A Digitally Inclusive South Africa

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Keynote presentation at CSIR conference "Science: Real and Relevant" on 17 November 2008

Keynote presentation at CSIR conference "Science: Real and Relevant" on 17 November 2008

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  • 1. A Digitally Inclusive South Africa Steve Song Telecommunications Fellow Shuttleworth Foundation www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  • 2. Why digital inclusion? A tide that raises all ships the power to transcend  space and time a general purpose enabler  the immediacy of ideas  the location of innovation  www.shuttleworthfoundation.org Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hint-of-plum/
  • 3. Telecom infrastructure is the Cardiovascular System of the Knowledge Economy www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  • 4. YouTube vs. Television In the 60 years since the 3 largest U.S. networks began broadcasting, one can imagine about 1.5 million hours of programming. 3 networks x 60 years x 365 days x 24 hours 1.5 million hours of programming = YouTube produces this much content in six months. www.shuttleworthfoundation.org Courtesy Michael Wesch, An Anthropological Introduction to YouTube
  • 5. YouTube 9232 hours/day ● 385 always on ● channels 200,000 3- ● minute videos www.shuttleworthfoundation.org Courtesy Michael Wesch, An Anthropological Introduction to YouTube
  • 6. www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  • 7. Quake Catcher Network www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  • 8. But in Africa... In relative terms SA  is falling behind Costs still higher  than neighbouring countries There is a need for  a shared vision among industry, government, and consumers www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  • 9. Global Trends 2008 High-Quality Broadband Essential to Growth of the World’s Knowledge Economies – Oxford Said Business School – Press Release Sept 2008 www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  • 10. Under- sea Cables in 2010? www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  • 11. Television Cdn 105 Mhz Spectrum Auction White Open Spaces Alliance Standards for Spectrum 700Mhz Mobile Auctions Spectrum Spectrum WiMax WiFi Commons www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  • 12. The Democratisation of Telecom Infrastructure Telephone = “connect out” Infrastructure = Internet “connect in” Infrastructure www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  • 13. ICTs are steadily declining in cost inexpensive off-the-shelf broadband technology www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  • 14. Open Source Software www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  • 15. Telco 2.0 Web2.0 is changing how we understand media, participation, publishing, copyright, and that is just the beginning. What might happen if telecommunication infrastructure became cheap enough and simple enough that anyone could set up a telco? www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  • 16. www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  • 17. Photo Credits – CC Mosquito http://www.flickr.com/photos/gyuvallos/71410563/sizes/o/ Cardiovascular System http://www.flickr.com/photos/patrlynch/ Hand with phone http://www.flickr.com/photos/whiteafrican/2736565604/sizes/l/ www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  • 18. Thanks! Steve Song mail: steve.song@shuttleworthfoundation.org skype: steve_l_song blog: http://manypossibilities.net twitter: stevesong del.icio.us: ssong www.shuttleworthfoundation.org