South Africa's communications regulatory body, Icasa, hasn't had a good press for quite a while. Not that there's a journalistic vendetta against the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa. But you can't expect good news from an institution where recently replaced chair, Paris Mashile, admitted to parliament: "We fell off our horse".
Peter Laufer plays radio-host in a fun-workshop that tapped the views of Iraqi journalism teachers.
Imagine journalism classes in temperatures of 45 degrees celsius. That’s the experience of in Baghdad where power failures cripple classroom fans.
In March this year, the campus radio station at the University of Baghdad stopped broadcasting because a sand-storm demolished the transmission tower.
These, though, are the least of the problems.
Brisbane is a long way to discuss a debate in Africa over information. But it's the venue of the World Press Freedom Day commemoration on 3 May 2010, and UNESCO asked me to make an input. To this end, I drafted a paper, arguing for the importance (at least equivalent) of practical access to info in African conditions, in relation to the (largely unrealised) political right to information.
My second name (besides Julian, Eliot, Gough - what were my parents thinking?) should have been digital. "G D Berger". Since I realised the power of digital compression, without which ICT would not exist, I've been a promoter of all things digital.
But in the past year, something's gone sour. It's called digital migration. This is a process so complex and so costly, that it would need to be worth mega-benefits if it was to happen.