Getting to Dhaka

Kolkata, INDIA

India is also getting networked as never before. But that seems to be mainly for the middle classes. Some musings en route to Dhaka for the APC Asia ICT Policy Meet, to be held in mid-April 2006 at the Bangladeshi capital.

New report from Sweden

Uppsala, Sweden

A report from the workshop “Post-WSIS and Uganda’s Way Forward” (arranged by the Collegium for Development Studies at Uppsala University Sweden, I-Network Uganda, Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET), with support from the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) and Ministry of Works, Housing and Communications, Uganda) is now available as a pdf, 441kb.

WSF Karachi 2006: Are NGOs really devoted to social change?

BERLIN, Germany

A quite strong analysis by Taimur Rahman to be found here takes on international non governmental organisations (NGOs) head on. He digs into the concept of ‘civil society’, a concept often employed by the NGO comunity. He also challenges the notion of social change used rhetorically by NGOs, often, he believes, without truly acting as forces of social change.

Making women's words matter

Cambridge, USA

Women from the Center for New Words this weekend have said that’s what they are all about: finding new solutions for old problems, making women’s words matter, wedging open spaces for women’s voices to be heard. The CNW launched WAM!, Women, Action and Media three years ago as part of this effort. Audio streams of the WAM!2006 keynote speakers can soon be heard at the CNW site and are well worth listening to, if you have the bandwidth. Though all three journalists are rooted in the (diverse) reality of US media, for me their comments served as an illustration of WHY the APC Women’s Networking Support Programme (and so many other gender media and ICT advocates) insists on governments respecting Section J of the Beijing Platform of Action and not leaving media and ICTs in the hands of a small group of powerful white men.

Making dry policy alive with WITTy tools for activism

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC 6 April 2006 (Erika Smith)

"There is great potential for using free software in women’s organisations,” said an enthusiastic Lenka Simerska insisting that this potential “is driven by needs and growing interest in training and networking.” Simerska – one of three trainers in the Women’s Information Technology Transfer (WITT) team – commented at the end of a three-day ‘IT for women’ workshop taking place in Prague, Czech Republic on February 23 – 25 2006.

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Internet infrastructure: APCNews meets ‘open access’ advocates in the EASSy run up

BERLIN, GERMANY 6 April 2006 (FD, with files from FN)

Since 9 March 2006, an informal African ‘open access task force’ – made up of NGOs and small and medium sized ISPs – was initiated to lobby for the implementation of an open access model in internet infrastructure. The task force is currently mobilised to make the East African Submarine Cable System (EASSy) ‘easy’, affordable and open. APCNews staff writer Frederick Noronha has gathered statements from two civil society stakeholders in what is to become a determining project for Africans’ equitable access to the web.

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Indigenous women succeed in shedding light on their situation through the use of new technologies

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA 5 April 2006 (Dafne Sabanes Plou)

Indigenous women want to be the protagonists of the ICT appropriation process that they are experiencing. They are looking for ways to participate in the decisions that affect them. The only not to be excluded and sidelined to the margins is to plunge head on into the debate. The debate was moderated by Nidia Bustillos from Bolivia, a member of APC’s Women’s Networking Support Programme in Latin American (WNSP).

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Karachi WSF 2006: Commentary by a participant

Karachi, Pakistan

The Forum brought together ordinary citizens to listen to speakers and issues that are the traditional domain of the five star hotels of elite cities. The remarkably tolerant and tangible nature of debate could have been a great learning opportunity for our noisy and irrelevant politicians.

Radio journalism: A REALLY quick and dirty guide

Cambridge, USA

A bunch of us WAM-ers learned how to create a 5 minute radio news piece in just 50 minutes this morning! Sonali Kolhhatkar, host and producer of Uprising, whisked us through the anatomy of a radio news feature and how you put one together.

A new life for computers from the United Kingdom

TOULOUSE, FRANCE 3 April 2006 (APCNews)

The digital divide ceases to be an abstract concept when we come across certain numbers: for 92 million of Latin Americans (sixteen per cent), lack of access to information communication technologies is a daily reality.

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