The government is reviewing laws on freedom of expression, diversity in radio & TV, the cost of communication and internet access. he Right2Know Campaign and SOS Coalition are running two workshops to develop a civil society response to the Department of Communications Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Green Paper (see executive summary here).
1. Who controls the air waves – and to what end? Who should have limited radio and TV licences? How should the SABC and community radio/TV be structured to ensure its political independence and public accountability? How should we fund and produce quality content? How can ICASA’s regulation be strengthened? How should we promote diverse views, languages, and cultures?
2. Who should benefit from the internet and telephones? What is a fair price to pay for telephone and internet services? Should these services – or at least basic access – be available free of charge? How should prices be set? How can we ensure everyone gains access to high speed broadband? What is the role of the state, private sector, and communities in providing telecommunications infrastructure and services?
3. How do we stop the spies? How can we ensure our privacy when using the internet and our telephones? Is all internet traffic treated equally and free of surveillance? If not, what can be done so that the people control their own information and not the state or private telecoms? How do we prevent cyber crime?
Now is your opportunity to participate in the discussion about the future of communication in South Africa. Please join us in either Johannesburg (Thursday 20 February) or Cape Town (Thursday 27 February). RSVP here or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place.