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Tiny Indian religious centre dreams of WiFi solutions for rural world

GOA, India

In a remote part of India, techies from across the globe plan to link up and share ideas to build solutions that could make a big difference to how the non-urban millions communicate.Wireless mesh networking is mesh networking implemented over a Wireless LAN. This type of Internet infrastructure is decentralized, relatively inexpensive, and very reliable and resilient, as each node need only transmit as far as the next node.

New Indian copyright law could help disabled, cripple remixes, clamp DRM

GOA, India

India is planning to significantly amend its Copyright Act of 1957, to include among other things the concept of Digital Rights Management, a move which could well restrict access to knowledge. Lawyers-with-a-difference are closely monitoring what’s happening on this front.

Call for working together for long-term sustainability

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM 20 July 2006 (Monjur Mahmud)

The APC ‘information and communication technology’ policy workshop ended in London with the call for linking national advocacy to global networks through collaboration and information sharing and working together for long-term sustainability. The workshop attended by 18 participants from different countries provided a unique opportunity to the national portal managers to learn from each other and share their experiences.

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Transmission.cc - reporting from the workshop on online video

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY 13 July 2006 (Maxigas, GreenSpider/Indymedia Hungary)

Between June 7 and 10, a workshop called Transmission.cc took place in Rome. It was "a major gathering of video makers, programmers and web producers developing online video distribution as a tool for social justice and media democracy." Maxigas from GreenSpider and Indymedia Hungary participated in the event and wrote a comprehensive report on it for APC. Australian APC member c2o was among the co-organisations of Transmission.cc.

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APC and Colnodo training: When teachers become students

BOGOTA, COLOMBIA 12 July 2006 (Olga Paz)

As part of APC’s Women’s Networking Support Programme (APC WNSP), Colnodo trained 50 teachers belonging to the Colombian Federation of Educators on the use of basic internet tools.

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Colombia: Online communities for sustainable development

TOULOUSE, FRANCE 12 July 2006 (AL for APCNews)

All online communities are there to connect people who share worldviews and above all, share the need to carry out concrete activities to bring them closer to reality. The environmental movement has been a pioneer in incorporating information and communication technologies (ICTs) for advocacy and as a working method.

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FLACSO and the networking programme: Reconciling theory and practice

SANTIAGO, CHILE 11 July 2006 (Patricia Peña)

As an academic centre, FLACSO Chile generates knowledge and reproduces it through its alumni and graduates in different fields of political science. The networking programme falls therefore within the scope of promoting access to and ownership of information.

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Women and community telecentre: Shy at first, first at last

SANTIAGO, CHILE 11 July 2006 (Patricia Peña)

The female telecentre users initially become involved discreetly, they are curious to know what is going on, what the telecentre consists of and the services it offers. This is the first time that many of the women from the communities have access to equipment.

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Content production, community tool

SANTIAGO, CHILE 11 July 2006 (Patricia Peña)

The www.telecentroscomunitarios.cl portal is one of the internet-based participatory spaces for content production that the programme offers to the 17 telecentres. This is done through a collaborative publishing platform where organisations find the tools to upload news, activities, product offers, local services and also resources for the creation of their own webpages.

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Telecentres and free software

SANTIAGO, CHILE 11 July 2006 (Patricia Peña)

At the beginning, arriving and installing telecentres that use computer equipment that run on an open operating system like GNU/Linux was not a simple process. In Chile, the degree of penetration of the Windows operating system is considerabe, and merely encountering something different often generated great resistance from the organisations and communities. We have observed that ”free software” was associated with cost reduction, hence lower quality. As a result of this, there was a significant investment made in the first phase of the implementation of the project to raise awareness about and disseminate of the use of GNU/Linux and associated free software programmes and applications.

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