Access to information
I attended the APC hosted A2K workshop on Wednesday with a bag of expectations. The schedule looked promising, the participants were supposed to come from a wide variety of professions and organisations. I must say most of those expectations were fulfilled – which was a lot thanks to the great facilitation and organisation of the event.
Recent documented studies has shown that computing and networking electricity direct and indirect (air conditioning of data centers represent 50% of the total power supply bill) consumption account for a global warming impact comparable to that of civil aviation. Most of this consumption is linked to the use of the Internet and global powerful applications such as search engines.
Conference on Community Radio in Bangladesh: Lesson from International Practice, Moving from Policy to Action in Bangladesh
Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) is organizing a Conference on Community Radio in Bangladesh: Lesson from International Practice, Moving from Policy to Action in Bangladesh with support from USAID/PROGATI project.
The conference would be held on Tuesday, 13 April, 2010 at 10:30 AM in BRAC INN, Mohakhali Dhaka.
APC has teamed up with Sex Work Awareness in a study to look at content filtering systems in public libraries with internet access in the United States, with an eye towards reproductive health and sexuality. Find out more and take the survey!
Bangladesh Pre-Consultation on the 2nd World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters Asia Pacific (AMARC-AP)
Bangladesh Pre-Consultation on the 2nd World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters Asia Pacific (AMARC-AP) Regional Conference
‘With a view to addressing crucial social issues at community level, GoB approved the Community Radio Installation, Broadcast and Operation Policy 2008… This policy is one of the most comprehensively written community radio policy in Asia’.
Ukunda, Kenya, February 27, 2010 – For the first time, a Rural Internet Kiosk (RIK) has been installed for rural youth empowerment in Africa. Voices of Africa for Sustainable Development (VOA4SD) is building the capacity of local youth to empower themselves through the Internet and social enterprise.
More than 20% of human genes are patented in the US which, among other things, is preventing people from accessing affordable and appropriate testing and diagnoses of genetic diseases. This is only one example of how restrictive intellectual property legislation is impacting human rights. At the Yale Information Society Project’s conference, of which APC was an organising partner, these issues, which also include the impact on innovation, scientific research, freedom of expression online and education were discussed by civil society and adademia. Watch some video interviews.
Community Radio Preparedness in Bangladesh
Progress and Scopes for Action
Radio frequencies are internationally recognized as the common heritage of humanity by the Torremolinis T
The current financial crisis has been branded as that of the banking, insurance and automobile industries. However, other sectors—namely telecommunications—which are seemingly humming along should not be ignored by those interested in maximizing today’s economic lessons. Turning a blind eye toward a profitable industry should no longer be an option. Industry regulators and legislators must be prepared to take proactive action before an industry falters.
Taking inventory is a good starting point. The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) recently issued its 2009 Information Economy Report. The report focuses on the development implications of information and communication technologies (ICTs) worldwide. The position of the US should be ringing some alarms.
I’ve been working on the the APC’s Network of networks for a free and open internet project for a few months now.