APCNews No. 68 September 2006

APCNews, the monthly newsletter of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC)
September 2006 No. 68
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NEWS FROM THE MEMBERS
NEWS FROM APC
ICT POLICY & INTERNET RIGHTS
STRATEGIC USES & CAPACITY BUILDING
WOMEN & ICTs —
APC IN THE NEWS
ONLINE TOOLS & RESOURCES
COLLABORATING OPPORTUNITIES
SITES OF INTEREST
IMPORTANT DATES
WHERE IN THE WORLD IS APC
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NEWS FROM THE MEMBERS

ALTERNATIVES, RDC: Alternatives supports a multilateral initiative for ICT advocacy

Alternatives in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is undertaking information and communication technology-related activities in collaboration with partners. Since last June, Alternatives has been elaborating a feasibility study and advocating for an open access internet backbone in the DRC. – APCNews
http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=5040051

C2O, Australia: Me, myself and i… the Summit

C2O coordinator Andrew Garton critically reports on the iSummit 2006 that took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June. The 19-page PDF entitled “Me, myself and i… the Summit” presents, in a slick format, useful references to the open source and open content movements. It also takes an in-depth look at video content dissemination and licensing models. A must-read to understanding today’s copyright and copyleft issues. – Open Channel (with c2o)
http://rights.apc.org/documents/isummit_2006.pdf

CECS, South Africa: Marrying FOSS with math, South African teachers find useful skill upgrade

South African-based Community Education Computer Society has been working on a project for an ICT training course for ‘computer literate’ high-school mathematics teachers, in Gauteng, South Africa. APC member CECS is itself an ICT training organisation, established in 1985. A pilot workshop took place on May 13, 2006. “I learned about techniques in drawing question papers, techniques I never knew existed,” said one participant teacher. – APCNews
http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=5039910

FANTSUAM, Nigeria: Building a vulnerable children’s service in Nigeria

APC member in Nigeria, Fantsuam Foundation, has launched a vulnerable children’s service as part of its rural HIV/AIDS programme intended to tackle prevention gaps head-on, with the help of multimedia. – APCNews
http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=5039831

LANETA, Mexico: Women and ICT: Finding (and finding oneself with) technology

LaNeta is one of APC’s members that is firmly investing in providing information and communication technology training. One of its most recent successful experiences had women as the protagonists. LaNeta is providing a response to the need for common spaces for women to participate, reflect, and raise awareness on ICT and gender issues, as Olinca Marino, general coordinator of the Mexican organisation told APCNews. – APCNews
http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=5040019

NODO TAU, Argentina: Training and social journalism, tools for change

Nodo TAU, APC’s member in Rosario, Argentina, adapts and applies Paolo Freire’s model of popular education to its information and communication technology training. Blackboard and chalk made room for a monitor and mouse, but the underlying principle is the same: learners bring about change. Nodo TAU goes a step further, disseminating journalistic work produced in workshops through the enREDado community news portal. – APCNews
http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=5039891

NODO TAU, Argentina: Computing workshops with neighbours to bridge the digital divide in Rosario

For a second year in a row, the neighbours of the western area of the city are participating in computing workshops. Within the framework of this initiative that arises from the participatory budget, 800 people were trained last year and the objective is to reach over 1500 neighbours this year. The municipal government adopts an approach from the perspective of human rights, popular participation and a greater democratisation of society. APC member, TAU, was once again called on to train the trainers from the perspective of popular education. – Nodo TAU
http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=5039893

PANGEA, Spain: When talking about gender and ICT stops being surreal

Influencing gender and information and communication technology policies requires a lot of patience and perseverance. And above all, the conviction that it is possible to affect change. The women space from APC member Pangea has took on the arduous task of incorporating the topic into the Catalonian political agenda. – APCNews
http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=5040042

STRAWBERRYNET, Romania: Strawberry fields grow horizontally

A strawberry field is basically kind of a horizontally-connected strawberry network, says Mihály BakÃ, when trying to explain how his environmental non-governmental organisation came up with its name: Strawberrynet. APCNews met with APC’s Transylvanian member in Sfantu Gheorghe, Romania, in early September 2006. Read the details about ICT policy, Romanian style. – APCNews
http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=5039971
Strawberrynet profile: http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=5039973

