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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.

Autonomy, security, identity: Beautiful words, worrying ties in the electronic world

MONTRÉAL, Canada

What does identity have to do with security? How can we guarantee secure electronic user identification without compromising "African journalists trained in how to communicate securely online" (APCNews and Toni Eliasz, 30 September 2004), Take Back the Tech! and APC Internet Rights Charter">privacy

? Why do airport officials need to know about your DNA when they are actually looking to see if you carry a bomb? The seventeenth edition of the Computer, Freedom and Privacy (CFP) conference held in Montréal, Canada, from May 1 to 4 2007, brought together many experts in order to tackle these questions.

How ICTs can enhance teaching and learning in Special Needs Education

Syria-Salamieh Community Telecentre

Information and Communications Technology Supporting Special Educational Needs

How ICTs can enhance teaching and learning in Special Needs Education

This study aims to explore the following issues relating to how ICTs enhances learning, and It will also explore how ICTs enriches the learning opportunities and potential of students who have SEN, especially in the following areas:

• Physical disabilities

• Visual impairments

• Hearing impairments

• Autistic spectrum disorders

• Dyslexia

• Learning Disabilities

• Emotional and behavioral difficulties

Disabled but Not disqualified

Syria

Handout: ICTs for Development (ICT4D), Multimedia Training Kit (part of APC's ICT policy training curriculum)">ICT4D

in SNE – Disabled but Not disqualified

Story is about physical disability student

The girl who loves the moon.

(Noura Arslan )

Noura is one of our physical disability students

Noura is much like the early spring buds.

Lessig, Rishab, Castells et al

SYDNEY, .Au

Al Alegre of FMA (Philippines) lent me these books, which made for an interesting and exciting browse. After sharing a link to these, another friend, Michel Bauwens of the P2PFoundation.net went on to point me to this very rich and impressive collection of books on peer production, Free and Open Source Software production and philosophy, P2P management and leadership, political and social change, P2P culture, and more.

Cambodian mirror... online

GOA, Indian

The Cambodia Mirror an interesting publication that collates material from the Khmer press, run by Norbert Klein, and now in an online version... Check it out http://cambodiamirror.wordpress.com/

AllAfrica.com ... on ICT4D

GOA, India

AllAfrica.com has this story titled Nigeria: ICT as a Development Tool which looks at examples from Nigeria, Bangladesh and Ethiopia. It says: "Other examples are India, where the biggest obsession right now is the mobile phone; Mozambique, where ICT is being used to tackle the malaria scourge; Uganda, where [GNU]Linux-based solar power Wifi VOIP stations are being used to bring ICTs to the locals and Rwanda, where the technology is being deployed to curtail the spread of HIV and speed up the supply of medicine to people infected with HIV/AIDS." It also talks in detail about the work of Fantsuam Foundation in the "small and remote village in Kafanchan, Kaduna State" of Nigheria, and the digital growth of that village ("deployment of the Source: TechSoup Glossary and GenderIT.org">internet

, computers, community radio, and even solar power for cooking"). Check the full-text of the article.

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