Strategic use of the internet

Online petition calls on Thailand's Shin Corp to drop libel suit

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM 26 July 2005 (WACC)

What happens when popular media takes on the political class? In Thailand, it resulted in a $10 million civil suit, and a criminal libel suit, slapped on the young lady-campaigner who leads that country’s campaign for popular media reform. You can add your voice to an online campaign gaining momentum and drawing support from some prominent global campaigners.

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Take on development agenda, NGOs urge WIPO

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA 19 July 2005

Non-governmental organisations from across the globe have come out in support of a proposal submitted by the Group of Friends of Development (FoD) for a development agenda at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)." Some 99 organisations (at the time of writing) have supported the demand.

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Europe says 'no' to software patents for now, campaigning CSOs glad

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY 12 July 2005 (Green Spider Foundation)

European parliament has reject the plan to allow software patents. This is being seen as providing a "breathing space for new initiatives based on all the knowledge gained during the last five years".

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New cultural commons between Korea and Australia

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA 30 June 2005 (Andrew Garton)

Synesthesia Urbania is a collaborative audio/visual public performance integrating mobile devices, a multilingual multimedia online workspace (moblog), collective copyright licensing and a custom 3D performance engine. Participants from Seoul will encounter those from Melbourne in this innovatively-charted out event.

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The other side of the river: Cyberspace comes to the Amazon

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL 30 June 2005 (Fausto Rêgo)

APC member RITS was concerned that introducing telecentres in the Amazon would snuff out the traditional culture. But they report, “the opposite has happened”. The locals have embraced this new world on the internet, “have succeeded in better identifying who there are and now want to launch community sites to present their reality to the world.” Two telecentres are now running on the banks of the Tapajós River and another telecentre is planned. But there are other new developments in the air. – RITS

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Europe's software patents threatens free speech in an information society

HUNGARY 30 June 2005 (Peter Somogyi)

By a (legal) sleight of hand, the European Parliament 2003 vote against software patents has been effectively overturned, allowing monopoly control over the critical tools of an ‘information society’. This threatens both the free and unhindered access to information, and even free speech.

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In Peru, a venture on the Net helps sow a better crop

LIMA, PERU 23 June 2005 (CEPES)

In Peru, the internet acts like fertilizer in the field. Or, you could say it helps to harvest information needed about sowing operations in a timely and far more accurate manner. This promises to bring home some benefits to poor farmers working on a subsistence model.

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Training the trainers, Nodo TAU seeks to surf over Argentinian challenge

GOA, INDIA 19 May 2005 (APCNews)

Rosario — one of Argentina’s three most-populous cities — sees computer literacy as its citizens’ passport to accessing the job-market. Residents of its western district voted to finance a computer training project, and APC member Nodo TAU was handed the challenge of training the trainers.

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The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) adopts digital content-sharing

PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL 30 January 2005 (Marcelo Medeiros, RITS)

The British BBC, one of the world’s major communications networks, recently decided to digitalise its gigantic archive. A campaign was launched on the internet and within the company for the archive to be freely available to the public to use as it wishes. Christian Ahlert, of the Oxford Internet Institute, managed to convince the company’s management and BBC documentary-makers to use Creative Commons licencing, which has different levels of free use. This report from RITS at the World Social Forum translated into English by APC.

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APC at the V World Social Forum: Porto Alegre, Brazil, January 26-30 2005

PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL 29 January 2005 (APCNews)

APC is among more than 120,000 activists at the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil. The WSF is the world’s largest gathering of social movements, non-profits, and progressive groups who believe that "another world is possible".

This year there are 2,500 planned activities taking place in almost 300 tents and over 200 meeting venues and APC is collecting and covering the debates, panels, workshops, and stories that illustrate the use of internet and ICTs for social justice and sustainable development. Visit our WSF site.

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