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NEWS FROM APC

ANNUAL REPORT 2005: APC Annual Report 2005

What were the highlights for the APC network in 2006? Find out more in our annual report – just out. Download in pdf (3.1 mb). The Spanish version will be out in September. – APC
http://www.apc.org/books/apc_ar2005_EN.pdf

NEW PRIZE LAUNCH: APC launches new international free software prize

A new prize, the APC Chris Nicol FOSS Prize, was launched on Friday August 25 in Mexico City. The biennial $4,000 USD prize will be awarded to a person or group doing extraordinary work to make it easy for ordinary computer users to start using free and open source software (FOSS). – APC
http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=5039700

CONDOLECENSE: Michael de Beer, friend and partner of APC, died on August 6, aged 33

APC received the very sad news that our long-time friend and collaborator, Mike, died earlier last month. – APC blog
http://blog.apc.org/en/index.shtml?x=5039458

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ICT POLICY & INTERNET RIGHTS

STATE OF PLAY ARTICLE: Alcatel bags EASSy tender, all eyes watch over who really won

French telco giant Alcatel has bagged the tender for the Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System, an initiative to connect countries along the eastern coast of Africa, via a high bandwidth fibre optic cable system to the rest of the world. It is considered a milestone in the development of information infrastructure in the region. But what is really happening on the ground to make sure the important ‘open access model’ is implemented? – APCNews
http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=5039869

WSIS FOLLOW-UP: Getting impatient with GAID: Calls for clarity on the plans

Like six blind men trying to understand what an elephant is all about, comprehending the Global Alliance for ICT and Development is still a challenge for most. But is it impatience, or is the GAID slow in taking off? – APCNews
http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=5040017

LOCALISATION ARTICLE: Bitter-sweet: Mixed feelings about working to Indian language solutions

Unlike its parent-organisation, the New Delhi-based Sarai.net is young, full of ideas and peppy. Not that the institution it grew out of is not full of ideas; but it has an old-world air about it, while Sarai fits in with the trendy, cyber-generation in an unusual way. APCNews met with Ravikant from Sarai.net to discuss localisation issues. – APCNews
http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=5039912

NEW POLICY PORTAL: Website on information and communication policy in Uruguay launched

The Third World Network (ITeM) and the law and legislation programme office of the World Association of Community Radio Stations in Latin America and the Caribbean (AMARC-LAC) have put a new portal online to support the participation of all relevant actors in the processes of definition and implementation of ICT policies in Uruguay, South America. – ITeM
http://infoycom.org.uy/

ARTICLE: Intervention in rural areas of Bangladesh through ICT

It is widely believed that information and communication technology (ICT) can play an important role in poverty alleviation in rural Bangladesh. Development Research Network (D.Net) has developed a model and experiments providing livelihood information through common access (rural information centre) point. – Bangladesh ICT policy monitor
http://bangladeshictpolicy.bytesforall.net/?q=node/198

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STRATEGIC USES & CAPACITY BUILDING

BETINHO PRIZE SPECIAL: MetaRecycling – “Noisy environments, unstable computers and curious people”

The Metarecyclers consider that computers are craft artifacts that must be used with creativity. They not only have displayed a natural vocation for experimentation, the finalists of APC’s 2005 Betinho Prize also populated recycling centres all over Brazil. APCNews reports on this open, free and self-organised movement from Brazil. – APCNews
http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=5040031

Read the full APCNews-generated series:

Part II: MetaRecycling – Computers as craft products
http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=5040033

APCNews asks, Felipe Finseca responds
http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=5040037

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WOMEN & ICTs —

ARTICLE: When talking about gender and ICT comes down to earth

Influencing gender and information and communication technology policies requires a lot of patience and perseverance. And above all, the conviction that it is possible to affect change. The women’s space from APC member Pangea has took on the arduous task of incorporating the topic into the Catalonian political agenda. – APCNews
http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=5040042

ANNOUNCEMENT: Take back the tech! Interconnections between violence against women and ICTs

The Association for Progressive Communications Women’s Networking Support Programme (APC WNSP) issued out a call to Take Back the Tech! during a panel at the KnowHow conference that was held in Mexico City from August 23-26. Feminists shared their stories and thoughts about how women can take control of technology to challenge violence against women. – APC WNSP
http://www.apcwomen.org/knowhow

