Access to information

'Consumers shouldn't subsidise South African telephone monopoly'

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA 23 February 2007 (APCNews)

It’s time to stop subsidising monopolies like Telkom, argues APC’s director Anriette Esterhuysen. That’s after Telkom told South Africa daily, the Financial Mail, that too much competition in the provision of international bandwidth in Africa could be bad for business.

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Slum activism at the WSF

NAIROBI, KENYA 29 January 2007 (Rikke Frank Jorgensen for APCNews)

In Punwami there are 35 toilets in total, and four computers. No internet is available, and the computers are mostly used for playing CDs with preventive HIV information. Walking around Pumwani, I visit a small para-legal office. Para-legals are people who receive basic training in human rights, in order to give legal advice to other people in the community.

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The power of the internet: UN adopts convention on people living with disabilities in record time

NEW YORK, USA 15 December 2006 (UN)

The United Nations General Assembly has adopted a landmark disability convention that will benefit ten per cent of the world’s population. “It is the most rapidly negotiated human rights treaty in the history of international law; and the first to emerge from lobbying conducted extensively through the internet” by the community of people living with disabilities, the Secretary-General Kofi Annan said. The convention covers rights to education, health, work and a range of other protective measures for people with disabilities.

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Wi4D, techies and campaigners look at potential for the social world

GOA, INDIA 1 December 2006 (FN for APCNews)

You can’t see it; you can’t even know it exists. But for enabling data communication on the fringes of an internet-enriched globe, wireless communication makes a world of a difference. For groups like the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), it offers untapped power in harnessing wireless technology for social purposes.

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Critical view on communication for development

MEXICO, MEXICO 14 November 2006 (Scott S.Robinson)

In October 2006, The Food and Agriculture Organisation in Rome hosted the first ever international Congress on Communication for Development. Scott Robinson from the Metropoltan University in Mexico City has attended and offers here a few indications on how he thinks the WCCD should be rethought. As part of his reflections, he offers new ways forward.

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APC updates groundbreaking "internet rights" charter

6 November 2006
MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 6 November 2006 () -

“The internet can only be a tool to empower the peoples of the world if a number of crucial rights* are recognised, protected and respected,” states Association for Progressive Communications (APC

APC to IGF: Cyberspace should promote maximum sharing, creativity and innovation

GOA, INDIA 1 November 2006 (APCNews)

APC executive director Anriette Esterhuysen has told the Internet Governance Forum, meeting in Athens currently, that it has a duty play a much bigger role in spreading the sharing of ideas and encouraging innovation. Copyrighting and limiting the rights of teachers and learners in the developing world from share information would add only "limited value" to harnessing the internet for development, Esterhuysen said in the Greek capital.

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Think standards are boring? Think again!

ATHENS, GREECE 31 October 2006 (FD for APCNews)

If you think standards are boring, you had to be in Greece this week, where a loose coalition of researchers, librarians and corporate representatives launched a campaign on open standards. The timing coincided with a forum on the future of the internet that is receiving about 1,500 people in a hotel outside of Athens four days in a row.

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Opening internet access in Africa, convergence and developing country participation in the UN summit on the information society:

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 31 October 2006

Several new papers on key issues now and in the future are available online. Part of the "APC Issue Papers" series, they are currently being circulated at the UN conference on internet governance being held in Athens in English and French.

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BBC panel on media left audience laughing and out of breath

ROME, ITALY 27 October 2006 (FD for APCNews)

In a packed plenary room of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Rome this week, the BBC’s World Service Trust organised a world debate, hosted by BBC World star moderator Stephen Sackur. “Is a Free Media Essential for Development?” was the question asked. Trigger-happy panellists did not loose a second to get in debating mode.

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