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Getting impatient with GAID: Calls for clarity on the plans

GOA, INDIA 4 September 2006 (FN for APCNews)

Like six blind men trying to understand what an elephant is all about, comprehending the Global Alliance for ICT and Development is still a challenge for most. But is it impatience, or is the GAID slow in taking off?

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Alcatel bags EASSy tender, all eyes watch over who really won

GOA, INDIA 31 August 2006 (APCNews)

French telco giant Alcatel has bagged the tender for the Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System, an initiative to connect countries along the eastern coast of Africa, via a high bandwidth fibre optic cable system to the rest of the world. It is considered a milestone in the development of information infrastructure in the region. But what is really happening on the ground to make sure the important ‘open access model’ is implemented?

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Chris Nichol: A man who made a difference

IRELAND 27 August 2006 (Maud Hand)

“If you don’t try, you can’t complain,” said Chris Nichol the first time I interviewed him at a preparatory conference for the World Summit on the Information Society in February 2003. Chris was one of the many APC members I engaged with as a WSIS virgin tasked with the job of communicating the process in a web-friendly way for the organization.

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Looking beyond 2007, workshop on the future of SAT3

24 July 2006
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA 24 July 2006 () -

In July 2006, APC is to hold a workshop at Johannesburg, which will crystal-gaze into the future and discuss the future of SAT3, a crucial submarine cable on which hinges Africa’s chances to get a smo

Looking beyond 2007, workshop on the future of SAT3

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA 24 July 2006 (APCNews)

In July 2006, APC is to hold a workshop at Johannesburg, which will crystal-gaze into the future and discuss the

future of SAT3, a crucial submarine cable on which hinges Africa’s chances to get a smoother ride to cyberspace.

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Women and community telecentre: Shy at first, first at last

SANTIAGO, CHILE 11 July 2006 (Patricia Peña)

The female telecentre users initially become involved discreetly, they are curious to know what is going on, what the telecentre consists of and the services it offers. This is the first time that many of the women from the communities have access to equipment.

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Content production, community tool

SANTIAGO, CHILE 11 July 2006 (Patricia Peña)

The www.telecentroscomunitarios.cl portal is one of the internet-based participatory spaces for content production that the programme offers to the 17 telecentres. This is done through a collaborative publishing platform where organisations find the tools to upload news, activities, product offers, local services and also resources for the creation of their own webpages.

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Telecentres and free software

SANTIAGO, CHILE 11 July 2006 (Patricia Peña)

At the beginning, arriving and installing telecentres that use computer equipment that run on an open operating system like GNU/Linux was not a simple process. In Chile, the degree of penetration of the Windows operating system is considerabe, and merely encountering something different often generated great resistance from the organisations and communities. We have observed that ”free software” was associated with cost reduction, hence lower quality. As a result of this, there was a significant investment made in the first phase of the implementation of the project to raise awareness about and disseminate of the use of GNU/Linux and associated free software programmes and applications.

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Social wireless technology

SANTIAGO, CHILE 11 July 2006 (Patricia Peña)

The Cabrati Telecentre is located in Batuco Lampa and administered by a group of women that manages a day-care centre. It has become a pioneer community access point in the country as it uses the advantages of wireless connectivity to access internet economically, while still turning a profit.

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BETINHO PRIZE SERIES: Seeing and transforming the world through community telecentres

TOULOUSE, FRANCE 11 July 2006 (AL for APCNews)

Read the series of stories about Betinho prize winning projects, narrated by FLASCO Chile. This group was one of the two winners of APC’s 2005 Betinho Communication Prize. According to the jury, their networking efforts are "improving the lives of individuals and communities in Latin America and producing real economic benefits”. What exactly is their networking about? What is its real impact, what real life stories are to be found in the background? APCNews discussed this with the team behind the scenes. A Betinho prize series in six parts…

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