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APC IN THE NEWS

WFN: WFN and NCC lose church communication pioneer
10 August 2006

Michael de Beer was not too young to be a pioneer in digital church communication. He was too young to die. At age 33 Michael passed away from an apparent heart attack. – World Faith News
http://www.wfn.org/2006/08/msg00109.html

BALANCING ACT: SAT3 Regulators ask for transparency on pricing and good governance
By Russell Southwood, 31 July 2006

Last week over 30 policy-makers, regulators and operators met in Johannesburg to discuss what will happen when the self-awarded monopolies of Africa’s SAT3 consortium members comes to an end in June 2007. – Balancing Act
http://www.mybroadband.co.za/nephp/?m=show&id=3714

TECTONIC: Ethiopian activists promote FOSS
By Staff Writer, 11 July 2006

APC (Association for Progressive Communications) and CATIA joined forces with the Ethiopian Free and Open Source Network (EFOSSNET) to host a series of workshops over the next 10 days to promote the use of free and open source software in that country. – Tectonic
http://www.tectonic.co.za/view.php?id=1054

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ONLINE TOOLS & RESOURCES

ICT FOR THE POOR PUBLICATION: International Food Policy Research Institute. Although technological innovations, such as cellular telephones and wireless broadband access, are playing an important role in building ICT levels globally, strong inequality still remains. The rapid growth of ICTs in developing countries is partly a result of very low initial access, and therefore in absolute terms developing countries are still well behind the developed world in access to ICTs.
http://www.ifpri.org/pubs/ib/ib40.asp

GENDER TOOLKIT FOR JOURNALISTS: The Gender Toolkit for Journalists is designed to raise awareness in news rooms worldwide of gender inequality and the crucial role that media can play to promote a balanced and non-stereotyped portrayal of women.
http://www.cpu.org.uk/cpu-toolkits/gender_reporting/index.html

TOOLS FOR CITIZEN JOURNALISTS: Website on software, hardware and other tools revolutionising journalism.
http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Tools_for_citizen_journalism

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COLLABORATING OPPORTUNITIES

JOB OPENING: WITNESS and Global Voices are looking for a part-time human rights video editor who can be based anywhere in the world and would be willing to work at least ten hours a week on a short-term basis for our pilot project. In short, the person would be responsible for curating and aggregating online human rights videos from various sources and providing editorial and contextual information on those videos in a blog like format.
http://www.globalvoicesonline.org

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SITES OF INTEREST

CKDU-FM in Halifax has operated almost entirely on open source software since 2003. The radio station of eastern Canada is in the process of creating a website that documents how and why it does this.
http://ckdu.dal.ca/ckdu-os

ICT BAROMETER is the first ICT e-magazine in Bangladesh. It is bringing latest ICT news from around the globe. You can also visit the web-based news service.
http://www.ictbarometer.com

The NEW MEDIA LAB (NML) at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa, proposes a resourceful website for journalists and/or bloggers alike. The NML rolls out several media projects using free and open source software platforms in partnership with civil society organisations and mainstream media.
http://nml.ru.ac.za/

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IMPORTANT DATES

SEPTEMBER 14-16: Wizards of OS 4 conference
Berlin, Germany
http://www.wizards-of-os.org/

SEPTEMBER 26-28: Philippine open source conference 2006
Shangri-la Manila, Philippines
http://www.philosc.com/about_the_conference.html

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WHERE IN THE WORLD IS APC

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@apc.org to obtain contact information. See you there!

SEPTEMBER 11-15: Highway Africa
Grahamstown, South Africa
www.highwayafrica.ru.ac.za/

SEPTEMBER 14-15: Digital citizen indaba on blogging
Grahamstown, South Africa
http://dci.ru.ac.za/

OCTOBER 22-25 (+ 10 day training): Dharamsala Wireless event
Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh, India

OCTOBER 25-27: The World Congress on Communication for Development
Rome, Italy
http://www.devcomm-congress.org/worldbank/public.asp?idmacro=2

OCTOBER 28-29: ItrainOnline partners meeting
Rome, Italy
http://www.itrainonline.org/

OCTOBER 30 – NOV 2: Internet Governance Forum
Athens, Greece
http://www.intgovforum.org/

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