Access

New model to get broadband to under-served communities in South Africa
New model to get broadband to under-served communities in South Africa 26 July 2010

Broadband for All aims to provide broadband connectivity to South Africa’s under-served areas through a community-centric model rather than a telco-driven model. The model leverages wireless-mesh technologies to link priority government sites and high bandwidth users such as schools, municipalities and government offices, who in turn provide a link to smaller customers such as businesses, NGOs and individuals.

Opening up e-government in Romania
Opening up e-government in Romania 26 July 2010

Activists advocate for “the real deal” in climate change policy during the 2009 UN Copenhagen conference using a site developed by StrawberryNet. Photo: GreendexRozi Bako reports that after researching the state of access to online information for extending democracy in Romania “we are now advocating for open e-government”. Bako of the StrawberryNet Foundation found that technology in Romania is far more advanced than information dissemination practices, and that if Romania is to bec...

Call for Participation: Conference 2011
Call for Participation: Conference 2011 29 June 2010

Call for participation for researchers interested in ICTD, public-access computing, and community informatics. The iConference 2011 will be held from February 8–11, 2011, in Seattle.

NOW IN FRENCH AND SPANISH: Do you have a right to online knowledge?  Report shows open internet in danger
NOW IN FRENCH AND SPANISH: Do you have a right to online knowledge? Report shows open internet in danger 25 June 2010

A major report that reveals how vulnerable the internet as we know it is, has just been published in French and Spanish by two global civil society organisations. The annual report, called Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch), was in November by the Association for Progressive Communications and Dutch-funder Hivos. GISWatch 2009 is entitled Access to online information and knowledge – ...

Open access to spectrum for development
Open access to spectrum for development 20 May 2010

Wireless technology could radically transform the lives of millions of people living with poor connectivity — but only if the policy makes sense. Our research critiques the situation in Africa, Asia and Latin America.  

Blind people in rural Nigeria get their teeth into job opportunities
Blind people in rural Nigeria get their teeth into job opportunities 12 May 2010

Last year, rural non-profit the Fantsuam Foundation trained almost six hundred locals in computing to improve their livelihoods – but only one was a person with physical disabilities. Now incorporating JAWS – a Job Access With Speech screen reader – Fantsuam will open their basic and advanced computer skills classes to people who can’t see.

Acess to knowledge (A2K) workshop Johannesburg
Acess to knowledge (A2K) workshop Johannesburg 05 April 2010

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) takes a great pleasure in inviting you to participate in the Access to Knowledge (A2K) workshop which will be on 7 April 2010 at the Sunnyside Park Hotel in Parktown, Johannesburg. The workshop is being organised by the APC, with the support of the IDRC. The purpose of the workshop is two-fold: 1) to share the results of APC’s research to u...

APC at Yale: Access to knowledge and human rights conference
APC at Yale: Access to knowledge and human rights conference 12 February 2010

“Opening up access to knowledge is a demand of global justice; it is both a human rights issue and a crucial factor in spurring economic development and technological innovation,” said Yale Law School Professor Jack Balkin, who together with the APC and other institutions are currently discussing these issues at Yale University over 11 and 12 of February.

Rightsizing Telecoms
Rightsizing Telecoms 02 February 2010

The current financial crisis has been branded as that of the banking, insurance and automobile industries. However, other sectors—namely telecommunications—which are seemingly humming along should not be ignored by those interested in maximizing today’s economic lessons. Turning a blind eye toward a profitable industry should no longer be an option. Industry regulators and legislators...

Network of networks for a free and open internet
Network of networks for a free and open internet 19 January 2010

2010 promises to be a significant year for the future of the internet with a number of potential changes on the horizon. It could be the last year of existence for the Internet Governance Forum and ICANN is confronting big changes as it moves out from under the control of the US government. In this time of flux, policy windows can open and close quickly. APC is building a worldwide network of c...