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Free Geek has been keeping the needy nerdy for seven full years

GOA, INDIA 16 October 2007 (Frederick Noronha for APCNews)

Contribute your work, and get a computer! That’s the option offered by the Portland,Oregon-based Free Geek. They have been "helping the needy get nerdy since the beginning of the third millennium”. In recognition of their work – made possible with GNU/Linux and free software – this not-for-profit community organisation was jointly awarded the first APC Chris Nicol FOSS Prize. Journalist and BytesForAll co-founder Frederick Noronha (FN) interviewed Elizabeth Swager of Free Geek, to find out more about the project, its challenges and how it can be replicated.

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Cooperation and collaboration holds the key: ICTs in classrooms

GOA, INDIA 16 October 2007 (Frederick Noronha for APCNews)

Education, collaboration and co-operation marry and merge in the Argentine classroom, through a unique volunteer-driven project called GLEducar. This project was innovative enough to earn a special mention from the jury of the first APC Chris Nicol FOSS Prize. In this interview, Gleducar secretary Daniel Osvaldo Cardaci explains their logic and concerns.

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Protege QV celebrates Software Freedom Day 2007 with workshop

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 16 October 2007 (APCNews)

APC member Protege QV celebrated a belated but successful Software Freedom Day on Saturday 6 October 2007 with a Web 2.0 and web-based project management application workshop. The international day to educate the public about the importance of software freedom and the availability of free and open source software (FOSS) was officially 15 September 2007, but due to technical constraints, Protege QV pushed its plans ahead.

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Cambodia: KhmerOS to have a social impact

PHNOM PENH (Javier Sola for Open Institute) – The goal of the KhmerOS project is to produce the basic computer technology necessary for Cambodia to enter the age of technology. The requirements for this technology are clear: It must be in Khmer (Cambodian) language, sustainable, and well adapted to the socio-economic situation of the country. Cambodia not being a profitable market for software companies, the only option left to undertake this effort is to base it on free and open source software (FOSS), which allows translation, adaptation and free distribution of the software.

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Cambodia: KhmerOS to have a social impact

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA 18 September 2007 (Javier Sola)

The goal of the KhmerOS project is to produce the basic computer technology necessary for Cambodia to enter the age of technology. The requirements for this technology are clear: It must be in Khmer (Cambodian) language, sustainable, and well adapted to the socio-economic situation of the country. Cambodia not being a profitable market for software companies, the only option left to undertake this effort is to base it on free and open source software (FOSS), which allows translation, adaptation and free distribution of the software.

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APC launches new international free software prize

3 September 2007
MEXICO CITY 3 September 2007 (APC) -

A new watchdog report monitoring promises made by governments and the United Nations to ensure that information technology is used to benefit millions of people, was launched in Geneva on May 22.

APC Chris Nicol FOSS Prize 2007 finalists announced

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 13 August 2007 (APCNews)

Seven short-listed prize finalists in 2007 are currently under consideration by an international jury of experts. In September, APC will award the $4,000 USD prize to up to three of these outstanding initiatives.

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APC Chris Nicol FOSS Prize 2007 finalists announced

13 August 2007
MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 13 August 2007 () -

In September, APC will award the $4,000 USD prize to up to three of the
outstanding initiatives mentioned below.
The short listed Chris Nicol Style information: Do not use capital letters for the full version, only for the acronym. Do not use free/libre unless there is an appropriate reason to include this term in English.

Source: Free Software Foundation
“>FOSS Prize finalists in 2007 currently
under consideration by an international jury of experts are: – Extramadura’s
Technological Literacy and Free Software Plan, Spain

Open technologies bring government transparency, development

BRASOV, ROMANIA 22 May 2007 (Mihály Bakó)

Technology put in the public information and communication domain (internet) can bring transparency to government behaviour, argues a high-profile forum that has just come to a close in Brasov, Romania. eLibretica, organised by the Romanian Open Source and Free Software Initiative and Agora Media and held at the end of May 2007 did not go unnoticed in the new European Union member country, reports Mihály Bakó of APC’s romanian member StrawberryNet Foundation [in Romanian].

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An ICT literacy portal is in the works in South Africa

GOA, INDIA 4 April 2007 (FN for APCNews)

South Africa-based APC member Community Education Computer Society (CECS) is working to build a free knowledge and ICT literacy portal as part of its wider goal to promote "ICT Literacy For All".

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