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Markus Kummer, coordinator of the internet governance working group – Diplomacy at the cutting edge

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND 1 April 2005 (Maud Hand)

As executive coordinator of the Secretariat of the Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG), Markus Kummer prepares sessions, facilitates their work and writes up their reports after meetings. But, as he explains to Maud Hand in a quiet moment prior to PrepCom 2, Phase 2, unlike the classical secretariat tasks of any international working group, the multi-stakeholder make up of WGIG makes for a very different job.

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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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APC welcomes the inauguration of the Digital Solidarity Fund

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA 15 March 2005 (APCNews)

APC in a statement welcomed the new Digital Solidarity Fund founded by the President of Senegal which was launched on March 14, calling it "a valuable financial mechanism for ICT for development".

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Pangea, Spain: Celebrating much more than 10 years!

BARCELONA, SPAIN 7 March 2005

Spanish APC member, Pangea, has been at the service of the community of people and organisations that work for social change for more than a decade. It has dedicated itself to this by facilitating communication through e-mail and conferences, internet and web connections. On 9 March 2005 Pangea will commemorate this with a special conference attended, as distinguished guests, by Julian Casabuenas (Colnodo) and Dafne Plou (APC Women’s Networking Support Programme).

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World Summit on the Information Society: A very long road

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 2 March 2005 (APCNews)

From 17 to 25 February 2005, the WSIS second Preparatory Committee meeting for the second phase, known as PrepCom 2, took place in Geneva. The February meeting addressed three issues: financing mechanisms, internet governance and the Political Chapeau and operational part (in short, a reaffirmation of the Geneva Declaration and a plan of implementation of the Geneva Action Plan). This is an overview of the WSIS process from 2003 until February’s PrepCom 2 from the APC, summarising the issues at stake.

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What can Creative Commons and open content do for Africa?

ACCRA, GHANA 1 March 2005 (Heather Ford)

Creative Commons could be a very useful initiative in West Africa, but there are a number of challenges that need to be taken into consideration before we will see any significant African participation in the global movement. This was the general consensus of participants at a workshop held by the APC in collaboration with the Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT in Accra, Ghana at the beginning of February.

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Recording women and girls, telling stories, broadcasting

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA 1 March 2005

APC member in South Africa, Women’sNet, is launching a number of innovative projects concerning women, internet and media. "Recording Women & Gender Issues" builds capacity for collaborative gender programming in the community radio sector. "She-Bytes" is a new audio website featuring dramas and public service announcements were created by girls aged 12 to 16 covering different themes and are in a range of South African languages. Read more about these gender and technology initiatives and others.

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Embracing ICTs to eliminate violence against women and children in Kazakhstan

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC 1 March 2005

The high cost of telephony and technical services is a principal barrier to ICT access for women networking against violence in Central Asia, as well as language, training, and gender stereotypes about women’s use of technology. Such barriers have motivated the Podrugi Crisis Centre to become a pioneer in combining ICTs with their struggle against gender violence. "The women at Podrugi decided if they wanted the situation to change, they’d have to do it themselves," comments Katerina Fialova of the APC Women’s Networking Support Programme (APC WNSP), after a recent visit to Kazakhstan to support Podrugi’s ICT work.

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Gender Research in Africa into ICTs for Empowerment (GRACE)

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA 1 March 2005

GRACE, a new project from APC-Africa-Women, aims to explore the ways in which women in Africa use information and communication technologies (ICTs) to empower themselves, the external, structural barriers as well as the internal factors which prevent them from using ICTs to their advantage, and the strategies they employ to overcome these barriers.

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