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ASIA COMMONS: The Commons through Asian eyes

GOA, INDIA 7 July 2006 (FN for APCNews)

APC members took an active part at the Asia Commons Conference, a first-of-its-kind event held from June 6 to 8 2006 in the Thai capital of Bangkok. Some expected more concrete action could come out of it. But this meet was a great start to building links and planning ‘common’ action at the Asian level.

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Political, economic research for social movements: The IPD is APC’s new member

GOA, INDIA 7 July 2006 (FN for APCNews)

Research for change, advocacy for democracy, analyses for action, education for empowerment. Going beyond the slogans is the Institute for Popular Democracy (IPD), a Philippines-based two-decade-old group that has just joined the APC as a member. A fairly large organisation by non-profit standards, that is, IPD has a website that takes an overtly political stance over challenges facing the country it’s operating in.

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ICT Policy workshop - Jargon Busting session

London

Murali Shanmugavelan is a journalist and editor at Panos. He told us what kind of stories he’d like to receive from us as an editor of newspaper.

Participation, the Achilles heel of eLAC2007

QUITO, ECUADOR 6 July 2006 (Valeria Betancourt for APCNews)

It is widely known that the governments of Latin America and the Caribbean adopted the regional plan of action for the information society, eLAC2007, in June 2005 in Rio de Janeiro. They developed a mechanism for its implementation in November of the same year during the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), which was held in Tunisia. But what real results have been reached to date? A discussion on eLAC2007.

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New member, new synergies: Interview with Daniel Pimienta, Director of FUNREDES

TOULOUSE, FRANCE 6 July 2006 (AL for APCNews)

Each member provides the APC network its unique perspective and experience, thus participating in the construction of a rich and diverse global community. FUNREDES is no exception: this new APC member comes into the network with an almost 20-year history in information and communication technologies (ICTs), a key geographical position (it is the only member in the Caribbean) and great thematic diversity. APCNews talked with its director, Daniel Pimienta

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Australia, where technology plays the role of spoilsport

DHAKA, BANGLADESH 6 July 2006 (FN for APCNews)

Australia has had a very liberal community broadcasting regime. But could technology, and the interests of big business, change that all? That’s the fear of media campaigners Down Under.

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VOICE, new APC member in Dhaka, turning up the volume for the unheard

DHAKA, BANGLADESH 6 July 2006 (FN for APCNews)

One of the APC’s newest – of three – members is the Bangladesh-based Voices for Interactive Choice and Empowerment, or simply VOICE. It’s located in the Shyamoli locality of the national capital of Dhaka and works through advocacy and partnership networking. It says it believes in promoting the capacity, knowledge and empowerment of people, the voices of unheard.

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ICTPolicy Portal Workshop, London: learning points

Transylvania, Romania

A five days exposure to intensive learning about the ICT-policy issues and tracks throughout the APC network helped me stay tuned and understand the importance of what we all are doing. The experiences gained were aggregated into an ICT-policy ballad, in .phf (post-haiku format).

Horrifying image of lack of internet cables to Africa

LONDON, UK

At a presentation at APC’s national ICT policy workshop currently going on in London, I was shocked to see a map in a presentation by Russell Southwood which shows how poorly connected Africa is with submarine internet fibre.

UN-GAID: One more acronym - or a new beginning?

Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA

South Asia-based BytesForAll‘s newest member, Nalaka Gunawardene of Sri Lanka, who is a veteran journalist and observer of the “ICT4D” (information and communication technologies for development) field, was there at the launch of the Global Alliance for ICT and Development (UN-GAID) in mid June 2006 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He wonders whether the newly-formed UN-GAID will manage to connect disparate initiatives, enhancing or multiplying their impact? Or might it evolve into another self-serving bureaucracy, competing with everyone else for limited resources, media attention and people’s time?

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