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NEPAD e-School Project : An end-to-end Technology Solution

Johannesburg, South Africa

The NEPAD e-school project is no doubt a very noble idea. It aims to equip schools throughout Africa with an ‘end-to-end Technology solution’. But will this project live beyond the implementation period?

INTERNET GOVERNANCE FORUM: Seminar calls for unity among poor nations

DHAKA, BANGLADESH 18 October 2006 (Bangladesh ICT Policy Monitor Network)

A single country will not be allowed to govern the internet, speakers at a national seminar vowed adding expectation of the poor countries should be addressed in the upcoming Internet Governance Forum (IGF) meet. The seminar took place in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on October 14.

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ICT Update Magazine Issue 33 - Urban Agriculture

Netherlands

The latest edition of ICT Update has just been published. This edition’s theme is ‘Urban Agriculture’.

Re:Transmission - Reporting on online video

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY 16 October 2006 (Maxigas)

Maxigas from APC-member Green Spider in Hungary reports on the progress accomplished at Transmission, a gathering of citizen journalists, video makers, artists, programmers and web producers who are developing online video distribution tools for social justice and media democracy. Last June, a workshop called Transmission.cc took place in Rome. No later than last week, transmission made a stop in London. Transmission is being autonomously organised by EngageMedia, Candida TV and Clearer Channel with the assistance of APC.au/c2o. Full info about the the latest event: http://retransmission.org.uk

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Studies Center for Handicapped Research

Syria - Salamieh Community Center

We very much appreciate your kind to participation in our research, study and handicaps development programs to help increasing our knowledge and ability to improve the conditions of all people with special needs

INTERNET GOVERNANCE FORUM: APC puts up the fight for an open access, equal opportunity and educative internet

GOA, INDIA 11 October 2006 (FN for APCNews)

APC is viewing the inaugural meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) – which and will be held in Athens from October 30 to November 2 – as a "vitally important event”. "For the first time in a global policy forum, governments, civil society, the private sector and international organisations can address public policy issues concerning the internet on an equal footing," said APC’s policy programme head Willie Currie.

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NEW FOSS PRIZE: Why should I care at all?

BERLIN, Germany

In September 2006, APC launched a new prize called the Chris Nicol FOSS Prize. It’s meant to encourage projects that make use of innovative free and open source software technologies in their activities. Coordinator Karel Novotny was asked by Brazilian journalist Luisa Gockel why the ordinary user should care about this relatively new F-O-S-S acronym.

Brand new Filipino free software coalition to push for “nation of creators”

MANILA, PHILIPPINES 10 October 2006 (Nina Somera)

A consortium of socially-aware free and open source software advocates was launched on Software Freedom Day, September 16 2006, at the University of the Philippines. Commonly referred to as BUKAS (new open formation), it consists of seventeen organisations, which share the view that FOSS has become a political imperative in light of the actual Filipino “intellectual property” regime. “Information technology should make us not just a nation of users but a nation of creators. This can be done much better with Linux,” a founding member declared at the launch.

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BETINHO PRIZE SPECIAL: Communication technologies, weapons against war in Colombia

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 9 October 2006 (AL for APCNews)

In the midst of an armed conflict, organising an audiovisual communication workshop for youth does not tend to be a priority for groups working in the area. Nevertheless, for the International Peace Observatory (IPO), a Colombian organisation that was a finalist for the Betinho prize in 2005, it is essential that small farmer communities – who are the first victims of the war – be able to tell their stories. APCNews spoke to Laura Lorenzi, president of the IPO, about how new technologies can become arms in the struggle against the war.

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Colnodo: A commitment to the social use of ICTs

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 9 October 2006 (AL for APCNews)

For Colnodo, APC member in Colombia, its commitment to the “strategic use of the internet for development” takes a variety of forms: from work with the government in the policy realm, to training for women, and resource exchange with community media. APCNews spoke to Olga Paz, administrative and projects coordinator, about various Colnodo activist campaigns for the democratisation of information and communication technologies (ICTs). The encounter took place in London at the ICT policy portals meeting organised by APC in late June.

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