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 undergraduate, graduate, and law students interested in Internet and technology policy the opportunity to spend the summer contributing to the public dialogue on these issues, and exploring future academic and professional interests.

Fellows will have the opportunity to work at public interest organisations at the forefront of debates on broadband and access policy, content regulation, copyright and creativity, consumer privacy, open government, government surveillance, data security, data innovation, free expression and more. More detail on RIA’s fellowship focus areas may be found here.

Fellows will be assigned a lead mentor at their host organisation and will have the opportunity to work with several senior staff members over the course of the summer. Fellows will be expected to make substantive contributions to the work of their organisation, including conducting policy research and analysis; drafting reports and analyses; attending government and industry meetings and conferences; and participating in other advocacy activities.

Your application should reach us on or before the 15th of November 2014, and may be submitted at this link.

For additional information please contact admin@researchictafrica.net.
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.

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 at:

http://www.cprsouth.org

on or before 15 December 2014

Submit your abstract here

Downlaod the Call for Abstracts/Paper proposals.
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 revelations.

In recent years, IGF has been held in October-November and did not clash with CPRsouth, but unfortunately the dates have been advanced for 2014.  The CPRsouth call for proposals was published prior to the IGF call for proposed sessions, and the conflict was therefore not known at the time.  Now, as the IGF programme is taking shape, the cost of the conflicting schedule is becoming evident.  The need for some to be present at IGF will affect our ability to ensure attendance of all the planned moderators, discussants and young scholars’ programme instructors. 

Given the fact that the conference venue had already been booked and the post-IGF availability was uncertain, we had to make a quick decision to change the reservation.  This decision was not taken lightly, but we believe that as a research-to-policy organisation, it is important to avoid clashing with one of the most important Internet policy events of 2014. 

CPRsouth 2014 dates will therefore be:

Conference: 10th - 12th September 2014 (not 4-6 September as previously announced); and

Young Scholars programme: 7th - 9th September 2014 (not 2-3 September as previously announced). 

We have taken advantage of this opportunity to add half a day (7th of September) to the Young Scholars programme to accommodate more of the traditional tutorial content in addition to the planned Systematic Review training. 

The IGF will be held in Istanbul September 2-5 and the new CPRsouth dates will allow those who wish to participate in both activities to conveniently combine them in one trip. 

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused by having to revise the conference dates.
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 - the conferences will formally merge in 2014 under the banner of CPRsouth.

CPRsouth 2014 (10-12 September 2014) will be hosted at Maropeng, in the Cradle of Humankind, South Africa.

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.  Tutorials are scheduled to be held prior to  CPRsouth 2014 on 7,8 & 9 September 2014.

Who will qualify?
• Entry level officers of government/regulatory agencies
• Entry/mid-level officers of private companies in the communication industries
• Masters/PhD students in Economics, Public policy, Communications and Journalism
• Entry/mid-level officers in NGOs/INGOs.
• Researchers from think tanks
• Journalists interested in regulation and public policy, with an emphasis on communication
 
Tutorials
The tutorials cover topics such as

• policy analysis using supply-side or demand-side data
• ICT impact analysis
• sector and competition regulation
• research to policy interventions
• introductory topics to systematic review

Previous tutorial presentations can be accessed at http://www.cprsouth.org/
 
Application deadline: 02 May 2014


Application guidelines
Applications should be submitted to admin@researchictafrica.net on or before 02 May 2014 and must contain the following:

a. curriculum vitae (one page)
b. a one-page write-up outlining why you wish to become an African or Asia-Pacific based expert capable of contributing to ICT related policy and regulatory reform in the region

The document should be named CPRsouth2014_YoungScholar_YourLastName. Please note that your write up and bio should be in a single document.

Review Criteria
Applications will be reviewed according to the following criteria:

1. Content of application
2. Evidence of interest in, and commitment to, policy-relevant research for Africa or the Asia-Pacific region
3. Quality of writing
4. Gender and country representation

The selection committee may contact your supervisor or mentor before making the final selections.

Candidates selected to participate in the tutorial programme must:

• Provide a one-page research proposal
• Participate in all tutorial sessions
• Participate in the entire CPRsouth 2014 conference

Funding
Selected young scholars who are passport holders and travelling from low, lower-middle and upper-middle income countries within Africa (as classified by the World Bank http://data.worldbank.org/about/country-classifications/country-and-lending-groups#Low_income) will be provided with:

• Lowest-cost economy airfare to conference destination (less USD150 registration fee)
• Twin sharing accommodation on bed and breakfast basis, 6 lunches and 1 dinner for the duration of the tutorials and conference (7-12 September 2014).

