Access to information

GESAC, SCD, FUST, XPTO … and digital inclusion?

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL 3 March 2004 (Carlos Afonso)

Carlos Afonso, director of planning at RITS APC’s Brazilian member organisation outlines the digital inclusion opportunities and initiatives carried out in Brazil so far, from the successful ones to the dismal failures. According to Afonso, despite the flurry of acronyms being thrown around, Brazil still does not have a national strategy that will provide the majority of Brazilians with access to the internet. He believe it’s crucial that the Brazilan government gets involved in the set-up of community telecentres and computers in schools and public libraries – the cheapest and most efficient way of democratising access to information and communication technologies.

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Update: on the CRIS Campaign

LONDON, UK 24 February 2004

After the excesses of Christmas and New Year, the CRIS Campaign in their own words has been very quiet in the early part of 2004. However, the team is back with an update on the First World Forum on Communication Rights held in Geneva in December, plans for CRIS for 2004 and an invitation for local networks to become part of CRIS.

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Failure and Success at the WSIS: Civil Society's next moves

IRELAND 24 February 2004

The depth of disappointment with the formal outcome of the World Summit on the Information Society cannot be fully explained by reference to the usual process of summit attrition, governments horse-trading down to the lowest common denominator.

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APC at the World Social Forum 2004, Mumbai: A Personal Account from APC’s African Policy Coordinator

MUMBAI, INDIA 5 February 2004 (APC Africa ICT Policy Monitor)

Emmanuel Njenga Njuguna of APC’s Africa ICT Policy Monitor project has been involved in various global policy-making processes on communication rights issues. He gives us his impressions of the World Social Forum as he went to Mumbai to run an ICT Policy for Civil Society’ workshop for Forum participants.

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The World Summit on the Information Society: a general overview (December 2003)

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 31 December 2003 (APCNews)

APC takes you through the main events in the run-up to the first World Summit on the Information Society phase in Geneva 2003 from the perspective of civil society representatives.

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UN summit pledges net for all

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND 23 December 2003 (BBC Online)

A UN summit designed to shrink the technology gap between rich and poor nations has ended with agreement on lofty principles, but no commitments to practical measures.

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New beginners' handbook aims to get more people involved in ICT policy

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA 18 December 2003 (APCNews)

"How information and communication policy is decided today will shape the future of contemporary societies," says APC in a new book presented at last week’s World Summit on the Information Society.

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An interview with the editor of "ICT Policy: A Beginner's Handbook"

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA 18 December 2003 (APCNews)

APCNews asked the editor of APC’s new book "ICT Policy: A Beginner’s Handbook" Chris Nicol to comment briefly on motivation behind the handbook which was published in December.

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Thousands of newspapers critical of next WSIS host are removed from 'information society' summit

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA 17 December 2003 (APCNews)

APC’s partner IPS (InterPress Service) sent a letter of complaint to the Secretary General of the ITU (organisers of last week’s World Summit on the Information Society) following the removal of many hundreds of their independent newspapers, Terra Viva, by Tunisians trying to suppress criticism of their government. The same people were disrupting meetings critical of the Tunisian human rights record, including the World Forum on Communication Rights which also took place last week in Geneva.

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Another online world is possible but only if governments and civil society work hand-in-hand

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND 12 December 2003 (APCNews)

Carlos Afonso, Director of Planning at APC member in Brazil, RITS (Rede de Informações para o Terceiro Setor – Information Network for the Third Sector) left government delegates clear during his speech on behalf of civil society at the Plenary Session of the World Summit on the Information Society that "digital inclusion [..] will only be possible with the decisive support of a national public policy, in partnership with civil society." Carlos’s powerful speech was delivered spontaneously and without notes and translated into English by APC.

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