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.
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.
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.
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.
Proprietary software is an anomaly in the market.
This is according to Rishab Ayer Ghosh, a Free Software Foundation ">free software
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.
Jessica Valentia and Full Frontal Feminism.
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">internetand mobile phones. Read the full piece here.
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.
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.