The airfare will be reimbursed less USD150, the registration fee for the conference.

All other incidental costs including, but not limited to, transportation to and from airports in home countries, visa fees (if any), and meals not provided for, must be borne by the participants.

SPECIAL NOTE: Candidates who would be prevented from participating in the tutorial programme due to their inability to raise the required registration fee may apply for a waiver. Waiver of registration fees will only be considered where a participant provides the secretariat with a factual letter detailing the difficulties in bearing this cost, and where the request is submitted immediately upon notification of your successful application.

Visas
Letters will be provided for this purpose after participant selections have been made. Participants are strongly advised to initiate visa approval procedures immediately thereafter.

Kindly direct all queries to admin@researchictafrica.net

See www.researchICTafrica.net for updates.
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. The paper proposals must be classifiable with at least three keywords from the list.

Conference dates: 10 - 12 September 2014

Submit your abstract here

Content

The conference will accommodate about 30 paper presenters from Africa and the Asia-Pacific over the course of three days. The conference includes sessions on cutting-edge developments on policy and regulation in the South and discussion of the research-policy interface. Each of the paper sessions will be chaired by a senior scholar and include a discussant, who will provide substantive comments on the papers.

Special sessions

Three of the conference sessions will focus on the following topics:
• impact of mobile money on the poor
• impact of ICT on education in Developing countries
• access to ICTs and micro, small and medium enterprises
• efficacy of Telecom Reform in Low and Middle Income Countries

Submission Guidelines

Proposals should be submitted electronically at www.cprsouth.org on or before 14 March 2014

• Submission should be a 500-word paper proposal with references and one page curriculum vitae
• The template for the paper proposals submission can be downloaded from
   www.cprsouth.org/review-criteria-and-template
• The document must be named CPRsouth2014_paperproposal&Bio_YourLastName.doc.
• It should be in MS office word format
• In addition to the keywords we encourage you to submit papers for special sessions as well

Keywords

Access | Applications | Authorization and licensing | Broadband | Business models | Citizen | Civil society | Cloud computing | Competition | Conflict | Connectivity | Consumer | Content | Convergence | Cooperation | Demand | Disaster | Disability | Domestic | Economy | Ecosystem | Education | Efficiency | Emerging markets | Environment | Governance | Growth | Inclusion | Indicators | Information | Infrastructure | Innovation | International | Institutions | Judiciary Knowledge | Legislation | Markets | Media | Micro, small and medium enterprises | Mobile money | Monopoly | Networks performance | Policy | Political economy | Poverty | Productivity | Property| Public goods | Oligopoly | Reforms | Regional | Regulation | Services | Spectrum | Strategy | Telecom reforms | Transparency | Universal access | Universal services

Notification of shortlisting of paper proposals will be emailed on or before 03 April 2014, and full papers have to be submitted for final review by 05 May 2014.

The papers selected for presentation at the CPRsouth Conference will be uploaded onto the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) database. Please note that the submission of the final paper implies consent to upload them onto the SSRN database. The slides of the presentations and the policy brief will be uploaded onto www.cprsouth.org

Funding

Selected paper givers who are passport holders of, and travelling from, low, lower-middle and upper middle income countries within the Asia Pacific and Africa (as classified by the World Bank http://data.worldbank.org/about/country-classifications/country-and-lending-groups#Low_income) will be provided with:
• Lowest-cost economy airfare to conference destination (less USD 200 registration fee).
• Twin sharing accommodation on bed and breakfast basis, 3 lunches and 1 dinner for the duration of the   
  conference (10-12 September 2014). Not all meals are covered.

The airfare will be reimbursed less USD 200, the registration fee for the conference. The cost of transportation to and from airports in home countries, visa fees (if any), meals not provided and incidental costs have to borne by the participants.

Visas

Letters will be provided for this purpose after participant selections have been made. Participants are strongly advised to initiate visa approval procedures immediately thereafter.

Kindly direct all enquiries to Ondine Bello: admin@researchictafrica.net


ICTD2013 - Call for Proposals: Emerging Scholars
ICTD2013 are pleased to invite emerging scholars to submit a maximum 600-word abstract focusing on the theme, “ICT ecosystems in developing countries.” Your abstract submission will be for the pre-conference ICTD symposium (2-6 December 2013).

