At the World Social Forum the International Alliance of Inhabitants (IAI) entered in a dialogue with the Italian Minister for Development Co-operation, Patrizia Sentinelli, about the involvement of social movements in policies that may result from the agreement to be signed today to convert Kenya’s debt with Italy, worth 44 million euros.
Check this blog by Jose Sorian titled “la historia de Internet en ALC por sus protagonistas” at http://interred.wordpress.com/. Thanks to Adolfo Dunayevich of APC for putting out the link. Some other links on that blog’s blog-roll: Convergencias de gente en la red; LANIC – Historia de Internet en ALC; and recuerdos de la red.
Premier technological institute IIT Bombay is to launch the Indian chapter of Creative Commons during its annual Technology Festival of India, later this month (January 2007). The Creative Commons (CC) is a global non-profit working to expand the range of creative work available for others "legally to build upon and share."
Looking at a few available models, social groups interested in entering the field of non-commercial ‘community radio’ broadcasting are actively assessing models for the same.
Wow! Here is a good analysis of why it’s important that this year’s WSF takes place in Africa. The Mail & Guardian article says: "Sometimes referred to as the "carnival of the oppressed", the WSF brings together those who oppose globalisation in its current form and international domination by capital, among others." Read the full article from the Mail & Guardian of South Africa.
On January 1 2007, the Arab Commons initiative was officially launched as an ambitious project to promote and support the creation and development of Arabic content released under Creative Commons licenses.
Hackers, young zit-faced teenagers, mid-aged technologists and enthusiastic social techies rallied behind the motto “Who Can You Trust?”. It’s called the Chaos Communications Congress (CCC) and attracts several hundred Central and Eastern Europeans, but also North Americans by now.
When the history of the deadly Dec 26 Indian Ocean tsunami comes to be written, will the role of the media be praised, criticised or just seen as inadequate? "We didn’t do a good job in warning people. But once the disaster hit, we did a good job in (spreading the world)," said Colombo-based TV journalist Nalaka Gunawardene.
Eight children, eight stories. Some spell a tale of hope, others of despair. All are linked by a gigantic tidal wave now globally known as a tsunami that struck the Indian Ocean on Dec 26, 2004. Two years after the deadly day, the Colombo-based TVE Asia Pacific is distributing a film that tells the insightful story of the tragedy by marking the changes reflected in these young lives, across four countries, including India.