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Blogger in Tora Prison... Egypt

BERLIN, Germany

Check this out! It's a letter to the editors of the New York Review of Books, sent by Ahdaf Soueif, the aunt of incarcerated Alaa Abd El-Fatah.

She says: "During the last month Egyptian "government" in this glossary). As a general rule, "state" should not be capitalised.

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"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">security

forces have arrested close to eight hundred citizens for (peacefully) demonstrating solidarity with Egyptian judges demanding the independence of the judiciary (see www .baheyya.blogspot.com). [...] Among the young activists still in custody in Tora jail is my nephew, Alaa Abd El-Fatah. Because he is a prominent computer man and blogger he has become the centerpiece of the campaign to free all the detainees."

Pakistan - Annual State of Media Report 2005-06

Pakistan

Internews Pakistan (http://www.internews.org.pk) compiles an annual State of the Media in Pakistan report. The one for the year 2005-06 has recently been launched. Welcoming the report, Hasan Rizvi, one of the pioneers in ICTs and development communications guru in the country commented that "The report is somewhat sketchy, especially in terms of media's coverage/access (geographic, demographic, ethnic, as well as thematic), the issues related to plurality, gender and the vast under-privileged sections of the society. That's hardly surprising for it is compiled from media practitioners point of view, and as such, the citizens' perspective is missing " .

Alaa still in prison

Cairo

Alaa is fine, treatment is fine in prison..the problem is in the "government" in this glossary). As a general rule, "state" should not be capitalised.

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.. they can interfere with any other authorities.

100-Dollar Laptop: UN Secretary General’s Office shouldn’t be used for exploiting the poor

My eyes were stuck to the news that the UN Secretary General Mr. Kofi Annan, while launching a 100-Dollar Laptop, on the World Summit on the Information Society (Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS

) in Tunis, Tunisia, said “the invention is an impressive technical achievement.

Future of the internet [in Pakistan]

Pakistan

Here are my predictions about the Future of the Internet in Pakistan in particular. What you thing about this in your part of the world.

Womenspace in Korean cyberspace

DHAKA, Bangladesh

From Dalgun in South Korea, we get access to links to Korean feminism websites. From a feminism portal site, to an English-language site, and ones that give you access to community radio and webrings of feminist bloggers... there's quite some diversity coming out here. Watch this space.

South Korea, where IPR fights A2K

SEOUL, South Korea

South Korea is seeing some conflicts between IPR and access to knowledge (or, A2K). Over-protection of IPR may hamper access to knowledge. It is unfair to use the copyright law to prevent the public use of digital libraries.

India...so vibrant and interesting. and hot!

MANILA, Philippines

Reporting about the heat and dust of India, a APC Annual Report 2006 ">GEM

workshop, the Taj Mahal... and some links to colourful photos of the place too.

BBC's documentary... and software freedom

PAKISTAN

Is Free/Libre and Open Source Software (Free Software Foundation ">FOSS

) a make-do product for those who can't afford better? Is it something suited for the 'developing' world alone? No, says Fouad Riaz Bajwa, a Pakistani FOSS advocate known as the "FOSS mullah" for his passionate commitment to the cause. He debates a recent two-part BBC documentary on FOSS, which he believes catches the bull by the tail.

Alaa - blog from the prison

Tora-Mahkoum Prison

Our colleague, Alaa Abdel El Fatah, is spending his fourth night in an

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