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Women and community telecentre: Shy at first, first at last

SANTIAGO, CHILE 11 July 2006 (Patricia Peña)

The female telecentre users initially become involved discreetly, they are curious to know what is going on, what the telecentre consists of and the services it offers. This is the first time that many of the women from the communities have access to equipment.

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Content production, community tool

SANTIAGO, CHILE 11 July 2006 (Patricia Peña)

The www.telecentroscomunitarios.cl portal is one of the internet-based participatory spaces for content production that the programme offers to the 17 telecentres. This is done through a collaborative publishing platform where organisations find the tools to upload news, activities, product offers, local services and also resources for the creation of their own webpages.

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Telecentres and free software

SANTIAGO, CHILE 11 July 2006 (Patricia Peña)

At the beginning, arriving and installing telecentres that use computer equipment that run on an open operating system like GNU/Linux was not a simple process. In Chile, the degree of penetration of the Windows operating system is considerabe, and merely encountering something different often generated great resistance from the organisations and communities. We have observed that ”free software” was associated with cost reduction, hence lower quality. As a result of this, there was a significant investment made in the first phase of the implementation of the project to raise awareness about and disseminate of the use of GNU/Linux and associated free software programmes and applications.

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Indigenous communities: Mapuche telecentres

SANTIAGO, CHILE 11 July 2006 (Patricia Peña)

Many telecentres are located in Mapuche communities, particularly Pehuenches, and are administered by associations that group these indigenous peoples: Melipeuco, Lonquimay y Villarrica. Until recently, these communities were completely cut-off from ways to access and unable to use these technologies.

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Social wireless technology

SANTIAGO, CHILE 11 July 2006 (Patricia Peña)

The Cabrati Telecentre is located in Batuco Lampa and administered by a group of women that manages a day-care centre. It has become a pioneer community access point in the country as it uses the advantages of wireless connectivity to access internet economically, while still turning a profit.

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Low cost mobile are coming in, but how to minimise thefts?

DHAKA, BANGLADESH 11 July 2006 (FN for APCNews)

The good news is that mobile phones are becoming cheaper. But the not-so-good news is that the mobile global industry is yet to take up creative solutions to ensure that the mobile handsets increasingly being used by the less-affluent are not stolen from them.

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A Korean seven year old, fighting to open space for civil society

DHAKA, BANGLADESH 10 July 2006 (FN for APCNews)

Jinbonet, APC’s member in Korea, is seven years old. It is a network that provides ICT services to progressive movements, civil society and workers unions. Its other main activity is information and communication technology and human rights advocacy in the information age. In a country which has one of the best internet infrastructures – technically speaking – in the world, concern over the rights of citizens in cyberspace are strong. This article looks at some of the recent issues emerging in East Asia.

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APC: We are expanding our translation team

MAES-Y-CWMMER, SOUTH WALES 7 July 2006 (APCNews)

APC is seeking professional translators working in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic for occasional freelance work.

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Wiki part II: Find your wiki at the bazaar

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC 7 July 2006 (Strategic Use and Capacity Building Programme for APCNews)

“The word wiki is a shorter form of wiki wiki (weekie, weekie) which is from native Hawaiian, in which it is commonly used as an adjective to denote something ‘quick’ or ‘fast’,” says Wikipedia, the world’s most important collaborative online encyclopaedia. Fast and quick, they are. But did you know they were free and open? While shedding light on the larger context of free and open source software (FOSS) developed tools, this second article on wikis looks at the concrete experience APC’s Strategic Uses and Capacity Building (SU&CB) programme made with wikis. It delves into the MediaWiki and the TikiWiki.

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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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