Access to information

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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Best Legal Information And Cyber Law Portals Of India

Delhi, India.

Legal information is a very important for almost all the segments of a society. However, there is a dearth of Law portals and web sites in India.

South Africa: Calls for broadband strategy

JOHANNESBURG 4 March 2009 (Audra Mahlong for ITWeb)

South African tech site, ITWeb, interviews APC’s Willie Currie on the forum being convened by APC and SANGONeT along with South Africa Connect and the Shuttleworth Foundation with the aim of drawing up a framework for a national broadband strategy.

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Support Sarawak Gone, innovative micro-docs series

MELBOURNE 16 February 2009 (Andrew Garton for apc.au)

Innovative micro-docs series produced by apc.au / Toy Satellite in association with Rengah Sarawak seeks support towards its completion. Sarawak Gone explores four remote Bidayuh communities accessible by foot within an hour’s drive from Kuching, capital city of Sarawak, Malaysia.

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Carlos Afonso wins award for work bringing Brazilians online

RIO DE JANEIRO 22 January 2009 (RITS)

Carlos Afonso, Executive director of APC member Information Network for the Third Sector (RITS), has recently been awarded the ARede 2008 award for digital inclusion. Carlos was named Personality of the Year, for his dedication to promoting social inclusion through the internet.

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Micro-docs, native title and ICTs

KUCHING, SARAWAK 24 December 2008 (Andrew Garton for apc.au)

Video, native title and the internet provides outlet for communities affected by the development of the second of twelve dams proposed for Sarawak, the second largest state of Malaysia on the island of Borneo.

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Community Radio Services in Election Manifesto of Awami League NINTH PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS-2008: A Charter for Change

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday (12 December, 2008) unveiled her party’s election manifesto titled Charter for Change.

Right to Information (RTI) Ordinance 2008 Gazetted in Bangladesh

Dhaka, Bangladesh

The Right to Information Ordinance, 2008 (RTI) came into effect with the government publishing a gazette notification Monday, on 20 October, 2008.

APC is developing a “pro-poor” internet access kit

MONTEVIDEO 13 October 2008 (APC for APCNews)

Business people, community activists and policy-makers have an interest in as many people as possible –including people in the lowest income-brackets- having access to the internet, being able to check out important information on websites and communicate cheaply via email or internet phone.
In order to reduce poverty and foster inclusive development through affordable access to the internet, APC is working on a resource kit for realising a universal access agenda, present promising options, experiences, lessons and opportunities in pro-poor access provision in developing societies.

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