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Issues in ICT global policies
These monthly reports are aimed at improving the visibility and accesibility of existing information on key ICT issues, with the goal of fostering Southern participation in the definition and implementation of global ICT policies.
Some of these reports are based on research papers produced in the context of our project and some others are complementary to the findings and proposals included in the papers.
Rural access to ICTs: community ownership model
It is now widely acknowledged that a liberalised market fully in compliance with their own rigid prescriptions can fail in certain circumstances, one of which is in delivering network access to low-income rural areas. An alternative approach for rural ICT access is the community ownership model that combines community-owned Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) enterprises with the new wave of wireless and related technologies. [En español]
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Universal Access Funds
Born in 1994 in Latin America, universal access funds (UAFs) have seen a phenomenal expansion in recent years. Presently these funds exist or are being planned in close on 60 developing countries. Their objective is to enable communication services in the hands of private companies to be established in rural and/or isolated regions, by granting a subvention to cover the costs and high initial investment. Although the very recent nature of these mechanisms and the variability of the results do not enable an in depth assessment to be made, some of their aspects have proven to be very promising. [En español]
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The challenge of developing ICTs in Africa
Despite progress in expanding the reach of basic and new ICT services and applications in African countries, the majority of the population still does not have access to telephone service, computers and the Internet. Two main alternatives have been considered to bridge the access gaps: The Digital Solidarity Fund and the Global Public Goods framework. [En español]
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Software: Patents and copyrights
Far from encouraging direct investment and stimulating transfer of technology, the expansion of patent and "intellectual property rights" systems, spurred by industrialised countries through fora such as the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), limits development and innovation in Southern countries, facing the risk of being trapped in their role of consumers of Northern-produced technologies. [En español]
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"Cybercrime" and human rights
Born as part of an intelligence military system, Internet has become an essential means of communication and information with great democratic potential. The September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon led many countries to promote measures for the surveillance of individuals and organizations as part of the "war on terrorism". In fact, it also provided a perfect excuse to introduce measures that previously would have met more resistance from those concerned about how these new measures might erode essential civil liberties. [En español]
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WTO trade agreements and ICTs
Free trade agreements have increasingly broadened their scope of regulation concerning telecommunications, under the pretext that these are services just like any other. This has hindered the access to communication and information as a fundamental human right as the private sector gains power through liberalization. Decisions that affect the global media system are now being taken behind closed doors, without consulting the civil society but with the support of giant media moguls that encourage corporate property of information, showing total disregard for cultural diversity issues. [En español]
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