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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

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.

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