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Khmer software initiative: an APC member takes language solutions to 13 million

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA 31 January 2006 (Javier Sola)

"2005 has been a good year for KhmerOS, and, we hope, for Cambodia’s technological future," says APC member Open Forum Cambodia, writing out of the southeast Asian kingdom of 13 million. Here’s an update of their project to create a Khmer-language solution in computing.

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Creating spaces for civil society in WSIS

TUNIS, TUNISIA 31 January 2006 (Willie Currie)

The interventions of civil society activists made a material difference to the outcomes of WSIS in Tunis, contents Willie Currie, the ICT (Information and Communication Technology) Policy Manager with the Association for Progressive Communications (APC).

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WOUGNET, Uganda: Meet to consolidate WSIS achievements, attain targets

GOA, INDIA 31 January 2006 (APCNews)

APC-member WOUGNET in Uganda was one of the organisers of a conference in mid-December, on a post-World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) consolidation for Uganda. This conference aimed at strengthening what happened at WSIS and finding a concrete way forward to meet the WSIS targets at the national level. Specially, establishing national priorities and benchmarks.

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APCNews reporters cover the 6th Polycentric World Social Forums of Bamako and Caracas in four languages

BERLIN, GERMANY 30 January 2006 (APCNews)

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) provides online coverage of the World Social Forums (WSFs) happening on three continents this year. While Bamako hosted the first in a series of three consecutive WSFs, Caracas is presently filling up with participants from the world of NGOs, grassroots social movements and the socially engaged from all over the Americas. During 10 days, between January 19 and 29, follow frequent updates on APC blogs, articles on ICT-related workshops and conferences with APCNews, as well as in-depth reports on GenderIT.org and the Africa and Latin American & the Caribbean ICT policy monitor portals.

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APC project contributes to Kenya ICT policy approved by Cabinet

GOA, INDIA 26 January 2006 (APCNews)

For the last few years, APC has been working closely with other organisations and a large group of Kenyan civil society organisations and business to transform the national ICT policy. At last, a national ICT Policy has made it all the way!

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APC study on developing country and non-governmental actors' role in WSIS

GOA, INDIA 24 January 2006 (APCNews)

APC is undertaking a study of the participation of ‘developing’ countries and non-government actors — including civil society — in the recent World Summit on the Information Society and its associated fora, such as the Task Force on Financing Mechanisms and the Working Group on Internet Governance. It is being coordinated by Professor David Souter, of ict Development Associates ltd and University of Strathclyde.

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Africa Source II makes befriending FOSS a real treat

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA 24 January 2006 (Elizabeth Araujo)

Women’sNet’s training co-ordinator Elizabeth "Liz" Araujo writes that the recent Africa Source 2 event was set "against a beautiful Lake Victoria island backdrop, replete with sandy beaches, and fishing boats", and turned out to be a "smashing success". Held from January 8-15, 2006, the skills-packed practical workshop was aimed at introducing and exploring free/libre and open source software (FOSS) for non-profit organisations and local African communities. She says that what made this camp radically different from other technology-focused workshops was the almost natural seeming integration of novice, occasional user and high-end techie.

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Tinned food, water bottles and wi-fi connection for francophone Africa

DAKAR, SENEGAL 24 January 2006 (Vanessa Purper for APCNews)

It’s well known that the conventional "wired" connectivity to the internet can be really expensive and it doesn’t apply to every corner of the world. Some remote areas of the globe don’t even count with public telephone cabins or electricity. APC’s "Capacity building for community wireless connectivity in Africa" wants to reverse that scenario in reaching francophone Africa with a workshop held in Dakar, Senegal, from January 24-28 2006.

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Mainstreaming ICTs in Africa, a new book is out

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA 23 January 2006 (Women'sNet)

‘Mainstreaming ICTs: Africa Lives the Information Society" is a contribution towards efforts to bridge the "policy-practice" divide. The book is amied at development practitioners and ICT innovators interested in inventive technology applications for social justice and development. It contains 10 case studies reflecting on the innovative and creative ways information and communciation technologies (ICTs) have been used to promote people-centred development in a number of Sub-Saharan African countries. The book was compiled and edited by Women’sNet with the assistance of a Southern African editorial group including Toni Eliasz, Ria Greyling, Benter Okello, Muroro Dziruni, Ashraf Patel, and Natasha Primo. The project was supported by the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA).

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IMARK, sharing info online more effectively

23 January 2006 (APCNews)

IMARK is a suite of distance-learning resources, tools and communities on information management. A new website has just been launched. Modules are now available in French and Spanish. APC is part of the IMARK steering group together with UNESCO, FAO and others.

