Access to information
In August 2010 the Focuss Info Initiative (www.focuss.info) distributed its very first upDATE. This upDATE gave an overview of the four activities of the Initiative: workSHOPS, inVIDEO, learningFUND and a-CONFERENCE. In this upDATE, we will show what happened around these activities in the past two months.
Let’s start with inVIDEO.
Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) is in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations. BNNRC promoting the advocacy with the government in relations to community radio with other organizations since its emergence.
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.
The document is available in hybrid pdf format – you can view it in pdf viewer or open and edit in OpenOffice if you have this OpenOffice plug-in installed (one click install after clicking on “Get It!”).
Report on fundamental rights, and global copyright legislative best practise for access to knowledge in South Africa
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.
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.
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.
CommunicationisYourRight.org Encourages People to Speak Up and Create Media About their Human Right to Communicate
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline: 15 September 2010
More information is available here:
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
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”.