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An option for online documentation, Newsrack.in, helps NGOs

GOA, INDIA 29 March 2007 (Frederick Noronha)

Subramanya Sastry is an Indian techie who holds a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin but chooses to deploy his software skills for the development sector back home. A tool he created, called NewsRack.in, is drawing rave reviews from the few who have encountered it early.

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To the barangay... taking relevant FOSS software to local government

GOA, INDIA 29 January 2007 (FN for APCNews)

Can free and open source software (FOSS) make a difference to the way in which local government functions in the Philippines? Manila-based Institute for Popular Democracy believes it can. It is therefore working on sharable, localised and relevant software.

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Brand new Filipino free software coalition to push for “nation of creators”

MANILA, PHILIPPINES 10 October 2006 (Nina Somera)

A consortium of socially-aware free and open source software advocates was launched on Software Freedom Day, September 16 2006, at the University of the Philippines. Commonly referred to as BUKAS (new open formation), it consists of seventeen organisations, which share the view that FOSS has become a political imperative in light of the actual Filipino “intellectual property” regime. “Information technology should make us not just a nation of users but a nation of creators. This can be done much better with Linux,” a founding member declared at the launch.

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Strawberry fields grow horizontally

SFANTU GHEORGHE, ROMANIA 3 September 2006 (FD for APCNews)

A strawberry field is basically kind of a horizontally connected strawberry network,” says Mihály Bakó, when trying to explain how his environmental non-governmental organisation came up with its name: Strawberrynet. APCNews met with APC’s Transylvanian member in Sfantu Gheorghe, Romania, in early September 2006. Read the details about ICT policy, Romanian style.

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APC launches new international free software prize

25 August 2006
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO 25 August 2006 () -

A new prize, the APC Chris Nicol FOSS Prize, will be launched on Friday in Mexico City. The biennial $4,000 USD prize will be awarded to a person or group doing extraordinary work to make it easy for ordinary computer users to start using free and open source software (FOSS).
There IS a cost to free and open source software

APC launches new international free software prize

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO 25 August 2006 (APCNews)

A new prize, the APC Chris Nicol FOSS Prize, was launched on Friday August 25 in Mexico City. The biennial $4,000 USD prize will be awarded to a person or group doing extraordinary work to make it easy for ordinary computer users to start using free and open source software (FOSS).

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Non-profits take to Drupal... increasingly and intensely

GOA, INDIA 4 August 2006 (FN for APCNews)

When Partha Sarkar of APC-member BytesForAll decided to turn the South Asian volunteer-driven network he co-founded into an even more participative affair, he opted for Drupal. And Sarkar and company are not alone. Other members of the APC network are also finding Drupal is a convenient tool for setting up and activating online communities.

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From here to where? APC meet zooms in on FOSS in South Asia

DHAKA, BANGLADESH 1 August 2006 (FN for APCNews)

From here to where? And how? APC’s April Bangladesh consultation on communication policy, which brought in diverse people from across South Asia, helped to connect ideas that nudge forward ideals of freedom-in-computing in this populous part of the planet. One of the sessions that participants themselves felt the need to look at, are the critical issues facing free and open source software.

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Playing games with computer education: ArabDev’s Menia initiatives

GOA, INDIA 27 July 2006 (FN for APCNews)

Gaming is very popular with the children and youth. So what better way is there to introduce computing and free and open source software (FOSS) to kids, than through fun didactic software?

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Summary page of Drupal's main features

GOA, INDIA 4 June 2006 (FN for APCNews)

Some of Drupal’s features include multi-user editing, an advocacy component, flexibility and configurability, multi-lingual support, a strong and dedicated developer community, as well as a vibrant community of users.

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