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Linking technology to the interests of citizens

QUITO. Ecuador

Dafne Plou, from APC Source: APC WNSP website">Women's Networking Support Programme

, is blogging live from WALC 2006. WALC 2006 is a yearly workshop organised by APC member EsLaRed, that focuses on The Oxford Pocket Dictionary of Current English on Encyclopedia.com">networking

in Latin America and the Caribbean. After the technical sessions of the workshop which took place the 24th-29th of July in Quito, Ecuador, APC organised a Forum on Internet and Society. In this post, Dafne shares her impressions on the panel on Source: GenderIT.org">e-government

and citizen participation: “Convincing citizens of the efficiency of e-government is not easy,” she begins in her the blog.

A UN charter for digital identity ?

BERLIN, Germany

Hi everyone, Karen Banks sent me this article last week and I forgot to post it. It's written by Jerry Fishenden and was posted on his Style information: This term should not be capitalised.

Source: Wikipedia and GenderIT.org">blog

(ntouk.com) on July 4, 2006. Talking about his attendance at the APC organised event at the London School of Economics in early July, he says: "I was invited to speak on a panel talking about the importance of "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

and security issues."

Tiny Indian religious centre dreams of WiFi solutions for rural world

GOA, India

In a remote part of India, techies from across the globe plan to link up and share ideas to build solutions that could make a big difference to how the non-urban millions communicate.Wireless mesh The Oxford Pocket Dictionary of Current English on Encyclopedia.com">networking

is mesh networking implemented over a Wireless LAN. This type of Internet infrastructure is decentralized, relatively inexpensive, and very reliable and resilient, as each node need only transmit as far as the next node.

New Indian copyright law could help disabled, cripple remixes, clamp DRM

GOA, India

India is planning to significantly amend its Copyright Act of 1957, to include among other things the concept of Digital Rights Management, a move which could well restrict access to knowledge. Lawyers-with-a-difference are closely monitoring what's happening on this front.

ICT Policy workshop - Jargon Busting session

London

Murali Shanmugavelan is a journalist and editor at Panos. He told us what kind of stories he'd like to receive from us as an editor of newspaper.

ICTPolicy Portal Workshop, London: learning points

Transylvania, Romania

A five days exposure to intensive learning about the Source: APC">ICT

-policy issues and tracks throughout the APC network helped me stay tuned and understand the importance of what we all are doing. The experiences gained were aggregated into an ICT-policy ballad, in .phf (post-haiku format).

Horrifying image of lack of internet cables to Africa

LONDON, UK

At a presentation at APC's national APC">ICT policy

workshop currently going on in London, I was shocked to see a map in a presentation by Russell Southwood which shows how poorly connected Africa is with submarine Source: TechSoup Glossary and GenderIT.org">internet

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.

UN-GAID: One more acronym - or a new beginning?

Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA

South Asia-based BytesForAll's newest member, Nalaka Gunawardene of Sri Lanka, who is a veteran journalist and observer of the "Handout: ICTs for Development (ICT4D), Multimedia Training Kit (part of APC's ICT policy training curriculum)">ICT4D

" (information and communication technologies for development) field, was there at the launch of the Global Alliance for ICT and Development (UN-GAID) in mid June 2006 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He wonders whether the newly-formed UN-GAID will manage to connect disparate initiatives, enhancing or multiplying their impact? Or might it evolve into another self-serving bureaucracy, competing with everyone else for limited resources, media attention and people's time?

Often, it's the simple tools that matter... says Egyptian blogger

GOA, India

An ant, they say, can infuriate an elephant. That is, if the ant choose the right target, and goes into the elephant's ear. In the Egyptian world of technology, an 24-year-old engineer is doing the same by giving a voice to protest that's otherwise stifled in that part of the globe.

Alaa Abd El-Fatah released

Johannesburg

Alaa has finally be released after 45 days in prison. We heard the good news from Manal earlier this week. Here is a news report from the The Independent published on 21 June 2006.

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