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What do communication rights mean to people on the ground when they are denied them?

PORTO ALEGRE 28 January 2005 (APCNews)

Activists from Tunisia, Italy, Paraguay and Brazil reported on conditions in their countries and the response of civil society. APCNews reports from the Vth World Social Forum.

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Editorial: The challenges of the WSF and the responsibilities of communicators

PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL 28 January 2005 (Mario Lubetkin, IPS)

The first four World Social Forums — from 2001 to 2004 — were extraordinary moments of congregation, participation, debate and exchange amongst tens of thousands of activists from around the world, who transformed the WSF into the trademark meeting of civil society.

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Free software camp in Asia brought together non-profits and grassroots hackers

BANGALORE, INDIA 28 January 2005 (APCNews)

In late January, India’s technology mecca Bangalore became the venue for an international ‘camp’ intended to promote free and open source software (FOSS) among civil society. Asia Source, as the ‘tech camp’ is called, was held from January 28 to February 4, 2005 and "hopes to bring together over a hundred people from 20 countries to increase the use and awareness of FOSS amongst the non-profit sector in South and South East Asia."

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Fighting for the right to information

PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL 27 January 2005 (Mario Dujisin, IPS)

The control wielded by big media and the need for strategies to challenge that power were among the central themes addressed at the First Information and Communication World Forum (ICWF).

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"WSIS will enlighten my people" --Tunisian activist declares

PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL 27 January 2005 (Dafne Plou, APC for Les Penelopes)

Sihem Bensedrine, from OLPEC (National Council for Tunisian Freedom) believes that holding the second phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), in her country in November 2005, will help Tunisian people realise the importance of their right to communicate. It will also encourage work for changes in the communication field in our country, she added.

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What is APC up to at the V World Social Forum?

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 26 January 2005 (APCNews)

APC will be participating in a number of meetings at this fifth annual gathering of social movements, NGOs, and progressive groups who believe that “another world is possible”. On Thursday January 27th we are offering a workshop on “Networking for change and empowerment: building a gender and ICT policy agenda in the women’s movement”. Check out our agenda in English, French and Spanish.

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Creating new means of communication

PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL 26 January 2005 (Dafne Plou, APC for Les Penelopes)

Presenters at the First World Forum on Information and Communication, discussed the possibilities of creating new methods of communication that are inclusive and have the potential of breaking down well-estalished communication patterns linked to the market and media corporations.

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World Social Forum: Open Systems for Open Politics

LONDON, UK 26 January 2005

The World Social Forum has open information systems in place to go with an open political ethos. All of about 1,000 computers at the forum are using free software. The official website has been developed for the first time in ‘php,’ an open source language. A new translation system is also a free software tool. The Forum is hosted in Brazil, a nation whose government at the first phase of the World Summit on the Information Society held in Geneva in 2003, strongly opposed intellectual property on software, and succeeded in getting this omitted from the final resolution.

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Lwati: the monthly e-newsletter of the Southern African Non-Governmental Organisation Network

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA 24 January 2005

The new year presents everyone at SANGONeT with a number of fresh and exciting challenges and opportunities, starting with the first SANGONeT "ICTs for Civil Society" conference and exhibition which will be held from 1-3 March 2005 in Fourways, Johannesburg. Read about this and other important plans for 2005 in SANGONeT’s monthly e-newsletter, "Lwati".

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NGOs, searching long for alternatives, find flavour in alt.software

GOA, INDIA 22 January 2005 (Frederick Noronha)

For an sector that talks of alternatives, the non-governmental organisations (NGOs) or voluntary sector stays surprisingly aloof from one significant alternative that has really worked — free software. But there are stirrings to bridge this huge chasm. In end-January, India’s technology mecca Bangalore is to be the venue for an international, APC-supported ‘camp’ meant to promote FLOSS among the NGO sector.

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Computer Aid International in Southern Africa

LONDON, UK 20 January 2005 (Computer Aid International)

Beginning a process of regionalisation APC member Computer Aid International opened its Southern Africa Regional offfice in Johannesburg, South Africa. The new Computer Aid office will support existing and future partners in Angola, Botswana, DRC, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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Computer donations for non-profit organizations: uncovering a fraud

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 27 December 2004 (APCNews)

Those of us who use internet as a work tool are used to encountering spam messages (unsolicited email) with million dollar businesses, magic solutions or attractive prizes. All of which are of dubious origin, and therefore untrustworthy. What had not yet occurred, at least in Bulgaria, was for these messages to be directed specifically to non governmental organisations.

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ICT policy strategies and common objectives in Latin America and the Caribbean

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 27 December 2004 (APCNews)

Through its Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Policy Monitor for Latin America and the Caribbean, APC held a workshop on ICT policy strategies in Rosario, Argentina, which was attended by the Latin American members of APC, as well as important organisations from the region involved in the subject.

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IPLeft launching Korean Open Access Licence

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA 26 December 2004 (Jinbonet)

IPLeft, a social group for information commons in South Korea since 1999, launched the Korean Open Access Licence (KOAL) in October, 2004. KOAL is a newly-introduced model of open access to information in South Korea. Jinbonet, APC member in Seoul, has participated in IPLeft activities to develop this new initiative.

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BlueLink launchs Civil Society Information Portal in Bulgaria

SOFIA, BULGARIA 25 December 2004 (BlueLink)

On 15 December 2004 BlueLink the APC member in Bulgaria officially launched Civil Society Information Portal in Bulgaria (www.bluelink.info).

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Gender issues in information and communication technologies for agricultural and rural development

KAMPALA, UGANDA 25 December 2004

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA), the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD) and the Humanist Institute for Cooperation with Developing Countries (Hivos) are inviting applications for the second round of the GenARDIS small grants programme. Ten grant funds of up to 5,000 Euros each will be given to address gender issues in information and communication technologies (ICTs) for agricultural and rural development in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP countries). Submission deadline is 25 February 2005.

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Training journalists and activists in ex-Yugoslavia to get the most out of internet

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 25 December 2004 (APCNews)

In November 2004, twenty young journalists and civil society representatives from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia and Montenegro learned how to use internet as a tool for organising civil society social movements.

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Expert Group Meeting on Up-scaling ICT for Poverty Reduction

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 25 December 2004 (APCNews)

MS Swaminathan Research Foundation and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation called an expert group meeting on “Up-scaling ICT for Poverty Reduction”. The event was held in Chennai, India, from 17–19 November 2004. APC Women’s Networking Support Programme (WNSP) Asia Pacific Coordinator, Cheekay Cinco, was among the participants.

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Interrogating Communication Rights - Philippines holds validation workshop

MANILA, PHILIPPINES 25 December 2004 (FMA)

After months of research, the Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA) – APC member in the Philippines- convened a validation workshop to discuss the findings of its ongoing Philippine Communication Rights Report last October 6, 2004 at the Institute of Social Order, Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU).

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What Bytes for All has been discussing in November 2004?

25 December 2004 (Bytes for All)

APC’s newest member, Bytes for All, is an online citizen’s network that connects the people of South Asia on the issues of information and communication technologies (ICT) and development. Bytes for All produces a summary of previous month’s hottest discussion topics on the network. APCNews will now be featuring the summaries on a regular basis. In November deliberations ranged from the FLOSS (Free/libre and open source software) movement in non-profit organisations, ICTs for development, internet governance, and transparency and accountability in transactions to internet standards.

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