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APC strategic priorities for 2009-12: The challenges and opportunities to using internet for social justice today

MONTEVIDEO 14 May 2009 (APC for APCNews)

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?

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Thousands of South Africans sign up to campaign for cheaper broadband

MONTEVIDEO 28 April 2009 (KAH for APCNews)

South Africa is on the cusp of major broadband infrastructure roll-out. Seacom, a submarine cable initiative, will link South Africa to India and Europe by mid-2009, breaking the state monopoly and bringing down the cost of international bandwidth. And the new government isn’t ready for this, say a coalition of South Africans. So to help, they’ve put together a policy framework that could ensure that broadband develops so that all South Africans benefit and that’s been signed up to by thousands of their compatriots.

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The BroadBand4Africa coalition explains what’s behind the South African campaign

JOHANNESBURG 27 April 2009 (BroadBand4Africa.org.za)

Does broadband really make a difference to economic growth? Are there other similar broadband campaigns elsewhere in Africa? The South Africa broadband campaign has answers to these questions on its campaign site:www.broadband4africa.org.za. APC has translated this essential information into French and Portuguese for our African readers and Spanish for Latin American readers fed up of paying over the odds for what’s now the basic internet connectivity required to access today’s interactive sites.

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Launch of draft framework for a national broadband strategy highlights policy vacuum in South Africa

25 March 2009
JOHANNESBURG 25 March 2009 (APC and partners) -

A draft framework towards a broadband strategy in South Africa was launched in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

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African parliamentarians support equitable access for all

MONTEVIDEO 11 March 2009 (KAH for APCNews)

Representatives from 29 different African parliaments met last week in Kigali to reaffirm that “equitable access to information is a right for all” and urge governments to enact laws that promote access to information, knowledge and communication for all citizens. Traditionally seen as civil and political rights, information rights are now becoming acknowledged as rights that are also social and economic, said APC’s Anriette Esterhuysen in her presentation which was framed by APC’s internet rights charter. The charter has just been translated into its twentieth language, Esperanto.

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Internet: Opening a door to development for the rural population in Paraguay

MONTEVIDEO 9 March 2009 (Natalia Uval for APCNews)

One hundred institutions in rural areas of Paraguay with access to the internet. Poor indigenous communities experiencing contact with the world beyond their local surroundings for the first time ever. These are just a few snapshots of the outcomes achieved by Oportunet, a project launched in 2007 in Paraguay that has demonstrated the potential of the internet as a door to economic and social development in the poorest communities.

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South Africa: Calls for broadband strategy

JOHANNESBURG 4 March 2009 (Audra Mahlong for ITWeb)

South African tech site, ITWeb, interviews APC’s Willie Currie on the forum being convened by APC and SANGONeT along with South Africa Connect and the Shuttleworth Foundation with the aim of drawing up a framework for a national broadband strategy.

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South African National Broadband Forum

Location: 
Ballroom - Sunnyside Park Hotel - 2 York Road - Corner St Andrews Road and Princess of Wales Terrace - Parktown - +2711-640-0400 - www.legacyhotels.co.za
Date and time: 
Mar 24 2009 - 9:00am - 5:30pm

Access to broadband is an imperative for the full expression of citizenship in today’s world. With affordable broadband, the enormous potential for socio-economic, cultural, and educational development in South Africa can be realised.

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