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GEM and a Road Trip in the Indian Heat

Philippines

APC Women's Programme Coordinator, Chat Garcia Ramilo combines a gender workshop with a road trip in the Indian summer and gets a hot dose of Indian culture.

Protest imprisonment of 100+ Egyptian free speech activists!

BERLIN, Germany

"Pro-democracy demonstrators have been locked up and reformist judges face dismissal for criticising the Egyptian regime over its grip on power," writes The Guardian on May 8. Sign the petitions for the immediate release of Alaa and the rest of the group that was kidnapped yesterday - and who'll be detained for 15 days - on this blog.

Commmunity radios in South Africa

DHAKA, Bangladesh

APC staff writer Frederick Noronha runs in to Willie Currie in Dhaka, Bangladesh and asks: Could you share something with us on the South African community radio policy? It's a fairly useful one, isn't it so? Willie Currie, APC's manager of the Source: APC Annual Report 2005 ">Communications and Information Policy Programme

answers: Yeah. There are 100 odd community radio stations in South Africa.

Workshop on the Management of International Networks for Knowledge Sharing

Prague

A brief report on the workshop I just attended in Switzerland, St. Gallen

Software Piracy Crackdown or ICT Human Rights Violations?

FOSSFP, Pakistan

Where the Government in Pakistan, Intellectual Property Organization, Federal Investigation Authorities and the Business Software Alliance BSA are initiating a crackdown on Software Piracy in Pakistan, there is hardly any awareness of piracy and its implications within society apart from members of the IT Industry. It is crucial to the basic Human Rights of the citizens of Pakistan that they first be provided Anti-Software Piracy Literacy and trainings on Free and Open Source Software as an alternative to pirated software. Source: APC">ICT

Software Freedom is their basic human right in the Information Society!

Pakistan: Electronic Data Protection Act 2005 (Final Draft)

Pakistan

Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB), a "state" in this glossary). As a general rule, "government" should not be capitalised.

Source: Wikipedia">government

entity has drafted “Electronic Data Protection Act 2005” by outsourcing the work to an individual Mr. Aslam Hayat Khan. As per PSEB, the proposed Act aims to prevent unauthorized access and theft of electronic data and to ensure Style information: N/a

Source: "Did You Say "Intellectual Property"? It's a Seductive Mirage" by Richard Stallman ">intellectual property

rights with regards to the processing of electronic data in Pakistan.

For South Asia, an intended FOSS bridge

GOA, India

Here's an early initiative to flow out of the APC South Asia Consultation: BytesForAll has just launched a new mailing list, specifically focused on Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS, or FOSS). Details of the group are below. We invite all interested to join.

Of Hammers and Nails

Dhaka, Bangladesh

"When a hammer is all you have, everything begins to look like a nail...

Underwater cables, unseen issues?

DHAKA, Bangladesh

Colombo-based Professor Rohan Samarajiva : "As "What is civil society?", initial working definition adopted by the Centre for Civil Society at the London School of Economics">civil society organisations

, we tend to forget the less obvious things. Like submarine cables. But these are things that have massive payoffs. You need to be a bit opportunistic about it (while campaigning on that)."

Questioning ICT myths

DHAKA, Bangladesh

Can a lack of information be solved simply by setting up telecentres? Should poor-Europa glossary">governance

sought to be sorted out just by building e-governance? And, if the problem is a lack of market information, can this be met merely by building up e-commerce portals?

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