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Taking to FOSS, Indian-style

GOA, INDIA 13 December 2005 (Frederick Noronha)

APC member BytesForAll joined India’s (and probably Asia’s) largest Free/Libre and Open Source Software events, FOSS.in (http://foss.in). There were big names taking part, such as Welsh kernel hacker Alan Cox. There was a real mixed bag attended. This included Women geeks from Brazil, Indian techies keen to enlarge their tech skills or see how IT can become relevant to the lives of this country of one billion with a large poverty sector, those keen to plug in its benefits to the world of education, mega-corporations and governments throwing in sponsorship dollars and rupees…

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Strategic technology planning toolkit from Ungana-Afrika

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA 13 December 2005 (Ungana-Afrika)

APC member Ungana-Afrika have been providing strategic technology planning services to the development community in Southern Africa for nearly three years. The processes have been refined through experience, and are presented here in their current form to assist other technology support providers to implement technology planning in their own context.

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Wireless networking: new knowledge sharing material now online

13 December 2005 (Itrainonline.org)

Material to share internet knowledge on wireless networking were developed as part of the ‘capacity building for community wireless connectivity in Africa’ initiative which is funded by IDRC and coordinated by APC. This is the first public release of the materials, which will be undergoing further revision during a pilot workshop series. Additional materials will be released in English, French and Arabic during 2006.

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Lessons from Vietnam: no quick fix to being 'gender friendly'

HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM 13 December 2005 (Cheekay Cinco)

Integrating GEM, or the Gender Evaluation Methodology, in the women’s health context, can be a daunting task and there are no quick answers to gender issues in their contexts. But tools like GEM could help one immediately know if their projects are "gender friendly", suggests the experience of a mini-workshop held recently in Vietnam.

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Latino repository of ICT-focussed projects and professionals

BOGOTA, COLOMBIA 13 December 2005 (Colnodo)

Four institutions from Latin America — ICA, CEPAL, LIS and Colnodo — have jointly launched an online repository of ICT-focused projects and professionals in Latin America and the Caribbean. The repository, Protic, can be found at www.protic.org. Currently, it contains information about over 850 projects and around 300 ICT professionals.

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Abusing numbers: is Korea going just too far?

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA 13 December 2005 (Oh Byoung-il)

The Korean Progressive Network Jinbonet is currently conducting a study on the state of Korean National ID Number System. Its aim: to demo problems of Korean National ID Number System by contrasting how the same is abused in Korea, and comparing with cases of foreign countries. If you can answer some short questions by December 15, 2005, it would help the study immensely.

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APC’s Latest Annual Report: 2004 – Technology policy globally continued to dominate

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 12 December 2005 (APCNews)

Training African community technicians to set up wireless internet access points, making the case for women’s involvement in technology policy, convincing the world’s governments that the internet should be considered a global public good. 2004 was another busy year for APC.

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Manipulation, corporate-style?

In cyberspace

Groklaw, the web site, created and edited by Pamela "PJ" Jones, begun as an experiment in applying Open Source principles to legal research, is reporting the manipulation in Austria of the process that led to the Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS

.

Georg C. F. Greve of the Free Software Foundation Europe explains the entire issue in The Complete Story of the Vienna Conclusions and writes:

During the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Tunis, one of my trips brought me to the Austrian booth in order to pick up some copies of the Vienna Conclusions to spread and advertise. When flipping through the text, I was quite shocked to find references to Free Software removed and a pro-DRM statement inserted in the findings of the "Digital Rights/Creative Commons" workshop ("To ensure ongoing innovation, Digital Rights Management (DRM) development and deployment must remain voluntary and market-driven."). Also, references to the cultural and social significance of software as "digital cultural technique" were watered down.

News and views... from the 'developing' world

in cyberspace

Keeping track of Source: APC">ICT

issues in the so-called "developing world" can always be a challenge, simply because these issues hardly get discussed in the 'information society'.Here's one report CTO CEO Sees Bumpy Rides in Roadmap for Networking the Commonwealth for Development that looks at technology issues in the network of nations linked by a shared history in (British) colonialism.

Back-room lobbying, there's mail from Rice

in cyberspace

November's World Summit in Tunis was overshadowed by the global argument over Source: Tunis Agenda for the Information Society">internet governance

. Its biggest controversy came with the proposition put forward by the EU a month earlier that there be a new inter-governmental body that oversee ICANN. The US government -- which currently enjoys unilateral control over the Source: TechSoup Glossary and GenderIT.org">internet

infrastructure -- was furious and launched an enormous lobbying campaign, both public and private, across the board to retain its position. 'The Register' has published what it said was the first full-text version of a strongly-worded letter sent by the US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice to the UK foreign minister Jack Straw, acting in the role of presidency of the EU.

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