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Future of the internet [in Pakistan]

Pakistan

Here are my predictions about the Future of the Internet in Pakistan in particular. What you thing about this in your part of the world.

From theorising about the media to coalition building around free software

DHAKA, BANGLADESH 19 May 2006 (FN)

The Foundation for Media Alternatives was one of the groups that pushed to have a community-focussed track at the latest Linux World Philippines. The programme listed themes like free and open source software in government, health and education. The FMA then helped create an open coalition. More recently, this APC member has also backed up a bid to set up a regional node of the International Open Source Network.

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Alegre argues for public-interest driven media

DHAKA, BANGLADESH 19 May 2006 (FN)

APCNews met up with Al Alegre of the APC member FMA in Dhaka, Bangladesh earlier this year. Although the Dhaka meeting tackled information and communication technologies (ICTs) as means to achieve social justice, Alegre had a story about media to tell. This article looks into communication rights, Philippine style.

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Womenspace in Korean cyberspace

DHAKA, Bangladesh

From Dalgun in South Korea, we get access to links to Korean feminism websites. From a feminism portal site, to an English-language site, and ones that give you access to community radio and webrings of feminist bloggers… there’s quite some diversity coming out here. Watch this space.

South Korea, where IPR fights A2K

SEOUL, South Korea

South Korea is seeing some conflicts between IPR and access to knowledge (or, A2K). Over-protection of IPR may hamper access to knowledge. It is unfair to use the copyright law to prevent the public use of digital libraries.

India...so vibrant and interesting. and hot!

MANILA, Philippines

Reporting about the heat and dust of India, a GEM workshop, the Taj Mahal… and some links to colourful photos of the place too.

BBC's documentary... and software freedom

PAKISTAN

Is Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FOSS) a make-do product for those who can’t afford better? Is it something suited for the ‘developing’ world alone? No, says Fouad Riaz Bajwa, a Pakistani FOSS advocate known as the “FOSS mullah” for his passionate commitment to the cause. He debates a recent two-part BBC documentary on FOSS, which he believes catches the bull by the tail.

Women'sHub: Taking ICT to women campaigners

DHAKA, BANGLADESH 18 May 2006 (FN)

From being a student activist to working with the word in the library, and getting involved in a wide range of campaigns, soft-spoken Mylene Soto has seen many things. Today, she’s part of APC member Women’sHub, a group that works for the promotion of gender equality amidst the alphabet-soup and geeky world of ICTs (information and communication technology). She joins Cheekay Cinco for this discussion on gender and ICTs in the Asian context.

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The software challenge? How to popularise Indic solutions with users

DHAKA, BANGLADESH 18 May 2006 (FN)

Indian language computing solutions in free/libre and open source software is "doing fine" but needs better documenting and packaging. It also needs to find sufficient numbers of users. There is a lot of potential for regional, cross-country cooperation in this field in South Asia, a region in urgent need of solutions to its computing challenges. This interview with Sarai.net, the Delhi-based new media initiative, also self-defined as a "space for research, practice and conversation about the contemporary media and urban constellations", explores these challenges.

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Free speech activist Alaa Seif Al-Islam detained by the Egyptian government

TOULOUSE, FRANCE 12 May 2006 (AL)

On Sunday May 7, free speech activist Alaa Seif Al-Islam – a pioneer Egyptian blogger – was arrested by the authorities of his country. Alaa, a colleague and friend of the APC community, with which he shared many encounters, is persecuted for organising protest activities against his government.

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