Melissa Govender

Melissa Govender works as a Senior Policy Manager for the African continent, identifying areas for collaboration within the digital economy.

The Metaversality Index 2022

The Metaversality Index 2022

The metaverse has been defined as the convergence of our physical and digital lives to create a virtual community where...

15 Nov 2022 Metaverse Policy Lab
Africa Continental Free Trade Area: What are the opportunities for the ICT sector?

Africa Continental Free Trade Area: What are the opportunities for the ICT sector?

The importance of technology to the achievement of national development goals has long been recognised by states. The introduction of...

25 Oct 2022 Reports
Access Alert | Japanese investment in digital transformation will include Metaverse and NFTs

Access Alert | Japanese investment in digital transformation will include Metaverse and NFTs

The Prime Minister of Japan, Fumio Kishida, announced this week that the country will promote efforts to expand the use...

6 Oct 2022 Metaverse Policy Lab Opinion
Women in Tech Podcast | Roe v Wade: Should women be worried about their data? with Melanie Garson

Women in Tech Podcast | Roe v Wade: Should women be worried about their data? with Melanie Garson

In this episode, Access Partnership’s Senior Policy Manager, Melissa Govender, interviews Melanie Garson. Melanie has a wealth of experience working...

8 Aug 2022 Opinion
Does the Metaverse Provide an Opportunity for Meta to Redefine its Stance on Data Privacy? 

Does the Metaverse Provide an Opportunity for Meta to Redefine its Stance on Data Privacy? 

In our previous article entitled “The importance of creating an interoperable Metaverse,” Lydia Dettling discussed how much data Metaverse platforms...

18 Jul 2022 Metaverse Policy Lab
Access Alert | Launch of Metaverse Standards Forum

Access Alert | Launch of Metaverse Standards Forum

Yesterday the Metaverse Standards Forum was launched. As we discussed previously in our article titled  “How can we protect those...

22 Jun 2022 Metaverse Policy Lab Opinion
Access Partnership’s Fair Tech Institute and Metaverse Policy Lab host The Metaverse Dialogue

Access Partnership’s Fair Tech Institute and Metaverse Policy Lab host The Metaverse Dialogue

Watch The Metaverse Dialogue – An Exploratory Primer here. More than 120 discussants participated in the inaugural Metaverse Dialogue on...

8 Jun 2022 Metaverse Policy Lab
Access Alert | Disney+ enters the South African market

Access Alert | Disney+ enters the South African market

 Disney+, the streaming service from The Walt Disney Company, will launch in South Africa on 18 May 2022. Disney is...

4 May 2022 Opinion
Access Alert | South Africa’s Competition Commission Intends to Prosecute WhatsApp for Abuse of Dominance – Proposed Fine is 10% of Turnover

Access Alert | South Africa’s Competition Commission Intends to Prosecute WhatsApp for Abuse of Dominance – Proposed Fine is 10% of Turnover

In July 2020, Facebook South Africa stated that it would off-board GovChat and #LetsTalk, a technology start-up that connects government...

15 Mar 2022 Opinion
Business Day | MELISSA GOVENDER: Can development finance accelerate Africa’s drive towards a digital economy?

Business Day | MELISSA GOVENDER: Can development finance accelerate Africa’s drive towards a digital economy?

This article was originally published in Business Day on 26 January 2022.  A well-functioning digital economy is necessary to achieve...

27 Jan 2022 Press
Access Alert | South Africa Releases IMT Spectrum Auction Dates

Access Alert | South Africa Releases IMT Spectrum Auction Dates

In March 2021, the North Gauteng High Court barred telecommunications regulator, Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) from auctioning...

4 Oct 2021 Opinion
Access Alert: Nigerian Government Tightens Grip on Tech Sector

Access Alert: Nigerian Government Tightens Grip on Tech Sector

The Nigerian Government has plans to introduce a series of strict obligations for stakeholders in the tech sector, including new...

18 Aug 2021 Opinion
Business Day: The West Looks on as Africa Opts for China’s Digital Silk Road Programme

Business Day: The West Looks on as Africa Opts for China’s Digital Silk Road Programme

This article was originally published on Business Day on 18 July 2021. How has the West attempted to counter China’s influence...

19 Jul 2021 Opinion
Fair Tech Forum Highlights | Faster, Greener, Cheaper: How Can Smart Mobility Unblock Transportation Challenges in Emerging Markets?​​

Fair Tech Forum Highlights | Faster, Greener, Cheaper: How Can Smart Mobility Unblock Transportation Challenges in Emerging Markets?​​

On the 16th of June 2021, Access Partnership’s Emerging Markets team hosted a webinar which unpacked how mega cities in...

22 Jun 2021 Opinion