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Gender and information & communication technology Awards 2005

PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL 16 February 2005 (APCNews)

In 2005, the Gender and ICT Awards focus is on empowerment, specifically ICT initiatives that promote women’s economic empowerment as it relates to development. The Gender and ICT Awards is sponsored by the Association for Progressive Communications Women’s Networking Support Program (APC WNSP) and the Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP). Submissions from February 15 to April 30, 2005.

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Panel debate: Financing the information society in the South

PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL 16 February 2005 (ITeM)

Instituto del Tercer Mundo (ITeM) and Third World Network (TWN) invite delegates and all WSIS stakeholders to a panel debate on the mechanisms to finance information and communication technologies for development (ICT4D). During the panel, the first outcomes of the ongoing research project by ITeM on the Southern perspectives at WSIS will be presented. It will be held on 21 February 2005 in Geneva.

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WSIS Update: APC research on developing country participation during PrepCom-2

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 16 February 2005 (APCNews)

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) is undertaking a major study of developing country participation in the second phase of WSIS. This study builds on the analysis of developing country involvement in ICT decision making in the ‘Louder Voices’ report, published in 2002, and on a review of African participation in the first phase of WSIS which APC undertook last year.

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2004-5 APC Africa Hafkin Prize - closed for applications

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA 15 February 2005 (APC)

"Connectivity is a term referring to the means by which people are connected to or are able to access communications channels such as the internet, email, computer and people networks." The theme for this year’s Hafkin Prize recognises community initiatives that use the internet and other digital communication networks to access markets, skills and opportunities to derive real economic benefits. APC accepted applications until February 14 2005. The winner will be announced in mid 2005. Visit the Hafkin Prize site.

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Media Trade Monitor reports from UNESCO meeting

PARIS, FRANCE 5 February 2005 (Sasha Costanza-Chock)

Government delegates are meeting in Paris, from January 31 to February 12th, to negotiate the near-final text of the proposed UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity.

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Internet governance: An opinion report on the UN working group leading the debate

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL 3 February 2005 (Carlos Afonso)

Carlos Afonso, former chair of APC and member of the UN body charged with coming up with a definition of what ‘internet governance’ should encompass amongst other tasks has written an opinionative report on the first meeting of the UN Working Group on Internet Governance, November 23-25 2004, Geneva. For the first time published in English and Spanish from the Portuguese original. Translation by APC.

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CRIS Campaign statement to the Social Movements Assembly of the World Social Forum

PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL 31 January 2005

The CRIS Campaign released a statement to the Social Assemblies of the World Social Forum putting the spotlight on communication rights violations in Tunisia, the host country for the 2005 World Summit on the Information Society. The statement also lays out CRIS’ support for proposals at UNESCO for a strong international convention to promote and defend cultural diversity – a step which could provide a legislative defence for nations contesting damaging international free trade agreements. APC is a member of CRIS.

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The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) adopts digital content-sharing

PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL 30 January 2005 (Marcelo Medeiros, RITS)

The British BBC, one of the world’s major communications networks, recently decided to digitalise its gigantic archive. A campaign was launched on the internet and within the company for the archive to be freely available to the public to use as it wishes. Christian Ahlert, of the Oxford Internet Institute, managed to convince the company’s management and BBC documentary-makers to use Creative Commons licencing, which has different levels of free use. This report from RITS at the World Social Forum translated into English by APC.

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Building a news-coverage agenda for social movements in Latin America

PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL 30 January 2005 (APCNews)

Tens of representatives from a variety of communications organisations came together on the morning of Saturday 29 January at the World Social Forum to take advantage of the rare ‘face-time’ to share information about the events that they believe are critical for the media to cover in Latin American and the Caribbean in 2005 and to schedule news coverage in collaboration.

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Meeting of illustrious "hackers" at the World Social Forum

PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL 30 January 2005 (Marcelo Medeiros, RITS)

"I’m a minister and a musician but I’m a hacker at heart" – Gilberto Gil, Brazilian minister for culture and pop icon. The roundtable on the "Digital Revolution" at the World Social Forum brought together some of the biggest names in the internet debate including Spanish academic Manuel Castells, open content and open source guru, lawyer Lawrence Lessig, and now Brazil’s most illustrious musician. This report from RITS translated into English by APC.

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