Mapping ICTs in Somalia: Policies, Players, and Practices
Critical and Cultural Studies
International and Intercultural Communication
This report offers a review of the policies and players that impact media and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) policies and practices in Somalia. The research, supplemented with interviews with senior policy advisors on ICTs, civil society organizations, journalistsâ unions, and the private sector, suggests that the Somali Federal Government faces significant hurdles in constructing a national media policy. These can be reduced to the following four key challenges: 1) A weak central government; 2) A geographically and politically fragmented media environment; 3) A strong private telecommunications sector that benefits from a lack of regulation; 4) A preference by many actors for the traditional xeer and sharia law systems, rather than a formalized ICT regulatory environment.