Mercy Wanjau, MBS


2014 National ICT Awareness Week

May 27, 2014

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

Oct 23, 2013

This paper provides an exposition into the policy and legislative reforms that have been embarked on in Kenya in the last 10 years in an effort to embrace the rapid development of innovative technologies during that time. In the analysis, it exposes progressive regulatory trends which have in some cases yielded outcomes that were not anticipated, such as a marked increase of crime committed with the aid of mobile phones. It therefore brings to the fore, the need for periodical regulatory review in order to provide timely opportunities for corrective action for the sector to remain competitive. 

United Nations International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Trends in Telecommunications Reform Publication, (summer edition 2012) Chapter 7

Jun 01, 2012

This paper introduces a paradox in the ICT sector - that the success of telecommunications and ICT has spurred the increase in e-waste, the fastest growing waste stream globally. New devices are needed, for example, because of the transition from analogue to digital terrestrial television, the migration from second generation mobile communication networks to third generation (and soon fourth generation) networks, and - in the computing and information sub-sector - the demand for equipment with faster processing speed, larger memory and thinner (liquid crystal or thin film technology) display units.

It argues that these well-meant efforts that have led to the expansion of markets eventually require supportive public policy that would promote recycling, industry involvement through schemes such as take back, better enforcement on movement of e-waste at the international level in order to achieve balance for sustainability. It seeks to spur a discussion among developing countries to identify the multiple actors in the e-waste space and provide a platform for collaboration going forward.

See an article in ITU News based on this paper at:

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