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NEW FOSS PRIZE: Why should I care at all?

BERLIN, Germany

In September 2006, APC launched a new prize called the Chris Nicol Free Software Foundation ">FOSS

Prize. It's meant to encourage projects that make use of innovative free and open source software technologies in their activities. Coordinator Karel Novotny was asked by Brazilian journalist Luisa Gockel why the ordinary user should care about this relatively new F-O-S-S acronym.

Remembering Earthquake Victims - Recovery Delayed is Recovery Denied

Pakistan

I still remember that sad Ramadan evening, when news of massive killings started coming in. It indeed was terrible and horrific to see what media was showing. Huge number of dead bodies, crying children and women, and injured lying with wounds bleeding and no medication. Though the disaster was over in less than a minute but left behind colossal damages, miseries and sufferings for affected people.

Coup d'Etat in Thailand

Malaysia

Television and radio broadcasts were suspended yesterday, and back in full-swing again. Meanwhile, bloggers have quickly responded by setting up community sites to let the news out.

Blogging: A new vehicle for Activism

Grahamstown, South Africa

In most African countries, the governments have tried all means to ensure certain 'dissident' voices are not heard. Blogging is a new avenue that such voices can be heard

Who gets to speak? 50 million blogs and 6 billion people

DCI workshop, Grahamstown, South Africa

On the first day of the Digital Citizen’s Indaba in Grahamstown, South Africa, Ethan Zukerman asked: “50 million people Style information: This term should not be capitalised.

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people – not exactly representative is it?”

Women in Black

Grahamstown, South Africa

When we went for dinner at the Settlers Monument on September 12, i was surprised to see the "Women in Black".

Mobiles become handheld computers

Grahamstown, South Africa

The world of technology moves really fast and Highway Africa gives journalists a chance to catch up. The conference has been a great

experience and an eye opener to ideas and experiences in the field of new media and ICTs.

On being a blogger

Grahamstown, South Africa

The worst part at the Highway Africa conference is explaining why you are here: "Eh, you see, I'm a blogger!". What the hell does that mean? it's not a job, it's not an identity, and it shouldn't be treated as something soooo exciting.

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...

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