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Subject: [APC Africa-ICT-Policy Monitor] e-Updates No.13
Date: Fri, 09 Sep 2005 00:05:04 +1000
From: Africa ICT Policy Monitor Project <africa.rights at apc.org>
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Here is the latest issue of the APC Africa ICT Policy Monitor e-updates No. 13,
a selection of the latest content added to the Africa ICT Policy Monitor website.
For these news, information resources and upcoming events, please visit the
APC Africa Policy Monitor Website links below.
APC Africa Policy Monitor Website
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News > Access
Cameroon: Telecom Conference starts with a focus on 'Access'
06/09/2005 (Cameroon Tribune <http://www.cameroon-tribune.net/>) -- The
Commonwealth Telecommunication delegates yesterday, kick-started the
Yaounde forum at the Conference Centre. There was every evidence
yesterday at the Yaounde Conference Centre that the greatest challenge
in telecommunication is not just the rapid developments in the
Information and Communication Technology but the difficult way to have
access to it.
Ethiopia: Over 11 mln Birr rural technology expansion center to begin
25/08/2005 (ENA <http://www.ena.gov.et>) -- A rural technology expansion
center constructed in Afar State with an outlay of over 11 million Birr
would soon begin providing services, the State animal, natural resource
and environmental protection bureau said.
*News > Censorship
Kenya: Parliament website shut after media reports
03/09/2005 (East African Standard <http://www.eastandard.net>) -- Kenyan
parliament has shut down its website amid reports that the The
Standard's exclusive report of well-guarded secrets embarrassed some
MPs. Yesterday, http://www.parliament.go.ke was blank after the two-day
serialisation of what reads like an A-Z of some of our MPs' hitherto
unknown -- and perhaps best kept -- career and educational details.
*News > Freedom of Expression and Media
South Africa: FXI expresses concerns over Convergence Bill
16/08/2005 (IFEX <http://www.ifex.org>) -- The Freedom of Expression
Institute (FXI) is deeply disturbed by a number of provisions in South
Africa's new Convergence Bill, which is supposed to replace existing
broadcasting and telecommunications legislation, and is also concerned
about the process that has led up to the development of the Bill. The
FXI presented a number of these concerns to the Parliamentary Portfolio
Committee on Communications earlier today. A number of provisions
threaten the freedom of expression and independence of the
communications sector, and the FXI fears that the Bill will not
necessarily address the growing divide between the communications
'haves' and 'have-nots' in South Africa.
Guinea: Government Democratises Airwaves
07/09/2005 (IFEX <http://www.ifex.org>) -- The small West African
republic of Guinea took an important step toward guaranteeing press
freedom last month, following the signing of a presidential decree that
opens up the airwaves to private broadcasters, reported the Committee to
Protect Journalists (CPJ).
Rwanda: RITA to launch ICT media network
26/08/2005 (New Times Rwanda <http://www.newtimes.co.rw/>) -- Rwanda
Information Technology Authority (RITA) will soon embark on a holistic
ICT/media approach aimed at imparting the media with ICT skills to
promote their reporting. On Tuesday, RITA assembled various journalists
and discussed modalities of establishing the first ever ICT Media
Network in the country.
News > Laws and Regulation
Ugandan President stops TV tax
06/09/2005 (NewVision <http://www.newvision.co.ug>) -- PRESIDENT Yoweri
Museveni has ordered information minister Dr James Nsaba Buturo to stop,
with immediate effect, levying tax on television sets that are not used
for commercial purpose. Museveni made the directive while meeting
members of the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation at State House Nakasero
Nigeria: New guidelines for erection of telecom masts
05/09/2005 (Vanguard <http://www.vanguardngr.com/>) -- The Nigeria
Communications Commission, NCC , says new guide lines for the erection
of telecommunication masts by telecom service providers in the country
will soon be out. The new guidelines, according to the regulatory
authority, will spell out many things as regards erection of masts in
the country including the exact proximity to residential buildings.
South Africa: No licences for content, applications providers
27/08/2005 (ITWeb <http://www.itweb.co.za>) -- Applications and content
service providers will not require licences in terms of the Convergence
Bill, says Joe Mjwara, Department of Communications deputy
director-general in charge of policy.
