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Chakula, focussing on WIPO and the 'Development Agenda'

HTTP://AFRICA.RIGHTS.APC.ORG/ 26 July 2005

Issues highlighted in the latest Chakula newsletter, dated July 2005 focus on the World Intellectual Property Organisation and its ‘Development Agenda’. Chakula traces the background to calls for reforms at WIPO, outlines the key issues of the proposal for the establishment of a ‘‘Development Agenda’’ for the organisation, and the developments so far after a series of meetings this year. Chakula is the Swahili word for ‘food’. This Africa Policy Monitor newsletter got its name to reflect its intended nature as a "form of nourishment" for organizations working in the field of ICTs for development in Africa.

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Online petition calls on Thailand's Shin Corp to drop libel suit

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM 26 July 2005 (WACC)

What happens when popular media takes on the political class? In Thailand, it resulted in a $10 million civil suit, and a criminal libel suit, slapped on the young lady-campaigner who leads that country’s campaign for popular media reform. You can add your voice to an online campaign gaining momentum and drawing support from some prominent global campaigners.

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A starter kit... for ICT4D

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA 25 July 2005 (APCNews)

APC member Ungana-Afrika — also part of the eRider network — is using and promoting the recently-out eRider starter kit. Executive director Toni Eliasz points to this resource that has been created by Teresa Crawford and the Tactical Technology Collective with the support of the global eRider community,. The starter kit is designed to help organizations understand, design, implement, maintain and sustain an eRider project or program. It’s focus is on "NGO-centered technology".

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E-debate on issues of 'intellectual property rights' in Africa

AFRICA 25 July 2005 (APCNews)

What are the critical issues around intellectual property rights (IPR) for Africa? How does one understand the context of the existing legal processes and tools? Can Africa discuss alternatives to the current situation? And, can all concerned build collaboration among themselves? For a month between late June and August 2005, an e-debate gets underway over these key issues.

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Take on development agenda, NGOs urge WIPO

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA 19 July 2005

Non-governmental organisations from across the globe have come out in support of a proposal submitted by the Group of Friends of Development (FoD) for a development agenda at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)." Some 99 organisations (at the time of writing) have supported the demand.

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"Modern information technology should guarantee there's no harmful impact on users"

SOFIA, BULGARIA 19 July 2005 (BlueLink)

Convincing business and government to ensure that modern information and communication technologies (ICTs) have no harmful impacts on their users is proving to be a difficult job. Besides, in the global village, non-uniform standards and a lack of compatibility among various systems are blocking people and technologies from communicating freely and working effectively.

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Cambodia gets a Community Information Center web portal

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA 12 July 2005 (Open Forum of Cambodia)

Cambodia’s Community Information Center web portal — www.cambodiacic.org — is currently the only large web portal available in the Khmer language. Content is fed daily to this web portal, with an average of 15 articles coming in from media and non-media news sources.

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Europe says 'no' to software patents for now, campaigning CSOs glad

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY 12 July 2005 (Green Spider Foundation)

European parliament has reject the plan to allow software patents. This is being seen as providing a "breathing space for new initiatives based on all the knowledge gained during the last five years".

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Computer Aid International launches new East Africa office

GOA, INDIA 12 July 2005 (APCNews)

After providing over 50,000 high quality refurbished computers, the UK not-for-profit Computer Aid International has now put down roots by opening a permanent office in Nairobi. Computer Aid International is a member of the APC.

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South African civil society reflect on coming November's sumit

BRAAMFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA 3 July 2005

When the world meets up at Tunisia, in coming November, during the World Summit on the Information Society, this meet signals global recognition that information and communication technologies can play a major role in social and economic development and contribute significantly towards poverty alleviation. South Africa’s civil society takes a look at the focus and objectives of the WSIS.

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