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Software Piracy Crackdown or ICT Human Rights Violations?

FOSSFP, Pakistan

Where the Government in Pakistan, Intellectual Property Organization, Federal Investigation Authorities and the Business Software Alliance BSA are initiating a crackdown on Software Piracy in Pakistan, there is hardly any awareness of piracy and its implications within society apart from members of the IT Industry. It is crucial to the basic Human Rights of the citizens of Pakistan that they first be provided Anti-Software Piracy Literacy and trainings on Free and Open Source Software as an alternative to pirated software. Source: APC">ICT

Software Freedom is their basic human right in the Information Society!

For South Asia, an intended FOSS bridge

GOA, India

Here's an early initiative to flow out of the APC South Asia Consultation: BytesForAll has just launched a new mailing list, specifically focused on Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS, or FOSS). Details of the group are below. We invite all interested to join.

How could governments get it so wrong?

DHAKA, Bangladesh

"Whatever is the "government" in this glossary). As a general rule, "state" should not be capitalised.

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in India, the "state" in this glossary). As a general rule, "government" should not be capitalised.

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is definitely responsible for framing the policies. We have dreams of software superpowerdom, yet basic tools are not in place. They have spent crores (tens of millions by Government of India organisations) CDAC and TDIL, and that too all in the name of undertaking work in Indic computing and benefitting the people," says Ravikant of New Delhi, who has been closely keeping track of Free Software localisation efforts in India.

The dark subcontinent

DHAKA, Bangladesh

As far as radio waves go, South Asia could perhaps call itself the dark continent. This part of the planet has an almost-uniformly unenlightened policy when it comes to opening up its airwaves. Voices from Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Nepal....

Who are the pirates?

DHAKA, Bangladesh

Should people who illegally copy software onto their computer (probably because it's so outlandishly priced) be called 'pirates'? Is it fair to liken people who attack ships at high seas to those who make copies of digital products, though it's against the law? Or is illegal copying of software "infringement of illegal property and unethical, crimal and

immoral" anyway?

From simplified Nepali typing... to an OS

Kathmandu, NEPAL

In the Himalayan country of Nepal, a large section of the population is deprived of the usage of computers because of the language barrier i.e. English which is the communicating language of the computers, One of the institutions there, an archive-and-library there was facing challenges in cataloging its books, and ran into hurdles with 'sort' and 'find and replace' requirements. It undertook a font stardisation project, whicih grew far beyond expected. An interesting story by Bal Krishna Bal.

New report from Sweden

Uppsala, Sweden

A report from the workshop “Post-Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS

and Uganda’s Way Forward” (arranged by the Collegium for Development Studies at Uppsala University Sweden, I-Network Uganda, Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET), with support from the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) and Ministry of Works, Housing and Communications, Uganda) is now available as a pdf, 441kb.


http://www.kus.uu.se/pdf/publications/KUS_Bok28.pdf

Leading women NGOs in Pakistan NOT participating in WSF

Pakistan

Just four days before the WSF starts in Karachi on 24th March, it is common knowledge that leading women rights organizations in Pakistan have detached themselves from the WSF and will not participate in any event.

Blocked Sites, Bush's insecurity, WSF and Bomb blasts in Pakistan

Pakistan

Internet traffic in Pakistan is very controlled as more than 90% of it is routed through Pakistan Internet Exchange (PIE).

Getting grounded

Caracas, Venezuela

The role of the WSF is to help us ask the right questions when we return home.

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