Access to internet - a human right!

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Dear LG ICT-followers

The United Nations' Human Rights Council decided in 2012 that access to the internet is a human right - just like access to water and the right for freedom of expression. 

The UNHRC did not though advise on how to overcome the digital divide in our societies. Lack of access to a reliable, fast internet connection is a challenge that is shared by people all over the world - mostly in rural areas, and of course, mostly in developing regions. The root cause might be lack of infrastructure, but even with optical fiber cables in the ground everywhere, there are still a lot of people who cannot afford to pay for broadband. That's why South Africa has to fight that battle on several grounds at once: to put money and political pressure into developing the necessary infrastructure, and to get the prices down so that people can actually benefit from it. 

There are several projects and initiatives running around that, on all levels - some more, some less successful. It's worth having a look at those, and think a bit about it: what can you do in your municipality, how can you drive this development there? Maybe you can do it like Stellenbosch and set up free WiFi in your town. Or maybe contact those guys from google and ask them to send over some of those balloons to fly over the karoo.

Think out of the box and look around. Maybe there is something happening right around your corner? Maybe you just need some more people to come on board? Use the LG ICT Network to share your ideas & projects and search for people to team up with. We’re looking forward to it!

Truly yours

The LG ICT team

 

 

Article

Access to Internet - a human right

Pressure is mounting for the Department of Communication to open up additional spectrum for Internet provision. The message from Internet service providers is clear: Internet access is a crucial public resource that drives development of the sector and business as a whole. read more

 

Article

'Cyber island' Mauritius?

Mauritius is trying to position itself as an IT centre within Africa, but the challenges (broadband speed, political will) mirror the lags in IT-development worldwide read more

 

Document

City of Matlosana - ICT policies

The City of Matlosana shared their current ICT policies and guidelines with us. All documents can be used for inspiration or as templates by other municipalities. Also notable are the structures for approval, document control and issue control you find at the beginning of every policy. This certainly helps to keep control of policies and the necessary updates.

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Document

Presentation by Roderick Lim Banda on Free WiFi for Communities

Roderick Lim Banda, the Chair of the Digital (ICT) Portfolio Committee of the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry, gave a presentation on projects and goals for establishing free WiFi networks in SOuth African communities.

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Event

GovTech 2013: ICT Innovation

South Africa's pre-eminent public sector ICT learning event and world-class platform for collaboration, capacity building and information sharing between government and the ICT sector.

The SITA GovTech conference has become a strategic platform to progress government's ICT agenda with a shift towards greater collaboration on key strategies and priorities. It is also valuable for learning an read more

 

Event

Transforming service delivery through effective ICT governance in municipalities

ITNA and the University of Pretoria invite municipalities to an informational session on ICT Governance for municipalities. ITNA is an IT consultancy that has specialised in assisting municipalities in the development and implementation of ICT Governance systems. Together with the University of Pretoria, they aim to develop an aligned, practical implementation-process that can be implemented by ev read more

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