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IBM to Unveil Secure Open Wireless System at Black Hat | threatpost
"The system mimics the way that Web sites browsers use digital certificates to establish a trusted connection with one another."
wifi  security  accesstocommunications 
august 2011 by osi_info_program
OSCE: Access to the Internet should be a human right | EDRI
"According to a report issued by the OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) on 8 July 2011, the Internet should remain free and access to the Internet should be considered a human right."
accesstocommunications  openinternet 
july 2011 by osi_info_program
Bersih 2.0 warns of telco, Internet blackout - Malaysiakini
"As the Berish 2.0 protesters campaign for free and open elections, signs of a stuttering internet from various providers are becoming aparent, and are pointing to a possible internet and telco blackout warns the group ."
malaysia  accesstocommunications 
july 2011 by osi_info_program
Egypt fines Mubarak for Internet, phone disruption - Forbes.com
"An Egyptian judge fined ousted President Hosni Mubarak and two other former officials $90 million Saturday for their role in cutting off mobile phone and Internet service during the uprising that ended Mubarak's rule earlier this year."
egypt  killswitch  internet  accesstocommunications  legal_cases 
may 2011 by osi_info_program
Fair Mobile – Two Years On « Many Possibilities
Great piece from Steve Song comparing drop in prices in Kenya with static prices in SA.
accesstocommunications  mobile  southafrica  kenya  oped 
may 2011 by osi_info_program
Govt plans spectrum legislation - Times Of India
"NEW DELHI: Adopting a correction course following the 2G spectrum scam, the government has firmed up two steps to substantially eliminate the misuse of discretionary powers in the allocation of spectrum. It plans to set up an independent spectrum regulator and enact a spectrum legislation on the lines of the Commercial Spectrum Enactments Act 2004 of the US."
accesstocommunications  spectrum  india  news 
may 2011 by osi_info_program
The Spectrum Of Our Freedoms | La Quadrature du Net
Great comment piece on the political context of access to spectrum from La Quadrature du Net.
accesstocommunications  spectrum  wireless 
may 2011 by osi_info_program
Bypassing the big guys to get broadband - The Washington Post
"Paul Conlin, the proprietor of Blaze Broadband, is not a typical telecom executive. He drives a red pickup and climbs roofs. When customers call tech support, he is the one who answers. Conlin delivers broadband to Fauquier County homes bypassed by Comcast and Verizon, bouncing wireless signals from antennas on barns, silos, water towers and cellphone poles."
accesstocommunications  oped  us 
march 2011 by osi_info_program
Safaricom – A Modest Proposal «Many Possibilities
Great blog post from Steve Song calls on Safaricom to open up their spectrum to non-profit players if they can't cope with making less than 50% profit on supplying connectivity to rural Kenyans.
competition  accesstocommunications  longtail  kenya  oped  openbts 
february 2011 by osi_info_program
Open Spectrum for Development: India Case Study | Association for Progressive Communications
This report argues that treating spectrum as a public good would be a more economically efficient as well as ethical approach to spectrum allocation in India.
india  accesstocommunications  research  spectrum 
february 2011 by osi_info_program
BUY THIS SATELLITE - Connect Everyone.
"The owner of the world's most capable communication satellite just went bankrupt. We're fundraising to buy it. So we can move it. To connect millions of people who will turn access into opportunity."
accesstocommunications  crowdsourcing  digest1210 
december 2010 by osi_info_program
Five African countries harmonize telecom management
"Benin, Burkina, Mali, Niger and Chad- have just endorsed a document on the coordination of radio-electric frequencies in a bid to manage their telecommunications and particularly their radio-communications."
spectrum  africa  accesstocommunications  news 
november 2010 by osi_info_program
AfricaCom: Africa’s mobile industry needs to re-invent itself to meet tomorrow’s challenges | balancingact-africa.com
Towards the end of this article the author gets into low cost and non-commercial competitors that could threaten Africa's incumbent mobile operators, or complement their activities in markets which are less attractive. Examples given include OpenBTS and Steve Song's "Mesh Potato"
accesstocommunications  mobile  africa  openbts  mesh  oped 
november 2010 by osi_info_program
Italy to remove public Wi-Fi restrictions
"The government will abolish the Pisanu decree, which requires that businesses obtain a special license from the police in order to offer Wi-Fi access to the public and that users produce an official identity document... The decree also requires that operators preserve a written record of Internet use."
privacy  surveillance  accesstocommunications  italy 
november 2010 by osi_info_program
'Internet way too expensive in Iraq; more fiber connectivity needed' - International Business Times
"In Iraq, most Internet connections are routed through satellites and users have to pay up to $150 for a 512kbps connection, so the nation requires more fiber connectivity to meet consumer needs, a Google/YouTube team that visited the country said. The team spent a week there to explore opportunities for Google, understand the landscape of Internet access and improve connectivity in the country. It discovered a higher mobile penetration of 70% over the past seven years, but an Internet penetration that is among the lowest in the Middle East, as only 15% of Iraqis said they browse the Internet. "The Iraqis we met consistently expressed their desire for increased access to the web and for more access to content and tools in both Kurdish and Arabic. We believe access to information and high-speed connectivity to the cloud will be key to the future of the country," said Mary Himinkool."
