This text is part of the #FASTAfrica Toolkit
What needs to change in your country, and who can make it happen? Find your key targets, find allies and apply pressure, expose concern, and stimulate them to think about and act on FASTAfrica’s key demands. Choose the right channels to reach them. It might be via social media, a meeting, email, the media — or all of the above!
Suggested Targets and Allies
Seek out your president or any ministers and ministry officials that can affect ICT and Internet rights, in areas like infrastructure, social inclusion, equality development, education or foreign affairs. They are the ones who draft new policies and have power to prioritise them.
Businesses can be either targets or allies (or both). They can partner with government and support policies to encourage competition and bring down prices on Internet and technology. Telecoms, start-up companies, incubators and hubs will agree FAST Internet is needed.
Journalists from newspapers, radio, and all variety of media and blogs need to help communicate why Internet access for everyone is so important. They can also pressure government to follow up on promises for better Internet and more digital rights.
Greater understanding of national, local and rural Internet and mobile phone use helps inform better policy and good arguments for why ICT matters to development. Universities, think tanks, research institutes and foundations can be your allies, at home and abroad.
Which other organisations, bloggers, hackers and web defenders can support your activities? Connect and partner with everyone who feels strongly about better Internet, locally and regionally, and demand action from governments, municipalities, corporations, etc.