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Mental gym at the GEM exchange

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA 21 August 2007 (ES for APC WNSP)

GEM speaks to people, said Sarah Earl, an evaluation specialist attending a workshop to improve what’s been coined as the Gender Evaluation Methodology. More than an evaluation theory, GEM "is a development theory," commented Earl who, along with over 40 ICT practitioners from around the world, took part in a training exchange in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, at the end of July 2007. Read the full account on APC WNSP.

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DRC: Alternatives reveals the first independent study on an internet infrastructure that can serve the entire country

MONTREAL, CANADA 21 August 2007 (Michel Lambert for Alternatives)

The NGO Alternatives revealed the first independent feasibility study on the implementation of a vast high-speed internet infrastructure the size of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Carried out by Congolese and international researchers, the study proposes, in particular, that the implementation of the internet network be carried out in partnership with the Congolese National Electricity Company (SNEL).

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DRC: No electric infrastructure, no internet backbone?

OUAGADOUGOU, BURKINA FASO 21 August 2007 (Tiego Tiemtoré for APCNews)

Within the perspective of making high-speed internet accessible to the Congolese people, the development of an internet backbone in the Congo seems to be a necessity that could give an immediate boost. On Tuesday 7 August 2007, the feasibility study for an open internet backbone in the DRC was officially revealed in Kinshasa. APCNews quizzed Alphonse Ntita, a specialist in ICTs and internet infrastructure issues, who is part of the team of researchers behind the study.

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DRC: Developing the net in co-ownership

MONTREAL, CANADA 21 August 2007 (FD for APCNews)

“Feasibility study for an open internet backbone in the Democratic Republic of Congo”, this is what the ripened fruit has been called for close to a year by a team of seasoned researchers. François Ménard is one of those who were hands on in this exhaustive study. He is a project manager with the Canadian firm Xit Télécom. APCNews interviewed him on the subject of deploying a high-speed internet in Congo.

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A technology entrepreneur joins APC’s policy team in Africa

MONTREAL, CANADA 21 August 2007 (FD for APCNews)

Coura Fall is enterprising, dynamic, knows the media and has knocked around with all sorts of acronyms. One of these is ICT, used to refer to information and communication technology. Coura is preparing to give us an earful of these three letters in her new appointment as Africa ICT policy coordinator for the Association for Progressive Communications. Her first objective is to advocate for a broader access to ICTs, in particular to the internet. This, she says, will primarily be pursued by partnering with civil society, governments and the private sector for developing internet infrastructure in Africa.

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Agreement between the Chilean government and the Microsoft Corporation: the Chilean digital strategy is in rough waters

SANTIAGO, CHILE 16 August 2007 (Patricia Peña for APCNews)

Emails, text messages and the media spread the word: the Chilean government has signed one of the broadest known-agreements to date with the Microsoft Corporation, covering aspects of education, management of personal data, and support for local governments (municipalities) and the micro enterprise sector.

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GLOBAL GEM WORKSHOP: ICT and development: The eyes we see the world through

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA 16 August 2007 (AL for APCNews)

Through evaluations we can measure to what extent our work is contributing our bit, our grain of sand, in the struggle for a better world. The APC women’s programme took this premise to heart when it developed the Gender Evaluation Methodology (GEM). At the end of July women and men from around the world gathered in Kuala Lumpur to share their experiences with the use of GEM in particular and evaluations in general. One of the lessons learned was…

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Media in central African conflicts: a difficult choice between impartiality and propaganda

BRAZZAVILLE, CONGO 15 August 2007 (Sylvie Niombo for APCNews)

Information has become a powerful weapon that can be manipulated during times of conflict. This was seen again in central Africa between 1993 and 1994, as revealed by Sylvie Niombo of APC-Africa-Women in her analysis of the work, The media and conflicts in Central Africa, edited by Marie-Soleil Frère and published in 2007 by the Panos Institute of Paris.

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APC Chris Nicol FOSS Prize 2007 finalists announced

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 13 August 2007 (APCNews)

Seven short-listed prize finalists in 2007 are currently under consideration by an international jury of experts. In September, APC will award the $4,000 USD prize to up to three of these outstanding initiatives.

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Amader Gram fellowship announcement - 2008

AMADER GRAM, BANGLADESH 13 August 2007 (BFES)

Amader Gram (Our Villages) ICT4D Project is building knowledge society under a pilot scheme in twenty villages of Bagerhat and Khulna Districts in southwest Bangladesh by providing appropriate knowledge and ICT intervention that facilitates both skill transfer and employment creation. The Amader Gram ICT4D Project is offering fellowship for the year 2008. Interested students can send their request by 30 August 2007.