If you submit an abstract, your abstract will be peer-reviewed. Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified to submit a full paper and you will be invited to present the full paper at this symposium. Travel scholarships will include your flight, accommodation, meals and registration paid by ICTD2013.



You will have to submit an abstract for the symposium to get funding for the two events (pre-conference and ICTD2013). You do not need to have a paper accepted for ICTD2013, and you can present your ICTD paper at the symposium if it concerns the theme of "ICT ecosystems". Preference will be given to scholars from the global South.



Abstracts can be submitted to the Scholarships Committee online at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/14PGQuojtgmARjqyPe6BA_8ewbMqLeoev8yPQNRkXxwk/viewform.  
Abstracts should be no longer than 600 words. 



Deadlines
  • July 26: Abstract Submission deadline (17h00 GMT)

  • August 12: Notification of Acceptance, Request to prepare Full Paper
  • October 30: Final Papers Submission deadline
  • November 15:  Discussants asked to review papers
  • December 2-6: ICTD pre-conference symposium
  • December 7-10:  ICTD2013 Cape Town


Eligibility
You may apply for the pre-conference and ICTD2013 travel scholarship as an emerging scholar, only if you are:
  • an emerging scholar in the Information & Communication Technology for Development field of no more than 45 years old;
  • if you are a PhD holder, then you are only eligible if you have no more than seven years of post-graduate teaching/research experience;
  • and 

preference will go to those affiliated with an academic, government, research or civil society institution, consortium or institution based in the global South such as the Africa, Latin America and Asia regions.


Thank you also to all who participated in our initial survey! 



Preconference Symposium Organizers:
Contact us at: scholarships@ictd2013.info
University of the Western Cape
University of Cape Town



Conference Information
:
Conference website: http://ictd2013.info
Follow or visit at: Twitter @ICTD2013 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ICTD2013
2013 Young Scholars Programme (3-4 Sept 2013)
CALL FOR MOTIVATIONS FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE 2013 YOUNG SCHOLARS' PROGRAMME

Fifteen Young Scholars from Africa (and the same number from the Asia-Pacific region) will be selected to participate in the tutorials taught by recognised scholars and practitioners scheduled to be held before CPRsouth8/ CPRafrica 2013 (3-4 September 2013).
 
Who will qualify?
  • Officers of government/regulatory agencies
  • Entry/mid level officers of private companies in the communication industries
  • Masters/PhD students in Economics, Public policy, Law, Communications and Journalism
  • Entry/mid level officers in NGOs/INGOs.
  • Researchers from think tanks
  • Journalists interested in regulation and public policy, with an emphasis on communication
Faculty at previous CPRsouth/CPRafrica tutorials:
  • Alison Gillwald, PhD (Research ICT Africa, South Africa)
  • Aslam Hayat (Pacific ICT Regulatory Resource Center, Fiji)
  • Ashok Jhunjhunwala, PhD (Indian Institute of Technology, Madras)
  • Christoph Stork, PhD (RIA, South Africa)
  • Emmanuel Lallana, PhD (IdeaCorp, Philippines)
  • Ernesto Flores-Roux, PhD (Telefonica, Mexico)
  • Helani Galpaya (LIRNEasia, Sri Lanka)
  • Judith Mariscal, PhD (Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, Mexico)
  • Milagros Rivera, PhD (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
  • Pirongrong Ramasoota, PhD (Chulalongkorn University, Thailand)
  • Rohan Samarajiva, PhD (LIRNEasia, Sri Lanka)
  • Roxana Barrantes, PhD (Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, Peru)
  • Sujata Gamage, PhD (LIRNEasia, Sri Lanka)
  • Supriya Singh, PhD, (RMIT, Australia)
  • Yuli Liu, PhD (National Chengchi University, Taiwan ROC)
  • William Melody, PhD (LIRNE.net, Denmark)
Previous tutorial presentations can be accessed at http://www.cprsouth.org
 
Application Guidelines
 
Applications should be submitted via email to admin [at] researchictafrica [dot] net on or before 02 June 2013, and must contain the following:
  • a one-page curriculum vitae 
  • a one-page write-up outlining why you wish to become an African- based expert capable of contributing to ICT-related policy and regulatory reform in the region
  • The document should be named: CPRafrica2013_YoungScholar_YourLastName
Please note that the write up and bio should be in a single document.
 
Notification of acceptance will be emailed on or before 17 June 2013, with instructions on travel arrangements.
 
