Brazilian journalist, Rosangela Berman Bieler, director of the Interamerican Institute on Disability and Inclusive Development who so kindly presented at APC’s open day on one of the panels will be recognised with a major human rights award on Wednesday in London.
The devastated cyclone SYDR of November 15, 2007 hit seriously seven districts, out of nine working districts of the networking members of Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication(BNNRC).
On Monday 12 November, participants in the “Access: the local challenge” workshop, addressed access issues and considered what can be done locally to mitigate costs and connectivity challenges.
Here are Andrew Garton’s observations on the “Access and connectivity for remote rural” panel, held on Tuesday 13 November in Rio de Janeiro, as part of this year’s Internet Governance Forum (IGF). Andrew is the director of APC.au, a digital media arts company based on the Internet Rights Charter of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC).
Eduardo Nuñez, Director of the Brazilian Institute of Statistics, Marthin Hilbert, Coordinator of the Information Society Programme of UN-ECLAC, and Mansour Farah, Team Leader of the ICT Division of UN-ESCWA, all made presentations at the IGF Panel Discussion on the Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development. The presentations focused on describing the partnership and its current activities.
Recommendations developed by workshop participants focused on four main themes; enhancing the development of and access to infrastructure; enabling policies and financing frameworks; offering technological choice, responding to demand and addressing the challenge/opportunities of convergence; and advancing the development dimensions of ICT regulation.
Here’s an article from the International Herald
Tribune, published 12 November, on the challenges of expanding the internet to include
less-developed regions: "Now that more than 1 billion people use the Internet, international
policy makers and experts are struggling with how link the world’s
other 5 billion to the increasingly crucial network".