Access to information
SABC Radio, JOHANNESBURG, South Africa
APC and WikiLeaks
08 December 2010
The Association for Progressive Communications says it believes the ability to use the Internet to share information and communicate freely is vital to the realisation of human rights. The association’s statement comes after WikiLeaks website outraged Washington by releasing thousands of secret American documents. The association says the website plays a vital role in aiding the fight against corruption in governments and corporations. According to the association, WikiLeak has enhanced efforts to use the internet to contribute more accountable and transparent governance at global and national levels. The association is the world’s longest-running online progressive network which was founded in 1990.
APC has issued a statement to express our deep concern about recent attempts by governments and businesses to close down the whistleblower website WikiLeaks. We call on all governments and the internet community to explicitly reject any form of online content control that limits freedom of expression and information, particularly information that contributes to making governments more transparent, and that empowers citizens to hold their governments accountable.
APC’s open spectrum initiative aims to provide an understanding of spectrum regulation by examining the situation in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The timely research coincides with the rapid growth of wireless and mobile in Asia, Africa and Latin America, and raises fresh questions about the use of spectrum and the policies that govern it. The research looks at how spectrum is assigned, who assigns it, and what policy or regulatory framework they use.
The South African copyright law is up for reform and access-to-knowledge (A2K) advocates led by the National Council for the Blind have seen some important gains in their engagement with the Department of Trade and Industry. In support APC has commissioned a paper on model A2K legislation. The paper looks at the South African case but is a useful document for anyone anywhere in the world who wants to strengthen access-to-knowledge provisions under a revised copyright law.
On October 23 2007 the Headman of Penan Village in the remote Malaysian "government" in this glossary). As a general rule, "state" should not be capitalised.
Source: Governance for sustainable human development: A UNDP policy document (Glossary of key terms) and Wikipedia">stateof Sarawak left his wife at a rest area in the forest to check on his traps. He never returned. Two months later his remains were found in a river. The Headman is the final episode in the Sarawak Gone series, a micro-documentary project by Andrew Garton. Sarawak Gone documents the gradual decimation of indigenous life and culture and the struggle for land. The entire work is open licensed -- which means that the materials gathered and produced are returned to the communities who participated in the project and the content is available for re-use, for free, for people who seek to protect the native customary rights of some of the most marginalised people in Malaysia.
Status of Community Radio in Bangladesh by AHM Bazlur Rahman S21BR
The Government of Bangladesh (GoB) is aware of its responsibility to administer the allocation of radio frequency, so that it equitably distributed and targeted towards the wellbeing of people, particularly the poor and marginalized.
Bangladesh consultation on AMARC 10 World Conference of Community Radio Broadcasters
Bangladesh consultation on AMARC 10 World Conference of Community Radio Broadcasters was taken place at LGED meeting room, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
The focus of the consultation is recovering Memory Building the Future: Community Radio and Poverty Reduction, Social Inclusion, Good Governance and Sustainable H
In August 2010 the Focuss Info Initiative (www.focuss.info) distributed its very first upDATE. This upDATE gave an overview of the four activities of the Initiative: workSHOPS, inVIDEO, learningFUND and a-CONFERENCE. In this upDATE, we will show what happened around these activities in the past two months.
Let’s start with inVIDEO.
Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) is in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations. BNNRC promoting the advocacy with the government in relations to community radio with other organizations since its emergence.
This guide was developed by The Association for Progressive Communications APC for the project Impact 2.0 – New mechanisms for linking research and policy. The development was supported by Fundación Comunica2. The guide is aimed towards providing the national focal points in Peru, Uruguay and Ecuador with guidelines for how Web 2.0 tools can be used to facilitate participatory policy making process.
The main issues that the guide addresses are:
- How researchers can effectively and strategically use new information and communication technologies (ICTs), specifically Web 2.0 tools, to publish and publicise their research processes and findings so that they can reach policy makers and activists.
- How researchers can use Web 2.0 tools to establish links with policy makers and other stakeholders involved in their issues.
- How researchers can use Web 2.0 tools to encourage discussion and / or debate on issues based on their research findings.
The document is available in hybrid pdf format – you can view it in pdf viewer or open and edit in OpenOffice if you have this OpenOffice plug-in installed (one click install after clicking on “Get It!”).