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Latino repository of ICT-focussed projects and professionals

BOGOTA, COLOMBIA 13 December 2005 (Colnodo)

Four institutions from Latin America — ICA, CEPAL, LIS and Colnodo — have jointly launched an online repository of ICT-focused projects and professionals in Latin America and the Caribbean. The repository, Protic, can be found at www.protic.org. Currently, it contains information about over 850 projects and around 300 ICT professionals.

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Abusing numbers: is Korea going just too far?

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA 13 December 2005 (Oh Byoung-il)

The Korean Progressive Network Jinbonet is currently conducting a study on the state of Korean National ID Number System. Its aim: to demo problems of Korean National ID Number System by contrasting how the same is abused in Korea, and comparing with cases of foreign countries. If you can answer some short questions by December 15, 2005, it would help the study immensely.

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In Brazil, a threat to the telecentres turns into an opportunity... for improvement

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL 13 December 2005 (RITS)

When an intiative in Brazil to promote community telecentres was endangered, the threat was turned into an opportunity. Free Software tools were re-engineered in a way that they became more powerful and useful. Telecenters that are part of a telecentre-network can use the new system to allow roaming accounts between telecenters. So, a user can create an account on a telecenter in one city and go to other city and login with his original account, without having to make another profile for him on the new telecenter.

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Taking to FOSS, Indian-style

GOA, INDIA 13 December 2005 (Frederick Noronha)

APC member BytesForAll joined India’s (and probably Asia’s) largest Free/Libre and Open Source Software events, FOSS.in (http://foss.in). There were big names taking part, such as Welsh kernel hacker Alan Cox. There was a real mixed bag attended. This included Women geeks from Brazil, Indian techies keen to enlarge their tech skills or see how IT can become relevant to the lives of this country of one billion with a large poverty sector, those keen to plug in its benefits to the world of education, mega-corporations and governments throwing in sponsorship dollars and rupees…

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Strategic technology planning toolkit from Ungana-Afrika

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA 13 December 2005 (Ungana-Afrika)

APC member Ungana-Afrika have been providing strategic technology planning services to the development community in Southern Africa for nearly three years. The processes have been refined through experience, and are presented here in their current form to assist other technology support providers to implement technology planning in their own context.

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APC’s Latest Annual Report: 2004 – Technology policy globally continued to dominate

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 12 December 2005 (APCNews)

Training African community technicians to set up wireless internet access points, making the case for women’s involvement in technology policy, convincing the world’s governments that the internet should be considered a global public good. 2004 was another busy year for APC.

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Assault on internet freedom in Egypt

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 8 December 2005 (APCNews)

State Security Intelligence walked out of private cars at 1:30 in the morning of Monday 5 December 2005, and surrounded the house of online journalist Ahmad Abdollah before breaking in. His son Islam told five bloggers (Malek, Amr Izzat, Socrates, and Manal and Alaa) who visited him the day after that he noticed three machine guns during the break-in. "They woke the rest of the family, ordered them to line up under gun threat, then searched the house and confiscated computer hard discs, compact discs, and hundreds of books," he was caught as saying. Ahmad Abdollah, who runs the Center for Islamic Enlightenment (video) which aims at comparing different religions, and bringing them closer together maintains the website Balady Net. He is also a staff writer in the al Methaq al Araby online newspaper.

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Back-room lobbying, there's mail from Rice

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM 6 December 2005 (The Register)

November’s World Summit in Tunis was overshadowed by the global argument over internet governance. Its biggest controversy came with the proposition put forward by the EU a month earlier that there be a new inter-governmental body that oversee ICANN. The US government — which currently enjoys unilateral control over the internet infrastructure — was furious and launched an enormous lobbying campaign, both public and private, across the board to retain its position. ‘The Register’ has published what it said was the first full-text version of a strongly-worded letter sent by the US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice to the UK foreign minister Jack Straw,

acting in the role of presidency of the EU.

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WentAfrica2005 GETS GOING IN UGANDA

KAMPALA, UGANDA 6 December 2005

http://wentafrica.blogspot.com/ is an electronic reflection of the Women’s Electronic Networking Training, which began in early December at Uganda. Women from Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Uganda, Cameroon, Zambia, Sudan, Cameroon, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Ghana and Senegal are participating in the second such workshop being hosted by APC-Africa-Women. This year, the focus of WENT Africa 2005 is Free and Open Source Software Solutions (FOSS) in women’s organisations in Africa. Melissa’s screen began by talking gobledeegook!