Review Criteria
Applications will be reviewed according to the following criteria:
  • Content of application
  • Evidence of interest in, and commitment to, policy-relevant research for the Asia Pacific/Africa
  • Quality of writing
  • Gender and country representation
  • The selection committee may contact your supervisor or mentor before making the final selections.
Individuals selected for the Young Scholars Programme must:
  • Provide an one-page research proposal
  • Participate in all tutorial sessions
  • Participate in the entire CPRsouth8/CPRafrica2013 conference
Funding
Selected young scholars, who are passport-holders, will be provided with:
  • lowest cost route economy airfare, to and from India
  • shared accommodation, including bed and breakfast, for the duration of the conference (Organisers will provide 3 lunches and 1 dinner from 3-7 September 2013, but not all meals are covered)
All other costs are to be borne by the participant.  Participants who are able to receive institutional support to attend are requested to do so in order that others, who are not, are able to attend. 
 
Visas
Visas are required to enter India, with some exceptions. Letters will be provided for this purpose after final participant selections have been made. Participants are strongly advised to initiate visa approval procedures immediately upon notification of their selection.
 
Key Dates for the Young Scholars' Programme
  • Deadline for applications: 02 June 2013

See www.researchICTafrica.net for updates
 

 
CPRsouth 8 / CPRafrica 2013 - Mysore, India(5-7 Sept 2013)
Innovation & Entrepreneurship in ICT: Changing Asia / Africa
 
CPRsouth8/ CPRafrica 2013 provides a forum for policy-engaged scholars to meet face-to-face to exchange ideas, network and improve the quality of their scholarly work. It fosters the next generation of active scholars and in-situ experts capable of contributing to good ICT-related policy and regulation in the region. The emphasis is on research for evidence-based ICT policy and regulation and on the use of research for policy influence.
 
Location
The conference will be hosted at the Infosys Campus Mysore India. The state-of-the-art campus has been set up and is managed by the Indian global technology services company, Infosys, for the purpose of training its staff and recruits.  The Infosys Bangalore and Mysore campuses inspired Thomas Friedman to write the international bestseller The world is flat.  
 
Content
The conference will accommodate 30 paper presenters from Africa and the Asia-Pacific over the course of three days (Asia-Pacific papers will make up around 60 percent of total).   The conference includes sessions on cutting-edge developments on policy and regulation in the South and discussion of the research-policy interface.  The audience will be made up of 70+ scholars on ICT policy and practice. A senior scholar will chair each of the paper sessions.  Substantive discussant comments will be provided. 
 
Mentoring
Paper presenters will have opportunity to be mentored on their paper, policy brief and the presentation prior to the conference.
 
Call for Abstracts 
Research ICT Africa invites submission of abstracts for papers on ICT policy and regulation research carried out in Africa, or relevant to Africa, for review and acceptance. Abstracts are due on 15 February 2013.
 
Paper proposals must be classifiable with at least three keywords from the list below:
 
Access | Applications | Authorization and Licensing | Broadband| Broadcasting |Business models | Citizen | Civil society| Cloud computing | Competition | Conflict | Connectivity | Consumer | Content | Convergence | Cooperation  | Demand | Digitisation Disaster  | Disability | Domestic | Economy | Efficiency | Emerging markets  | Environment   | Governance | Growth | Inclusion | Indicators | Information | Infrastructure | Innovation | International | IP |Judiciary | Knowledge | Legislation | Markets | Media | Monopoly| Networks | Performance | Policy | Political economy | Poverty |Pricing | Productivity | Property | Public goods | Oligopoly | Reforms | Regional | Regulation | Rights |Social networking Spectrum | Strategy | Security| State |Transparency | Universal access | Universal services.

These keywords will be used to assign papers to reviewers in a double-blind process, which will yield a shortlist of approximately 30-35 papers.  Completed papers from this shortlist will be adjudicated by two senior scholars, and authors of the highest ranked papers will be invited to present at the conference.  
 
The actual program will depend on the papers received. Organisers reserve the right to combine topics and to not offer sessions for which sufficient high-quality submissions are not received.

Submission Guidelines
Abstracts should be submitted to admin [at] researchictafrica [dot] net on or before 15 February 2013 and must contain the following:
  • the title of the paper
  • your name and contact information (email address and mobile no.)
  • an abstract of the paper (no more than 750 words including a minimum of three, and a maximum of five, keywords from the list above.  Abstracts should include at least three, but preferably more, references to prior work.  (References and keywords are outside the 750-word limit)
  • a curriculum vitae of no more than one page
  • the document must be named: CPRafrica2013_abstract&Bio_YourLastName.doc
Please note that the paper proposal and bio must be in a single document.

