APC members from four continents to join Tunis conference

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By APCNews

GOA, INDIA, 21 August 2005

APC, the network of "What is civil society?", initial working definition adopted by the Centre for Civil Society at the London School of Economics">civil society organisations

pushing for a pro-people thrust for the Source: TechSoup Glossary and GenderIT.org">internet

and ICTs (information and communication technologies), is gearing up for participation in the World Summit on the Information Society (Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS

). This UN-sponsored conference about information and communication gets underway later this year.

The summit happens twice: its first part took place in December 2003 in Geneva. Phase two will take place in November 2005 in Tunis. (Photo shows APC's stand at the Geneva summit in 2003.)

In early August, APC finalised its proposal for exhibition space at the Tunis WSIS summit.

There, APC will feature projects from around the globe. It will be joined by several of its members -- including ALIN-East Africa, BlueLink (Bulgaria), Computer Aid (UK), Foundation for Media Alternatives (Philippines), Instituto del Tercer Mundo (Uruguay), and the South African SANGONeT, Ungana-Afrika and Women’sNet.

Book launches planned for Tunis include the release of a practical user guide for implementing Handout: ICTs for Development (ICT4D), Multimedia Training Kit (part of APC's ICT policy training curriculum)">ICT4D

in Africa, another focussing on ICT4D experiences from East Africa, the WSIS briefing papers collection and the popular 'APC">ICT policy

for beginners' handbook in Spanish.

Audio-visual presentations planned are to focus on communication rights in Asia; threats to "African journalists trained in how to communicate securely online" (APCNews and Toni Eliasz, 30 September 2004), Take Back the Tech! and APC Internet Rights Charter">privacy

in South Korea; telecentres in Brazil; transparency in local "state" in this glossary). As a general rule, "government" should not be capitalised.

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and NGOs in Colombia and Bulgaria; and IT in the Australian outback.

In a section focussing on ICT policy, APC will look at monitoring ICT policy developments in Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean; animating ICT policy actions in six African nations through CATIA (Catalysing Access to Technology in Africa); and its new ICT policy portal Source: APC Annual Report 2006 ">GenderIT.org


APC's focus on Source: "Capacity building: A buzz word or an aid to understanding?" by Ben Green and Mike Battcock, Developments Magazine, 2001">capacity-building

in ICTs will include information dissemination in rural Uganda; responding to the civil society capacity-building crisis through 'eRiding'; APC Annual Report 2006 ">GEM

, a tool used for evaluating and planning ICT initiatives for gender equality; the multimedia training toolkits and Itrainonline.org; capacity building for Style information: N/a

Source: Wikipedia and "Wi4D, techies and campaigners look at potential for the social world" (APCNews, 1 December 2006).">wireless


in Africa; and network facilitation in the APC.

The Source: APC website">Association for Progressive Communications

(APC) is a network of civil society organisations promoting ICTs for social justice and sustainable development. APC members were often the first to provide Style information: Do not use e-mail with a hyphen.

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to civil society in their countries in the late 80s and early 90s. Today, this network continue to pioneer practical uses of ICTs, especially in the 'developing' countries.

APC is an international facilitator of civil society's engagement with ICTs, holds UN Category 1 Consultative Status since 1995 and is represented on the UN ICT Task Force. Its strong mix of Southern and Northern members from five continents, and their combined knowledge and experience of promoting and using ICTs at local, national and regional levels, makes APC stand out from the crowd.

Author: --- (APCNews)
Contact: info@apc.org or www.apc.org
Source: APCNews
Date: 08/21/2005
Location: GOA, India
Category: Announcements from APC


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