Over the years, I have authored and co-authored academic journal articles, presented papers and thought leadership ensure the technology and information policy being considered on the continent does not force a false tradeoff between welfare goals and innovation, between rights and cultural relevance, between local innovation and rigid opposition to ‘foreign’ values – for the individuals/end users.
Recently, I have also started to examine the exercise of liberal norms like privacy (specifically ‘personally identifiable’ or ‘non-personally identifiable’ or ‘indirectly identifiable’), autonomy and free speech. These through the lens of ‘socio-cultural privacy’ – the idea that privacy constructs are designed around and defined by specific exercises of power over socio-cultural discourse. So, in the last 12 months my ‘why-how-what’ think brain nodes have been pondering on what, if any, connections there are between the privacy values ‘preached’ in the global North, and the implications it bears for the socio-cultural characteristics cherished in the South which then presents significant constraints in the digital policy making environment in the global South.



Abrahams, L and Akinsanmi T.O. (2011) Framework Mapping spectrum regulation and economics against an e‐development perspective: the case for e‐education’ policy position paper published in 2012



Akinsanmi, T.O. (2010) Networked NPOs in the Global South; Knowledge Management and Organizational Effectiveness, Master’s Thesis, University of Witwatersrand: Johannesburg (unpublished)


Akinsanmi, T.O. (2007) ‘Access to Access’ in The Power of Ideas: Internet governance in a Multi-stakeholder Environment, Kleinwachter, W. Germany: Land of Ideas: Berlin


Akinsanmi, T.O. (2007) ‘Information and Communications technologies for education: Promises undelivered?’ in Commonwealth Ministers reference book 2007 (pp. 142 – 144), Commonwealth Secretariat: London, United Kingdom


Akinsanmi, T.O. (2006) ‘Gender and online collaborative learning: a Case Study of the Global Teenager project’, in Information for Development (I4D) Magazine, (pps 29 – 30) Centre for Science, Development and Media Studies (CSDMS): Noida, India


Akinsanmi, T.O. (2005) ‘Encouraging the Effective and Sustainable use of Information and Communications Technologies for promoting Education and Development’, in Bracey, B. and Culver,T., Harnessing the potential of ICT for Education: A Multi-stakeholder Approach (pp. 32 – 40), UN ICT Task Force: New York


Akinsanmi, T.O. (2005) ‘Exchanging information and ideas across the global classroom: A case study of the Global Teenager Project in Zimbabwe’, in Mainstreaming ICTs: Africa lives the Information Society; a handbook for development practitioners, Women’s Net and Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA): Johannesburg, South Africa



Akinsanmi, T.O. (2003) ‘Behind her eyes: Gender and ICTs’ in What’s Next? The future of the Information Society – a youth perspective’, (pps. 212 – 216), TakingITGlobal (TIG) and Youth for Intergenerational Justice and Sustainability (YOIS): Stuttgart, Germany