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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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APC at the V World Social Forum: Porto Alegre, Brazil, January 26-30 2005

PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL 29 January 2005 (APCNews)

APC is among more than 120,000 activists at the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil. The WSF is the world’s largest gathering of social movements, non-profits, and progressive groups who believe that "another world is possible".

This year there are 2,500 planned activities taking place in almost 300 tents and over 200 meeting venues and APC is collecting and covering the debates, panels, workshops, and stories that illustrate the use of internet and ICTs for social justice and sustainable development. Visit our WSF site.

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Progressive radio programming live from the WSF in six languages

PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL 28 January 2005 (APCNews)

You can tune in to programming in AMARC, the worldwide network of community radios, in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, German and Italian coming live from the world’s biggest gathering of activists.

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What do communication rights mean to people on the ground when they are denied them?

PORTO ALEGRE 28 January 2005 (APCNews)

Activists from Tunisia, Italy, Paraguay and Brazil reported on conditions in their countries and the response of civil society. APCNews reports from the Vth World Social Forum.

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