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Chris Nichol: A man who made a difference

IRELAND 27 August 2006 (Maud Hand)

“If you don’t try, you can’t complain,” said Chris Nichol the first time I interviewed him at a preparatory conference for the World Summit on the Information Society in February 2003. Chris was one of the many APC members I engaged with as a WSIS virgin tasked with the job of communicating the process in a web-friendly way for the organization.

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APC launches new international free software prize

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO 25 August 2006 (APCNews)

A new prize, the APC Chris Nicol FOSS Prize, was launched on Friday August 25 in Mexico City. The biennial $4,000 USD prize will be awarded to a person or group doing extraordinary work to make it easy for ordinary computer users to start using free and open source software (FOSS).

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Reduce the cost of international internet connectivity

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 7 August 2006 (APCNews)

In Argentina, internet access averages 13 dollars a month and almost a fifth of the population are online whereas in Sudan internet access costs 160 USD a month and only 9 people in a thousand are online. Africa, the poorest continent in the world, has the highest costs for internet access. In the run-up to the first-ever meeting of the Internet Governance Forum in Athens starting October 30, APC releases a set of recommendations that encourage the IGF to tackle the availability and affordability of the internet in the developing world and especially Africa as a matter of urgency. In pdf.

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Non-profits take to Drupal... increasingly and intensely

GOA, INDIA 4 August 2006 (FN for APCNews)

When Partha Sarkar of APC-member BytesForAll decided to turn the South Asian volunteer-driven network he co-founded into an even more participative affair, he opted for Drupal. And Sarkar and company are not alone. Other members of the APC network are also finding Drupal is a convenient tool for setting up and activating online communities.

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BETINHO PRIZE: The voices of women and communities through radio telecentres

TOULOUSE, FRANCE 4 August 2006 (AL for APCNews)

First it was radio, then the internet. First women’s organisations, then the community. The story of CEMINA, a Brazilian communication and gender organisation, is one of growth, change and openness. Its radio telecentre work captivated the APC Betinho Prize jury in 2005.

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Redefining local and global working spaces

TOULOUSE, FRANCE 3 August 2006 (AL for APCNews)

Uruguayan civil society has insisted on showing its successive governments that information and communication technology (ICT) related policies are a key issue in the country’s development that goes beyond expanding the software industry.

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Fresh air and free networks in Denmark

BERLIN, GERMANY 3 August 2006 (FD for APCNews)

The Djurslands International Institute of Rural Wireless Broadband (DIIRWB) is not joking about free information infrastructures. Its advocates study and plan projects, and then go out in the open field to help to start up wireless networks. But before antennas are glued to barns and receivers taped to posts, summer camp participants convened in rural Denmark for some fresh air. APCNews talked to one of them.

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From here to where? APC meet zooms in on FOSS in South Asia

DHAKA, BANGLADESH 1 August 2006 (FN for APCNews)

From here to where? And how? APC’s April Bangladesh consultation on communication policy, which brought in diverse people from across South Asia, helped to connect ideas that nudge forward ideals of freedom-in-computing in this populous part of the planet. One of the sessions that participants themselves felt the need to look at, are the critical issues facing free and open source software.

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South Asia needs to talk across borders to solve language issue

DHAKA, BANGLADESH 1 August 2006 (FN for APCNews)

An Indo-Pakistan encounter, in war or cricket, leaves behind tonnes of bitterness and rivalry. But, in information and communication technology, the main regret facing techies from both sides of the troubled South Asian sub-continent, is why they can’t work more effectively together, to tackle the common problems their people face.

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Latin Mosaic

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL 31 July 2006 (Luísa Gockel)

With the objective of producing and disseminating relevant content on the Latin American reality from civil society’s perspective, Rits, in partnership with another eight South American organisations, launched the Social Mosaic information portal on July 5.

