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Paradigms are overrated

Grahamstown, South Africa

People use the Highway as a paradigm for the Source: TechSoup Glossary and GenderIT.org">internet

, but the African highway tends to ignore the pedestrians who must cross it.

What do you think of Al Jazeera?

Grahamstown, South Africa

What interested me was to find out whether African journalists have some perception or opinion about Al Jazeera based on views expressed in western media. To my surprise...

Some african women journalists still hand-writing

Grahamstwon

Bimbola Ayesola is a woman journalist working at The Sun Publishing Ltd, a

Let the people speak! Days of hope and optimism

Highway Africa, Grahamstown South Africa

Tracey Naughton started off the session on community media at the Highway Africa conference with an old recording of the African National Congress’s underground radio station. As the speakers crackled with an Mkhonto weSizwe song, delegates sat in silence.

Where are the Women? At home, not being assertive.

Highway Africa Conference Grahamstown, South Africa

I arrived with 3 other Source: APC website">Association for Progressive Communications

Africa Women project (AAW website">AAW

) delegates on Monday morning to attend the Highway Africa conference in a raining Grahamstown, South Africa. I looked at the conference programme for Highway Africa and saw that only 11 female speakers were listed out of fifty.

Why journalists are not writing about ICT

Highway Africa Conference, 2006,Grahamstown, South Africa

It emerged yesterday, that a lot of journalists are shying away from covering Source: APC">ICT

news and projects because they do not understand the complex terminology and jargon used by ICT project teams.

Content generation is still a big challenge for African media

Grahamstown, South Africa

Four AAW website">APC-Africa-Women

Network members are attending the Highway Africa 2006 conference in Grahamstown. The conference started yesterday, September 11 2006, with a diverse group of journalists from the continent. This morning, we have participated in the plenary sessions that were quite interesting. During the sessions on the "government" in this glossary). As a general rule, "state" should not be capitalised.

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of media in Africa this morning, a speaker raised issues African media face, which I found particularly important.

The APC Chris Nicol free software prize launch in Mexico City

MEXICO CITY, Mexico

Chris Nicol died last year and in August, we launched a free and Free Software Foundation ">open source software

prize in his honour. Erika was at the launch, which was a real 'family' event.

Wikipedia seeks more Asian tongues on world's most ambitious encyclopaedia

NEW DELHI, India

Jimmy "Jimbo" Wales, the founder of the impressive Web-based free-content multilingual encyclopedia Wikipedia project sees a growing role for Asian initiatives on this volunteer-edited product, that is now rated among the top 20 websites globally. Currently, Japanese is the only non-European language among the 'big ten' of the Wikipedia. But Farsi, Arabic, Korean, Thai, Chinese, Bahasa Indonesia, are among those with 10,000+ articles. In the 1000+ articles category are Urdu, Bangla, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu among others.

Can Open Access offer science where no one is left behind?

NEW DELHI, India

India is making noticeable progress in the field of 'Open Access', a growing global trend which could help it get out of the trap which blocks researchers from here reading what other Indians have published.Yet, a lot more still remains to be done, say experts working in the area. "Nearly a hundred journals have already taken the Open Access route," says Chennai (South India)-based Subbiah Arunachalam, an information scientist once called India's and the developing world's "great advocate for Wikipedia and Open Access Models: Options for Improving Backbone Access in Developing Countries (with a Focus on Sub-Saharan Africa), infoDev (PDF)">open access

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