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Cyberlinks to Dhaka

Kolkata, INDIA

Here's the site that focuses on tomorrow's meet at Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. And here's the mailing list dealing with the subject. Gotta run, or I'll miss getting there....

Getting to Dhaka

Kolkata, INDIA

India is also getting networked as never before. But that seems to be mainly for the middle classes. Some musings en route to Dhaka for the APC Asia ICT Policy Meet, to be held in mid-April 2006 at the Bangladeshi capital.

New report from Sweden

Uppsala, Sweden

A report from the workshop “Post-Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS

and Uganda’s Way Forward” (arranged by the Collegium for Development Studies at Uppsala University Sweden, I-Network Uganda, Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET), with support from the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) and Ministry of Works, Housing and Communications, Uganda) is now available as a pdf, 441kb.


http://www.kus.uu.se/pdf/publications/KUS_Bok28.pdf

WSF Karachi 2006: Are NGOs really devoted to social change?

BERLIN, Germany

A quite strong analysis by Taimur Rahman to be found here takes on international non governmental organisations (NGOs) head on. He digs into the concept of 'civil society', a concept often employed by the NGO comunity. He also challenges the notion of social change used rhetorically by NGOs, often, he believes, without truly acting as forces of social change.

Making women's words matter

Cambridge, USA

Women from the Center for New Words this weekend have said that's what they are all about: finding new solutions for old problems, making women's words matter, wedging open spaces for women's voices to be heard. The CNW launched WAM!, Women, Action and Media three years ago as part of this effort. Audio streams of the WAM!2006 keynote speakers can soon be heard at the CNW site and are well worth listening to, if you have the bandwidth. Though all three journalists are rooted in the (diverse) reality of US media, for me their comments served as an illustration of WHY the APC Source: APC WNSP website">Women's Networking Support Programme

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advocates) insists on governments respecting Section J of the Beijing Platform of Action and not leaving media and ICTs in the hands of a small group of powerful white men.

Karachi WSF 2006: Commentary by a participant

Karachi, Pakistan

The Forum brought together ordinary citizens to listen to speakers and issues that are the traditional domain of the five star hotels of elite cities. The remarkably tolerant and tangible nature of debate could have been a great learning opportunity for our noisy and irrelevant politicians.

Radio journalism: A REALLY quick and dirty guide

Cambridge, USA

A bunch of us WAM-ers learned how to create a 5 minute radio news piece in just 50 minutes this morning! Sonali Kolhhatkar, host and producer of Uprising, whisked us through the anatomy of a radio news feature and how you put one together.

Sites of resistance: Why our blogs matter

Cambridge, USA

A Guardian article yesterday said that there are 240,000 feminist blogs on the Source: TechSoup Glossary and GenderIT.org">internet

. A few of their creators were present on an excellent panel at today's WAM! conference.

48 died and hundreds homeless – FM Radios responsible for disaster

Pakistan

This is horrific tale of two illegal FM Radio stations causing sectarian violence in Khyber Agency, some 40 kilometers from Peshawar, the capital of NWFP province in Pakistan.

Making noise, making change: Women journalists get together in Boston this weekend

Montevideo, Uruguay

You know what happens nowadays when you get find yourself on a list you didn't ask to join. You feel your blood pressure rise and you send a restrained yet cutting message to the list-admin person asking to be removed *immediately*. Last year, I started getting messages from a list called [WAM!]. What the F*&&^*^^%&*?? I seethed. Until I started reading the subject lines, and then the mails, and that was it, I was hooked. WAM! has become the one list that I now stop work to read when a new post comes in. And now Erika from the APC Source: APC WNSP website">women's programme

and myself are off to our first ever WAM! conference. We'll be blogging live (we hope!).

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