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June 2014, Issue 8
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A4AI Executive Director Sonia Jorge; Judith Okite, FOSSFA; Ulf Pehrsson, Ericsson; and Milka Pietikainen, Millicom discuss how to bring the next billion online in a panel co-hosted by A4AI and the Stockholm Internet Forum on May 27. Photo credit: Twitter / @SarahCortes

A4AI Opens Dialogue on Getting Next Billion Online at Stockholm Internet Forum 

On May 27-28, the third annual Stockholm Internet Forum (SIF) focused on how freedom and openness on the Internet can promote economic and social development worldwide. The panel on Affordable, equal access: how to get the last billion online, co-hosted by A4AI and SIF and moderated by TV broadcaster Julie Gichuru, explored the challenges and actions needed to expand Internet access to the next billion people. 

A4AI Executive Director Sonia Jorge was joined by Ulf Pehrsson from Ericsson, an A4AI member organization; Judith Okite from the Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa; and Milka Pietikainen from Millicom. Panelists identified strong collaboration between stakeholders to drive innovation with a long-term perspective, including through private-public partnerships, as critical to lowering the cost of Internet access globally. 

During SIF's opening session State of Play in the Year of Infinite Meetings and Processes, Web Foundation and A4AI Africa Regional Coordinator Nnenna Nwakanma highlighted the importance of the Internet freedom and openness discussion trickling down to the national level to really solve the challenges on the ground. You can watch a short interview of Nnenna discussing why affordability is the key challenge to expanding Internet access here

In this issue: 

Membership & Research Update | Country Engagement | Member Feature | 
Engage with A4AI
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Membership Update

In May and June, the following members joined the alliance: 

With the addition of these two members, we are happy to announce that the Alliance has grown to 60 members and local partners!
 

Research Update


Research activities toward the development of the 2014 A4AI Affordability Index and Report are progressing as planned. After a productive round of review and feedback with the Working Group on Affordability (comprised of 14 A4AI members), the team finalized the improved and streamlined primary research survey, trained research coordinators and is implementing the expert survey in the 86 countries covered by the Web Index, with additional research and focus on the 50 emerging and developing countries covered by the Affordability Index.

This year's Affordability Index will cover four new countries, including Mozambique and Myanmar.  As part of a larger commitment to increase the research and analysis capacity across the regions we work in, the A4AI and Web Foundation teams have engaged with research analysts from the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) and will conduct a focused training session in Cape Town this month.

Country Engagement Update
 

MaputoFirst Multi-Stakeholder Forum in Mozambique - June 19, Maputo
The first A4AI forum in Mozambique is scheduled to take place Thursday, June 19 in Maputo at the Girassol Indy Village from 8:30-15:00. The Forum will provide a platform for attendees to discuss the key policy and regulatory challenges to greater Internet affordability in Mozambique; begin developing the national coalition that will work to overcome these challenges; and develop an Action Plan focused on three to four priority areas. Photo credit: CC-BY Flickr/Shena Pamela

A4AI-Ghana Coalition Second Forum - June 23, Accra
A4AI's second forum in Ghana is scheduled to take place Monday, June 23 at the Kofi Annan ICT Centre in Accra and will be open to all stakeholders. During the meeting, participants will gain further insights into the A4AI-Ghana Coalition's priority issues. They will also learn how the A4AI-Ghana Coalition's identified priority issues have been resolved in other countries through the review of global best practice; decide on the activities they and their fellow working group members will undertake to tackle the issues in Ghana; what outputs might be produced; and what risks might be faced as they try to execute the activities in the work plan.
A4AI-Nigeria Coalition Second Forum - July 14, Lagos
A4AI's second forum in Nigeria is scheduled to take place in July in Lagos and will be open to all stakeholders. During the meeting, participants will gain further insights into the A4AI-Nigeria Coalition's priority issues. They will learn how the A4AI-Nigeria Coalition's identified priority issues have been resolved in other countries through the review of global best practice; decide on the activities they and their fellow working group members will undertake to tackle the issues in Nigeria; what outputs might be produced; and what risks might be faced as they try to execute the activities in the work plan. Agenda and venue details to come. 
 
Members can access photos, outputs, list of coalition members, and media coverage of the first forums on the A4AI-Nigeria Coalition webpage , the A4AI-Ghana Coalition webpage, and the A4AI-Mozambique Coalition webpage

Member Feature



Sweden is pushing for the right and opportunity of all people to communicate openly and securely on the internet andexpects that the same human rights apply online as offline. It sees the internet as the new frontline in efforts for increased freedom in the world. This is why Sweden is pursuing an active broadband and IT policy to maximise broadband availability and the benefits of information technology and digitisation.

Member since:  October 2013

Check out: Content from the Stockholm Internet Forum held last month. The third annual forum was organized by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, .SE (The Internet Infrastructure Foundation), and Sida. 

Learn more: http://www.government.se/sb/d/2059 

Engage with A4AI! 
Share Your Favorite Research & Reports on Ghana & Nigeria
 
We are currently crowdsourcing any member research and reports related to the following issues in Ghana and Nigeria to inform our policy reform work: 

Ghana: 
  • Universal Service Fund
  • Infrastructure mapping
  • Taxation
  • Infrastructure sharing and Open access
  • Pricing transparency
Nigeria
  • Pricing transparency 
  • Open Acces Framework and Infrastructure Sharing 
  • Spectrum Policy
We also welcome links to any research focusing on gender issues, people with disabilities, and rural populations in relation to broadband access. Please e-mail any relevant links or files to emilie@webfoundation.org. 
Upcoming Events 

All members are invited to attend our presentations, panels, and forums. If you are interested in scheduling a meeting with our team at any of the below events, please e-mail emilie@webfoundation.org. 
June 19 
A4AI-Mozambique
1st Multi-stakeholder Forum

Girassol Indy Village
Maputo, Mozambique


June 23
A4AI-Ghana Coalition 2nd Forum
Kofi Annan ICT Centre
Accra, Ghana


June 24-27
Intel Broadband and USF Leaders Forum
Cape Town, South Africa
*A4AI scheduled to present




 
June 26
The Guardian Activate Summit
Johannesburg, South Africa
*A4AI Honorary Chairperson Dr. Bitange Ndemo scheduled to give opening keynote at 9:20. 


July 14
A4AI-Nigeria Coalition 2nd Forum 
Venue TBD
Lagos, Nigeria


July 15
A4AI-Nigeria Coalition Workshops on spectrum policy and universal access issues.  
Venue TBD
Lagos, Nigeria


 
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