APCNews – March 31 2009 – Year X Issue 97

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APCNews – March 31 2009 – Year X Issue 97
The news service on ICTs for social justice and sustainable development
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Not many people know that behind the Oscar-winning film “Slumdog Millionaire” is a novel inspired by an experiment that installed a computer in a Delhi slum. Through a “hole-in-the-wall” [http://www.hole-in-the-wall.com/] young children taught themselves to become computer-literate. APCNews looks at a number of ways the poorest entrepreneurs are using computers to improve their economic and social circumstances and how others are using the Web to lend a hand in solidarity.

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NEWS

Fighting poverty from telecentres in Mali and Colombia

BUENOS AIRES (Dafne Sabanes Plou for APCNews) – “Training in ICT skills gets the community to start thinking differently and to consider the sources of income available to them more clearly. From a commercial standpoint, they become aware of the fact that their products have to meet certain standards of quality in order to be sold at higher prices,” says Aura Elena Plaza from Villa Paz, an Afro-Colombian community in the Cali region. Dafne Plou reports for APCNews on her first-hand experience of the impact access to information has had on the lives of people in remote villages in Mali, Africa and Cali, Colombia.
http://www.apc.org/en/node/8366/edit

Can social networking give a leg-up to the poor?

GOA (Frederick Noronha for APCNews) – Can Facebook and YouTube help the poor tackle their pressing problems? Or is this promise just hype? One is faced with tough questions: Can “Web 2.0 tools” directly influence the poor themselves? Would those interested in eradicating poverty do better to start with the “situation” rather than the “technology”? Or should one think big and dream of a network of networks encompassing a billion children and their teachers, families and friends — nearly all of the poor people in the world, and most of the rich? BytesForAll co-founder and journalist Frederick Noronha takes a look at the issue for APCNews.
http://www.apc.org/en/node/8316/edit

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— WHAT’S HOT ON APC.ORG —

Last week’s Forum in South Africa to lower the price of broadband
Press release
http://www.apc.org/en/node/8361/

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