Strategic use of the internet

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.

Rococo BarCamp, Montreal 18-19-20 May 2007

Rococo BarCamp will gathers collaboratives practiciens, geeks, researchers, artists, and community workers around this theme:

AccidentalLinking: "Common ground, shared solutions" We invite you to our unconference, to share insights, wisdom and

knowledge, and learn from others about collaboration, creativity and self-management.

re:publica, or the blogger pilgrimage to Berlin

BERLIN, Germany

is on in Berlin! This blogger conference is a first for Germany and
that might help to explain its success. More than 600 people showed up
already to discuss what tools to use for blogging, what censorship in
Egypt implies and what politics 2.0 means.

e-Governance in Nepal

Kathmandu, Nepal

Blog for creating awareness in community, government bureaucracy and all concerned about ICT, e-Governance, citizen services, poverty alleviation through ICT and contribute empowering society into knowledge based society

Ungana-Afrika connecting advice centres in rural South Africa

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA 12 March 2007 (Ungana-Afrika)

APC-member in South Africa, Ungana-Afrika, is in the middle of a rural connectivity initiative that targets legal advice centres. Communication capacity is being beefed-up in the rural area of South Africa. Ten advice centres are already on Ungana-Afrika’s eRiders roadmap. And they’re moving fast.

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