APCNews No. 71 December 2006

APCNews, the monthly newsletter of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC)
December 2006 No. 71
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BYTES FOR ALL, South Asia: BytesForAll takes a closer look at FOSS in South Asia

Free and open source software (FOSS) is increasingly noticed in India. APC member BytesForAll’s mailing list [1] is one of the few ICT-for-development lists that closely reports on FOSS initiatives within India and the rest of South Asia. FOSS.in is an annual tech summit held in Bangalore that has been getting growing attention beyond the region, and is reported on by the network’s Frederick Noronha here [2]. – BytesForAll
[1] http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bytesforall_readers
[2] http://www.linuxworld.com/news/2006/112306-foss-in.html

CECS, South Africa: CECS offers training for community radio e-readiness

APC-member Community Education Computer Society (CECS) has conducted an e-readiness training for community radio stations in South Africa in July 2006. Participants were introduced to free and open source software (FOSS) as well as public good intellectual property licenses. – APCNews

GREENNET, United Kingdom: GreenNet turns 20 as the leaves turn red

GreenNet, APC’s member organisation in London, began as a cheap and effective way for environmental activists to communicate. That was back in 1986. In 1987 GreenNet went international and started offering a gateway for small, indigenous networks in Africa and Asia. It has since then been increasingly active in areas such as training and consultancy around open source software and wireless technology for the non-profit sector. GreenNet is now 20 years old! Read about its history here. – APCNews
http://rights.apc.org/documents/open_access_EN.pdf (English)
http://rights.apc.org/documents/open_access_FR.pdf (French)

WSIS: Whose information society? Developing country and civil society voices in the World Summit on the Information Society
By David Souter
http://rights.apc.org/documents/wsis_EN.pdf (English)

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ARTICLE: Moving towards an internet-age Bill of Rights

A bill of rights for the internet age has been proposed at a United Nations’ first meeting of the Internet Governance Forum in Athens. It is an attempt to “update and restate” rights that have been enshrined in international law for centuries, according to the civil liberties group IP Justice. This campaign for the recognition of inalienable rights on the web also brings into focus the APC Internet Rights Charter. – APCNews

VIDEO: The right to share

Watch APC executive director Anriette Esterhuysen making the case for the “right to share” at the first Internet Governance Forum in Athens on November 2 2006. The right to share is a centrepiece of APC’s groundbreaking and fully revamped Internet Rights Charter. This new right is advanced in a context of increasing privatisation of content on the net. “Sharing, openness is absolutely essential,” says Esterhuysen in this 1:02 minute video streamed on YouTube and recorded by IPJustice. For the full APC Internet Rights Charter, please visit: http://rights.apc.org/charter.shtmlAPC blog

ARTICLE: A utopia called diversity?

What does diversity mean in the internet age? Linguistic and content plurality was the approach chosen by the organising committee for the Internet Governance Forum, which took place in Athens, Greece, from October 29th to November 2nd. – APCNews

INTERNET GOVERNANCE FORUM: Latin America causes a stir at the Internet Governance Forum

What priorities did Latin America take in its suitcase to the first Internet Governance Forum? How did all the sectors participate in what was a pioneering event in this kind of format? APCNoticias, APCNews’ Spanish sister newsletter spoke to Raúl Echeberría, executive director of LACNIC, the Latin America and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry. APC translated the interview into English. – APCNoticias

ARTICLE: Indian media freedom campaigners welcome new community radio policy

Eleven years after the Indian Supreme Court directed New Delhi to “open up the airwaves”, campaigners who battled long for this to happen gave a sigh of relief when India finally opened up its broadcasts to community radio in mid November 2006. – APCNews

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ARTICLE: Wireless-for-development, techies and campaigners look at potential for the social world

You can’t see it; you can’t even know it exists. But for enabling data communication on the fringes of an internet-enriched globe, wireless communication makes a world of a difference. For groups like the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), it offers untapped power in harnessing wireless technology for social purposes. – APCNews

WIRELESS REPORT: Forget the wires, surf the airwaves

“ICTs play an increasingly important role in the day-to-day work of community radio producers,” stated APC’s Karel Novotny at the ninth annual conference of AMARC, the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters conference which took place in Jordan’s capital city of Amman between November 11 and 17 2006. Novotny and colleagues of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) were there to contribute two workshops: one on community wireless networking and the other on the gender evaluation methodology (GEM). This article looks at the wireless efforts specifically. – APCNews

