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Peace-building in Croatia through community technology centres

KISTANJE, CROATIA 22 November 2004 (ZaMirNET)

Telecentres in rural Croatia run by APC member ZaMirNET don’t just provide training facilities. They’re also bringing together neighbours of different ethnicities. “During the computer course, we were socialising with other nationalities. We were all in the same position of learning new things and sharing what we know,” recounted a Croat woman. “Now we greet each other in the street.”

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Canadian technology wizards adapt APC software so that Inuit can publish online

TORONTO, CANADA 1 November 2004 (Web Networks)

APC member in Canada, Web Networks, has integrated APC’s free software ActionApps with a number of other applications to come up with a first – the ability to easily view Inukititut (a Canadian Aboriginal language) online, as well as giving Inuit abilities to easily publish online in their native language.

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News feeds direct to your desktop from APC

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 1 November 2004 (APCNews)

Using RSS technology, it’s now possible to get news headlines from APC and APC member websites direct to your desktop. News feeds available cover a rich variety of civil society concerns –from the environment in Bulgaria, to human rights in Spain, to peace campaigning in the USA, to monitoring aid agencies in Australia. Find out more about the news feeds.

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New website: APC Africa ICT Policy Monitor

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA 27 October 2004 (APCNews)

What we want is an information society based on social justice and human rights. That’s only going to happen if the people affected by the policies get involved in their development. Collecting indispensable documentation since 2001, the new look ‘Africa Monitor’ just launched on October 28 has a new design and structure including powerful cross-referencing which let’s you search by theme and by country at the same time. For the first time, there’s a ‘Getting started’ section for people new to ICT policy and advocacy which collects information specially selected by our editors. Go and take a look!

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APC condemns “arbitrary” seizure of IndyMedia web servers by US and European law enforcers

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA 12 October 2004 (APCNews)

In a statement, APC has condemned the seizing by US and European law enforcement agencies of the web servers of independent online news service Indymedia, closing down over 21 of the more than 140 Indymedia web sites worldwide. “We are disturbed by the apparently arbitrary and extreme measures taken to silence an independent internet-based source of information,” said Anriette Esterhuysen, APC’s Executive Director. “This is a violation of freedom of expression across international frontiers.”

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US Authorities Seize IMC Servers in the UK

LONDON, UK 10 October 2004

Thursday morning, US authorities issued a federal order to Rackspace ordering them to hand over Indymedia web servers to the FBI. Rackspace, which provides hosting services for more that 20 Indymedia sites at its London facility, complied and turned over the requested servers, effectively removing those sites from the internet.

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Massive victory at WIPO!

5 October 2004

For years now, progressive groups have been trying to get the UN’s World Intellectual Property Organization to start thinking about ways of promoting creativity and development instead of just IP — to get the organization to see that its raison d’etre is a better world, and that stronger IP laws is just one way of accomplishing that — and that IP only works sometimes.

Which is why this is such good news: at the general session of the WIPO in Geneva this weekend, the Assembly as adopted a decision to put development and the promotion of creativity front-and-center in its goals. That means that from now on, WIPO isn’t an organization that blindly supports more IP no matter what, but rather one that seeeks to improve the world by whatever tool is best suited to the job.

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The first “free software” workshop run for women by women in the world? Southern African women do it!

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA 1 October 2004 (APC-Africa-Women)

Splicing cables, partitioning hard drives, developing technology plans and sharing stories of activism set the scene for a lively and full first Southern African Development Community Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) workshop to be held. And as far as we know, the first FOSS workshop for women in the world, writes Jenny Radloff of APC-Africa-Women.

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NEW APC MEMBER: South Asian network “Bytes for All” joins APC

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 30 September 2004 (APCNews)

South Asia has 23% of the world’s population but less than 1% of the internet users. Bytes for All a Southern Asian network promoting ICT for development has just become APC’s newest member. Bytes for All is active throughout South Asia with volunteers from numerous countries including India, Pakistan, Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

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Communications rights activists from across Asia plan actions and solidarity

MANILA, PHILIPPINES 30 September 2004 (FMA)

A workshop held in Manila focused on pressing communication rights issues in the Asian region including attacks on freedom of expression and independent media. Activists issued a statement in support of a Thai colleague present who returned home to face a million-dollar lawsuit for speaking out in the press against government corruption.

