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The race to LTE roll-out in South Africa still hindered

 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), our country’s communications regulator, has enough spectrum to go around for mobile operators such as MTN and Vodacom who are ready to implement long-term evolution technology (LTE), but national rollouts are simply not happening.

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Telemedicine: Hello Great Potential?

 Telemedicine could, in theory, be the solution for many South Africans seeking medical assistance where access has been an issue.

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Making Internet accessible

Everyone knows there's an issue in access to the Internet in much of the developing world. BUT:

* Are we talking about access for adults, or also for teens and children?
* Are we talking about access at home, work or anywhere? What diffs does it make?
* Is it access at any time - or does once a month access mean a person counts as an "Internet user"?
* Is it access on any screen? Are cellphone screens good enough for meaningful access?
* Do we count "shaped" use as access - eg. Blackberry packages @ R2 a day are fantastic, but no downloads allowed.

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Old standards, new challenges: free speech and the Internet

After consultations in Sweden, Cairo, Delhi, Johannesburg, Buenos Aires and Bangkok, the UN special rapporteur for free expression is wrapping up a recommended position for the UN Human Rights Council. Frank la Rue is now reporting back to an "experts meeting" in Stockholm, ahead of concluding his report.

There are lots of hot topics about freedom on the Internet, and restrictions... including blocking, filtering, access, intellectual property, legislation, international co-operation, the responsibilities of Internet Service Providers, etc.

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R&R for police and press

Not rest & recreation, but rights and responsibilities. For cops and correspondents. Like exists in New York:


Jumpy police are jumping on South African reporters and photojournalists all too often these days. Last week the Sowetan, last year, Grocott's Mail, and yet others in between.

Here's my contribution to a Charter of rights and responsibilities:

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