BLOGGING from JORDAN: Wireless training at AMARC 9
By Karel Novotný

Our team was small, but visible. As the AMARC 9 was kicked off, we prepared a training room in a side hall, used as a passage by waiters running from the kitchen to the restaurant on the first floor. – APC blog

BLOGGING from JORDAN: Wireless training at AMARC 9
By Elizabeth DiNovella for The Progressive

“Would you like some pineapple?” someone asked me as soon as I entered the small meeting room at the back of the hotel restaurant. A big bowl of pineapple sat on a table. The cans the fruit came in were being magically transformed into a wireless network. The talented folks from the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) were teaching people how to make a wireless internet connection travel via tin cans. After two days of work, the “cantennas” were finally transmitting signals. – The Progressive

BLOGGING from Nepal: Open source Campaign in Schools of Nepal
By Jayaram Timsina

In the present context of Nepal, excluding the government offices and huge financial institutions, more than 90% of the PC’s run pirated version of Microsoft Windows. Despite the persuasion and the creation of awareness, as long as the piracy continues it will always be difficult for the users to switch to Open Source alternatives such as Linux. The major reasons behind it are the cost and the vendor lock. – APC blog

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CAMPAIGN: Take back the tech!

How many hours a day do you spend using some kind of ICT tool? Have you ever wondered how it connects with violence against women? Can things like mobile phones, webcams, blogs and videogames transform power relations between women and men? From November 25 to December 10, APC Women’s Networking Support Programme (APC WNSP) “took back the tech!” For 16 days, this campaign engaged the public to think about how one can use internet and technology to eliminate, or perpetuate violence against women. Due to popular demand, the campaign is continuing beyond the planned dates. – APC WNSP

ARTICLE: From the Olympus to the internet, a new network of journalists with a gender perspective

Artemisa is a Greek goddess that inspired two Argentine communicators, Sandra Chaher and Sonia Santero, to promote the gender perspective in social communication. This “archetype” of the independent woman made its way from the Olympus to the internet, through the Artemisa News portal. On November 16 and 17, Artemisa Communication organised the first national forum for journalists with a gender perspective in Argentina. There, the PAR network was formed to raise the level of gender-sensitive journalism. APCNews spoke to Sandra about this meeting where solidarity and empathy took centre-stage. – APCNews

BLOGGING from AMMAN: Amplifying women’s voices – we need to turn up the volume
By Jennifer Radloff

Mavic Cabrera-Balleza from IWTC opened the second day of the AMARC conference, which focuses on amplifying women’s voices for gender equality…with the good news coming first. – APC blog

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BLOGGING from SAN FRANCISCO: Labour and technology mix
By Frédéric Dubois

I’m writing from San Francisco. Looking out a huge window on Ellis street in the Tenderloin neighbourhood. Cars driving slowly on this Thursday morning, a “The San Francisco Examiner” newspaper box silently waiting to collect quarters, the sky heavy and grey. I’m in the Bay area, on the west coast of the United States, to take part in the LaborTech conference (Nov 17, 18 and 19), the place where labour and technology activists come together. – APC blog

BLOGGING from SAN FRANCISCO: Surveillance in the workplace
By Frédéric Dubois

In a panel entitled “The bosses’ use of technology, outsourcing and worker’s resistance”, in the currently ongoing LaborTech conference in beautiful San Francisco, labour educator Nancy Bupp talked about workplace surveillance in the US. – APC blog

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I-WITNESS, Panos blogs, United Kingdom: An invasion of privacy
December 5 2006

The latest annual report from the Association for Progressive Communications includes a story that reminded me of the darker side of the information society. It’s about a campaign in Japan against a proposed change to the Conspiracy Crime Law, which would mean that an agreement between just two people could be treated as a crime. – i-witnesses

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HURIDOCS: HURIDOCS is a global capacity building network of organisations that use documentation techniques, monitoring methods, information management systems and available technologies in the defense of human rights and the prevention of abuses.

