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APCNews 137 – Media Piracy and access to knowledge – 14/3/11

APCNews 137 – Media Piracy and access to knowledge – 14/3/11

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APCNews – March 14 2011 – Year XI Issue 137
The news service on ICTs for social justice and sustainable development
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Although media piracy is ubiquitous in most low and middle-inc

Open spectrum for development: Brazil case study

By Carlos Afonso, with collaboration from Jonas Valente (March 2011, APC )

For about 75 years up to the sixties, nearly all telecommunications services in the country were in private hands, distributed among hundreds of local operators. Telephony authorizations were issued and controlled by the state governments. In this process Companhia Telefônica Brasileira (CTB, a subsidiary of the Canadian company Brazilian Traction) emerged as a major operator of local and long-distance services in the majority of the larger Brazilian cities, covering about 80% of the telephone terminals in the country. CTB shared the market in these cities with Companhia Telefônica Nacional, CTN, an ITT3 subsidiary. The remaining cities and towns were covered by small local operators in extremely precarious situations.

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Opinion Sharing Meeting on Role of Community Radio in implementing Right To Information in Bangladesh

Dhaka

Opinion Sharing Meeting on
Role of Community Radio in implementing
Right To Information in Bangladesh

An opinion sharing meeting on “the role of Community Radio in implementing Right to Information” was held on 28th February, 2011, at 11 a.m. in Information Commission Bangladesh Office at Sher-e-Bangla-Nagar, Agargaon, Dhaka. The meeting was organized by Information Commission.

LinkedIn temporarily blocked in China

Ottawa, Canada

On February 24th, LinkedIn – the popular business social networking site – was unexpectedly unavailable in China. Users suspected the site had fallen victim to China’s strict censorship regime, often called the Great Firewall.

Fortunately, LinkedIn’s sudden disappearance appears to have been only temporary, as the site was accessible again late Friday evening.

Eleven tips for opening up the spectrum

MONTREAL 28 February 2011 (Evan Light for APCNews)

Most communications policies around the globe have been developed on models based on the economic, political and social realities of North America and Europe – which assume large private companies build expansive national wired infrastructures. So laws and regulations have evolved with the understanding that these wired networks are the main communication infrastructure and that wireless networks connect through them. But wired networks do not exist in many developing countries and do not necessarily need to be built.

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South Africa: Untapped TV spectrum can make internet more affordable

GULMARG 28 February 2011 (LC for APCNews)

“Open spectrum is important because access is important” says Steve Song, telecommunications fellow at the Shuttleworth Foundation in an interview with APCNews. But in South Africa, the problem is not lack of access – it’s that access is not affordable. Freeing up wireless spectrum, such as television white spaces —the space between channels— or making more information available on spectrum that is currently not in use could help to make affordable access a reality. Song is the author of a new country survey report commissioned by APC in which he explores how spectrum is currently managed in South Africa, and the barriers that are blocking availability.

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Bangladesh: Training Workshop on Community Radio: Stakeholders and Local Monitoring Committee Members

Dhaka

The “Training Workshop on Community Radio: Stakeholders and Local Monitoring committee Members” was taken place in Rajshahi division from February 26-27, 2001 at Rajshhi Circuit House conference room, Rajshahi, Bangladesh

The program was organized by National Institute of Mass Communication of Ministry of Information with the support of UNICEF Bangladesh under the project namely ‘Adv

Breaking News : Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has started issuing demand note for frequency

Dhaka

Breaking News
Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC)
has started issuing demand note for frequency allocation of
Community Radio

The reliable source confirmed that Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has started issuing spectrum demand note for frequency allocation to import transmitter.

Ford Foundation conference sheds light on internet freedom

USA

The Chronicle of Philanthropy recently reported the Ford Foundation is advocating that the internet is not merely a way to help further social change, but is integral to making that change happen.

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