APC’s Latest Annual Report: Strategic use of ICTs by civil society and engaging civil society in ICT policy

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By APCNews

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, 06 October 2003

In the course of 2002 APC focused its energies primarily in two areas - APC Annual Report 2005">strategic use of information and communication technologies

(ICTs) by civil society and engaging civil society in APC">ICT policy

processes. The use of ICTs by civil society has been central to APC since our founding and we have been working on ICT policy issues since 2000 when APC members identified ensuring Connect Your Rights! Campaign ">internet rights

for civil society as a priority. But in 2002 we started to delve beneath the surface of the challenges our communities confront and instead of responding to the symptoms, find ways to help civil society anticipate and plan for the challenges in their policy environment at home or in their use of ICTs in their workplace.

Highlights covered in the 2002 APC annual report include: APC in the run-up to the first-ever United Nations summit on the information society (Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS

), the APC ICT policy monitors in Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean, a new training course helped "What is civil society?", initial working definition adopted by the Centre for Civil Society at the London School of Economics">civil society organisations

understand how ICT policy decisions affect their work, the Africa Hafkin Prize recognised people-centred ICT policy initiatives, tools development included a Free Software Foundation ">free software

content management system and piloting in four continents of the Gender Evaluation Methodology for ICT and Source: TechSoup Glossary and GenderIT.org">internet

initiatives (APC Annual Report 2006 ">GEM

).

And achievements from APC members on five continents such as:

- ALIN-EA, Kenya: Information for drought preparedness

- BlueLink, Bulgaria: Electronic The Oxford Pocket Dictionary of Current English on Encyclopedia.com">networking

begins in a war-torn province as BlueLink builds bridges in Kosova/o

- Fantsuam Foundation: Local health content in Nigeria blends tradition and science

- Tau, Argentina: Non-profits and solidarity groups under pressure in Argentina's second city create an alternative information exchange

- Jinbonet, South Korea: Campaign against the revision of South Korean copyright law

Download the APC Annual Report 2002 from http://www.apc.org/books. The report will be available shortly in Spanish.

Author: --- (APCNews)
Contact: communications@apc.org
Source: APCNews
Date: 10/06/2003
Location: JOHANNESBURG, South Africa
Category: Announcements from APC

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