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APC regional consultation in Kathmandu postponed

GOA, INDIA 22 January 2006 (APCNews)

The ‘APC regional consultation meeting on ICT policy in South Asia’ that was to be held in end-January in Kathmandu, Nepal, has been postponed. This meet aims at engaging in surfacing ICT policy priorities and strategies in the countries of South Asia, to exchange information on ICT policy issues and advocacy strategies, and to explore new ways of networking and coordinating on ICT policy advocacy in South Asia. APC is also consulting with One World South Asia, Panos South Asia, IDRC, among others, in organizing the meeting.

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Riding out, offering solutions: harnessing idealism, tech skills for development

KALANGALA, AFRICA 21 January 2006 (Frederick Noronha)

Out of college, at a time when most young people would like just to have a good time, Rudi von Staden (27) is onto something vastly different. He believes his tech skills can really make a difference to those working for social change in southern Africa. This representative of an APC member organisation shares his vision and mission with APCNews editor Frederick Noronha.

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Facing challenges old and new... focussing on APC's priorities

KALANGALA, UGANDA 21 January 2006 (APCNews)

Natasha Primo recently became the first-ever woman to chair APC, or the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), which one publication called The African Digital Commons described as being founded by a team "clued in to the potential power of ICTs at a time when many of us still thought of computers as glorified typewriters". Primo, also the executive director of the South Africa-based Women’sNet, outlines some issues, challenges and plans that stand before APC.

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Speed-geeking: your date with development?

KALANGALA, UGANDA 21 January 2006 (Frederick Noronha)

You’ve probably heard of speed-dating: after a two minute chat with a stranger, you decide if you wish to give him or her your phone number for continued contact. Likewise, speed-geeking is a tech introduction-in-a-hurry. Some 11 interesting projects — including APC members — got a chance to introduce themselves to participants of Africa Source II, in January 2006 in Kalangala, a picturesque but really-remote island in Lake Victoria, Uganda.

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Computer Aid gets backing from BBC in fund-raising drive

GOA, INDIA 19 January 2006 (APCNews)

BBC’s Radio 4 has announced an appeal for cash donations to Computer Aid International (CAI). Meanwhile, this APC member is also launching a Kenya Cycle Challenge, which encourages volunteers to "cycle from the foot of Mount Kenya to the shores of Lake Victoria" in February 2006 in support of CAI’s work with Kenyan secondary schools. Computer Aid is looking for participants for what it calls a "trip of a lifetime". Besides cycling for hundreds of kilometres across "one of the beautiful landscapes on earth", participants also get a chance to visit schools benefitting from the project, along the way. Details from kenyachallenge @ computeraid.org

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Brazil and Chile, that open doors to excluded, win 2005 Betinho Prize

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 19 December 2005 (APCNews)

Projects from Brazil and Chile that seek to include the disadvantaged in the realm of benefits brought about by information and communication technologies (ICTs) have emerged as joint winners of the APC Betinho Communications Prize 2005.

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Rits launches Nupef and a book on internet governance

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 15 December 2005 (APCNews)

On December 13, the Third Sector Information Network (Rede de Informações para o Terceiro Setor – Rits) launched its Centre for Research, Study and Education (Núcleo de Pesquisa, Estudos e Formação – Nupef). The objective of the initiative is to organise and promote research, disseminate knowledge, and train and qualify people in various fields and on various subjects related to civil society’s position in terms of the challenges created by the dynamics of the information and communication society.

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WSIS wraps up with mixed emotions

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 15 December 2005 (Pablo Accuosto)

The second phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) took place in Tunis from November 16 to 18 2005. While heated debates on the future of the internet were taking place inside of the police-surrounded conference venue, citizens’ demonstrations reclaiming the host country’s compliance with international human rights agreements were being severely repressed in downtown Tunis.

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Wireless networking: new knowledge sharing material now online

13 December 2005 (Itrainonline.org)

Material to share internet knowledge on wireless networking were developed as part of the ‘capacity building for community wireless connectivity in Africa’ initiative which is funded by IDRC and coordinated by APC. This is the first public release of the materials, which will be undergoing further revision during a pilot workshop series. Additional materials will be released in English, French and Arabic during 2006.

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Lessons from Vietnam: no quick fix to being 'gender friendly'

HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM 13 December 2005 (Cheekay Cinco)

Integrating GEM, or the Gender Evaluation Methodology, in the women’s health context, can be a daunting task and there are no quick answers to gender issues in their contexts. But tools like GEM could help one immediately know if their projects are "gender friendly", suggests the experience of a mini-workshop held recently in Vietnam.

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