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OSSREA Bulletin Vol 7 No 2

In this issue several events during October were reported. These events include: Conferences, Meetings and Workshops. New publications were also discussed. Three feature articles included are titled :1) Cyber marketing African Football in the New Mi…

The State of ICT in South Africa

There is extensive evidence now that, as technology evolves from basic voice services to that of broadband, the value of networks increases exponentially with significant multiplier effects impacting positively on economic growth and individual well…

What is the State of Microwork in Africa? A View from Seven Countries

There has been considerable hype about the potential of online work to contribute to economic growth and development and ameliorate unemployment in Africa through the creation of jobs, particularly ‘decent work’, by freeing citizens from geographic …

Understanding Internet going Mobile: Internet Access and Use in Eleven African countries

While the 2007/08 African ICT access and use survey demonstrated alarmingly little access to the Internet on the continent, together with a large-scale absence of computers and smart phones, compounded by the high cost of connectivity, the mobile ph…

Zambian Data Prices Fall by More than 70% but Internet Use Remains below 20%

In anticipation of the entry of a new player in the market, mobile operators engaged in price war leading to a more than 70% decrease in data prices between the first quarter of 2018 and that of 2019. Despite data prices in Zambia being significantl…

Africa's ICT Infrastructure: Its Present and Prospects

Africa’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) deficit is a major brake on its development prospects. Africa lags behind the rest of the world in the reach and quality of its ICT penetration. Investment in the order of $3 billion a year w…

Double-edged Sword? Ghanaians see Pros, Cons of Social Media, want Access but not Fake news

Like many other countries, Ghana has been grappling with its share of fake news about COVID-19. On the one hand, rumors that the “foreign disease” targets only whites and the affluent heighten nonchalant attitudes toward fighting the disease. On the…

Exploring Data Anonymisation and Internet Safety in East Africa

Internet adoption in East Africa has faced several challenges with the high cost of bandwidth being the key challenge. Nevertheless, once people are online, censorship, Internet privacy, geo-blocking of content and Internet shutdowns are some of the…

Understanding Gender Barriers in Internet Access and Use

This presentation to the UN Office for South South cooperation workshop discussion on women in tech covers the digital inequality and constraints of internet access in Africa focusing specifically on gender barriers.

After Access 2018: A Demand-side View of Mobile Internet from 10 African Countries

Information communication technology (ICT), and particularly broadband technologies, have been identified as critical drivers of social and economic growth and development. Smartphones, in particular, have revolutionised the telecommunications indu…

The State of ICT in Lesotho (2016)

While Lesotho has made significant progress towards its national vision of 2020, it faces several challenges as a small landlocked, lower-middle income country, with mountainous terrain and low population density outside of the capital, Maseru. The …

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