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The first “free software” workshop run for women by women in the world? Southern African women do it!

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA 1 October 2004 (APC-Africa-Women)

Splicing cables, partitioning hard drives, developing technology plans and sharing stories of activism set the scene for a lively and full first Southern African Development Community Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) workshop to be held. And as far as we know, the first FOSS workshop for women in the world, writes Jenny Radloff of APC-Africa-Women.

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African journalists trained in how to communicate securely online

GRAHAMSTOWN, SOUTH AFRICA 30 September 2004 (APCNews and Toni Eliasz)

Online security and privacy should be of concern to anyone who uses the internet. But for journalists and human rights organisations operating under repressive political conditions or in situations of conflict, online security can become a matter of life or death. The challenge is to gather, protect and disseminate information in a way that minimises risk to activists. APC is offering workshops on "Secure Computing and Online Communications", most recently at Highway Africa, the world’s largest conference for African journalists.

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Neighbourhood telecentres in Argentina’s second city to ensure women and girls make full use of technology

ROSARIO, ARGENTINA 30 September 2004 (APC WNSP)

Report from an awareness-raising workshop held in Rosario, Argentina to introduce local social activists to GEM – the APC’s gender evaluation methodology tool for ICT initiatives.

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South African policy activist becomes APC's new Communications and Information Policy Programme Manager

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 30 September 2004 (APCNews)

Willie Currie joined APC as our policy programme manager in early September. Currently based in New York, from 1999-2002 Willie was a councillor with the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) and the South African Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (SATRA).

In the mid ‘90s, he co-ordinated the telecommunications policy process that led to South Africa’s first post-Apartheid telecommunications policy document. Prior to this, as general secretary of the Film and Allied Workers Organisation, Willie was involved in the development of broadcasting policy during the transition to democracy in South Africa and a public campaign to ‘free the airwaves’. APCNews talked to Willie about his new role.

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NEW APC MEMBER: South Asian network “Bytes for All” joins APC

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 30 September 2004 (APCNews)

South Asia has 23% of the world’s population but less than 1% of the internet users. Bytes for All a Southern Asian network promoting ICT for development has just become APC’s newest member. Bytes for All is active throughout South Asia with volunteers from numerous countries including India, Pakistan, Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

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Communications rights activists from across Asia plan actions and solidarity

MANILA, PHILIPPINES 30 September 2004 (FMA)

A workshop held in Manila focused on pressing communication rights issues in the Asian region including attacks on freedom of expression and independent media. Activists issued a statement in support of a Thai colleague present who returned home to face a million-dollar lawsuit for speaking out in the press against government corruption.

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Youth network in Colombian capital puts young people in touch with their communities

BOGOTA, COLOMBIA 30 September 2004 (Colnodo)

“I learned a lot and changed my way of thinking not only about computers and the internet, but about working for the community”. “I didn’t just learn to write and upload news to a website, I learned about leadership and how to build projects.” “In the RIJ we are bringing about positive change for young people. We help get their message out.” This is how some of the teenage participants feel about RIJ, a communications network for Bogota youth. Now the project is over, they’re still planning to keep the network alive.

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Resistance in Hungary to EU proposals on software patenting

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY 30 September 2004 (APCNews)

A crowd of about four hundred turned out to demonstrate against proposed European software patents legislation. It was the first "geeky", free-software related demonstration in Hungary said APC member Green Spider, organised by groups not typically used to leaving their computer screens to get their voices heard.

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WSIS Update: APC reports on recent and upcoming meetings on internet governance and the financing of ICTs in developing countrie

LONDON, UK 30 September 2004 (APC)

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) process continues and two issues on which governments were unable to reach consensus during the first phase in 2003- ‘internet governance’ and ‘financing mechanisms’- are under the microscope. Last month saw the first open consultation on the ‘working group on internet governance’. APC briefs you on the discussions taking place.

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WSIS Update: APC reports on recent and upcoming meetings on internet governance and the financing of ICTs in developing countrie

LONDON,UK 30 September 2004 (APCNews)

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) process continues and two issues on which governments were unable to reach consensus during the first phase in 2003- ‘internet governance’ and ‘financing mechanisms’- are under the microscope. Last month saw the first open consultation on the ‘working group on internet governance’. APC briefs you on the discussions taking place.

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