World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) has been celebrated every 17 May since 1969, to mark the founding of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention in 1865. The rationale of WTISD is to help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of the Internet and ICTs can bring to societies and economies, as well as … Continue reading DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES FOR HEALTHY AGEING
ARUA –April 29, 2022 – “Mr. Speaker sir, I would like to appeal for the integration of sign language into the national curriculum of Uganda so that professionals that come from our training institutions and universities can graduate with full knowledge of sign language.” The submission above could very easily have been part of the proceedings in Uganda’s national Parliament or local government councils. However, … Continue reading WESTNILE CONSUMERS MAKE THEIR VOICES HEARD IN ‘12th PARLIAMENT’
KAMPALA: 04-05-2022 – Intellectual property regulator Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) in partnership with Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), has warned the public against piracy and breach of content, a rapidly growing vice in the country. This was during a broadcasters’ copyright workshop where different industry players were cautioned and informed about their rights and obligations regarding the copyright system. Speaking at the open dialogue, Mercy K. … Continue reading UCC, URSB engage broadcasters on piracy and copyright breaches .
I had an interesting interview with the BBC East Africa Bureau on concerns around the Taxing of Social Media, which I would like to repeat here. One of the concerns is on the figures reported by the Uganda Communications Commission of internet users that appear to be very high in spite of the introduction of the OTT Tax as it has come to be known. … Continue reading GODFREY MUTABAZI ON OTT TAX
By David Serumaga firstname.lastname@example.org This piece appeared in the letter section of the New Vision on Wednesday June 12, 2019 and in the Daily Monitor, and it expresses a concern that is the responsibility of every stakeholder. It makes interesting reading. With the new development in technologies in Uganda and the world at large, communication and access to information have improved, but it has left … Continue reading UCC, Please help us to fight fake news
INTERVIEW with Godfrey Mutabazi What is the World Telecommunications and Information Society Day (WTISD) all about? The World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) is commemorated around the world to raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of the Internet and other information and communication technologies (ICT) can bring to societies and economies, as well as focusing the world on ways to bridge the digital divide. In November … Continue reading World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) 2019
BY WAISWA ABUDU SALLAM> Freedom of expression is anchored in several international and regional instruments. Article 9 of the African Charter on Human and people’s rights of 1981 lucidly provides that every individual shall have the right to receive information and the right to express and disseminate his opinions within the law. A similar provision is contained in article 10 of the European convention for … Continue reading RESPECTING STANDARDS IS KEY FOR MEDIA DEVELOPMENT
This coincided with the Annual National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Trade Show – The World’s largest Digital Media and Entertainment Event in Las Vegas that displayed technological advances in broadcasting, Artificial Intelligence (AI) managed systems and services. The president’s message was intriguing, timely and impressive as was the NAB exhibition that brought to life the convergence of media, entertainment, and technology There’s apparently “a hole … Continue reading WATCH OUT THERE’S A HOLE IN THE FUTURE!
An enthusiastic journalist posed the following questions and other stakeholders could benefit from the same responses. Qn. What circumstances would lead to closing/suspending a radio/TV station or a program? Ans. Radio and TV can be closed or a program suspended if there is a serious breach of broadcasting standards and licensing terms and conditions. Section 31 and paragraphs (a) (ii) and (iv) of the Fourth … Continue reading OPINION ON SUSPENDING RADIO/TV PROGRAMS