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Category Archives: Broadband

Borderless Chats

THE 2 IPs: Internet Protocol and Intellectual Property.

Lets talk Mobile , Internet and Connected Devices as we explore borderless chats. And yes: Who owns your chats and who gets regulated? And: Advertisers – are we thinking of them in the regulatory landscape.

No more pigeons as carriers, but mobile messaging apps like Facebook’s instant messaging services including Whats App … Read more

Mobile Broadband Spotlighted

Global mobile-cellular market is approaching saturation levels, mobile-broadband uptake continues to grow at double-digit rates in all regions, and mobile broadband remains the strongest growing market segment. This trend is accompanied by a slowdown in fixed-broadband uptake in the developing world, where mobile-broadband services provide a response to the demand for high-speed Internet access inview of the lack of affordable … Read more

Households with Internet access: significant urban – rural divide

Household access to the Internet is the ultimate way of guaranteeing an inclusive information society in which all people, irrespective of age, gender, employment status, etc. or possible level of disability, can access the Internet within the privacy and proximity of their own home. A policy aimed at universal access to broadband

Internet will eventually ensure access for all households … Read more

Backbone infrastrucuture and bandwidth – significant digital divides in regions

The growth in broadband subscriptions is accompanied by continuous growth in national backbone capacities and international Internet bandwidth. Indeed, without further deployment  of backbone infrastructure, service providers are unable to expand their markets to previously underserved regions.


New data collected by ITU on the deployment  of fibre transmission capacity in countries shows that by end 2013, more than 11.7 … Read more

Broadband market and Internet access hinges on mobile and spectrum

Infrastructure deployment providing access to broadband Internet continues to be a priority for telecommunication service providers and governments in most countries. This is reflected in the continuous growth in the number of mobile- and fixed-broadband subscriptions worldwide. In 2014, fixed-broadband subscriptions will reach a total of 711 million globally, corresponding to a penetration rate of almost 10 per cent, as … Read more

Africa, Asia and the Pacific: strongest mobile-cellular growth and lowest penetration rates

Fixed  telephony is on the decline in all regions of the world.

Worldwide, there are only around a dozen countries where fixed-telephone  uptake has actually increased over the past year. Fixed-telephone penetration decreased by about  2 per cent globally in the past year, and will drop  to its lowest level in 14 years – lower than at the turn of … Read more

ITU Measuring the Information Society Report 2014

The Measuring the Information Society Report of 2014, features key ICT data and benchmarking tools to measure the information society, including the ICT Development Index (IDI).  The Measuring the Information Society Report 2014 highlights the relationship between ICT development and the MDGs, a contribution to ongoing discussions on the potential of ICTs as development enablers.
The full report can be … Read more

The Broadband Commission

The Broadband Commission for Digital Development was launched by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in response to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s call to step up efforts to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Established in May 2010, the Commission unites top industry executives with government leaders, thought leaders, policy pioneers, Read more

ITU review of broadband around the world

The excerpts on this page are sourced from the latest Broadband Report  (September 2014) of the International Telecommunications Union  ( ). The report is compiled by the Broadband Commission for Digital Development and the Commission was launched by the ITU and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2010.

The Commission unites top industry executives with government Read more

Creating a learning environment

Since the advent of the Internet and the development of digital technologies, it has become increasingly clear that countries, including the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), cannot afford to overlook the importance of ICTs for improved access to, equity, quality and relevance of education.

The Broadband Commission says in its latest Report (released in September 2014) that policy-makers have realised that, Read more

Zambia’s iSchool solution

iSchool is a complete blended eLearning solution that covers the entire Zambian primary curriculum, according to the Broadband Commission.

It provides detailed lesson plans for teachers (some 6,000 in total) guiding them towards interactive enquiry-based learning. For students, there are thousands of fun, colourful, interactive multimedia lessons, available in English and in eight local languages.

For teachers, there is also Read more

Malaysia: education through broadband

The Broadband Commission provides information on educational developments in Malaysia which aims to ensure that students learn how to use ICTs and can leverage them to enhance learning.

Malaysia is currently implementing its Frog Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) as a platform for teaching and learning in all primary and secondary schools. VLE is a part of the broader Malaysia Education Read more

Broadband implementation in Qatar

Qatar’s national Broadband Plan (QNBP), released in 2013, provides the guidelines and actions that Qatar says will follow over the next decade to ensure the opportunities offered by broadband technology are maximised. Qatar is among the world’s richest country’s per capita.

