Has Privatization Contributed to the Relative Decline of Internet Hosts in Africa?
For several decades, international lending agencies have encouraged African governments to reform their telecommunications sector by privatizing the public telephone services, separating and depoliticizing the agencies that regulate the telecommunications sector and opening up competition in the consumer market for telecommunications services. During this period, Africa’s share of the world’s internet hosts and secure servers [...]
Telecommunications Reform, Internet Use and Mobile Phone Adoption in the Developing World
How do telecommunications policies influence technology adoption? Has regulatory reform helped mitigate or exacerbate the digital divide? We examine the effects of four policy reform strategies on a country’s share of internet bandwidth, internet hosts, internet users, personal computers, and mobile phones.
Sizing Up Information Societies: Toward a Better Metric for the Cultures of ICT Adoption
When researchers study technology diffusion in a global and comparative manner, they often find that economic productivity explains differences in the diffusion of information and communication technologies (ICTs). But when researchers study technology diffusion in a regional, national, or subnational context, they often find that politics and culture explains different diffusion rates. How do we make use of different kinds of conclusions drawn from different levels of analysis?
Ownership Diversity in Muslim Media Systems
Across the 15 largest Muslim media systems, ownership patterns vary in interesting ways. In many Western countries, there is less and less diversity in the ownership of media assets because these assets are being concentrated among fewer and fewer corporate actors. In some Muslim countries, media assets are also concentrated, but among state actors such [...]