Practical Insights on Internet Access

What Are the Top 4 Mobile Money Purchases by African Youth?

What Are the Top 4 Mobile Money Purchases by African Youth?

Published on: Jan 15 2020 by Wayan Vota - 8 Comments
Digital financial services in sub-Saharan Africa are changing rapidly with diversity in usage and uptake on such a diverse continent. Recently, GeoPoll embarked...
Looking Back at 20 Years of ICT4D, and the Approaching Future

Looking Back at 20 Years of ICT4D, and the Approaching Future

Published on: Jan 01 2020 by Guest Writer - Leave a Comment
I started publishing Balancing Act’s News Update in 2000. Every Sunday I would pick over a range of websites in English and French to edit a series of news items...
Is Meaningful Universal Connectivity a Solution to Slowing Broadband Adoption?

Is Meaningful Universal Connectivity a Solution to Slowing Broadband Adoption?

Published on: Dec 05 2019 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on Is Meaningful Universal Connectivity a Solution to Slowing Broadband Adoption?
2019 marks several important milestones for the Internet and its usage around the world: 50 years since the very first internet data transmission 30 years since...
3 Reasons Why We Need Human Rights-Based Approach to Digital Media

3 Reasons Why We Need Human Rights-Based Approach to Digital Media

Published on: Sep 11 2019 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on 3 Reasons Why We Need Human Rights-Based Approach to Digital Media
Citizen engagement and participation through the use of digital media is a crucial area of work at this point in history and is now being recognized in regulatory...
Five Ways We Should Do Development Differently in a Digital Age – Your Weekend Long Reads

Five Ways We Should Do Development Differently in a Digital Age – Your Weekend Long Reads

Published on: Jun 08 2019 by Guest Writer - 1 Comment
Caribou Digital turns five years old this year. While 2019 is a rapidly changing digital world, 2014 felt very different. Different elections, different technological...
Did You Notice that Chad is Offline for a Year? It’s Not Alone

Did You Notice that Chad is Offline for a Year? It’s Not Alone

Published on: May 23 2019 by Wayan Vota - 14 Comments
I believe we all can agree that a government should not close off Internet access for its citizenry. To an extent, an open Internet should be a human right, and...
Apply Now: $500,000 in Cash Grants for Your Internet Projects in Africa, Asia, Americas

Apply Now: $500,000 in Cash Grants for Your Internet Projects in Africa, Asia, Americas

Published on: May 06 2019 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on Apply Now: $500,000 in Cash Grants for Your Internet Projects in Africa, Asia, Americas
There are five Regional Internet Registries that manage allocation and registration of Internet number resources within their respective regions of the world. The...
What To Do About Uganda’s Social Media and Mobile Money Taxes?

What To Do About Uganda’s Social Media and Mobile Money Taxes?

Published on: Mar 21 2019 by Wayan Vota - 15 Comments
In July 2018, the Ugandan government instituted a 200 shilling, or about $0.05 per day excise duty on Over-the-Top (OTT) social media and instant messaging services...
The Digital Divide is Not Binary: The Five A’s of Technology Access – Your Weekend Long Reads

The Digital Divide is Not Binary: The Five A’s of Technology Access – Your Weekend Long Reads

Published on: Feb 16 2019 by Wayan Vota - 3 Comments
Although more than four billion people now have some kind of Internet access, almost the same number remains without access worldwide. Smartphone sales and the...
Finally! Accurate Mobile Network Coverage Maps Show Connectivity Reality

Finally! Accurate Mobile Network Coverage Maps Show Connectivity Reality

Published on: Jan 07 2019 by Troy Etulain - 5 Comments
  Closing the global digital divide is such a daunting challenge, some companies have resorted to expensive, eyebrow-raising, flying moonshot solutions. Despite...