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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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Tell me more about RSS

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 30 November 2004 (APCNews)

Using RSS technology, it’s now possible to get news headlines from APC and APC member websites direct to your desktop. News feeds available cover a rich variety of civil society concerns –from the environment in Bulgaria, to human rights in Spain, to peace campaigning in the USA, to monitoring aid agencies in Australia. But what is RSS? Read our easy-to-understand feature.

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APC endorses open letter to the European Parliament, asked by EU governments to vote on mandatory finger-printing and biometric

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 29 November 2004 (APCNews)

Privacy International (PI), alongside with Statewatch and European Digital Rights, called to endorse an open letter to the European Parliament. The submission will be made on Tuesday 30 November and PI are accepting signatures until Monday 29 November. The European Parliament will most likely vote on Wednesday 1st. December.

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300-strong partnership strengthens civil society voice in the Congo

KINSHASA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO 29 November 2004 (APCNews)

In 2003, together with more than 300 local partners, Alternatives launched a portal in the Democratic Republic of Congo . The project empowers local civil society groups to present and promote their activities and perspectives, which is particularly important in the current period, where civil society is taking an ever-increasing role in defending the principles that can support long-term peace in the region.

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Cooperation improves information-sharing in Peru’s rural communities

LIMA, PERU 29 November 2004 (APCNews)

Together with a collective of twenty organisations and networks working to protect Peru’s wildlife and flora, CEPES developed the Peruvian Environmental Portal. The portal systematises information to really take advantage of the information available and improve dissemination.

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Gender and ICT network in Senegal lays out its plan of action for 2003–05

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 29 November 2004 (APCNews)

The Gender and ICTs Network came about following a workshop on the gender dimensions of ICT policies in Senegal, held in November 2002. Regentic, as the network is also known, is working to promote gender analysis of the ICT sector in Senegal and initiate a dialogue process between the regulation authorities, women’s organisations and civil society working for gender justice in Senegal. ENDA Synfev is one of the network coordinators.

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Building a well-informed information society in Italy

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 29 November 2004 (APCNews)

In Italy, APC member Unimondo was particularly active in promoting the CRIS (Communication Rights in the Information Society) Campaign and in trying to get as many organisations and people as possible involved in the UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) process.

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A draft policy framework on gender and ICT for the Philippines

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 29 November 2004 (APCNews)

In 2003, WomensHub developed a draft policy framework document entitled Gender and ICT in the Philippines: A Draft Policy Framework. The paper covers the emerging digital and gender divides, the national ICT situation in the Philippines, including the current national ICT policies.

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D3 tested at Australian Centre for the Moving Image

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA 27 November 2004 (c2o)

D3 – a prototype public multimedia interactive created by APC member in Melbourne, c2o- is a storytelling engine which explores a sense of place by mapping trails through a city.

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FMA joins Media-Governance initiative; introduces Communication Rights framework

MANILA, PHILIPPINES 27 November 2004 (FMA)

In line with its goal of helping empower communities through information and communications and advancing the agenda for Communication Rights, the Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA) has joined some of the most active NGO stakeholders in Philippine mass media to launch a campaign for reforms in governance within and through media and communications.

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