News > E-Commerce
Zambia: E-solutions right solution at a right time
02/09/2005 (Times of Zambia <http://www.times.co.zm/>) -- THE steadfast
growth in Zambia's gross domestic product (GDP) needs to be backed by
the utilisation of electronic solutions (e-solutions) in the economy,
Huawei Technologies managing director Zhang Wei has said. Mr Wei said in
a statement released in Lusaka yesterday that his company had introduced
e-banking, e-governments and e-campus in Zambia to assist the country in
embracing and advancing in e-solutions. Zambia
South Africa: Websites Become Lucrative in SA
25/08/2005 (BusinessDay <http://www.businessday.co.za>) -- SOME South
African websites are finally becoming an effective way of generating
revenue for a business by attracting enough local and international
consumers to make them viable. South Africa
News > E-Governance
Botswana: ICT can spur political change
01/09/2005 (BOPA <http://www.gov.bw/cgi-bin/news.cgi>) -- GABORONE - A
British academic attending WITFOR in Gaborone has called for a shift of
perception from information and communication technology (ICT) as an
instrument for development to ICT as part of a political process of change.
Uganda: Digital land titles in offing
23/08/2005 (NewVision <http://www.newvision.co.ug>) -- The lands
ministry will introduce electronic land titles to eliminate the over
4,000 fake land titles in the country, the minister, Kahinda Otafiire,
has said. During a workshop at the Grand Imperial Hotel in Kampala
recently, Otafiire said the ministry had hired Stewards Net Technologies
and Magna Carda to computerise the land registration system and print
Nigeria: Obasanjo gives nod to electronic voting
23/08/2005 (BusinessDay Online <http://www.businessdayonline.com>) --
President Olusegun Obasanjo has given tac-it support for the use of
electronic voting machine for 2007 polls. This is even as the
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) maintains that the
National Assembly cannot dictate to it on the method to be adopted for
Zambia: State to computerise expenditure monitoring
22/08/2005 (Times of Zambia <http://www.times.co.zm/>) -- The Government
of Zambia will soon come up with a computerised system of checking how
ministries are operating and utilising their budgetary allocations as a
way of enhancing efficient use of money. Ministry of Finance Permanent
Secretary for budget Petronella Mwangala said yesterday when she
appeared before the parliamentary committee on estimates that some
ministries had a tendency of not using money even when the treasury had
released the funds.
News > National ICT Strategies
Human Development Report 2005 Launched
08/09/2005 (UNDP <http://www.undp.org/>) -- This year's Human
Development Report takes stock of human development, including progress
towards the MDGs. Looking beyond statistics, it highlights the human
costs of missed targets and broken promises. Extreme inequality between
countries and within countries is identified as one of the main barriers
to human development--and as a powerful brake on accelerated progress
towards the MDGs.
Botswana: Political leaders urged to appreciate ICT
06/09/2005 (BOPA <http://www.gov.bw/cgi-bin/news.cgi?>) -- Information
communication technology experts have emphasised the importance of
sensitising African political leaders about ICT issues so that they can
appreciate and support it.
Botswana: WITFOR Declaration To Be Presented To UNESCO
05/09/2005 (Mmegi <http://www.mmegi.bw/>) -- The just ended World
Information Technology Forum (WITFOR) conference adopted a proposal
called the "Gaborone Declaration", which will be presented to the UNESCO
general assembly. The proposal focuses on how technology can be used to
enhance development and eradicate poverty in developing countries.
Ethiopia: ICTAD project being undertaken with 25 million USD
21/08/2005 (ENA <http://www.ena.gov.et>) -- The Information and
Communication Technology Assisted Development (ICTAD) project is
underway in Ethiopia with 25 million USD loan obtained from the World
Bank. Manager of project management unit with the Ethiopian Information
Communication Technology Development Authority (EICTDA), said the
project is believed to be crucial in reducing poverty and improving
living of the people.
News > Media
Kenya: Freedom of the media spelt out in document
24/08/2005 (East African Standard <http://www.eastandard.net/>) -- The
proposed new constitution for Kenya guarantees freedom of the media and
gives citizens rights to information held by the Government. It bars the
Government from controlling, interfering, harassing or penalising anyone
concerned in publications and broadcasting.
News > Training and Education
Zimbabwe: Computers gather rust
30/08/2005 (Zakeus Chibaya <mailto:zakchibaya at yahoo.com>) -- HARARE -
Fearful that people are going to read uncensored information, the Zanu
(PF) government is reneging on its promise to provide internet services
to schools after doling out hundreds of computers countrywide during the
March elections in their bid to woo voters.