middleeast  accesstocommunications  broadband  internet  google  iraq 
november 2010 by osi_info_program
East African Business Week | High internet, SMS costs slow Rwanda rural project
"High Internet and SMS costs may slow rolling out Rwanda's e-soko project, it is emerging. The e-soko or e-market is an electronic platform giving farmers, consumers and traders up-to-date market price information by SMS and Internet."
rwanda  accesstocommunications  ict4dev 
october 2010 by osi_info_program
US broadband study
Michael Geist says: "The U.S. Government Accountability Office has issued a new comparative study on broadband competitiveness, that finds that mandated open access is a consistent characteristic of countries that are successful in helping to facilitate a competitive environment."
accesstocommunications  broadband  us  research  filetype:pdf  media:document 
october 2010 by osi_info_program
South Africa: radio community up in arms over airband case
"FOLLOWING the arrest and comprehensive prosecution of a plane spotter in Gauteng, local aviation enthusiasts have been warned that they will need to write an exam and qualify as a radio amateur to legally possess popular airband receivers."
southafrica  accesstocommunications  spectrum 
october 2010 by osi_info_program
Africa and Television White Spaces «Many Possibilities
Steve Song encourages Africans to demand a similar deal on unregulated spectrum to the one just closed by the FCC in the US.
africa  spectrum  accesstocommunications 
september 2010 by osi_info_program
An interview with: Jean-François Cazenave, Télécoms Sans Frontières | PwC CommunicationsDirectNews.com
Interview with head of crisis response telecommunications specialists on the occasion of their 12th anniversary.
crisis_response  accesstocommunications  oped 
september 2010 by osi_info_program
Safaricom of Kenya Slashes Mobile Text-Message Cost by 94% Amid Price War - Bloomberg
"Safaricom Ltd., East Africa’s biggest mobile-network operator, slashed the cost of text messages by as much as 94 percent in an escalation of a price war triggered last month by a reduction in connection fees."
accesstocommunications  mobile  sms  kenya 
september 2010 by osi_info_program
BBC News - UN reveals global disparity in broadband access
"The global disparity in fixed broadband access and cost has been revealed by UN figures.

The Central African Republic is the most expensive place to get a fixed broadband connection, costing nearly 40 times the average monthly income there."
september 2010 by osi_info_program
The Importance of Being Local «Many Possibilities
What is the real cost of SMS? Steve Song digs through the corporate literature.
accesstocommunications  mobile 
september 2010 by osi_info_program
Global Voices in English » Bangladesh: International Internet Gateways Do Not Support IPv6
"Ahamed Bauani is concerned that the two International Internet Gateways (IIGW) operational in Bangladesh do not support IPv6 and “do not have any plan to do so”. The blogger advocates for creating a group to pressurize the government to take step to connect Bangladesh with IPv6 network via IIGW."
bangladesh  internet_governance  ipv6  accesstocommunications 
august 2010 by osi_info_program
Growing Africa’s Internet use: Top down vs bottom up - Which way is up? | balancingact-africa.com
A great summary of the choices facing African legislators, donors and businesses when it comes to stimulating internet adoption in the region.
accesstocommunications  africa  oped 
august 2010 by osi_info_program
Global Information Society Watch
"Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) 2009 is the third in a series of yearly reports critically covering the state of the information society from the perspectives of civil society organisations across the world." Produced by HIVOS and APC.
report  internet_governance  a2k  accesstocommunications  oped 
july 2010 by osi_info_program
The internet is a “radically different” place because of APC
Celebrating twenty years of the Association for Progressive Communications, this article provides a history of the organisation
grantees  accesstocommunications  openinformationpolicy  activism  history 
july 2010 by osi_info_program
Technology Review: The Global Broadband Spectrum
Excellent, if a little confusing, visualization of broadband penetration and cost across the world
datavisualisation  accesstocommunications 
june 2010 by osi_info_program
Maori control of 4G spectrum unlikely, says Joyce | NATIONAL News
"The Maori Council claims it is entitled to the new telecommunications 4G spectrum under the Treaty of Waitangi as the Waitangi Tribunal ruled spectrum was a taonga (treasure), making it Maori property under Article Two of the Treaty of Waitangi."
