|Gross national product per capita
||558 US$ (2005)
|Households with TV
|Radios per 1000 people
|Telephone mainlines per 100 people
|Mobile subscribers per 100 people
|Personal computers per 1000 people
|Internet subscribers per 100 people
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South Africa: How can feminists use ICTs to their advantage?
16/02/2008 (APC) --
The first-ever Feminist Tech eXchange (FTX) held recently in Cape Town brought together more than 100 activists from around the globe. Organised by the APC women’s programme in the run up to the massive women’s movement forum AWID, the capacity-building and information-exchange event explored various technologies such as video, audio, social networking platforms and other emerging ICT tools.
Privacy protection: New APC partnership launched
10/07/2008 (APC) --
A new online privacy and data protection consultancy firm called 80/20 Thinking is partnering with APC to support initiatives in developing countries that are working towards strengthening democratic processes and civil liberties.
APC: Another take on piracy needed
05/08/2008 (APC) --
As new copyright laws attempt to keep pace with the shifting landscape of digital cultural production, legal restrictions on media use and distribution are being championed by heavyweights in the global media industry. This has led to the web of restrictions on media consumption becoming denser. APC hopes to re-shape the discourse surrounding piracy by providing a thoroughly researched, credible alternative to the industry’s data.
Google edges into Africa
16/09/2008 (BBC) --
Google is helping develop a system to bring high-speed internet connections to three billion people in developing countries in Africa and elsewhere. The 03b Networks system aims to use satellites to provide broadband services at the same speeds as those on offer in rich countries.
TIGA awards for ICT and government delivery
30/09/2008 (UNECA) --
The Economic Commission for Africa and the the Canadian Fund for Africa have launched the Second Technology in Government in Africa (TIGA) Awards. The awards aim to recognise the work of African governments in the effective use of ICTs for public service delivery.
Nepad e-schools on the blink
30/10/2008 (MyBroadband.co.za) --
The e-schools satellite learning programme, run by the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad), has linked less than 100 schools in Africa to the internet. That's after promising to connect some 600,000 schools on the continent in 2003.
East Africa prepares for global IGF
26/12/2008 (Computerworld) --
Representatives from Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda have gathered in Nairobi to discuss common issues regarding internet governance, in preparation for next month's global Internet Governance Forum (IGF).
IGF gets under way in India
12/01/2009 (KICTANeT) --
The First East African Internet Governance Forum was inspired by the realization that there was a need to address the limited participation of African stakeholders in global internet governance debates. That's according to KICTANeT's Alice Wanjira, who was speaking at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) currently taking place in India.
12/02/2009 (Balancing Act) --
Three hundred and eighty people gathered from all over the world in Johannesburg recently to discuss how mobile phones might be used for social and political purposes in developing countries. The topic clearly touched a nerve, writes Russell Southwood.
Senegal: Linking up through technology
12/02/2009 (APC) --
Seven women and thirteen men from Anglophone and Francophone Africa and the Caribbean met during the last days of September in Gorée Island, Senegal. They have many things in common, but one in particular is their ability to make innovative connections between gender, agriculture and ICTs. This ability has led them to be finalists of the Gender, Agricultural and Rural Development in the Information Society (GenARDIS) small grants fund...
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Survey of e-learning in Africa
According to this 10-page report, e-learning is in its infancy in Africa; but the evidence suggests that there is nevertheless considerable enthusiasm for the potential that it offers across the educational spectrum, not only for universities and schools, but also for vocational training, for lifelong learning, and for marginalised groups such as street children and those with disabilities.
Extent of online threat to children disputed
A task force created by 49 US state attorneys general to look into the problem of sexual solicitation of children online has concluded that there really is not a significant problem. The findings run counter to popular perceptions of online dangers as reinforced by depictions in the media.
How much impact do ICTs have?
Almost everyone agrees that ICTs can make a substantial difference to the poor. However, the evidence base is still weak. A new study – carried out by key donor and NGO actors in the sector and summarised in this briefing – looks at the reasons why the evidence base is not as strong as in other development sectors and makes recommendations for firming things up.
This working paper by Andrew Rens at the Shuttleworth Foundation argues that implementing the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Development Agenda requires a special focus on how intellectual property rights interact with education. It says that the Development Agenda presents the right opportunity to create globally applicable minimum exceptions to copyrights for educational purposes.
Fibre: 'Arteries of the modern world'
They are the arteries of the modern world. Stretching for tens of thousands of miles over the ocean beds, the vast web of intercontinental submarine cables have brought the possibility of cheap high-speed internet and clear long-distance telephone calls to all major parts of the globe. Except one.
Kenya: Innovating the future
In the republic of innovation, life is unfair. A relatively small number of places — all in wealthy countries or in China and India — create nearly every important technological advance. Consider Wilfred Mworia, a 22-year-old engineering student and freelance code writer in Nairobi, Kenya. In the four weeks leading up to Apple’s much-anticipated release of a new iPhone on July 11, Mworia created an application for the phone that shows where events in Nairobi are happening and allows people to add details about them.