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WOUGNET's report on the 'Post-WSIS and Uganda’s way forward” workshop

BERLIN, GERMANY 8 May 2006 (APCNews)

In close collaboration with the Collegium for Development Studies at Uppsala University, Sweden and civil society groups in Uganda, APC-member WOUGNET has recently made a report available. The general theme of this report is the process and outcomes of the United Nations World Summit on the Information Society, with special focus on internet governance, censorship and human rights issues, as well as on the Uganda’s way forward.

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Beyond tools: Technology as a feminist agenda

HOUNDMILLS, UNITED KINGDOM 8 May 2006 (Chat Garcia Ramillo)

In this piece published in the March edition of the Development Journal, Chat Garcia Ramilo argues strongly for a feminist agenda on technology. Drawing on the discussions at the AWID Forum, she shows how within the framework of women’s rights technology is a determining factor in women’s sexuality, representation and exploitation, and has to be seen as one more facet of violence against women. She calls on the feminist movement to engage technologies as a site of feminist political struggle. Download the article in PDF format.

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e-Learning module developing electronic communities

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA 8 May 2006 (Ann Tothill)

The Information Management Resource Kit (IMARK) steering group announces the release of its newest e-learning module ‘Building Electronic Communities and Networks’. The module is designed to help users develop the strategic, interpersonal and technical skills required to establish and sustain electronic communities. It provides an overview of the benefits and opportunities offered by online communities for facilitating knowledge and information exchange.

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APC board and staff meet in South Africa

BERLIN, GERMANY 7 May 2006 (APCNews)

The board members and staff of the Association for Progressive Communications got together in the last two weeks of March 2006 for the annual coordination of projects, evaluations of programmes and new injection of guidelines from the board.

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So near yet so far: Bangladesh awaits a smoother ride to cyberspace

DHAKA, BANGLADESH 4 May 2006 (FN)

So near, yet so far. Bangladesh is keenly looking forward to having an easier, more affordable and smoother ride into cyberspace, as APCNews staff writer Frederick Noronha finds out. In the eighth most populous country in the world (population 144 million), voices from civil society, the media and industry are increasingly surfacing, as this piece – filed from Dhaka in late April – demonstrates.

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Empowering women through capacity building

BOGOTA, COLOMBIA 3 May 2006 (Colnodo)

What does a director of a Paraguayan women’s organisation and a rural Colombian teacher have in common? For APC member in Colombia, Colnodo, the answer is clear. It is their capacity of using information and communication technologies (ICTs) as tools to empower women. This is the reason Colnodo celebrated the Women’s Month, in March, with courses, workshops and seminars aimed at making ICT accessible to women from different regions and realities.

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Commmunity radios in South Africa

DHAKA, Bangladesh

APC staff writer Frederick Noronha runs in to Willie Currie in Dhaka, Bangladesh and asks: Could you share something with us on the South African community radio policy? It’s a fairly useful one, isn’t it so? Willie Currie, APC’s manager of the Communications and Information Policy Programme answers: Yeah. There are 100 odd community radio stations in South Africa.

Telecentres in Brazil: training builds strength

TOULOUSE, FRANCE 2 May 2006 (APCNews)

Telecentres are a model for community ownership of information and communication technologies: a model that works and is gaining strength, according to various successful experiences in Latin America. APC member in Brazil, RITS, is a civil society organisation committed to this new logic which is based on solidarity.

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Without communication, you're (economically) dead - Willie Currie

DHAKA, BANGLADESH 2 May 2006 (APCNews)

He was involved in broadcasting and telecom policy work in South Africa during the transition to democracy, and in the immediate aftermath of the 1990s establishment of the Mandela government. In the field of policy for the past 15 years, Willie Currie is now APC’s manager of the Communications and Information Policy Programme. In an interview in Dhaka, Bangladesh in April, he explains what the Association for Progressive Communications is concerned about and the important policy issues plaguing our times from an APC point-of-view.

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Wireless connection record in Venezuela: With the feet on the ground and the head in the clouds

TOULOUSE, FRANCE 2 May 2006 (APCNews)

A detailed study of Venezuela’s topography, a trip to Italy, some pieces of ‘public domain’ software, satellite dishes that cross mountains on all-terrain trucks, cables, generators. This is neither a capricious list nor are its elements surrealist digressions. The elements that we have just enumerated are part of an ambitious endeavour that recently became a reality: to break the world wireless connection record by establishing a 279 km long link.

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