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La Paz, Bolivia

The Telecentre Knowledge Network Wiki is a comprehensive reference source about the practice of building and sustaining telecentres. It is a central place for people to share what they know about telecentres and learn from the experiences of others.

Bloggers intimidated as wave of environmental protests hits Bulgaria

SOFIA, Bulgaria

The Bulgarian police has called in bloggers and pressured them to stop writing about the recent wave of environmental protests that has swept across the country in the recent weeks. While the issue is hot in Bulgaria and broadly covered by the Bulgarian press, I thought it would be important to share it with the APC community and request your support.

Green ICT: Recycling legislation finally enforced

London, United Kingdom

ZDNet UK reports today that "Legislation designed to put the financial burden for recycling old technology on suppliers and manufacturers rather than all tax payers has finally been fully introduced and enforced." And Tony Roberts, chief executive of APC-member Computer Aid International says "The directive gives businesses an unprecedented opportunity to help us provide some of the world's poorest communities with the computer skills they need to escape the poverty trap." Read the full article on ZDNet UK

Discussion on the outcomes of WSIS - Bangladesh

Dhaka

Our Source: APC">ICT

sector is lagging behind for lack of proper nurturing and laxity of different governments brought about by paucity of adequate knowledge. The last elected government had declared the ICT industry as one of the thrust sectors in the country with many colourful slogans and speeches. Many IT professionals and our so-called funding organisations were impressed with the speeches of our last Science and ICT Minister of the BNP led government. Once he was good teacher of physics, but as a minister he often delivered speeches, admittedly with some humorous exaggerations, but these speeches, served up in different events, were all practically the same. He used to say we brought computer to the country much before many Asian countries. Even we are doing more quality works than Indian in some fields of ICTs. But now some are saying the minister said much but did nothing compare to his unique speeches.

Last week I attended a round table discussion at the BNNRC conference room on the post World Summit on Information Society (Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS

) situation. The World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) was a series of United Nations facilitated multi-featured rendezvous to bring hi-tech and cyber blessings to the grass roots level of all least developed countries. The two summits that took place were held at Geneva on 2003 and Tunis on 2005.

BNNRC’s recommendations to ICT sector in the proposed budget of Bangladesh 2007-2008

Dhaka

Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) has recommended that there is no reflection of implementation of committed action plan by the Government of Bangladesh towards the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) and World Summit on Information Society (Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS

) in the allocation for Information and Communication technology (Source: APC">ICT

) sector of the proposed budget of 2007-2008.

How can Web2.0 contribute to development?

ESCHBORN, Germany
How can Web2.0 contribute to development? 
Share your thoughts on the Web2fordev blog! 
Come and join our discussions or contribute with posts to 
prepare the agenda of the Web2ForDev conference in Rome, 
this coming September.

Proprietary software an anomaly

CAPE TOWN, South Africa

Proprietary software is an anomaly in the market.
This is according to Rishab Ayer Ghosh, a Free Software Foundation ">free software

researcher at
the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands, who was speaking at
the Digital Freedom Expo in Cape Town on Friday. Proprietary software is an anomaly in the market. Read the full article on Tectonic.

Full frontal feminism on TV

Granada, Spain

Jessica Valentia and Full Frontal Feminism.

Pakistan: New controls on media extend to the internet and cellphones

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Pakistan president General Pervez Musharraf has signed into immediate effect measures to increase control over the media, reports the BBC today. This very serious developement means that current regulations related to television have been extended to the Source: TechSoup Glossary and GenderIT.org">internet

and mobile phones. Read the full piece here

Global public policy: How civil society can intervene effectively

NEW YORK, United States of America

The "Civil Society Intervention in the Reform of Global Public Policy" seminar was held in Paris in April 2007. The aim was to bring together activists and academics involved in three public policy campaigns - international finance institutions, international tax and Source: Tunis Agenda for the Information Society">internet governance

- to reflect on their practices and learn from one another. Willie Currie of the APC reports on the tricks and patience needed to achieve policy reforms.

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