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Digital Dictatorship versus Digital Democracy in Africa

Less than a decade ago the Arab Spring was hailed as a game changer for global politics. Enhanced political debate via social media, a wider diversity of opinions and closer access to governments were meant to enhance social consensus and improve …

Temporary COVID-19 Spectrum - A Missed Opportunity for some Regulatory Innovation?

The release of the temporary spectrum in advance of the spectrum auction later this year or possibly next, provides us with an opportunity to correct course in order to meet our primary national digital objective of affordable access to the full ran…

Despite Reduction in Mobile Data Tariffs, Data Still Expensive in South Africa

This policy brief presents the data tariffs which have been reduced by MTN and Vodacom in South Africa from R149 per one GB to R99 per GB with effect from 1 April 2020. The two companies reduced data prices in response to the Competition Commission’…

Pour le Meilleur Comme le Pire, plus de Guinéens font Recours aux Médias Digitaux / For Better or Worse, more Guineans are using Digital Media

In the face of continuous technological change, the information consumption habits of Guineans are also changing. Although radio remains the most popular source of information, it is being challenged by television, and the Internet and social networ…

Despite Perceptions of Gender Equality, Africa's Rural Women Bear Brunt of Economic Exclusion

Gender equality is both Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) No. 5 and a theme underpinning various other goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The agenda highlights the need for gender-equal access to education, ownership of resources…

Multifaceted Challenges of Digital Taxation in Africa

Digitalisation has prompted the evolution of innovative business models and created new forms of value creation. In the mobile telecommunications industry, this has resulted in the ubiquity of over-the top (OTT) and other digital apps and services s…

COVID-19 and E-Governance: Lessons from South Africa

The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored global dependence on the Internet. In the face of travel restrictions and lockdowns, social media has emerged as a crucial factor in the maintenance of personal relationships, working environments and day-to-day…

COVID-19 Exposes the Contradictions of Social Media Taxes in Africa

The effectiveness of social media to reach a wide audience has made it a critical medium for many governments across Africa and beyond to provide reliable COVID-19 pandemic mitigation information to millions of people. In some African countries, th…

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