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Youth network in Colombian capital puts young people in touch with their communities

BOGOTA, COLOMBIA 30 September 2004 (Colnodo)

“I learned a lot and changed my way of thinking not only about computers and the internet, but about working for the community”. “I didn’t just learn to write and upload news to a website, I learned about leadership and how to build projects.” “In the RIJ we are bringing about positive change for young people. We help get their message out.” This is how some of the teenage participants feel about RIJ, a communications network for Bogota youth. Now the project is over, they’re still planning to keep the network alive.

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Resistance in Hungary to EU proposals on software patenting

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY 30 September 2004 (APCNews)

A crowd of about four hundred turned out to demonstrate against proposed European software patents legislation. It was the first "geeky", free-software related demonstration in Hungary said APC member Green Spider, organised by groups not typically used to leaving their computer screens to get their voices heard.

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WSIS Update: APC reports on recent and upcoming meetings on internet governance and the financing of ICTs in developing countrie

LONDON, UK 30 September 2004 (APC)

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) process continues and two issues on which governments were unable to reach consensus during the first phase in 2003- ‘internet governance’ and ‘financing mechanisms’- are under the microscope. Last month saw the first open consultation on the ‘working group on internet governance’. APC briefs you on the discussions taking place.

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WSIS Update: APC reports on recent and upcoming meetings on internet governance and the financing of ICTs in developing countrie

LONDON,UK 30 September 2004 (APCNews)

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) process continues and two issues on which governments were unable to reach consensus during the first phase in 2003- ‘internet governance’ and ‘financing mechanisms’- are under the microscope. Last month saw the first open consultation on the ‘working group on internet governance’. APC briefs you on the discussions taking place.

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African journalists trained in how to communicate securely online

GRAHAMSTOWN, SOUTH AFRICA 30 September 2004 (APCNews and Toni Eliasz)

Online security and privacy should be of concern to anyone who uses the internet. But for journalists and human rights organisations operating under repressive political conditions or in situations of conflict, online security can become a matter of life or death. The challenge is to gather, protect and disseminate information in a way that minimises risk to activists. APC is offering workshops on "Secure Computing and Online Communications", most recently at Highway Africa, the world’s largest conference for African journalists.

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Neighbourhood telecentres in Argentina’s second city to ensure women and girls make full use of technology

ROSARIO, ARGENTINA 30 September 2004 (APC WNSP)

Report from an awareness-raising workshop held in Rosario, Argentina to introduce local social activists to GEM – the APC’s gender evaluation methodology tool for ICT initiatives.

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South African policy activist becomes APC's new Communications and Information Policy Programme Manager

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 30 September 2004 (APCNews)

Willie Currie joined APC as our policy programme manager in early September. Currently based in New York, from 1999-2002 Willie was a councillor with the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) and the South African Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (SATRA).

In the mid ‘90s, he co-ordinated the telecommunications policy process that led to South Africa’s first post-Apartheid telecommunications policy document. Prior to this, as general secretary of the Film and Allied Workers Organisation, Willie was involved in the development of broadcasting policy during the transition to democracy in South Africa and a public campaign to ‘free the airwaves’. APCNews talked to Willie about his new role.

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Resistance in Hungary to EU proposals on software patenting

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY 30 September 2004 (Green Spider)

A crowd of about four hundred turned out to demonstrate against proposed European software patents legislation. It was the first "geeky", free-software related demonstration in Hungary said APC member Green Spider, organised by groups not typically used to leaving their computer screens to get their voices heard.

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European Forum on Communication Rights to precede European Social Forum

LONDON, UK 29 September 2004 (APCNews)

Following the successful World Forum on Communications Rights held in Geneva in December, communications activists including the APC aim to bring together those working at different levels on communication rights – from grass roots activists working on practical projects and street level campaigns, to those engaged in lobbying and advocacy, to researchers and academics for a European Forum on Communication Rights on October 14 in London.

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Highway Africa 2004 - Building the information society

GRAHAMSTOWN, SOUTH AFRICA 16 September 2004 (APCNews)

Highway Africa is the world’s largest conference for African journalists. This year’s three-day meeting called "Media making the information society" is attended by more than 350 people. The information and communication technology (ICT) focus will provide a platform for journalists to learn and report on information society issues. APC is running workshops on secure online communication workshops and ICT policy. Read news coming out of Highway Africa by visiting the site and clicking on the news box on the left.

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