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Computer Aid crosses 50,000 mark, scours for new partners

GOA, INDIA 28 August 2005 (APCNews)

Being the world’s "largest non-profit supplier of computers" to the South may not rake in the millions; but APC member Computer Aid International’s chief executive Tony Roberts believes it saves millions.

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Women science and technology advocates claim action is long overdue

BALTIMORE, UNITED STATES 28 August 2005 (GenderIT)

The First International Symposium on Women and ICT took place in Baltimore, Maryland, USA in mid-June. There are different priorities coming up. For instance, the US is concerned about support for women in the information technology sector, the need for attracting more women to higher education, and having better slots open to them. From the South, the priority is still infrastructure and access. At Baltimore, meanwhile, the APC’s WNSP shared experiences in its Gender Evaluation Methodology for information and communication technologies (ICTs), to shared tools for participants to measure progress achieved on the gender front.

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Fighting heat, dust and the digital divide: unusual ideas from Nigeria

GOA, INDIA 28 August 2005 (APCNews)

What do you do when challenged with difficult conditions that make your computer repeatedly crash in rural, tropical conditions? Fantsuam Foundation of Nigeria simply converted this into an opportunity. Computers in wooden boxes, minus spinning disks that get clogged in dust and crash in high temperatures, and desktops that consume a fraction of power other computers need are some of their solutions. Read on for some unusual and interesting ideas from West Africa.

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Albania, working towards a gender-focussed ICT policy

VILNIUS, LITHUANIA 27 August 2005 (Ausra Gustainiene)

Albania’s national ICT (information and communication technologies) strategy is one of its kind in Central and Eastern Europe, with a marked effort to include women’s needs and views. Gender incorporation in ICTs was part of Albania’s attempt to address growing disparities in income, gender and geographical location. What can we learn from their experience for future gender-sensitive ICT policy framing?

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Media impacts women's work, but Beijing + 10 stays silent

27 August 2005

There’s a contradictory silence surrounding Section J of the Beijing Platform for Action that relates to issues of women and the media at this year’s Beijing + 10. What are the possible reasons for the lack of vocalisation on this issue, even as women’s movements working on various issues recognise the impact and power of the media in their work?

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APC members in Africa look at 'technology planning for non-profits'

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA 21 August 2005 (Sally-Jean Shackleton)

Two APC members in Africa — Women’sNet and Ungana Africa — have shared resources and skills to work in the area of technology planning for non-profits. They are shortly expected to share their work with other APC members.The process aims to enable organisations to make better-informed decisions about technology, and thus promote their organization’s mission and objectives through its use.

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APC members from four continents to join Tunis conference

GOA, INDIA 21 August 2005 (APCNews)

APC, the network of civil society organisations pushing for a pro-people thrust to the internet and ICTs (information and communication technologies), is gearing up for participation in the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). This UN-sponsored conference about information and communication gets underway later this year.

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ICANN meeting takes place in the shadow of US tough talk

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL 19 August 2005 (RITS Brazil)

Just after the United States made clear it intention to retain control over the internet’s root-servers, an ICANN meeting took place in Luxembourg. ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, is a California-based non-profit corporation created in 1998 to take over a number of Internet-related tasks earlier performed on behalf of the US Government by other organizations, notably the IANA.

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Franco-Brazil civil society exchange notes

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL 19 August 2005 (RITS Brazil)

When civil society from Brazil and France got together recently, they focussed on exchanging "experiences in digital solidarity". Their mid-July meet in Paris saw them also look at the possibility of cooperation in fields like Free and Open Source Software (FOSS).

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Computers, Africa and women... links waiting to happen

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA 19 August 2005

ICTs, or information and communication technologies, offer immense possibilities to reduce poverty, improve governance and advance gender equality in Africa. But, cautions an APC-produced paper on the role of ICTs in the development of African women, this will happen only if these technologies are made more accessible and consciously applied to achieve these objects.

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