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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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Tenth Session of the Commission for Science and Technology for Development: APC’s proposals

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND 28 May 2007 (CIPP)

The Commission for Science and Technology for Development is one of a few UN bodies that coordinate the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) follow-up. The tenth session of the Commission was held from 21-25 May 2007 in Geneva, Switzerland. It focused on “the follow-up to the outcome of WSIS at the regional and international level, to identify achievements, gaps and challenges, as well as future action needed to further implementation”. APC was there, and submitted concrete proposals to ensure meaningful inclusion of voices of the people most impacted by the digital divide.

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Women in local government: “Broadening minds” with technology

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 28 May 2007 (AL for APCNews)

“The enthusiasm in various government sectors about information and communication technologies is incredible, as is the way it is getting onto the agenda of women in politics,” remarked Dafne Sabanes Plou, of the APC women’s programme, commenting on a national gathering of Argentine women mayors and councilwomen held in Buenos Aires at the end of April.

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Congo Brazzaville: Telecentres reject sporadic development

BRAZAVILLE, CONGO 28 May 2007 (Sylvie Niombo for APCNews)

The first telecentres in Congo with internet access date back to 1999-2000, also offering a range of other services such as computerisation of documents, printing, photocopying, document scanning, CD burning, telephone calls and training in various areas.

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Harambee small grant helps Viva Network Africa put the net into networking

MEXICO, MEXICO 28 May 2007 (Erika Smith for APCNews for APCNews)

Viva Network sees effective networking among Christian organisations as a stepping-stone to making a difference for the children of the world. Its focus on networking training, governance, and facilitation makes Viva Network a perfect example of the benefits of collaborative effort – just what the Harambee Small Grants Facility was founded to support.

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Remarks from APC addressing agenda items 2 and 3 of the Commission for Science and Technology for Development

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND 28 May 2007 (CIPP)

The Commission for Science and Technology for Development is one of UN bodies that coordinate World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) follow-up. The tenth session of the Commission has held from 21-25 May 2007 in Geneva, Switzerland. It focused on “the follow-up to the outcome of WSIS at the regional and international level, to identify achievements, gaps and challenges, as well as future action needed to further implementation”. APC was there, and submitted concrete proposals to ensure meaningful inclusion of voices of the people most impacted by the digital divide.

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Poisonous articles on IPR in Korea-US FTA

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA 28 May 2007 (PatchA)

The full text of the Korea-US free trade agreement (FTA) was made public last Friday. "It has many poisonous articles in there," argues PatchA of APC’s Korean member Jinbonet. Especially the chapter on intellectual property rights worry people working on copyright issues. This could set a precedent for many other countries. The far-reaching consequences are now clearer than ever.

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The future of the Internet Governance Forum: APC speaks out

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND 25 May 2007 (CIPP)

Read the APC input to the IGF open consultation meeting held on 23 May in Geneva, as well as reactions from different stakeholders. APC makes practical recommendations to ensure the accomplishment of the IGF’s mandate and to strengthen it as a truly space for multistakeholder dialogue.

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WIRELESS SURVEY: 53% of participants installed a wireless network

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC 24 May 2007 (FD for APCNews)

Fifty-three percent of participants to wireless internet trainings in Africa have installed one or more wireless networks since the training. This is what a survey about the impact of the APC-led ‘Capacity Building for Community Wireless Connectivity in Africa’ project reveals.

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UN World Summit on the Information Society: What’s going on in Geneva right now? (Part II)

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND 24 May 2007 (Willie Currie)

A cluster of World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) implementation meetings is taking place in Geneva from May 14 to 25. Part of the APC crew is there, ensuring that “the strong development orientation” promised by organising agencies goes beyond paper. Read APC input to the informal consultation between the International Communication Union and civil society on the participation of all relevant stakeholders.

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NEW REPORT from APC monitors political will to make the information revolution reality for all

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 23 May 2007 (APCNews)

A new watchdog report from APC and the Third World Institute monitoring promises made by governments and the United Nations to ensure that information technology is used to benefit millions of people, was launched in Geneva on May 22. Studies of the ICT policy situation in twenty-two countries from four regions are featured: Africa (Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda); Asia (Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and the Philippines); Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and Peru); and Eastern Europe (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia and Romania), with one report from a Western European country (Spain).

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UN World Summit on the Information Society: What’s going on in Geneva right now? (Part I)

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND 23 May 2007 (CIPP)

A cluster of World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) implementation meetings is taking place in Geneva from May 14 to 25. Part of the APC crew is there, ensuring that “the strong development orientation” promised by organising agencies goes beyond paper. Themes and action lines stemming from agreed-upon documents are being discussed. Read APC’s input to three action lines that took place as part of a meeting on May 16.

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From the Philippines, a digital arts contest with social dimension

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA 23 May 2007 (Frederick Noronha for APCNews)

WebSining is the Filipino name for a web-art contest, and this is what has been keeping the Manila-based Foundation for Media Alternatives busy of late. With its goal of encouraging artistic innovations in the intersection of art and technology, Websining this year introduced a new category: software art.

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New titles take a serious look at the ICT-for-development world and beyond

GOA, INDIA 23 May 2007 (Frederick Noronha for APCNews)

From ‘cyberprotests’ to debates about whether cyberspace can be controlled or censored. From studying the long history of the collaborative creation of knowledge to looking closely at the social impact of mobile communications. These themes are all the focus of new books that have been published in recent months.

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Bulgaria: Local and international freedom of expression networks turn up the heat

MONTREAL, CANADA 22 May 2007 (FD for APCNews)

Amendments to Bulgaria’s Access to Public Information Act were passed by the National Assembly at the first reading. Many of the proposed changes breach established international standards on the right to information and appear specifically designed to hinder access to public records.

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OURMedia, looking at media alternatives and beyond

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA 22 May 2007 (Frederick Noronha for APCNews)

OURMedia calls itself a "network and forum" and is made up of engaged academics and media practitioners, activists, artists and policy-makers who support the growth of what they term the "democratic potential of community, alternative and ‘citizens’ media".

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Taking a Srilankan disaster solution to another level, via Philippines

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA 22 May 2007 (Frederick Noronha for APCNews)

The Institute for Popular Democracy is one of the APC’s youngest members and it’s current concerns with shaping-up an open source disaster management software reflect only a tiny but emblematic part of what IPD does. Excerpts from an interview with APCNews.

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Taking training online: Computer and internet help in cyberspace

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA 22 May 2007 (Frederick Noronha for APCNews)

What happens when eight progressive information and communication technology organisations come together to share their expertise in computer and internet training in the so-called ‘developing world’? It results in ItrainOnline.

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Open technologies bring government transparency, development

BRASOV, ROMANIA 22 May 2007 (Mihály Bakó)

Technology put in the public information and communication domain (internet) can bring transparency to government behaviour, argues a high-profile forum that has just come to a close in Brasov, Romania. eLibretica, organised by the Romanian Open Source and Free Software Initiative and Agora Media and held at the end of May 2007 did not go unnoticed in the new European Union member country, reports Mihály Bakó of APC’s romanian member StrawberryNet Foundation [in Romanian].

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Australia: 33 hours of video slam

MONTREAL, CANADA 22 May 2007 (FD for APCNews (with files from Jessica Coates))

Ever heard of the Open Channel Video Slam? You say no? Here is the right answer. It boils down to 22 filmmakers locked up in a Melbourne bar for 33 hours to produce a ten minute film. The challenge? Use only Creative Commons material.

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