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JOB OFFER: ENDA, Senegal is looking for three researchers

APC’s Senegalese member ENDA Tiers-Monde (Environment and development in the Third World) is opening three social science researcher positions in Burkina-Faso, Mali and Senegal, and which fall under the responsibility of the regional research coordinator. The theme of the research to be conducted is “Contribution of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to the abandoning of excision and feminine genital mutilations in Francophone Africa: The role of young citizens”. Deadline for applying is December 23 2006.
For more information: famafrique [at] enda.sn

FUNDS FOR PROJECTS: Latin Americans eligible for funds to create new media projects

Individuals and organisations from Latin America and the Caribbean may apply for grants to develop innovative media projects as part of a $5 million competition launched by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The Knight Brothers 21st Century News Challenge will fund projects which use new methods to help citizens expand connections in their communities. Applications are available on line until December 31 2006. Individuals, organisations and businesses are invited to apply.

SCHOLARSHIPS: The University of Manchester’s Brooks World Poverty Institute announces a series of scholarships for PhD studies

PhD studies are to be focused on poverty analysis, starting in the academic year 2007/8. This can include study on the relation between ICTs and poverty. To be considered for these scholarships, candidates will need to apply to study for a PhD via the normal university process. All components of the application must be completed by 31 January 2007. For specific enquiries about PhD study on ICTs and poverty with the Development Informatics Group, please contact Dr Richard Duncombe: richard.duncombe [at] manchester.ac.uk

JOURNALISM PRIZE: The Lorenzo Natali Prize 2006 is open to print and on-line journalists employed by the local media in following five regions: Europe, Africa, Arab World-Iran-Israel, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean. Eligible journalists should have written reports which focus on human rights or democracy in the developing world. Each applicant is allowed to submit one article published between September 1 2005 and December 31 2006. To enter, journalists only need to fill in the application form online before January 31 2007.

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TRANSLATION WEBSITE: Translate.org.za has won the prestigious African ICT Achiever 2006 Award for bridging the digital divide in Africa by breaking down the language barrier. The website exposes the importance of African mother tongue languages in ICTs.

NONPROFIT ONLINE NEWS: This website contains fresh news report for and by the non-profit community. It includes a full range of tools and tricks how to get going in writing blogs, setting up websites and other such empowering ideas.

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DECEMBER 18-20: Lead-Bangui ICT workshop for journalists
Bangui, Central African Republic

DECEMBER 19-22: Gender Evaluation Methodology (GEM) for ICT projects workshop
Thiruvanthapuram, Kerala, India

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You can meet up with APC and/or APC WNSP (APC women’s programme) representatives at the events below during the next two months. Write to events [at] apc.org to obtain contact information. See you there!

DECEMBER 12-14: Open Access 2006
Stockholm, Sweden

DECEMBER 15-16: APC women’s programme (APC WNSP) planning & evaluation meeting
Rome, Italy

DECEMBER 19-22: GEM South India Training Workshop
Kerala, India

JANUARY 12-14: The USA National Conference for Media Reform
Memphis, Tennessee

JANUARY 12-16: Harambee Workshop
Kampala, Uganda

JANUARY 15-16: GKP East Asia meeting
Manila, Philippines

JANUARY 17-19: Transforming Democracy: Feminist Visions and Strategies
Nairobi, Kenya

JANUARY 18-20: IT4change ‘Development in the IS’ workshop
Delhi, India

JANUARY 20-25: World Social Forum
Nairobi, Kenya

JANUARY 22-23: OpenNet Initiative Network Asia Workshop
Manila, Philipines

JANUARY 22-30: Asia Source II
Sukabumi, Indonesia

JANUARY 24-27: GEM Training for PAN Localization project meeting
Thimptu, Bhutan

FEBRUARY 3-10: APC staff meeting
South Africa [venue to be confirmed]

FEBRUARY 12-13: UNESCO Roundtable on Information and communication for development
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

FEBRUARY 13: Internet Governance Forum Multistakeholder Advisory Group – Open Consultation
Geneva, Switzerland

FEBRUARY 13-15: APC-IICD policy workshop
Johannesburg, South Africa

FEBRUARY 14-16: Building Communications Opportunities Alliance (BCO) partner meeting)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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