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BlueLink launchs Civil Society Information Portal in Bulgaria

SOFIA, BULGARIA 25 December 2004 (BlueLink)

On 15 December 2004 BlueLink the APC member in Bulgaria officially launched Civil Society Information Portal in Bulgaria (www.bluelink.info).

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Gender issues in information and communication technologies for agricultural and rural development

KAMPALA, UGANDA 25 December 2004

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA), the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD) and the Humanist Institute for Cooperation with Developing Countries (Hivos) are inviting applications for the second round of the GenARDIS small grants programme. Ten grant funds of up to 5,000 Euros each will be given to address gender issues in information and communication technologies (ICTs) for agricultural and rural development in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP countries). Submission deadline is 25 February 2005.

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Training journalists and activists in ex-Yugoslavia to get the most out of internet

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 25 December 2004 (APCNews)

In November 2004, twenty young journalists and civil society representatives from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia and Montenegro learned how to use internet as a tool for organising civil society social movements.

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Expert Group Meeting on Up-scaling ICT for Poverty Reduction

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 25 December 2004 (APCNews)

MS Swaminathan Research Foundation and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation called an expert group meeting on “Up-scaling ICT for Poverty Reduction”. The event was held in Chennai, India, from 17–19 November 2004. APC Women’s Networking Support Programme (WNSP) Asia Pacific Coordinator, Cheekay Cinco, was among the participants.

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Interrogating Communication Rights - Philippines holds validation workshop

MANILA, PHILIPPINES 25 December 2004 (FMA)

After months of research, the Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA) – APC member in the Philippines- convened a validation workshop to discuss the findings of its ongoing Philippine Communication Rights Report last October 6, 2004 at the Institute of Social Order, Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU).

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What Bytes for All has been discussing in November 2004?

25 December 2004 (Bytes for All)

APC’s newest member, Bytes for All, is an online citizen’s network that connects the people of South Asia on the issues of information and communication technologies (ICT) and development. Bytes for All produces a summary of previous month’s hottest discussion topics on the network. APCNews will now be featuring the summaries on a regular basis. In November deliberations ranged from the FLOSS (Free/libre and open source software) movement in non-profit organisations, ICTs for development, internet governance, and transparency and accountability in transactions to internet standards.

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Announcing the 2004-5 APC Africa Hafkin Prize: Recognising community connectivity projects for economic development

21 December 2004
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA 21 December 2004 () -

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Wi-fi web reaches farmers in Peru

LONDON, UK 16 December 2004 (APCNews)

A network of community computer centres, linked by wireless technology, is providing a helping hand for poor farmers in Peru. The initiative is being coordinated by APC member in Peru, Cepes. The BBC Online reports.

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APC’s Latest Annual Report: 2003 - The year technology policy became social policy

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 7 December 2004 (APCNews)

In spite of the wide range of activities that took place during last year, for APC, 2003 is memorable for one particular process that galvanised our efforts – the World Summit on the Information Society which took place in Geneva in December 2003. WSIS was a watershed in public participation as information and communications policy shifted from the obscure world of techno-jargon to be recognised as social policy that affects everyone. From APC’s perspective as a network of ‘social techies’ this was a major break-through.

APC’S latest annual report includes APC’s advocacy work for WSIS and other major highlights as well as achievements from APC members on five continents building of a better world for all through technology. Find out more about it and then download the full report!

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"Jambo, OpenOffice!" Launch of Swahili Free and Open Source Software

DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA 6 December 2004

Alberto Escudero longtime APC collaborator is localising OpenOffice.org and other open software to Swahili, the lingua franca of East Africa, spoken by almost 100 million people. The software has just been released.

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