At the United States Social Forum on June 24 fifty politically progressive technologists came together for the first US Progressive Techie Congress. The Congress emerged with a statement applauded by other socially-responsible networks like the APC as “a great set of principles”.
A comparison between Commercial Open Source Web Development, CMS and E-Commerce Systems and existing Open Source Systems.Part-2
Wordpress ..usable beyond blogging?
It is widely accepted that Wordpress is an excellent system when you want your ideas out quickly on the web. It is therefore often used as a blog, because you are out there quickly, but Wordpress can be configured in many different ways.
Wordpress is extremely easy to use and setup.
A comparison between Commercial Open Source Web Development, CMS and E-Commerce Systems and existing Open Source Systems. Part-1
Recent New Comer WebriQ stirs the pot with their Disruptive Technology while the majority of people are still only discussing Wordpress, Joomla and Drupal as the three best Open source Content Management Systems. These systems will be reviewed through first hand experience.
During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence each year, the APC WNSP calls for everyone – especially women and grrls – to Take Back the Tech! and reclaim technology for the
- Deadline: 27 August 2009
- Call for applications: Language Teams
- Organisation: African Network for Localisation (ANLoc)
- Project: Localise Software
The Community Education Computer Society (CECS), an ICT training NGO established in 1985 in South Africa, is conducting two-day workshops on free and open source software (FOSS) in five Southern African countries. Workshops will build awareness of FOSS and build capacities to conduct OpenOffice Writer courses in Lesotho, Malawi, and Namibia; and build partnerships with organisations and individuals in Angola and the Democractic Republic of Congo, to translate the FOSS portal to Portuguese and French.
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Africa lags behind in use of free software
22 July 2009
[...]According to the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), African institutions now slowly are discovering the advantages of free software. In West Africa, APC reports, "the low level of free software production goes hand in hand with marginal usage. Nonetheless, free software is present in certain businesses, in education, etc."[...]
APC strategic priorities for 2009-12: The challenges and opportunities to using internet for social justice today
After several days of intense debate, APC members identified six issues as the key strategic areas that APC must tackle in the next five years: advocating for affordable internet access for all, ICTs and the environment, building the “information commons” , defending internet rights, critical and creative engagement of emerging technologies from a social change perspective and improving governance, especially governance of the internet. Why did APC members prioritise those six issues? What are the key challenges and opportunities that they perceive regarding the freedom of the internet and its use for social justice in the coming years?
Free Software Free Society, is an International Conference on Free and Open Source software and Free Knowledge Movements being organised by Government of Kerala and Free Software community in Kerala. The conference will explore the possibilities offered by Free and Open Source Software in addressing broader questions such as Governance, Digital Inclusion, Development and Culture.
In recent years, Kerala India has come forward in the international free and open source software (FOSS) community for its use and promotion of free software. As an emerging FOSS user, Kerala will host the second international conference on freedom in computing, development and culture: Free Software, Free Society. From December 09 – 11, APC staff member Cheekay Cinco will be one of five women speaking at the conference, among a list of 50 prominent speakers. APC is also working with experts on free software Aslam Raffee and Sunil Abraham, who will be speaking at the conference about implementation of pro-FOSS policies in South Africa and on the topic of open information sharing/licensing. Find out more about the programming and how to watch a live video stream of the events as they unfold.