Rozi Bako reports that after researching the state of access to online information for extending democracy in Romania “we are now advocating for open e-government”. Bako of the StrawberryNet Foundation found that technology in Romania is far more advanced than information dissemination practices, and that if Romania is to become a transparent, participatory society, government initiatives and a business community drive have to be backed up by opinion-makers and citizen action groups.
Call for participation for researchers interested in ICTD, public-access computing, and community informatics. The iConference 2011 will be held from February 8–11, 2011, in Seattle.
NOW IN FRENCH AND SPANISH: Do you have a right to online knowledge? Report shows open internet in danger
A major report that reveals how vulnerable the internet as we know it is, has just been published in French and Spanish by two global civil society organisations. The annual report, called Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch), was in November by the Association for Progressive Communications and Dutch-funder Hivos. GISWatch 2009 is entitled Access to online information and knowledge – advancing human rights and democracy. The full publication is now available in French, and an abridged version in Spanish.
Last year, rural non-profit the Fantsuam Foundation trained almost six hundred locals in computing to improve their livelihoods – but only one was a person with physical disabilities. Now incorporating JAWS – a Job Access With Speech screen reader – Fantsuam will open their basic and advanced computer skills classes to people who can’t see.
Seán Ó Siochrú
2. Emerging issues and trends in pro-poor ICT policy and regulation
Between March 22nd and March 30th, 2010, FUNREDES and Colnodo Staff has met in Bogotá to discuss their collaboration on….
1) Virtual migration of Funredes.org server to COLNODO
2) The collaboration on the LISTO project (FLOSS program for automatic insertion of translation software into various discussion lists mechanisms)
Attached brief report describes main outcomes of the meeting and g