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WSIS update: APC involvement in the Task Force on Financial Mechanisms

NEW YORK, USA 17 February 2005 (Willie Currie)

APC participated in the deliberations of the Task Force on Financial Mechanisms for ICTD, which was established at the World Summit for the Information Society in Geneva in December 2003. Anriette Esterhuysen, APC Executive Director, was appointed as a member of the Task Force, while Willie Currie, APC ICT Policy Manager, attended the two Task Force meetings as an alternate.

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Gender and information & communication technology Awards 2005

PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL 16 February 2005 (APCNews)

In 2005, the Gender and ICT Awards focus is on empowerment, specifically ICT initiatives that promote women’s economic empowerment as it relates to development. The Gender and ICT Awards is sponsored by the Association for Progressive Communications Women’s Networking Support Program (APC WNSP) and the Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP). Submissions from February 15 to April 30, 2005.

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Panel debate: Financing the information society in the South

PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL 16 February 2005 (ITeM)

Instituto del Tercer Mundo (ITeM) and Third World Network (TWN) invite delegates and all WSIS stakeholders to a panel debate on the mechanisms to finance information and communication technologies for development (ICT4D). During the panel, the first outcomes of the ongoing research project by ITeM on the Southern perspectives at WSIS will be presented. It will be held on 21 February 2005 in Geneva.

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WSIS Update: APC research on developing country participation during PrepCom-2

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 16 February 2005 (APCNews)

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) is undertaking a major study of developing country participation in the second phase of WSIS. This study builds on the analysis of developing country involvement in ICT decision making in the ‘Louder Voices’ report, published in 2002, and on a review of African participation in the first phase of WSIS which APC undertook last year.

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2004-5 APC Africa Hafkin Prize - closed for applications

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA 15 February 2005 (APC)

"Connectivity is a term referring to the means by which people are connected to or are able to access communications channels such as the internet, email, computer and people networks." The theme for this year’s Hafkin Prize recognises community initiatives that use the internet and other digital communication networks to access markets, skills and opportunities to derive real economic benefits. APC accepted applications until February 14 2005. The winner will be announced in mid 2005. Visit the Hafkin Prize site.

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Media Trade Monitor reports from UNESCO meeting

PARIS, FRANCE 5 February 2005 (Sasha Costanza-Chock)

Government delegates are meeting in Paris, from January 31 to February 12th, to negotiate the near-final text of the proposed UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity.

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Internet governance: An opinion report on the UN working group leading the debate

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL 3 February 2005 (Carlos Afonso)

Carlos Afonso, former chair of APC and member of the UN body charged with coming up with a definition of what ‘internet governance’ should encompass amongst other tasks has written an opinionative report on the first meeting of the UN Working Group on Internet Governance, November 23-25 2004, Geneva. For the first time published in English and Spanish from the Portuguese original. Translation by APC.

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CRIS Campaign statement to the Social Movements Assembly of the World Social Forum

PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL 31 January 2005

The CRIS Campaign released a statement to the Social Assemblies of the World Social Forum putting the spotlight on communication rights violations in Tunisia, the host country for the 2005 World Summit on the Information Society. The statement also lays out CRIS’ support for proposals at UNESCO for a strong international convention to promote and defend cultural diversity – a step which could provide a legislative defence for nations contesting damaging international free trade agreements. APC is a member of CRIS.

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The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) adopts digital content-sharing

PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL 30 January 2005 (Marcelo Medeiros, RITS)

The British BBC, one of the world’s major communications networks, recently decided to digitalise its gigantic archive. A campaign was launched on the internet and within the company for the archive to be freely available to the public to use as it wishes. Christian Ahlert, of the Oxford Internet Institute, managed to convince the company’s management and BBC documentary-makers to use Creative Commons licencing, which has different levels of free use. This report from RITS at the World Social Forum translated into English by APC.

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Building a news-coverage agenda for social movements in Latin America

PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL 30 January 2005 (APCNews)

Tens of representatives from a variety of communications organisations came together on the morning of Saturday 29 January at the World Social Forum to take advantage of the rare ‘face-time’ to share information about the events that they believe are critical for the media to cover in Latin American and the Caribbean in 2005 and to schedule news coverage in collaboration.

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Meeting of illustrious "hackers" at the World Social Forum

PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL 30 January 2005 (Marcelo Medeiros, RITS)

"I’m a minister and a musician but I’m a hacker at heart" – Gilberto Gil, Brazilian minister for culture and pop icon. The roundtable on the "Digital Revolution" at the World Social Forum brought together some of the biggest names in the internet debate including Spanish academic Manuel Castells, open content and open source guru, lawyer Lawrence Lessig, and now Brazil’s most illustrious musician. This report from RITS translated into English by APC.

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APC at the V World Social Forum: Porto Alegre, Brazil, January 26-30 2005

PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL 29 January 2005 (APCNews)

APC is among more than 120,000 activists at the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil. The WSF is the world’s largest gathering of social movements, non-profits, and progressive groups who believe that "another world is possible".

This year there are 2,500 planned activities taking place in almost 300 tents and over 200 meeting venues and APC is collecting and covering the debates, panels, workshops, and stories that illustrate the use of internet and ICTs for social justice and sustainable development. Visit our WSF site.

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Progressive radio programming live from the WSF in six languages

PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL 28 January 2005 (APCNews)

You can tune in to programming in AMARC, the worldwide network of community radios, in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, German and Italian coming live from the world’s biggest gathering of activists.

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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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"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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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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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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