APCNews 133 – WikiLeaks, New report on ICTs/climate change/e-waste – 13/12/10

APCNews 133 – WikiLeaks, New report on ICTs/climate change/e-waste – 13/12/10

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APCNews – December 13 2010 – Year XI Issue 133
The news service on ICTs for social justice and sustainable development
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The WikiLeaks Cablegate affair is making it clear to governments that they cannot so easily control what is secret and what is not. If governments respond rationally, they will realise that it is cumbersome and expensive to keep information secret in a connected networked world and that they should only incur this expense when really necessary. “We citizens need both carrot and stick approaches in demanding and enforcing accountability and transparency from our governments. WikiLeaks is a useful stick,” said Anriette Esterhuysen, APC’s executive director, talking to APCNews last week. APC released a statement on WikiLeaks on December 7.

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NEWS

New report asks, how environmentally-friendly is technology?

JOHANNESBURG (APC for APC/Hivos) – Computers are creating massive e-waste. The paper industry has had to double to meet printer demand. But smart technologies are bringing huge savings in energy consumption. As the UN conference on climate change closes in Cancun, the new Global Information Society Watch from APC and Hivos looks at ICTs and environmental sustainability in 53 countries, six regions and through ten expert thematic reports. What is the state of the industry in your country? Find out.
www.giswatch.org

APC says, A stand for WikiLeaks is a stand for freedom of information

JOHANNESBURG (APC for APC) – APC has issued a statement to express our deep concern about recent attempts by governments and businesses to close down the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks. We call on all governments and the internet community to explicitly reject any form of online content control that limits freedom of expression and information, particularly information that contributes to making governments more  transparent, and that empowers citizens to hold their governments accountable.
http://www.apc.org/en/node/11620/

WikiLeaks exposés are a “wake-up call for powerful regimes”, says APC director

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, DECEMBER 9 2010 (APC) – The WikiLeaks Cablegate affair is making it clear to governments that they cannot so easily control what is secret and what is not, said Anriette Esterhuysen, APC executive director. “We citizens need both carrot and stick approaches in demanding and enforcing accountability and transparency from our governments. WikiLeaks is a useful stick,” said Esterhuysen.
http://www.apc.org/en/node/11640/

Pro-poor ICT access resource kit for developing countries

MONTEVIDEO (APC for APC) – Business people, community activists and policy-makers have an interest in as many people as possible – including people in the lowest income-brackets- having access to the internet, being able to check out important information on websites and communicate cheaply via email or internet phone. APC has produced a pro-poor ICT access resource kit in English, French and Spanish for realising a universal access agenda — including models, experiences, lessons and opportunities— in developing countries.
http://www.apc.org/en/node/6950/

From piracy to copyright reform – APC proposes new model for South Africa

JOHANNESBURG (Andrew Rens for APCNews) – The South African copyright law is up for reform and access-to-knowledge (A2K) advocates led by the National Council for the Blind have seen some important gains in their engagement with the Department of Trade and Industry. In support APC has commissioned a paper on model A2K legislation. The paper looks at the South African case but is a useful document for anyone anywhere in the world who wants to strengthen access-to-knowledge provisions under a revised copyright law.
http://www.apc.org/en/node/11342/

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