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The right to communicate gains relevance at the World Social Forum in Venezuela

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA 3 February 2006 (Dafne Sabanes Plou)

The Coalition for the Right to Communicate in Latin America and the Caribbean launched a continental campaign during a panel held concurrently at the VI World Social Forum and the II Social Forum of the Americas in Caracas, Venezuela, on the 26th of January. It was decided to strengthen the actions of all the independent and community media, communications networks, personalities and institutions that fight against the concentration of media in the hands of a few internationally funded companies, as well as in favour of the democratisation of communication.

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Khmer software initiative: an APC member takes language solutions to 13 million

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA 31 January 2006 (Javier Sola)

"2005 has been a good year for KhmerOS, and, we hope, for Cambodia’s technological future," says APC member Open Forum Cambodia, writing out of the southeast Asian kingdom of 13 million. Here’s an update of their project to create a Khmer-language solution in computing.

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Creating spaces for civil society in WSIS

TUNIS, TUNISIA 31 January 2006 (Willie Currie)

The interventions of civil society activists made a material difference to the outcomes of WSIS in Tunis, contents Willie Currie, the ICT (Information and Communication Technology) Policy Manager with the Association for Progressive Communications (APC).

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WOUGNET, Uganda: Meet to consolidate WSIS achievements, attain targets

GOA, INDIA 31 January 2006 (APCNews)

APC-member WOUGNET in Uganda was one of the organisers of a conference in mid-December, on a post-World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) consolidation for Uganda. This conference aimed at strengthening what happened at WSIS and finding a concrete way forward to meet the WSIS targets at the national level. Specially, establishing national priorities and benchmarks.

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APCNews reporters cover the 6th Polycentric World Social Forums of Bamako and Caracas in four languages

BERLIN, GERMANY 30 January 2006 (APCNews)

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) provides online coverage of the World Social Forums (WSFs) happening on three continents this year. While Bamako hosted the first in a series of three consecutive WSFs, Caracas is presently filling up with participants from the world of NGOs, grassroots social movements and the socially engaged from all over the Americas. During 10 days, between January 19 and 29, follow frequent updates on APC blogs, articles on ICT-related workshops and conferences with APCNews, as well as in-depth reports on GenderIT.org and the Africa and Latin American & the Caribbean ICT policy monitor portals.

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Open Systems for Open Politics

BERLIN, Germany

Hey, consider checking out Open Flows to get the latest update about the presence of free and open source software (FOSS) present in Caracas for the World Social Forum. The article Open Systems for Open Politics by Stefania Milan (IPS correspondent from Italy) gives you a couple of quick facts about the open information systems in place. She says that “All of about 1,000 computers at the forum are using free software. The official website has been developed for the first time in ‘php’…” and it goes on. Great resource.

Get the audio out there!

Caracas, Venezuela

One of the most stimulating opportunities for democratising communications offered by the internet was discussed in the “Radio and internet: the great technological challenge” workshop, organised by the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences of the Bolivarian University of Venezuela. The activity was moderated my Santiago Garcia, technical consultant of the non-governmental organisation Passionate Radio Broadcasters out of Lima, Peru.

Getting grounded

Caracas, Venezuela

The role of the WSF is to help us ask the right questions when we return home.

Impressions of the WSF in Caracas – Frédéric Sultan

Caracas, Venezuela

Regarding the initiative of launching a continental campaign for information rights, I’ve got the impression there is a real integration of all of the Americas. And you’ve got the chance to have Telesur, a true international alternative television. What’s interesting too is to hear the voices of people from North America. So it’s not something isolated, it’s definitely a continental initiative, and not only sub-continental.


Frédéric Sultan – Vecam, France

Another workshop is possible

CARACAS, Venezuela

If you’ve ever seen six degrees of separation you may remember the scene where Stockard Channing keeps repeating chaos, control, chaos, control, you like, you like? as she flips a two-sided painting back and forth (I think it’s a Kandinsky). I can think of no better way to illustrate the World Social Forum. It’s both and neither.

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