Browsing All posts tagged under »ICT4D«

The A4AI Discussion: A Summation

April 5, 2016

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As some of you will know my blogpost(1) which presents a detailed critique of the A4AI (the Alliance for an Affordable Internet) “Best Practices” document; and blogpost(2) which presents a detailed alternative set of “Best Practices” were circulated over the last couple of weeks. These have generated quite a lengthy and sometimes heated discussion on […]

Alternative “Best Practices” for the A4AI (to be renamed Alliance for an Accessible Internet)

March 26, 2016

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  My original blogpost examining the “Policy and Regulatory Best Practices” of the Alliance for an Affordable Internet (A4AI’s) has generated some considerable discussion including on the InternetPolicy elist sponsored by the Internet Society (ISOC).  In the course of that discussion a challenge was put forward by a member of that list to articulate an […]

Why I’m Giving Up on the Digital Divide

April 15, 2015

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I’ve spent much of my working life engaging in one way or another with what is generally termed the “Digital Divide” (defined as the “divide between those who have Internet access and those who do not”). The broad area in which I work and which I have contributed to building – Community Informatics – arguably […]

Beyond Access: Libraries Are the New Telecentres

November 16, 2013

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As those, who have been in and around community-based ICT/Internet access (community informatics) initiatives well know, the primary dilemma for these activities (e.g. Telecentres) is how to ensure sufficient sustainability, organizational stability and programmatic flexibility to allow for survival once the immediate round of funding which helped them launch, runs out.

(Whose) Hands off (What) Internet? Some Reflections on WCIT 2012

December 9, 2012

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The usually rather sedate world of Internet Governance is currently being roiled by purported conspiracies towards the "take-over" of the Internet by various malevolent forces viz. the governments of Russia, China etc. etc. aided in their dastardly schemes by the current inheritors of the keys and flight plans for the UN's fleet of black helicopters--the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12)

The Mobile Revolution and the Rise and Rise of Possessive Individualism?

July 21, 2012

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As per the just published World Bank 2012 Information and Communications for Development: Maximizing Mobile the world of ICT4Development (ICT4D) has been undergoing some truly profound changes and including in rural Sub-Saharan Africa. Those changes are being precipitated by the remarkable development of almost ubiquitous mobile telephone access into even the most remote of rural areas, the development of low cost mobile phones, and the dramatic lowering of communications costs through widespread deregulation and the related competition between mobile carriers

Are Mobiles a Capitalist Plot to Keep the Poor Poor?

November 7, 2011

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...in one study in rural Africa it was being found that the costs of mobile communications were absorbing up to 54% of the total net income of certain farmers