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Asia’s doors open only very slightly to community radio

DHAKA, BANGLADESH 28 July 2006 (APCNews)

AMARC Asia-Pacific is part of an international non-governmental organisation serving the community radio movement, with almost 3,000 members and associates in 110 countries. APCNews met with Suman Basnet earlier this year. The AMARC Asia-Pacific’s regional coordinator talks about his organisation and provides an poignant overview the challenges faced by community radio stations in Asia and the Pacific region.

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Playing games with computer education: ArabDev’s Menia initiatives

GOA, INDIA 27 July 2006 (FN for APCNews)

Gaming is very popular with the children and youth. So what better way is there to introduce computing and free and open source software (FOSS) to kids, than through fun didactic software?

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SAT3: What happens when national monopolies end, and what does this mean for regulators?

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA 26 July 2006 (APC & others)

African regulators, policy advisors, operators, businesspeople, civil society delegates, and consumer lobby groups, amongst others, gathered to discuss the issue of Africa’s access to international fibre connectivity in Johannesburg, on 24th and 25th July 2006, have prepared a joint statement. Read the outcomes and the recommendations that stem from this landmark internet infrastructure workshop co-hosted by APC.

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Will women really benefit from the digital revolution?

DAKAR, SENEGAL 26 July 2006 (Sylvie Niombo)

The book “The Gender Digital Divide in Francophone Africa, a Harsh Reality” written by Marie-Helene Mottin-Sylla has just been translated into English by APC, the Association for Progressive Communications. On this occasion, Sylvie Niombo, Deputy Coordinator of APC’s Africa-Women network, interviewed Marie-Helene on the content of the book.

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Philippine ICT body presents roadmap, civil society takes a stand

MANILA, PHILIPPINES 25 July 2006 (FMA)

The Philippine Commission on Information and Communications Technology presented its proposed ICT roadmap last June 5, 2006, in Pasig City, Philippines. Gathering nearly a hundred stakeholders from government, the private sector and civil society, the activity took place amidst strong warnings of what could become a roadmap for navigating an increasingly slippery slope, along the lines of commerce.

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APC.org site ranks near top 15,000 globally

GOA, INDIA 25 July 2006 (FN for APCNews)

APC.org – the bilingual English-Spanish site of the Association for Progressive Communications – currently ranks 15,260 in terms of traffic among sites globally rated by the alexa.com information service. "This is simply extraordinary for a .org site," commented Daniel Pimienta of Funredes.org, an organisation that recently became an APC member.

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FMA conducts national training on online tools for collaboration, advocacy and security

MANILA, PHILIPPINES 25 July 2006 (FMA)

APC-member Foundation for Media Alternatives, organised a successful information and communication technology training workshop for Philippine independent organisations and social movements between the 14th and 17th of June 2006 at the National Computer Center in Quezon City.

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Looking beyond 2007, workshop on the future of SAT3

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA 24 July 2006 (APCNews)

In July 2006, APC is to hold a workshop at Johannesburg, which will crystal-gaze into the future and discuss the

future of SAT3, a crucial submarine cable on which hinges Africa’s chances to get a smoother ride to cyberspace.

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Call for working together for long-term sustainability

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM 20 July 2006 (Monjur Mahmud)

The APC ‘information and communication technology’ policy workshop ended in London with the call for linking national advocacy to global networks through collaboration and information sharing and working together for long-term sustainability. The workshop attended by 18 participants from different countries provided a unique opportunity to the national portal managers to learn from each other and share their experiences.

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Transmission.cc - reporting from the workshop on online video

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY 13 July 2006 (Maxigas, GreenSpider/Indymedia Hungary)

Between June 7 and 10, a workshop called Transmission.cc took place in Rome. It was "a major gathering of video makers, programmers and web producers developing online video distribution as a tool for social justice and media democracy." Maxigas from GreenSpider and Indymedia Hungary participated in the event and wrote a comprehensive report on it for APC. Australian APC member c2o was among the co-organisations of Transmission.cc.

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