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Lagging ICT Adoption in SA Reflects Social and Economic Inequalities

Increasing Internet connections suggest a bridging of the digital divide yet, as more people are connected, digital inequality paradoxically increases. Inequality exists not only between people online and offline, but also between those who have the…

Botswana Telecommunications Limp a Decade after Policy changes

The telecommunication market in Botswana has experienced significant policy and regulatory changes over the last decade, which have not led to mobile market price reductions as expected. While the country seems to not have benefitted from the heavy …

The AU’s Cybercrime Response: A Positive Start, but Substantial Challenges ahead

Increasingly the private sector, individuals and African governments rely on the Internet to conduct sensitive transactions and store important data. African states are lagging behind in strengthening cybersecurity and fighting cybercrime. Cyber …

Beyond Access: Addressing Digital Inequality in Africa

"Although most Africans remain disconnected from the Internet, and access to broadband services continues to be a central policy issue, the increased availability of broadband services alone will not reduce digital inequality on the continent. While…

Harnessing the 4IR in SADC: Roles for Policymakers

This paper maps SADC countries’ readiness for the Fourth Industrial Revolution from a strategic policy perspective. It focuses specifically on the digital connectivity and skills components of the 4IR, given their role in creating an enabling enviro…

Online Engagement in the Global South: Perspectives, Challenges and Options

Online engagements increased dramatically in 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Virtual platforms have enabled interactions and work to continue, despite an inability to meet in person. However, the digital divide has posed one of the bigges…

How Telecom Companies in Africa can Respond Better to Internet Disruptions

The role of internet intermediaries, including mobile network operators, internet service providers, web hosting providers, social media platforms and search engines, is increasingly becoming critical as the internet permeates all aspects of society…

Capturing the Fourth Industrial Revolution: A Regional and National Agenda

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR)— characterized by the fusion of the digital, biological, and physical worlds, as well as the growing utilization of new technologies such as artificial intelligence, cloud computing, robotics, 3D printing, the …

Survey on Internet Freedom and the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in Africa

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all United Nations (UN) Member States. The UPR is a state-driven process under the auspices of the Human Rights Council (HRC), which provi…

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