Access to information

Two Days Hands on Demonstration about Community Radio in Bangladesh

Dhaka

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) celebrated World Telecommunication and Information Society Day 2009.

The Role of Community Radio in Establishing Good Governance Through Right to Information in Bangladesh

Dhaka

As there is no appropriate power and opportunity to complain for marginalized population in the centered democratic society, one kind of opportunists, politicians and local administration take the cha

Workshop on Broadcasting “Asia Calling Radio Program” in Bangla

Dhaka

A two- day workshop on “Asia Calling Bangladesh: How to get started and keep going in Bangladesh” jointly organized by Asia Calling Radio, an Indonesia based radio program broadcasting news in Asi

One million dollar award from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

USA

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is currently accepting applications to its annual Access to Learning Award, which recognises the innovative efforts of public libraries and similar institutions out

“Cybercafé in a container”: Rural Kenya's mobile internet stations

CALGARY 11 June 2009 (LC for APCNews)

What do you do when you want to install a telecentre but there is no building available to house it? APC member Arid Lands Information Network has solved the problem by building cybercafes in shipping containers. These containers, known as maarifa (or knowledge) centres are fully equipped with computers and internet access and can be moved when the need arises.

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Internet watchdog report now in French

JOHANNESBURG 11 June 2009 (APC for GISWatch 2008)

APC is pleased to announce that Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) which is available in English for download at www.giswatch.org and is available in print upon request, is now also available in French on the GISWatch website. GISWatch is an annual watchdog report which this year asks: How do we ensure access to the internet is a human right enjoyed by everyone? The report highlights the importance of people’s access to information and communications technology infrastructure, and where and how countries are getting it right (or wrong), and what can be done about it. This edition, which focuses on access to internet and internet penetration, explores the challenges related to internet access in almost 40 countries, and includes six regional reports, and several thematic reports.

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Africa: Internet Growth Accelerating

AllAfrica.com, Africa
Africa: Internet Growth Accelerating
04 June 2009

Until recently, the experience of the internet in Africa has been like having to eat a three-course meal by sucking it through a straw: time-consuming, unreliable and expensive. .. [but prices are dropping] and cheap international bandwidth is an essential component for any developing country to remain competitive in a changing world.

BBC Three Counties Radio

British Broadcasting Corporation, United Kingdom
BBC Three Counties Radio
04 June 2009

Karen Banks of the APC breaks down the issues of access to broadband in the UK and internationally to Paul Scoins of the BBC.

Removing blinders on war crimes and e-accessibility in the former Yugoslavia

ZAGREB 14 May 2009 (Danjela Babic for ZaMirNET)

APC member ZaMirNET has been working hard on uncovering the truth about war crimes committed during the Yugoslav wars, between 1991 and 2001. In late October, they joined an initiative to establish a regional body that will expose the truth about war crimes committed in the former Yugoslavia, which will help serve justice and guarantee that these crimes will not be repeated in the future. More recently, they have also made important headway in e-inclusion initiatives and access to public services for those who cannot see, including the launch of a new web portal for IT professionals and a general audience.

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The GenderIT copyright edition: The struggle for access to information in Africa

CALGARY 20 April 2009 (LC for APCNews)

Women in Africa may be accessing the internet, but are they getting the information they need? Whether they are students, members of civil society, leaders of indigenous communities or women and youth affected by HIV/AIDS, patents and copyrights are making it increasingly difficult for women in Africa to access the information they need. This edition of Gender Centred, a periodic bulletin produced by APC's programme for the GenderIT.org policy site, focuses on the challenges copyright and the lack of information exchange bring to those who need it most, and explores the different issues surrounding open source software, copyright and rights to information.

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