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Impact 2.0: New mechanisms for linking research and policy - Technical Guidelines

By Cheekay Cinco, Karel Novotný (October 2010, APC )

This guide was developed by The Association for Progressive Communications APC for the project Impact 2.0 – New mechanisms for linking research and policy. The development was supported by Fundación Comunica2. The guide is aimed towards providing the national focal points in Peru, Uruguay and Ecuador with guidelines for how Web 2.0 tools can be used to facilitate participatory policy making process.

The main issues that the guide addresses are:

  • How researchers can effectively and strategically use new information and communication technologies (ICTs), specifically Web 2.0 tools, to publish and publicise their research processes and findings so that they can reach policy makers and activists.
  • How researchers can use Web 2.0 tools to establish links with policy makers and other stakeholders involved in their issues.
  • How researchers can use Web 2.0 tools to encourage discussion and / or debate on issues based on their research findings.

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Report on fundamental rights, and global copyright legislative best practise for access to knowledge in South Africa

By Andrew Rens (October 2010, APC )

This paper by Andrew Rens – commissioned by the APC – is meant to serve as a resource to support civil society’s A2K advocacy with respect to the upcoming South African copyright law reform process.

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APC launches GreeningIT online directory

SOFIA 11 October 2010 (Evgenia Tasheva for APC)

The GreeningIT directory was officially launched today, marking the first open online database of resources that focuses on the intersection of ICTs and environmental sustainability. The directory aims to gather and present a comprehensive annotated list of initiatives, tools and online communities, featuring both innovative and traditional applications of ICTs to address climate change, environmental issues and the environmental impact of ICTs.

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South Korean human and communication rights activist site now in English

CALGARY 6 October 2010 (LC for Jinbonet)

APC member Korean Progressive Network Jinbonet, a non-profit service provider in South Korea since 1998, has recently launched its website in English. The new site is comprised of a news feed, oganisational information and an archive of important English language documents on issues such as freedom of expression, privacy, copyright, pharmaceutical patents, etc., in South Korea. Jinbonet provides internet services like webmail, web hosting and blogs to South Korean activists, social movement organisations, and other progressive movements, and is also a meeting point where progressive ideas are generated and discussed.

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CommunicationisYourRight.org Encourages People to Speak Up and Create Media About their Human Right to Communicate

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CommunicationisYourRight.org Encourages People to Speak Up and Create Media About their Human Right to Communicate.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 26, 2010
Contact: Mera Szendro Bok, email: myvoicearticle19@gmail.com

Funding opportunity

Johannesburg

Deadline: 15 September 2010

More information is available here:
http://www.elsevierfoundation.org/innovative-libraries/how-to-apply/

Grants are available from US$5,000 to US$50,000.

Projects supported: * Programs to enhance library infrastructure, technology or information services in ways that significantly expand their ability to make STM (scientific/social sci

Progressive techies declare their rights - and responsibilities

MONTEVIDEO 2 August 2010 (Kah for APCNews)

At the United States Social Forum on June 24 fifty politically progressive technologists came together for the first US Progressive Techie Congress. The Congress emerged with a statement applauded by other socially-responsible networks like the APC as “a great set of principles”.

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Mobiles and internet improve the livelihoods of the poorest

MONTEVIDEO 23 July 2010 (GISW)

Fishermen from coastal villages in southern India can now access information on weather conditions and the market in their own language via mobile phone. This has not only improved the standard of living for their entire communities, but it has also saved the lives of a number of fishermen who would have died at sea. This article from Global Information Society Watch 2009 – Advancing human rights and democracy looks at concrete examples of how access to information through mobile phones and technology is adding to the wallets of the poor. Photo: “Carl Parkes”:http://www.flickr.com/people/friskodude/

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Anonymous source denounces “Shameful Saga of the Internet Ban in Pakistan”

MONTEVIDEO 23 July 2010 (Kah for APCNews)

In a strongly worded blog post on APC.org, an anonymous blogger from Pakistan has named and shamed political actors and the courts as responsible for the recent “Facebook ban” which blocked over 10,000 websites in Pakistan. “We knew that it’s not blasphemous content which is depriving citizens from using the internet. We wanted to dig deeper to uncover the political motives of politicians that are taking a whole nation hostage for their own vested interests,” says the text. Essential reading for anyone following internet rights in South Asia.

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