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APC’s latest Annual Report: 2006 – Open Access for All

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 13 August 2007 (APCNews)

Training communities to set up wireless internet access points using empty tin cans, “taking back the tech!” to combat violence against women and keeping the focus of the world’s governments on the importance of affordable internet access. Read our new annual report for 2006.

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Bloggers intimidated as wave of environmental protests hits Bulgaria

SOFIA, BULGARIA 1 August 2007 (APC blog)

The Bulgarian police has called in bloggers and pressured them to stop writing about the recent wave of environmental protests that has swept across the country in the recent weeks. While the issue is hot in Bulgaria and broadly covered by the Bulgarian press, APC’s member in Bulgaria (BlueLink) believes this deserves to go global.

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New generation of cell phones to address underdevelopment?

MONTREAL, CANADA 1 August 2007 (APCNews)

A rapid assessment, commissioned by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in South Africa and implemented by APC-member Women’sNet, has just been released. If stars all line up, the document will provide baseline data that will inform a strategy to launch a new generation of cell phone technologies to address underdevelopment and in particular HIV/AIDS. Read our correspondent’s article "Did you say cell phones for development?" or the full 64-page assessment.

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GenARDIS engenders adoption of ICTs, finds freshly baked report

LAC-DROLET, CANADA 11 July 2007 (GenARDIS)

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Global Information Society Watch report launched in Dhaka

DHAKA 29 June 2007 (BytesForAll Bangladesh)

The report was launched on the sideline of a discussion meeting on ‘Reviewing the progress of WSIS action plan in Bangladesh’ organised by Bytesforall Bangladesh and other partner organisations. GISW, APC and Uruguayan member ITeM report that monitors the information society revolution, was presented at this event, where the Bangladesh chapter was highlighted.

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BaseBox is out! Free software tools for your nonprofit

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA 28 June 2007

Tactical Tech and APC-member Women’sNet are pleased to announce the web launch of the latest edition of NGO-in-a-box, the BaseBox. The BaseBox is a collection of tools for the day-to-day running of small to medium sized NGOs. It aims to make it easier to set up base, find the right software and learn how to use it. Targeted primarily at activist and advocacy organisations in developing countries, the BaseBox contains a set of peer-reviewed free and open source software tools, with associated guides and tutorials. The edition can be accessed online but it’s primary form is as a physical box set of CDs.

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Grants for capacity in wireless networks: And the winners are...

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 26 June 2007 (WiLAC)

The first regional workshop on capacity building in community wireless networking will take place between July 16 and 21 in the Huaral City of Peru. Organised by APC members, APC and partners, 29 people – ten of which are women – from Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela and Bolivia will meet with the objective of extending the community wireless connectivity model to the Andean zone. Their names have recently been announced.

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APC's efforts in UN summit on the information society recognised as central

SYRACUSE, UNITED STATES 12 June 2007 (Milton L. Mueller)

Democratising Global Communication? This is a question asked by Milton L. Mueller and colleagues at US-based universities in a report published in IJOC, the International Journal of Communication. Scrutinising the role played by global civil society at the World Summit on the Information Society, the authors insist on the centrality of APC, and conclude that “There is no doubt that WSIS was a more substantive, inclusive and meaningful exercise in global governance, because of the civil society mobilisation pioneered by [the] CRIS [Campaign] and managed so impressively by APC.” Read the 31-page report.

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APC researcher featured in the New York Times

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 7 June 2007 (Policy programme)

In the article “Firms Race to Update E. Africa Telecom”, published in the New York Times’ June 3 edition, APC researcher Abiodun Jagun is quoted for her stakeholder analysis of the EASSy submarine cable. The article is about the undersea fiber-optic cables meant to connect Eastern Africa. Jagun’s analysis was originally published in the APC Africa Policy Monitor in February 2007.

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The sky’s the limit: new wireless connection record - 382 kilometres

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 4 June 2007 (AL for APCNews)

“This is a technology that works, a proven technology, and what it needs is a bit more promotion,” said Ermanno Pietrosemoli just days after reaching a new wireless connection record of 382 kilometres. The president of Venezuelan APC member EsLaRed spoke with APCNews by conference call about this low-cost solution that is impacting the world’s rural communities.

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