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Open Letter to His Excellency Kofi A. Annan Secretary-General United Nations

26 November 2005 (Signatories)

This week in Tunis, at the World Summit on the Information Society, both inside and outside the official Summit, we have witnessed serious attacks on human rights and the right to freedom of expression. Please sign the open letter to Kofi Annan today.

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New website: l'Observatoire des Politiques des TIC en Afrique de APC

TUNIS, TUNISIA 18 November 2005 (APC)

APC launched our new-look Africa ICT Policy Monitor website in French on the final day of the World Summit on the Information Society in Tunisia.

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The Governments of Latin America and the Caribbean take on commitments towards the implementation of eLAC2007

TUNIS, TUNISIA 17 November 2005 (APC LAC ICT Policy Monitor)

The government representatives of Latin America and the Caribbean approve of the temporary regional Mechanism for the implementation of the regional plan of action for the information society, eLAC2007.

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eRiding WSIS straight from Africa

TUNIS, TUNISIA 17 November 2005 (Rudi von Staden)

One of the focuses of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) process has been on the cross-cutting nature of technology, and how it can act as an enabler of other development objectives. In a workshop session on eRiders at WSIS, Toni Eliasz from Ungana-Afrika today presented a "replicable and low-cost ICT capacity building and support model" uniquely suited to enabling technology within this under-resourced sector commonly referred to as civil society.

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TUNIS: Updated list of censored sites

TUNISIA 17 November 2005 (Neila Charchour Hachicha)

This is an update on an earlier story about Tunisian websites that are currently blocked in Tunis. Please see the list below of additional sites. Once again it is not a complete list but it is a significant one from a Tunisian blogger on the APC WSIS blog.

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The same old strangers

TUNIS, TUNIS 17 November 2005 (Dafne Plou, APC women\'s programme)

Why is that the police who want to look like an average citizen look alike all around the world? Why do they cut their hair and comb it the same way? Why do they use the same black glasses and same gold chains? Why do they like those tropical shirts that in the long run become a uniform? In Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, Tegucigalpa or Tunisia, they are instantly identifiable.

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WSIS: In the face of police repression, civil society cancels activities

TUNIS, TUNISIA 15 November 2005 (Markus Beckedahl)

Many international NGOs taking part in the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) have collectively decided to cancel their activities planned for today, November 15, at WSIS. This measure is to make government, private sector and civil society delegates aware of the human rights violations that have been adding up over the last two days including beatings of journalists by police and the breaking-up of meetings since November 13. It is also a clear showing of solidarity with all independent NGOs in Tunisia who seem to have to put up with police repression on a daily basis. Markus Beckedahl interviewed APC’s Anriette Esterhuysen on the reasons for this drastic decision. Listen to the interview.

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Who will control the internet? Negotiations appear to be pointing towards a multi-stakeholder, multi-lateral forum

TUNIS, TUNISIA 15 November 2005 (APCNews)

Heated discussions between governments meeting in Tunisia at the World Summit on the Information Society seems to reaching results which could change the face of how the internet is managed for the next several years. APCNews reports.

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Flagrant violation of human rights this morning alongside UN summit

TUNIS, TUNISIA 14 November 2005 (APCNews)

Under the incredulous eyes of the participants at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), journalists and human rights defenders were manhandled, insulted, and then violently beaten. APCNews reports from Tunis.

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In Tunis, internet governance rhymes with state control

TUNIS, TUNISIA 14 November 2005 (APCNews)

Today, the website of the Citizens’ summit on the information society (CSIS) was effectively off-line for all web users in Tunisia. It appears that Tunisian authorities have started to intensify their crackdown on legitimate initiatives related to the World Summit on the information Society (WSIS). Blocking the access to the www.citizens-summit.org is the latest in a series of measures introduced to silence voices critical of the government and its human right record.

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Alternative summit to WSIS under heavy political pressure

TUNIS, TUNISIA 13 November 2005 (APCNews)

Organisers of the Citizens’ Summit on the Information Society (CSIS) were forbidden from holding their event in a pre-confirmed hotel conference room at Tunis, venue of the currently-underway World Summit on the Information Society. After confirming the reservation, Hotel Oriental Palace announced to the organisers by fax that, "following unforeseeable works in room Farabi", they were compelled to cancel the reservation, and would reimburse the advance payment, awaiting the CSIS’ technical suggestions.

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