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Job opening: Information and content facilitator for the APC Latin American and Caribbean ICT Policy Monitor

QUITO, ECUADOR 5 May 2005 (APC)

APC is seeking an information and content facilitator to manage APC’s Latin American and Caribbean policy website and newsletter. The successful candidate will be based in the region and work with APC members and other groups and experts on ICT policy issues. Deadline for applications: May 31 2005.

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Slovak public WiFi networks seen to be in danger

GOA, INDIA 5 May 2005 (APCNews Editor)

The Slovak Telecommunications Office has published a draft of its new general licence for operating radio devices in the public 2.4 GHz frequency band. But if the wordings of this new policy remain unchanged, it could "effectivelly put ban on thousands of devices around the country", warns the Bratislava-based CHANGENET.SK network.

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New CATIA report: “Absent voices, missed opportunity: the media’s silence on ICT policy issues in six African countries”

GRAHAMSTOWN, SOUTH AFRICA 15 April 2005 (Highway Africa)

“Journalists in the six countries surveyed for this report are lucky to enjoy conditions of media freedom in greater or lesser degrees. But what this study shows is little sign of media deepening its democratic role by becoming a vital link in the processes of public policy with regard to the African Information Society,” says Guy Berger in his preface to a new research report just published. The report evaluates the nature of ICT policy coverage in policy-influential media in Kenya, Mozambique, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Senegal.

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Developers tell us about their favourite ActionApps-based site and the benefits for them of using APC's free software

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 15 April 2005 (APCNews)

*Oliver Zielke of Web Networks, Canada on AttavikApps, a derivation of ActionApps which allows the Inuit to publish online in their own language. *Jaime Torres of Peru on SIA an agrarian system for Peruvian farmers developed by CEPES in Lima *Sarah Escandor-Tomas on the “Voting Campaign for the Presidential Elections Centre for Migrant Advocacy” developed by WomensHub, Philippines. * And more! Audio interviews now ready to listen to.

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GenderIT.org - a new gender and ICT policy website helps women make ICT policy a priority

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC 11 April 2005 (APC WNSP)

Information and communications technologies (ICTs) can assist in bringing food to the table or promoting a reproductive rights agenda and more women need to be involved in the drafting of technology policy. GenderIT.org is a new portal for women and policy-makers just launched by the APC WNSP, APC’s women’s programme. GenderIT.org is a practical tool for women’s organisations so that ICT policy meets their needs and does not infringe on their rights. Visit GenderIT!

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WSIS PrepCom 2: A South Asian perspective

BANGALORE, INDIA 1 April 2005 (IT for Change)

A divergent discourse between what governments say in Switzerland and what they say at home, the almost complete lack of interaction between government and civil society representatives and an absence of civil society voices from the non-technical sector, characterised the South Asian presence in Geneva conclude Bangalore activists, IT for Change.

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WSIS PrepCom 2: A Latin American civil society perspective

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO 1 April 2005 (Olinca Marino)

Olinca Marino from LaNeta, APC member in Mexico, has been following the WSIS process since its beginning. In this report she comments on the united front shown by Latin American governments at PrepCom 2 but notes that the front begins to fall apart significantly in two areas that civil society activists care passionately about – free software and community radio.

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IL FAIT BON VIVRE EN TUNISIE? The state of human rights in Tunisia, host of the next World Summit on the Information Society

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND 1 April 2005 (Maud Hand)

Attendees at the recent phase of WSIS couldn’t fail to notice the prolific presence of Tunisian delegates. From civil society plenaries through gatherings over coffee to the government sessions, they had their say in preparation for the November summit. But can a country whose government censors journalists, curtails web access and imprisons internet users without trial, be a fit host for the UN’s World Summit on the Information Society? Maud Hand seeks answers to one of the hottest questions of Prepcom 2 for APCNews.

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Multi-stakeholder participation and ICT policy processes

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND 1 April 2005 (Anriette Esterhuysen)

The complexity of the WSIS process has been discussed extensively. But APC executive director Anriette Esterhuysen questions whether the WSIS is uniquely complex. In this article for APCNews she explores multistakeholder participation in policy processes, particularly at national level, and examines consensus and conflict in the WSIS civil society space and why the issue of collaboration with the private sector has become so contentious.

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