NewZealand  spectrum  accesstocommunications 
june 2010 by osi_info_program
One nation, online - The Boston Globe
Boston Globe feature on the push to make internet access a civil right
oped  us  accesstocommunications 
june 2010 by osi_info_program
On the Money News: In Brief | balancingact-africa.com
"Zimbabwean government-backed mobile operator NetOne has received a USD45 million loan from Export-Import Bank of China to expand the coverage and capacity of its network, with the aim of more than doubling its subscriber base, Reuters reports, quoting local state-owned media"
zimbabwe  china  accesstocommunications 
june 2010 by osi_info_program
South Africa: ICT programme to empower rural communities
"Usually placed outdoors Digital Doorway facilities are designed such that they can withstand harsh conditions and vandalism and is available 24 hours to the communities to learn basic computer skills and access information resources such as Wikipedia, as well as any learning content."
southafrica  ICT4dev  accesstocommunications 
june 2010 by osi_info_program
Global Voices in English » Tajikistan: President moves to ban cell-phones
"Tajikistan’s President Rahmon is seeking to ban mobile phones from the country. The government claims it’s for reasons of health and taxes, but neweurasia’s Dushanbe is suspicious."
tajikistan  mobile  regulation  accesstocommunications  news 
may 2010 by osi_info_program
FCC Officials Visit Microsoft To Examine Experimental Network
"U.S. Federal Communications Commission officials have visited Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) Redmond, Wash., campus to examine an experimental network relying on unused TV air waves the company hopes will help lead to expanded Internet access, according to a public filing."
spectrum  accesstocommunications  us  microsoft 
may 2010 by osi_info_program
Brits "could face legal action" for leaving Wi-Fi unsecured
The digital economy act makes account owners liable for copyright infringing material that travels across their network.
uk  ACTA  enforcement  threestrikes  wifi  accesstocommunications 
may 2010 by osi_info_program
BBC News - Technology linked to happiness, study claims
"There are positive links between access to technology and feelings of well-being, a study claims.

"BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, analysed the results of a survey of 35,000 people around the world."
accesstocommunications  news 
may 2010 by osi_info_program
allAfrica.com: East Africa: Children to Get Laptops in a New Deal
"The East African Community (EAC) has signed an agreement with the One Lap per child initiative to avail laptops to children in the region."
accesstocommunications  accesstotools  africa  olpc  news  east_africa 
may 2010 by osi_info_program
Technology Times | Wire Nigeria Project: Suburban wants NCC probed over subsidy to Phase 3 Telecom
"Lagos. April 25, 2010. Suburban Limited, a privately owned long distance operator (LDO) has petitioned the Federal Government to probe the nation’s telecoms regulator citing alleged “faulty process and lack of transparency” in a subsidy programme that will benefit two companies, Multilinks-Telkom, a wholly owned subsidiary of South Africa’s Telkom and Phase 3 Telecom, a privately owned telecoms company headquartered in Abuja."
accesstocommunications  corruption  regulatory_bodies  africa  nigeria  mobile  license 
may 2010 by osi_info_program
Rwandatel switches to satellite as SEACOM failure takes its toll
"Rwandan businesses that rely on the internet have been adversely affected by the recent failure of SEACOM’s undersea cable, with some businesses switching operators to stay afloat."
accesstocommunications  infrastructure  africa  rwanda 
may 2010 by osi_info_program
Mozambique: Serious Breakdown in Fibre-Optic Cable
"According to a report in the Beira daily paper "Diario de Mocambique", banks in the city suddenly found on Monday that they were unable to do any business. They were all off-line, and out of communication with their Maputo head offices."
accesstocommunications  infrastructure  africa  mozambique 
may 2010 by osi_info_program
New broadband network for Africa approved - SciDev.Net
"Funding for the first phase of an initiative to connect African research centres and link them to an existing European network has been approved by the European Commission. The approval follows a report that identified sufficient IT infrastructure in Africa to support the AfricaConnect Initiative, which aims to improve research collaborations and access to information."
internetpolicy  accesstocommunications  Africa  EU 
april 2010 by osi_info_program
allAfrica.com: Nigeria: Subscribers Kick Against Telecom Promos
Participants at Nigeria's Telecoms Consumer Parliament complain they are victims of corporate scamming.
nigeria  mobile  accesstocommunications 
march 2010 by osi_info_program
New research from APC on telecoms in the Andean region
"The Andean region has some of the lowest fixed telephone line, mobile telephony and broadband penetration rates of all Latin America, the continent with the starkest economic disparities in the world. In the 90s, Andean countries adopted new liberalisation and privatisation policies in order to attain universal access. Almost 20 years later, these promises have not been fulfilled. APC studied each country through national reports in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela in order to understand this failure."
latinamerica  peru  bolivia  columbia  ecudaor  venezuela  regulation  accesstocommunications 
march 2010 by osi_info_program
Op-Ed Contributor - Ending the Internet’s Trench Warfare - NYTimes.com
Yochai Benkler promotes open access to network infrastructure as the only way to ensure affordable high-speed internet access in the US. Op-ed on why the US lags behind other developed countries in broadband access. Benkler argues for open access to infrastructure to encourage competition - in Europe and Japan, open access has led to greater investment and innovation, and lower consumer prices.
accesstocommunications  llu  telecoms  oped 
march 2010 by osi_info_program
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