Uganda: Makerere University to start e-learning
16/08/2005 (NewVision <http://www.newvision.co.ug>) -- Makerere
University is to start its first ever e-learning (internet) programmes
in an effort to reduce congestion in the lecture rooms. The deputy Vice-
Chancellor, Dr. Lillian Ekirikubinza, told an international Information
Communication Technology conference at Makerere University that the
University Council and Senate had approved the proposal.
News > Science and Technology
Zambia: Science and technology vital for wealth creation
27/08/2005 (Times of Zambia <http://www.times.co.zm/>) -- Zambia
Government has said science and technology will be given prominence in
the Fifth National Development Plan in order to create wealth for the
people. Science and technology minister Judith Kapijimpanga said
yesterday during a workshop on Identification of Goals and Priorities in
the Development and Application of Science and Technology in Lusaka,
that Government was working on initiatives on how technology could play
a role in wealth creation.
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Harnessing Science and Technology for Human Development - BOTSWANA
08/09/2005 -- Botswana Human Development Report 2005 focuses on the role
of science and technology in the development process. The theme is
inspired both by recognition of what humanity has achieved ? in
agriculture, manufacturing, communication, medicine etc - with the aid
of science and technology and the development possibilities technology
offers to Developing Nations.
After Tunis: A summit without implementation and civil society?
07/09/2005 -- Civil society groups active in the WSIS have voiced their
protest against a serious development related to the Tunis summit
outcomes. The latest draft for the summit document on implementation and
follow-up is lacking a meaningful commitment to implementation, and they
also are a serious setback for the multi-stakeholder approach.
South Africa: Govt should set measurable ICT targets
05/09/2005 -- It is important SA has clear and measurable ICT targets,
the presidential international advisory council on information society
and development heard this weekend. The council convened for its annual
meeting in Zeerust in the Northwest. Established five years ago, the
council's objective is to advise the president on bridging the digital
divide, including making telephony accessible to the disadvantaged.
Managing technological learning: a strategic imperative
05/09/2005 -- Firms in developing countries that wish to innovate
effectively must be able to manage the process of 'technological
learning'. This refers to the accumulation of capabilities to change
technologies, in contrast to the more formal type of knowledge that
emerges from lab-based research and development.
Guess Where IT Belongs?
05/09/2005 -- I was struck by the recurrence of the phrase "IT has no
boundaries" during the deliberations of the Information Technology
conference that was held in Gaborone last week. IT is a product of the
most advanced economies, which needed war in order to conquer and
enslave other nations. And to do so required good means of
communication. Hence the Morse code, and then the telephone, which is a
little over a hundred years old, and then this thing that we now call IT.
Sub-Saharan Africa needs policy action
01/09/2005 -- Sub-Saharan Africa lags behind in such a way that without
a decisive local or international policy action, the sub-continent will
not achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). Thomas Feige, the
acting head of the European Delegation in Gaborone, said yesterday that
the European Union (EU) recognises the role that transport, energy,
water and sanitation as well as information and communication
technologies can play in helping Africa implement its infrastructure
plan that the New Partnership for Africas Development (NEPAD) spearheads.
Software and seeds: Open source methods
02/09/2005 -- Open source methodologies used in software are
interrogated and then compared to the methods used in farmers' rights
groups. The use of open source methods in other contexts illustrates
increasing interest in grassroots democratic movements participating in
the continuing process of balance between public and private interests.
These efforts provide a possible alternate framework for policy
decisions concerning intellectual property.
Information and Communications Technology for Sustainable Development
26/08/2005 -- Carnegie Mellon hosted a Workshop on June 26-27, 2003, at
the World Bank, in Washington, DC, for ICT and development professionals
from around the world. This was followed up by the Bangalore Workshop on
ICT for Sustainable Development, January 14-16, 2004. The results of
these Workshops form part of the book Information and Communications
Technology for Sustainable Development: Defining a Global Research Agenda.
Africa Civil Society Prepcom Briefing
24/08/2005 -- The WSIS PrepCom III of Phase II of the WSIS - will take
place from September 19-30 and will be the last meeting for negotiation
of the final Tunis documents. The following document outlines briefly
the documents that will be negotiated, how they will be negotiated, and
different opportunities for lobbying and the timetable for negotiations
for PrepCom III.
