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.
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