Strategic use of the internet

Forum Europe-China: IT systems on the age of the Internet

Liège, Belgium

Citizens in China and Europe from the academia, NGO, companies, government met in Liège (Belgium) to exchange perspectives and discuss on the topic of Information Society and the Internet in China and Europe. The workshop on “IT systems on the age of the Internet” (4-5 October) was the first step of the China-Europe Forum (6-7 October).

Bangladesh: Government urged not to ink any deal with IMF

DHAKA, BANGLADESH 18 September 2007 (The Daily Star)

Speakers at a discussion in Dhaka on September 17 asked Bangadesh’s government not to sign any agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in order to protect the country’s interests. APC-member VOICE demanded transparency and accountability on the part of the government.

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Shut-down campaign for British care workers goes back online and campaigners use new e-tactics

Montevideo, Uruguay

A couple of weeks ago we blogged that workers employed in care homes in

north London (UK) were told by their employer — a private company

called Fremantle — that their wages were being cut by 30%, their hours

increased, their sick pay become a thing of the past, and their

pensions reduced, triggering an <a href="">online campaign from LabourStart</a>

which was then taken offline following letters to LaborStart’s internet

service provider from Freemantle. The campaign continues. Read this

update from LabourStart.

Why I blog


On September 9, we were on the road. The Digital Citizen Indaba (DCI), a one-day event about blogging in Africa got under way. But more than making a diary simply public, discussions started by asking why vloggers, photobloggers and bloggers actually blog.

Online campaign for British care workers shut down. New international campaign springs up to take its place.


The Labourstart campaign to get justice for care workers in London who have had their wages cut and their sick pay removed has had to go international as the employer put pressure on their internet service provider to close down the campaign site.

The Telecentre Knowledge Network Wiki

La Paz, Bolivia

The Telecentre Knowledge Network Wiki is a comprehensive reference source about the practice of building and sustaining telecentres. It is a central place for people to share what they know about telecentres and learn from the experiences of others.

Harambee small grant helps Viva Network Africa put the net into networking

MEXICO, MEXICO 28 May 2007 (Erika Smith for APCNews for APCNews)

Viva Network sees effective networking among Christian organisations as a stepping-stone to making a difference for the children of the world. Its focus on networking training, governance, and facilitation makes Viva Network a perfect example of the benefits of collaborative effort – just what the Harambee Small Grants Facility was founded to support.

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The fight against HIV/AIDS armed with blogs, wikis and emails

MONTREAL, CANADA 14 May 2007 (FD for APCNews for APCNews)

Often, people working in prevention of HIV/Aids experience difficulties in gaining an overview of successes and failures of HIV/Aids programmes in the most affected countries. The key information about vulnerable segments of the population who are not yet enrolled in these programmes is generally absent. It is around these two reasons that Réseau Sida Afrique’s work revolves. APCNews asked some questions to Lydie Diaboungana of the secretariat of the network, located in Brazzaville, in the Congo. Chronicle of a tough fight with the help of ICTs.

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Ever heard of soil health? If not, networking is taking it to your front door

MONTREAL, CANADA 9 May 2007 (FD for APCNews for APCNews)

The Information Training & Outreach Centre for Africa (ITOCA) is a capacity building organisation for librarians, information specialists, scientists, researchers and students of sub-Saharan Africa. Better said, it assists them in mastering information and communication technology. APCNews talked to Gracian Chimwaza, executive director of ITOCA, about the organisation’s latest project aimed at groups working on ‘soil health’. The goal? Help them locate and access information cost-effectively.

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GOA, India has this story titled Nigeria: ICT as a Development Tool which looks at examples from Nigeria, Bangladesh and Ethiopia. It says: “Other examples are India, where the biggest obsession right now is the mobile phone; Mozambique, where ICT is being used to tackle the malaria scourge; Uganda, where [GNU]Linux-based solar power Wifi VOIP stations are being used to bring ICTs to the locals and Rwanda, where the technology is being deployed to curtail the spread of HIV and speed up the supply of medicine to people infected with HIV/AIDS.” It also talks in detail about the work of Fantsuam Foundation in the “small and remote village in Kafanchan, Kaduna State” of Nigheria, and the digital growth of that village (“deployment of the internet, computers, community radio, and even solar power for cooking”). Check the full-text of the article.

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