TEMPLATE FOR PAPER PROPOSALS (ABSTRACTS)

Notification of acceptance of proposed papers on the basis of the abstract will be emailed on or before 1 March 2013. Full papers must be submitted for review by 1 May 2013. Only full papers of acceptable quality that are received by this deadline will be considered for partial travel and accommodation support.

It is expected that the papers will be improved based on substantive comments provided in the run-up to the conference. All paper presenters are required to develop a policy brief based on their final research paper.  Mentoring on writing a policy brief will be provided prior to the conference, and policy briefs will be judged in a policy-brief competition.
 
Review Criteria
Paper proposals will be reviewed according to the following criteria: 
  1. PRINCIPAL RESEARCH QUESTION(15%): Captures the essence of the proposal in no more than 50 words
  2. POLICY RELEVANCE (15%): The relevance of the proposal to identified decision-makers in the ICT space is explicated
  3. COMPONENT RESEARCH QUESTIONS (15%): Breaks down the research question further and is linked to the research plan
  4. RESEARCH PLAN (45%): Includes a literature search, method and data sources sections
  5. LIST OF REFERENCES/SOURCES (5%):  Identifies the key documents.  APA style is used
  6. TITLE (5%): Is clear and communicates no more and no less than the content given in the proposal
Please note: Only the authors whose papers are delivered by the 7 May 2013 deadline AND who meet the quality standard will be allowed to present at the conference.

Paper presenters who make the cut will be notified by 3 June 2013 with contact information for the assigned chair and discussant and instructions on travel arrangements.

Funding
Selected presenters who are passport-holders, will be provided with:
  • lowest cost route economy airfare, to and from India
  • accommodation, including bed and breakfast, for the duration of the conference (Organisers will provide 3 lunches and 1 dinner from 5-7 September 2013, but not all meals are covered)
All other costs are to be borne by the participant.  Participants who are able to receive institutional support to attend are requested to do so in order that others, who are not, are able to attend. (Please note that only African scholars selected to present papers are eligible for travel support.)
 
Key dates
  • Call for Abstracts published: 15 January 2013
  • Abstracts due:  15 February 2013
  • Notification of acceptance of abstract: 01 March 2013
  • Submission of papers for review: 07 May 2013
  • Notification of selected paper presenters:  03 June 2013
  • Final submission of revised papers/policy briefs: 03 July 2013
Visas
Visas are required to enter India, with some exceptions. Letters will be provided for this purpose after final participant selections have been made. Participants are strongly advised to initiate visa approval procedures immediately upon notification of their selection.
 
The papers selected for presentation at the CPRsouth conference will be uploaded onto the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) database.  Please note that the submission of the final paper implies consent to upload them onto the SSRN database. The slides of the presentations and the policy brief will be uploaded onto www.cprsouth.org
 
See www.researchICTafrica.net for updates 
Master in Communication Studies:
 New Media and Society in Europe
The new Master of Communication Studies is a one-year (two semesters) academic master on New Media and Society in Europe (60 ECTS) focusing on current trends in the rapidly changing field of media and communication. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, the English language programme allows students from all over the world to concentrate on business, policy and/or user aspects of new media in a European context.

 It comprises one set of compulsory courses and one set of optional courses, but students can also decide to do an internship.

Programme Details

BRUSSELS - THE HEART OF EUROPE:
Situated in Brussels, the heart of Europe and located near the European Commission, the NATO and other international institutions, visits to the European institutions, and a lecture series with communication professionals are part of the official programme.
In addition, students are regularly invited to participate in all kind of events, seminars and conferences taking place in Brussels and dealing with current issues in the field of media and ICT in Europe.

VUB, SMIT AND IES:
The master pogramme is organized by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and supported by state of the art research from two partnering research institutes: the centre for Studies on Media, Information and Telecommunication (SMIT) and the Institute for European Studies (IES).

All students will be in constant exchange with researchers from these two international research centers and have the occasion to get to know their work via internships, conferences and lectures.

APPLICATION AND ADMISSION:

An Admission Board evaluates applications on an individual basis for all international students and students holding an academic bachelor degree in another discipline than Communication Studies.

The application period for 2013-14 is still ongoing. Don't loose any time as the application deadline 1st of July is approaching!

Apply Now

CONTACT INFORMATION:
For further information pleaase visit the website or feel free to email your queries to Master.New.Media@vub.ac.be

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