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Brazilian activist awarded with the International Service Human Rights Award

Montevideo, Uruguay

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.

Bangladesh: Cyclone Sydr hit the Rural Knowledge Centre(RKC)of Borguna

Dhaka, Bangladesh

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).

Access workshop considered how to mitigate costs and resolve connectivity challenges

Montevideo, Uruguay

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.

Access and connectivity for remote rural panel: Basic infrastructure needed

RIO de JANEIRO, Brazil

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, a digital media arts company based on the Internet Rights Charter of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC).

IGF panel discussion sheds light on Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development

Johannesburg, South Africa

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.

IGF workshop focuses on the role of regulatory frameworks in improving access to Internet

Johannesburg, South Africa

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.

UN conference tackles problem of bringing another billion users to internet

Rio de Janeiro

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".

Anriette Esterhuysen's opening session speech featured in Intellectual Property Watch article

Montevideo, Uruguay

Intellectual Property Watch, a non-profit independent news service that reports on international intellectual property policies, quotes APC executive director Anriette Esterhuysen, in an article featured today on their website under Latest Open Access News.

Rio forum to shine torch on the dark side of the Internet


In one of the first articles published about the Internet Governance Forum starting on November 12 2007, the AFP news agency says that "The darker corners of the Internet are to be
exposed under the bright light of Brazil’s sun next week when a UN
conference on how the web is run gets underway. Rio de Janeiro
will from Monday host the UN Internet Governance Forum, in which 2,000
participants from 100 countries will examine ways to tackle pedophilia
and cybercrime. It will also discuss the implications of more
than 80 percent of the world’s population not having access to the
worldwide network, mainly those in developing countries. Read the full piece here.

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