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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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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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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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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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Colombia: Online communities for sustainable development

TOULOUSE, FRANCE 12 July 2006 (AL for APCNews)

All online communities are there to connect people who share worldviews and above all, share the need to carry out concrete activities to bring them closer to reality. The environmental movement has been a pioneer in incorporating information and communication technologies (ICTs) for advocacy and as a working method.

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APC and Colnodo training: When teachers become students

BOGOTA, COLOMBIA 12 July 2006 (Olga Paz)

As part of APC’s Women’s Networking Support Programme (APC WNSP), Colnodo trained 50 teachers belonging to the Colombian Federation of Educators on the use of basic internet tools.

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Hello, hello... spotlight on how the poor use their phones

DHAKA, BANGLADESH 11 July 2006 (FN for APCNews)

What kinds of phone connections do the poor use? How much do they spend on telecom services? Are they willing to spend more? How do they choose their phone connection? What do they use phones for? And, what difficulties do they face while doing so? Many questions here… but the hints of possible answers come up in a South Asian study that looks at telecom users in India and Sri Lanka who have monthly incomes of less than USD$ 100.

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Connected over the air in Paraguay

ROSARIO, ARGENTINA 11 July 2006 (Nodo Tau)

Between April 19 and 29, the Alto Vera district – some 400 kilometres from Asunción, Paraguay’s capital – was host to a mobile wireless connection training. Two members of APC group Nodo Tau participated. One of them, the training team’s Maria Cristina Ojeda found that “the mobile wi-fi system is interesting and is going to be very useful for the local people. Personally, I learnt a great deal. In the technical sense, I learned how to install antennas, hardware and software related to wi-fi." Read how technology can work wonders if applied creatively.

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BETINHO PRIZE SERIES: Seeing and transforming the world through community telecentres

TOULOUSE, FRANCE 11 July 2006 (AL for APCNews)

Read the series of stories about Betinho prize winning projects, narrated by FLASCO Chile. This group was one of the two winners of APC’s 2005 Betinho Communication Prize. According to the jury, their networking efforts are "improving the lives of individuals and communities in Latin America and producing real economic benefits”. What exactly is their networking about? What is its real impact, what real life stories are to be found in the background? APCNews discussed this with the team behind the scenes. A Betinho prize series in six parts…

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Forum on the internet in society, Ecuador

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 11 July 2006 (APCNews)

APC and WiLAC – the information portal about wireless projects in Latin America and the Caribbean – are organising a “Forum on Internet and Society” on July 24-28, 2006 in Quito, Ecuador. This is intended to promote participant involvement in considering information and communication technologies from the perspective of development.

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