APCNews 105 – July 30 2009 – e-Greens in Europe, Net neutrality in Peru
APCNews – July 30 2009 – Year X Issue 105
The news service on ICTs for social justice and sustainable development
In large part thanks to the internet, environmental activists in Central and Eastern Europe are leading overwhelmingly young and vibrant alternative political movements which are challenging the status quo. Things came to a head during the EU parliamentary elections in June when the new parties from Bulgaria and Hungary presented surprise last-minute candidacies, but not everyone is pleased about the move from activism to politics, as APCNews finds out.
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Grass root(er)s: Green e-activists of Eastern Europe enter politics
SOFIA (Pavel Antonov for APCNews) – The greens are growing like weeds in Bulgaria and Hungary and recently ecologists in Bulgaria won yet another battle against a Goliath, preventing the further destruction along the Black Sea coast and high mountains to make way for luxury housing. Campaigns spread like viruses through emailing lists and online networks, and ultimately went to the streets in protest, a testament to the growth of the Green party in these countries.
Battle for control of the internet in Peru
LIMA (Jorge Bossio and APCNews) – In Peru companies like Claro or Telefónica ignore rules and regulations when the time comes to sign the contract with the end user. Moreover, they reserve the right to block certain types of internet traffic, like voice over internet, infringing on a principle referred to as “net neutrality”. In one of our latest investigations, APC analyses this principle and illustrates it with examples from both Peruvian legislation, as well as the practices of the telecommunications companies in the country.
High performance: New report on low-cost, low-power computers
UNITED KINGDOM (Computer Aid International) – According to the UN, access to electricity is extremely low in some areas of African countries like Kenya, where only three people out of twenty have power. Schools in rural areas generally have no access to a reliable power source, and other alternatives such as diesel or solar panels are an expensive alternative, and therefore not ideal for IT. In an attempt to provide pragmatic and adapted computing solutions in areas where electricity remains a challenge, Computer Aid International set out to identify what computer solutions were available and appropriate to rural African settings. Download the Computer Aid report to find out more about the five top-scoring low-cost, low-power computers or read more about it online.
ZDNet article about the report: http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/hardware/0,1000000323,39363065,00.htm
Digital inclusion discussions in Botswana, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe
SOUTH AFRICA (SANGONeT) Thetha – a Nguni word for debate – bring together a wide range of national, regional and international stakeholders on the expected ICT challenges and opportunities that the Southern African region will face in the next ten years are being organised by APC member SANGONeT. Pre-Thetha reports on Zimbabwe (http://www.ngopulse.org/article/contextualising-ict-development-zimbabwe) and Mozambique (http://www.ngopulse.org/article/digital-inclusion-mozambique-challenge-all) make useful contextual reading. Find out more about Thetha.
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