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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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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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Wireless internet improves market access conditions for farmers in Peru

LIMA, PERU 27 November 2004 (CEPES)

A project using wireless technology to link small-scale farmers in a desert valley in Peru is helping farmers by providing and generating local information online. The living conditions of more than 6,000 rural workers is being directly affected. APC member in Lima, CEPES, is providing technical support for the project and the content exchange software used is APC ActionApps.

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ICT policy: far from gender neutral

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA 26 November 2004 (APCNews)

Women’s organizations are dealing with so many priority issues, it’s hard to see information and communication technologies (ICT) as anything more than a tool to facilitate their work. For this reason 16 members of the APC Women’s Networking Support Programme (APC WNSP) came together in early November in Cape Town, South Africa, to map out key gender and ICT issues for the APC WNSP’s upcoming Gender and ICT Policy website.

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Partnership with ALIN to provide computers to not-for-profit organisations

LONDON, UK 26 November 2004 (Computer Aid International)

London-based NGO and APC member, Computer Aid International recenlty launched a new partnership with APC member ALIN in Nairobi. “Computer Aid has already provided over 2,500 quality refurbished PC to non-profit organisations in Kenya”, commented Tony Roberts, Computer Aid Founder and Chief Executive. “However with the help of the Baobab initiative we plan to provide 5,000 more computers in the next few years”.

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Progressive programmers from across the APC and beyond gather in South Africa

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 26 November 2004 (APCNews)

Progressive technology organisations all over the world met in Cape Town to discuss the future of the free content management system – ActionApps. ActionApps is a software that makes websites easier to manage and more dynamic and facilitates the creation of portal sites, improving the visibility of civil society information. Almost 40 developers from as far afield as Egypt, Cambodia, Spain, Peru and the Philippines debated future plans, sustainability, documentation needs and a new online campaigning action kit for activists which will come to life in 2005.

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