Strategic use of the internet

Snapshot: Taurai Maduna (.zw)

TUNIS, Tunisia

"I am not that interested in what governments came to say. They come with messages that are not negotiable. On the contrary, it is great to listen to people from the NGOs and exchange ideas with them," said Taurai Maduna from the Zimbabwean NGO online community Kubatana, in the middle of the exposition centre of the Kram, Tunis. He is taking part in the Hivos-organised workshop called "Expression Under Repression" today in the Building Communications Opportunities (Source: BCO Alliance website ">BCO

) stand at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).

The WSIS is _not_ in Tunis

In cyberspace

Yesterday me and Shahzad had a chance to see Tunis in all its Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS

splendour. Tunis as a city has been completely appropriated by the WSIS campaign. Public spaces where people lead their daily lives are heavily marked by a campaign about an event that they have no meaningful way to experience, and that will perhaps not bring any lasting good for their country.

Podcast Primer, a simple way of getting started

VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA 12 November 2005 (Andrew Garton)

This is a quick and dirty guide to Podcasting… in short, how to hear ours and other Podcasts with the minimum of fuss. It was written the other day, as we were finding quite a few people who knew about Podcasting, but didn’t really find a simple way to get onto it. This was published on our independent publishing label, Secession’s web site and RSS feed. Hope this helps…

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Another big 'Big Brother' in Korean cyberspace: the internet real-name system

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA 12 November 2005 (Kim Jeong-woo (PatchA))

South Korea’s Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC) officially announced on September 12, the that it would introduce the internet real-name system as a counter-measure against problems of cyber violence and start a legislative process regarding this system. But this move — seen by some as a form of pre-censorship — has brought in resistance and concern.

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Summitry and strategies: taking a close and critical look at Tunis 2005

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM 26 October 2005 (Karen Banks)

In November 2005, the United Nations’ World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) will meet for the last time in Tunis. APC’s WSIS coordinator Karen Banks points out that in its five year history, the summit has failed to redress the North-South "digital divide". Consensus at WSIS has been elusive: the private and public sectors hold diametrically opposing views on issues such as market fundamentalism, free and open-source software, and intellectual property rights reform; while on issues of financing and internet governance, agreement between governments has been split along North-South lines. It remains to be seen whether civil society groups participating in the summit will be able to shift attention away from these competing interests towards human rights issues.

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Showcasing innovation at the grassroots, the Betinho Prize

RIO DE JANEIRO - BRAZIL 1 October 2005 (Fausto Rêgo)

The Betinho prize has launched its fourth edition, and entries are being accepted till mid-October 2005. Once more, this is to benefit initiatives which make use of the internet or other information and communication technologies (ICTs) to get results that make the crucial difference. This year’s subject is "community connectivity projects for economic development".

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Computer Aid crosses 50,000 mark, scours for new partners

GOA, INDIA 28 August 2005 (APCNews)

Being the world’s "largest non-profit supplier of computers" to the South may not rake in the millions; but APC member Computer Aid International’s chief executive Tony Roberts believes it saves millions.

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Fighting heat, dust and the digital divide: unusual ideas from Nigeria

GOA, INDIA 28 August 2005 (APCNews)

What do you do when challenged with difficult conditions that make your computer repeatedly crash in rural, tropical conditions? Fantsuam Foundation of Nigeria simply converted this into an opportunity. Computers in wooden boxes, minus spinning disks that get clogged in dust and crash in high temperatures, and desktops that consume a fraction of power other computers need are some of their solutions. Read on for some unusual and interesting ideas from West Africa.

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APC members in Africa look at 'technology planning for non-profits'

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA 21 August 2005 (Sally-Jean Shackleton)

Two APC members in Africa — Women’sNet and Ungana Africa — have shared resources and skills to work in the area of technology planning for non-profits. They are shortly expected to share their work with other APC members.The process aims to enable organisations to make better-informed decisions about technology, and thus promote their organization’s mission and objectives through its use.

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Update: When cyberspace goes to Amazonia...

SANTARÉM, BRAZIL 3 August 2005 (Rits)

What happens when wireless, Free Software and the internet reaches the Amazon? APC’s member in Brazil, RITS, gives an update of their project in Pará, a territory covered mostly by jungle, and the Amazon Rainforest.

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