In the report, Qatar’s Minister of Information & Communication Technology, H.E. Dr. Hessa Al Jaber, sets out the Broadband Read more

Connecting the unconnected

The ability of broadband to connect the unconnected and improve education and students’ learning experiences is undisputed, says the Broadband Commission in its report released in September 2014.

“Digital inclusion still remains a big challenge, and countries are continuously looking for the best ways in which technology and ICTs can provide solutions to reach the unreached and enhance traditional delivery Read more

Broadband in China

China’s national broadband network has experienced rapid growth over recent years as fixed broadband subscribers increased by 11 million in the first six months of 2013 and totaled 181 million by mid-2013.In its latest 2014 report, the Broadband Commission also focused , among others, on China where total investment for broadband network infrastructure will be 1.6 trillion $ 250 billion, Read more

Empowering women

In 2013, UNESCO conducted a series of regional studies to document challenges, lessons learned and good practices in initiatives from around the world aimed at empowering women and/or girls through education via innovative mobile technology-based learning and information programmes.

The commission, UNESCO, says that on the basis of this work, successful and sustainable implementation of mobile technology-enabled literacy projects:

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Creator Spaces   Designing Innovation Economics


Ayesha Dawood

I liked this when I came across it “Thinking is a kind of making, and making is a kind of thinking" says Jessie Shefrin former Provost of The Rhode Island School of Design and past Dean of Graduate Studies of The Rhode Island School of Design.

I like this too, alot 'design thinking ... is the expression of communication – the form itself...' that is the response I got when I asked John Maeda, at a talk at MIT this year what design thinking is -- Is it the form, is it the way it is presented .. and how does it impact international affairs? His response has got me mulling on innovation economics – and a very 21st century focus. The innovation economics idea was introduced to me by Professor William Fisher of Harvard Law School, Wilmer Hale Professor of Intellectual Property. And so Professor Fisher I take the liberty to propel this idea to designing innovation economics in the 21st century. So here I am positing Creator Spaces as innovation economics in action. And yes, Prof Fisher, Intellectual Property is important and as you say, only and only if it creatively engages with culture. So I take the creative engaging with the culture of a people, the culture of counties ... to a culture of creation. So, I am building and creating and designing too. Is this Ronald Dworkin`s chain novel theory playing itself out – a step by step building of things.

In particular I focus on Creator and Maker spaces which I call Creator Spaces. It is a movement rapidly gaining traction – and pioneering new pedagogies – tinkering, creator and playful learning pedagogies. No doubt this is influencing and will continue to improve a whole new wave – tinkering, playful learning and learning through play and exploration heralding novel creations as well as iterations in the new edu- tech era.

This is innovation economics birthed. A world of tinkering, software and hardware creation including an immersive engagement with technology and with materials –that is what empowers us to be courageous and creative. To make, to create – the art of playful learning and innovator spirit is boldly borne.

In seeing what we create – both online with immersive engaging of technology to building with our minds and hands to creating with materials to embracing the realm of possibilities and yes frameworks ( the lawyer in me screams legal frameworks as much computational thinking calls for system frameworks ). That is the power of Creator Space. They energise, motivate, uplift and propel growth in ones own sense of self, in creativity, in making, in building, in designing and cognition and critical thinking. And this is why it makes sense – it is innovation economics in both the digital and physical – a new form of a connected world – a world of immersive technology made simple – a world of creative making and a world of design and designing new things – software, new hardware, new things and while the search for new hardware forms and hardware materials is increasingly opening up new possibilities in materials.... Creator Spaces are about working with what is available as well making new from afresh and in that process new forms are birthed – New software creation is Creator Space and open source learning and remixing also lend impetus to this. See what amazing creations Scratch, an open source computer programme inspiring community learning and inspiring kids to create stories, animations and games - initiated at the MIT Media Lab Lifelong Kindergarden Group - is doing for kids globally here

Designing Creator Spaces is about inspiring people to take charge of their minds and ideas. I marvelled at watching the excitement and agility of the kids at MIT `s Scratch Day this May. Boundless enthusiasm and fun creations – and such confidence.

A new creator pedagogy in the making – yes – but maybe not so new in Africa and emerging economies where creator crafts and tinkering necessities were birthed. It is this staple that will take the shift to tinkering and artful play in emerging economies to levels unparalleled and a boon for innovation economics. Now that is design thinking innovation economics.  Creator Spaces is innovation economics. And yes, Intellectual Property matters.

Ayesha Dawood is a lawyer, writer and artist and educator. She is a Harvard and South African educated lawyer (@ConsultAyesha) She has an LL.M from Harvard Law School and is a recent Fellow of the Weatherhead Centre for International Affairs, Harvard University.