Strategic use of the internet

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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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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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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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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Australia, South Korea join hands on iCommons project

COLLINGWOOD, AUSTRALIA 1 August 2005

Producer and artistic director Andrew Garton of APC´s Australian member organisation has left for Seoul, for work on a joint Creative Commons project. Over two weeks, he plans a "fairly daily blog from Seoul".

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Latino networkers connect up at Venezuela

GOA, INDIA 28 July 2005 (APCNews)

Travelling down seven tracks, an estimated 220 participants from Latin America and the Caribbean take the fast-road to picking up essential tech skills that promise to make it easier for the region to communicate with less hiccups, and help build the much-needed not-for-profit networks and content-sharing links that serves the people of this continent.

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Chakula, focussing on WIPO and the 'Development Agenda'

HTTP://AFRICA.RIGHTS.APC.ORG/ 26 July 2005

Issues highlighted in the latest Chakula newsletter, dated July 2005 focus on the World Intellectual Property Organisation and its ‘Development Agenda’. Chakula traces the background to calls for reforms at WIPO, outlines the key issues of the proposal for the establishment of a ‘‘Development Agenda’’ for the organisation, and the developments so far after a series of meetings this year. Chakula is the Swahili word for ‘food’. This Africa Policy Monitor newsletter got its name to reflect its intended nature as a "form of nourishment" for organizations working in the field of ICTs for development in Africa.

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