Resources: Reports

 The emerging contours of the new world of work in the Fourth Industrial Revolution are rapidly becoming a lived reality for millions of workers and companies around the world. The inherent opportunities for economic prosperity, societal progress and individual flourishing in this new world of work are enormous, yet depend crucially on the ability of all concerned stakeholders to instigate reform in education and training systems, labour market policies, business approaches to developing skills, employment arrangements and existing social contracts.
In 2016, the Internet Society launched a project to better understand the forces of change that will shape the Internet over the next five to seven years. We engaged with a broad community of Members, Internet Society Chapters, experts and partners. We conducted three global surveys and two regional surveys that generated more than 3,000 responses from 160 countries. We also interviewed more than 130 Internet experts and users, and hosted more than 10 roundtables.
The African Internet Governance Forum is Africa's multi stakeholder forum of Internet actors. With other Af*(Af stars: AFRINIC, AFTLD, AFNOG, AFREN, African Internet Summit and Africa CERT), AfIGF carries the voices and efforts of the African continent to the global agenda, while ensuring that the benefits of a viable information society accrue to every African. It was formally launched in Nairobi, during the global InternetGovernance Forum (IGF) in 2011.
The Inclusive Internet Index, commissioned by Facebook and conducted by The Economist Intelligence Unit, returns for its second year. Expanded to cover 86 countries, up from 75 in 2017, the index provides a rigorous benchmark of national-level Internet inclusion across four categories: Availability, Affordability, Relevance and Readiness.
Inability to afford a basic internet connection remains one of the most significant — and solvable — barriers to access. Around the world, over two billion people live in a country where just 1GB of mobile data is unaffordable.   This issue is particularly acute in low- and middle-income countries, where 1GB of data costs over 5% of what people earn in a month — a price that is well over the affordable threshold of 1GB of data priced at 2% or less of average income.
This report is the third in a series launched in 2013 ahead of Agenda 2030 to provide evidence-informed analysis on the impact of aid on poverty, the right balance between promoting growth and direct assistance to people in poverty and the need to mobilise more resources and use them effectively. The second report provided greater insight on all the potential resources available to finance the SDGs.
With over 5 billion subscribers worldwide, mobile is one of the most far-reaching technologies in history. It has the capacity to deliver transformative services and opportunities to users, especially access to the internet.
Having surpassed 5 billion people connected to mobile services in 2017, the global mobile industry will reach further milestones over the next eight years. The number of unique mobile subscribers will reach 5.9 billion by 2025, equivalent to 71% of the world’s population. Growth will be driven by developing countries, particularly India, China, Pakistan, Indonesia and Bangladesh, as well as Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America.
There is extensive evidence now that, as technology evolves from basic voice services to that of broadband, the value of networks increases exponentially with significant multiplier effects impacting positively on economic growth and individual well-being under the right conditions. It is the evolution of such technology that has produced innovation such as the Internet of Things, Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence.
The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA, hereon referred to as the Authority) is mandated to regulate electronic communications in the public interest. In ensuring that it carries this mandate effectively, it monitors the information communications and technology (ICT) sector to ensure that interests of the consumers are promoted as per object 2(n) of the Electronic Communications Act No. 36 of 2005 (ECA, as amended).

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