LEON LOUW: ICT policy matters because the internet will be everything
‘It is hard to think of anything that affects your daily life more than information and communications technology. So, as they say on talk shows, don’t go away’
Spats about facts can be confusing. Communications Minister Siyabonga Cwele, for instance, accused me of being "wrong" about the formulation of incredibly important telecommunications policy. Before I lose readers who think "telecoms policy" is boring, unimportant and complicated, let me explain why you should be riveted, informed and involved. It is hard to think of anything that affects your daily life more than information and communications technology (ICT). So, as they say on talk shows, don’t go away. You will soon enjoy and be subject to "the internet of everything". More than you may realise is, directly and indirectly, ICT-dependent. Most people are radio listeners or TV viewers, use computers and phones and interact with doctors, banks, insurers, transport providers and government officials, who routinely enter and access vital information.There are as many active cellphones as citizens, which means virtually everyone communicates or is entertained via ICT. Incomprehensibl...