Broadband Internet for Eastern Africa: Policy and Legal Issues
Professor Calestous Juma, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Tuesday, September 15, 12:30 pm Berkman Center, 23 Everett Street, second floor RSVP required for those attending in person (firstname.lastname@example.org) This event will be webcast live at 12:30 pm ET.
The launching of Seacom’s (http://www.seacom.mu/index2.asp) fiber optic cable in July was the single most important infrastructure investment in eastern Africa since the construction of the Uganda Railway, then dubbed “The Lunatic Express”. This talk explores the implications of this development for Africa’s capacity to expand the global market for access devices, creation of content and development of markets. It identifies key policy challenges and opportunities facing Africa countries arising from the introduction of broadband Internet.
About Professor Juma
Calestous Juma is Professor of the Practice of International Development and Director of the Science, Technology, and Globalization Project. He also directs the Agricultural Innovation in Africa Project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He is a former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity and Founding Director of the African Centre for Technology Studies in Nairobi, and he also served as Chancellor of the University of Guyana. He has been elected to several scientific academies including the Royal Society of London, the US National Academy of Sciences, the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, and the UK Royal Academy of Engineering. He has won several international awards for his work on sustainable development. He holds a PhD in science and technology policy studies and has written widely on science, technology, and environment. He teaches courses in developmental policy as part of theMPA/ID Program. He is lead author of Innovation: Applying Knowledge in Development. He is editor of the International Journal of Technology and Globalisation and International Journal of Biotechnology.