The Future of Mobile ICT and New Media in Africa
Time: Tuesday 27. May 2014 - Wednesday 28. May 2014
Venue: GTUC, Accra, Ghana
Mobile and fixed communication networks and services have been advancing at a fast pace in Africa and is increasingly used as technology platforms for meeting challenges in other fields such as health, education, banking, etc. New media have also emerged in the process. Today there is a shift from conventional TV and radio delivery of media content to the internet. Though a decade of innovative public sector reforms in Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) and media sectors of sub-Saharan Africa has brought enormous developments and prospects, there’s room for further development.
Most of the African economies have also been expanding over the same period, which implies that the consumer base is still expanding, and there are enormous opportunities for the media, mobile and internet sub-sectors.
The mobile markets in the sub-Saharan Africa are very competitive with a multiplicity of network operators in each country. Investors from across the world are keeping a watch over the events in the sub-region as new and innovative service offerings are being rolled out year after year. The story isn’t different in the media sector.
Africa is the second most populous region of the world with over 1 billion inhabitants. Though there has been tremendous growth rates for mobile communications, coupled with some fiber optic cables being laid, market penetration rates for fixed telephony, mobile communications and broadband internet remain relatively low. In the media, most media houses in Africa are yet to harness the full potential of new media enabled by ICT.
Real digital opportunities for deployment and utilization in areas such as e-learning, e-health and e-governance, etc. are presented to promote higher literacy, healthy, and well informed societies. It is, therefore, imperative that sub-Saharan Africa positions itself to participate and utilize the ever-evolving opportunities in health delivery, e-learning endeavors, e-commerce, e-governance, new media etc.
The conference on ‘The Future of Mobile ICT and New Media in Africa’ examines these issues regarding the development of mobile ICT and media – markets, regulations, business strategies – as well as issues relating to the use of mobile communications for economic, social, and human development.
Participants will come from academia, business, and policy and regulation. The idea is to benefit from input from speakers and participants from Africa as well as Europe and elsewhere. There is a need for Africa to partner and establish cooperation with their counterparts in the areas of research and development, deployment and operations, consultancies and education, as well as learning best practices.
- To discuss the developments of mobile communications and media with respect to market developments, policies and regulation, and business potentials and strategies;
- To highlight the current challenges encountered in the uptake of new media platforms in Africa;
- To examine the need for and use of ICT by educators, health care workers, government officials, business men, researchers, etc. in the sub-region;
- To explore ways in which technologies are used and assessed in diverse fields of education, health care, governance, businesses, social networks, banking & finance;
- To assess recent methods that enhance access to mobile communications, education, health services, government services, business services such as distance education, computer-based communication methods, telemedicine, e-commerce, face booking, etc.;
Who Should Attend
Faculty, Teachers, Researchers, Policy makers and Regulators, Health practitioners, Business professionals, ICT practitioners, Instructional designers, Media specialists and producers, Distance learning directors, Technology & Service providers.
Topics will include – but not limited to the following:
- Mobile communications
- Mobile broadband
- Information Systems
- Role of Internet Service Providers (ISPs)
- Application of Information Systems in government and businesses
- Age and gender issues in the use of Information Systems
- Digital library, distance learning, e-learning systems & technologies
- E-health & e-governance
- Databases, storage & retrieval systems (e.g. Cloud Computing)
- Cyber-security – governance, risk & compliance (GRC), cyber-crime.
- E-commerce & e-banking in developing economies
- Social media & social networks
- Social engineering challenges and counter measures
- ICT policy & regulatory environment.
- Media policy & regulatory environment
Note: Selected papers will be published in a special edition of Nordic- and Baltic Journal of ICT.
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Day 1 – May 27
|08:30 - 09:30||Registration of Participants|
|09:30 - 10:30||OPENING SESSION – Florence Onny AUDITORIUM |
Chairpersons: Dr. Osei K. Darkwa & Prof. Knud Erik Skouby
Welcome to the Conference: Dr. Robert Awuah Baffour, Vice President of GTUC
Overview of the Conference: Prof. Knud-Erik Skouby, Director of CMI
Address by the Special Guest of Honour:
Mobile ICT and New Media - The Implications of Social Networks on Academic Work
Prof. Ernest Aryeetey, Vice Chancellor, University of Ghana, Legon
|10:30 - 11:00||Group Photograph & Tea Break|
|11:00 - 12:00|| |
Panel Discussion 1: Mobile ICT and New Media: Prospects and Challenges
|12:00 - 13:00||Lunch|
|13:00 - 14:30|| |
Paper Session 1: Mobile ICT Policy Issues
Backbones in Africa: Policy and Regulatory Issues
The Role of Community Based Networks in The Development of Rural Broadband: The Case of Djurslandsnet in Denmark and Lessons for Rural Sub-Saharan Africa.
Investigating The Applicability of Dynamic Pricing to Ghana’s Telecom Infrastructure Market
Mobile Government in Developing Country; A Citizen Centric Approach to Policy Formulation
|14:30 - 14:50||Afternoon Tea Break|
|14:50 - 15:30|| |
WWRF-session - Book presentation: Mobile in Africa
|15:30 – 17:00|| |
Paper Session 2A: ICT in Businesses
Marginality, Transnational Mobilities and Social Networks – Understanding Mobile Phone Practices and Livelihood Strategies Among Ghanaian Women Traders
The Effect of Mobile Phone on Agricultural Development: A Case of Smallholder Farmers in Machakos
An Assessment of the Challenges of Electronic Office in some Tertiary Institutions in Katsina State.
The Use of Social Media Applications for Intra-organizational Knowledge Transfer
|15:30 – 17:00|| |
Paper Session 2B: E-Library &Related Issues
The Impact of Cyber Cafes and Telecom Centres: A Panacea for Empowering Library and Information Science Students in Nigerian Universities.
Application of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in Academic Libraries in Nigeria: Issues and Challenges.
The Impact of MTN-Net Library Universities Connect on Academic Library Services Use by Students in Kashim Ibrahim Library, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
|17:05 – 17:15||Closing Remarks & Announcements |
Dr. Osei K. Darkwa & Prof. Knud-Erik Skouby
Ezer Yeboah-Boateng, GTUC, firstname.lastname@example.org
Osei Darkwa, GTUC, email@example.com
Isa Abdullahi, CMI, firstname.lastname@example.org
Idongesit Williams, CMI, email@example.com
Reza Tadayoni, CMI, firstname.lastname@example.org
Anders Henten, CMI, email@example.com
Morten Falch, CMI, firstname.lastname@example.org
Knud Erik Skouby, CMI, email@example.com