Access to information

Rightsizing Telecoms

Occupied Palestine

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.

Network of networks: Advisory group meeting

Montreal, Canada

I’ve been working on the the APC’s Network of networks for a free and open internet project for a few months now.

Baseline Study : Community Radio - Readiness in Bangladesh : Challenge and Opportunities

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Community radio (CR) is a kind of local broadcasting arrangement which gets set up and operated by a fixed community for its well-being.

Do you have a right to online knowledge? Report shows open internet in danger

JOHANNESBURG 16 November 2009 (APC for APC/Hivos )

A new report that reveals how vulnerable the internet as we know it is, has just been published by two global civil society organisations. The annual report, called Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch), was released today by APC and Dutch funder Hivos. GISWatch 2009 is entitled “Access to online information and knowledge – advancing human rights and democracy”.

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Global Information Society Watch 2009

By APC/Hivos (November 2009, APC/Hivos )
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Role of Radio in Peace Building Process in South Asia

Dhaka

Role of Radio in Peace Building Process in South Asia

Sheikh Mohammad Shafiul Islam

To overcome the debate over the territory of the South Asian Region, the SAARC countries have been taken fo

New web 2.0 and social media for development training modules now available online

MONTEVIDEO 24 September 2009 (APC for APCNews)

APC has recently co-produced training materialson Web 2.0 and social media for development for the FAO Information Management Resource Kit (IMARK). This unit, along with others, is available for free online and in CD format on the project’s website.

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UNESCO-IPDC Prize for Rural Communications for US20 000.00

UNESCO-IPDC (International Programme for the Development of Communication)
“Fostering Media Development.

Senegal: Behind the guise of competitive prices

CALGARY 10 September 2009 (LC for APCNews)

Cybercafés are in decline in Senegal. Too much offer compared to demand because of prices that are still out of reach for the average Senegalese, have resulted in the closure of many of these access points to knowledge and communication, once found around the clock on every street corner in Dakar. The arrival of a much-anticipated new operator, Expresso only led to disappointment – the operator jumped into the mobile telephone market rather than focus on the much-needed fixed telephony and internet sector. As a result, the state-owned operator continues to control basic infrastructure, creating a mere façade of competition among operators.

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