Access to Technology
06/09/2005 -- One of the major challenges that experts at the third
Commonwealth Telecommunication Organisation holding in Yaounde would
face is seeking appropriate technology for developing countries.
Considering the concern of opinion leaders and decision-makers to
respond to the growing need for access of their citizens to ICT,
especially within the growing market, participants would have to come
out with workable solutions and not just theories.
Bandwidth Can Bring African Universities Up to Speed
06/09/2005 -- There are two striking facts about African universities
and bandwidth. The first is that the average university in Africa has
the same aggregate bandwidth as a single home user in North America or
Europe. The second is that the average African university pays more than
50 times for this bandwidth than its counterparts in Europe or North
America do for much more capacity.
Media ethics and professionalism scrutinised at MISA Conference
03/09/2005 -- Those governments in the Southern African Development
Community (SADC) region that still own, control and influence media
operations were urged to stop furthering their political agendas through
media control. Government control stifles editorial independence and
free, fair and objective reporting. This was said at the recently
concluded regional conference organised in Windhoek by the Media
Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) on the theme Media, Ethics and
Professionalism: Towards an Ethical Africa Media.
Free/open source software (FOSS) policy in Africa: A toolkit for
policy-makers and practitioners
"Free/open source software (FOSS) policy in Africa: A toolkit for
policy-makers and practitioners" is targeted at governments that are
investigating whether and how they can integrate FOSS into their
strategies for social and economic development. It provides a broad
overview of how FOSS fits into national ICT policy-making, outlines the
areas where governments can take policy decision related to FOSS as well
as some of the possible approaches, and lists activities related to FOSS
policy from across Africa.
Managing ICTs in South African Schools; A guide for School Principals
The purpose of this guide is to give principals and senior school
management information on using and managing ICT resources so that they
can provide leadership in their schools. The guide also considers some
implications of the use of the computer and related resources for
teaching and learning. The authors hope that it will also be a valuable
resource for other senior members of the school staff, and for School
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Africa Civil Soceity Discussion Forum on WSIS Prepcom 3
The Africa civil society organizations is holding a discussion forum
Discussion on WSIS Prepcom 3 and the report of the WGIG. Organized by
the African Civil Society for the Information Sociey (ACSIS) with the
collaboration of PIWA (CIPACO project) and APC. From 24 August to 17
PICTA/GKP Meeting, 7 - 8 Sep 2005
The 2005 annual PICTA meeting is taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
from 7 - 8 September 2005 under the theme of Networking Development in
Africa. This year the core PICTA partners are expected to put extra
effort into strengthening PICTA as an arena for collaboration among the
key institutions involved with ICT and Knowledge for Development in Africa.
*12/09/2005*, South Africa
Highway Africa Conference 2005 'Reinforcing journalism in the
The Highway Africa 2005 will explore the above issues and seek to assist
in overcoming the challenges. Highway Africa's programme includes a
unique mix of plenary and keynote presentations, panel discussions and
hands-on workshops where delegates acquire practical skills and expertise.
PrepCom-3 of the WSIS Tunis phase to take place in Geneva
The third meeting of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom-3 of the Tunis
phase) will take place in Palais des Nations, Geneva (Switzerland) from
19-30 September 2005.
*24/10/2005*, South Africa
World Development Information Day (WDID) 2005
SANGONeT will host a special event on Monday, 24 October 2005, to
celebrate World Development Information Day. The United Nations General
Assembly instituted World Development Information Day in December 1972
with the objective of drawing public attention annually to development
problems and the importance of strengthening international cooperation
to solve them.
The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) is an international
network of civil society organisations dedicated to empowering and
supporting groups and individuals through the strategic use of
information and communication technologies, especially internet-related
technologies. APC and its members in more than 30 countries pioneer
practical and relevant uses of ICTs for civil society. APC is an
international facilitator of civil society's engagement with ICTs and
related concerns, in both policy and practice.
APC and ICT Policy Advocacy in Africa
APC's Communications and Information Policy Programme aims to contribute
to more enabling ICT policy environments through promoting inclusive
policy processes. In Africa APC is doing this through the Africa ICT
Policy Monitor project which aims to enable civil society organisations
to engage in ICT policy development to promote an information society
based on social justice and human rights.
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