DAY 1 (September 03, 2018)
|Inaugural session: Mozambique’s ICT achievements and challenges|
Moderator: Alison Gillwald
- Francisco Mabila, Eduardo Mondlane University
- State of ICT in Mozambique |Onkokame Mothobi, Research ICT Africa
|Moderator: Phet Sayo|
The vision and the overall design of the multi-country AA project and the challenges of execution were discussed in this interactive panel session. The possibilities that exist for CPRsouth members to work on papers using the data were described. The process of taking the AA research to various policy audiences was the focus. The findings that had the greatest resonance with specific audiences were discussed.
- Aileen Aguero, Peru
- Helani Galpaya, Sri Lanka
- Alison Gillwald, South Africa
|Moderator: Rohan Samarajiva, Sri Lanka|
Discussant: Fola Odufuwa, Nigeria
Here, evidence on progress or lack thereof in connecting more people in developing Africa and the Asia Pacific to the Internet were presented. Evidence drawn from multiple sources, ranging from Internet network analytics to qualitative interviews were used. AA data were used in two of the presentations. The papers covered the full chain of connectivity, from the last mile to International backhaul. Potential for policy relevance and cross-learning are high. Some of the most challenging locales for extending broadband, including Sub Saharan Africa and the Pacific Island Countries, were covered.
- The impact of remote hosting on Internet performance | Enrico Calandro, South Africa/Italy.
- Drivers of broadband connectivity in Asia-Pacific developing economies | Siope Vakataki ‘Ofa, Thailand/Tonga.
- Spectrum pricing in India: roadblocks to affordable and quality broadband access | Rasheda Sultana, Bangladesh.
- How ICT policy and regulation is failing the ‘less connected’ in South Africa | Indra de Lanerolle, South Africa.
DAY 2 (September 04, 2018)
Digital literacy as the next big challenge
|Moderator: Wallace Chigona, South Africa/Malawi|
Discussant: Edda Tandi
Problems of hate speech, harassment, privacy, extortion, etc. have given rise to a strong interest in how we can make users knowledgeable and discerning. AA research
- Policy initiatives to address non-consensual pornography on the social media platform in Kenya |Evelyne Wanjiku, Kenya.
- An impact assessment of the digital literacy training programs in India |Nimish Joseph, India.
- Digital information literacy of undergraduate students in higher education institution in Malawi: Challenges and policy implications |Donald Flywell Malanga, South Africa/ Malawi.
- Promoting local content creation through user-centric mobile application design | Priyanka Chauhan, India.
Gender at the intersection of other divides
Discussant (remotely): Nishant Shah, India
Gender in the context of intersectionality is a topic rising in salience, partly as a result of the work of researchers associated with AA. Is poverty more important than gender in determining access to ICTs? How does the urban-rural divide intersect with the male-female divide?
- Can the Internet be the disruptor needed to deal with the intractable problems faced by African youth? |Chenai Chair, South Africa.
- Beyond the veil: identifying the underlying factors of digital inequality between men and women | Mariamma Deen Swarray, South Africa
- Policy initiatives to enhance
contributionof mobile internet for women’s capabilities in the rural areas of Tanzania | Edda Tandi Lowga, Tanzania
- Gendered aspects of access and use in Asia with focus on Myanmar | Helani Galpaya, Sri Lanka.
|Moderator: Tracy Cohen, South Africa|
Discussant: Pirongrong Ramasoota, Thailand
Controversies around social media’s role in disseminating hate speech and manipulation have flared in 2018. Do we have the tools and the data to make evidence-based contributions to these debates? It appears that some of the voter profiling methods using, among others, Facebook data, may have been tried out in developing-country elections. What light can be shed by the AA findings? Are there qualitative studies such as those done by LIRNEasia in Myanmar that can be added to the mix?
- Controlling hate speech on social media: approaches, implications
andrecommendations | Yudhanjaya Wijeratne, Sri Lanka
- Exploring digital fake news phenomenon in Indonesia|Riri Kusumarani, S Korea/Indonesia
- Online behavior in Myanmar: User behaviors on privacy and Security| Helani Galpaya, Sri Lanka.
- Policy initiatives to address the problems faced by Internet & social media users in relation to online harassment in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh & Cambodia | Tharaka Amarasinghe, Sri Lanka
DAY 3 (September 05, 2018)
Platforms, livelihoods, and consumer benefits
|Moderator: Helani Galpaya, Sri Lanka|
Discussant: Payal Malik, India
Advances in digital technology are transforming business landscapes at an unprecedented scale and pace. On one hand, online markets have reduced information asymmetries and have lowered the search costs for consumers. On the other hand, it has brought forth a gamut of novel questions before the regulators as they create a nuanced and sound analytical framework for digital markets.
- Bundling in platform markets in the presence of data advantage| Gaurav Jakhu, India
- Antitrust Issues of E-commerce| Khusbu Kumari, India
- The economics of multi-sided platforms: implications for competition policy| Saatvick, India
- Addressing the unemployment challenge through mobile digital microwork| Pitso Tsibolane, South Africa
Cyber policy: Scanning the horizon from the Global South
|Moderator: Sriganesh Lokanathan, Sri Lanka|
Discussant: Tracy Cohen, South Africa
The panel covered different (but not all) aspects in relation to
- Artificial Humanity: Counteracting the Threat of Bot Networks on Social Media| Yudhanjaya Wijeratne, Sri Lanka
- Developing cyber Policy in
AsiaPacific: A case study of judicial Intervention of supreme court in Nepal| Babu Ram Aryal, Nepal
cyber securitythrough stronger collaboration in Africa| Anri van der Spuy, South Africa
Are ICTs contributing to financial inclusion?
|Moderator: Lishan Adam, South Africa/Ethiopia|
Discussant: Supriya Singh, Australia
Much research has been done on various aspects of ICTs and financial services. But what has been the effect on empowerment of women and
- Connecting financial inclusion and ICTs to women’s empowerment| Supriya Singh, Australia/India
- ICTs in Agricultural Practices: Hopes, utopias
andcontradictions| Abhigya, India
- Technology sans Accountability: Payment delivery systems in the Indian context| Sakina Dhorajiwala, India.
- Mobile Money and financial inclusion in Sub-Saharan countries | Onkokame Mothobi, South Africa
E government and “smart” cities
|Moderator: Erwin Alampay, Philippines|
Discussant: Lishan Adam, South Africa/Ethiopia
Enormous resources have been expended on e-government projects in the past decade, intending to improve the delivery of government services to the public and to business, and also to re-engineer government processes and make them more efficient and accessible. Crucial to this is the development of integrated and interoperable systems to help in the sharing of data and information for both internal users and citizens. This session shed new light on the progress that has been made in Asia and Africa to make e-government systems more open and inclusive.
- Advancing Open Data for Open Governance in Asia| Michael P.
- Mobile Pictographs for Disaster Communication in support of Inclusive Public Services| Nuwan Waidyanatha, China/Sri Lanka
- Policy Recommendation for the Implementation of “One Data” policy at the sub-national level in Indonesia. A case study in the City Government of Pontianak, West Kalimantan| Arthur Glenn
- Towards an Interoperability e-Government Framework for Uganda| Silas Ngabirano, Uganda