Strategic use of the internet

Network of networks for a free and open internet

MONTREAL 19 January 2010 (Chad Lubelsky for APC)

2010 promises to be a significant year for the future of the internet with a number of potential changes on the horizon. It could be the last year of existence for the Internet Governance Forum and ICANN is confronting big changes as it moves out from under the control of the US government. In this time of flux, policy windows can open and close quickly. APC is building a worldwide network of civil society policy advocates from different spheres of policy work and with diverse campaigning experiences who all have a vested interest in ensuring that the internet is free and open.

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Google Earth outreach offering East Africa workshops

Montevideo

News has come through that Google Earth Outreach is organising a series of capacity building events in Kampala and Nairobi.

Grass root(er)s: Green e-activists of Eastern Europe enter politics

SOFIA 30 July 2009 (Pavel Antonov for APCNews)

The greens are growing like weeds in Bulgaria and Hungary and recently ecologists in Bulgaria made significant headway on yet another battle against a Goliath, preventing the further destruction along the Black Sea coast and high mountains to make way for luxury housing. Campaigns spread like viruses through emailing lists and online networks, and ultimately ended up on the streets in protest, a testament to the growth of new citizen-driven green parties in these countries.

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APC strategic priorities for 2009-12: The challenges and opportunities to using internet for social justice today

MONTEVIDEO 14 May 2009 (APC for APCNews)

After several days of intense debate, APC members identified six issues as the key strategic areas that APC must tackle in the next five years: advocating for affordable internet access for all, ICTs and the environment, building the “information commons” , defending internet rights, critical and creative engagement of emerging technologies from a social change perspective and improving governance, especially governance of the internet. Why did APC members prioritise those six issues? What are the key challenges and opportunities that they perceive regarding the freedom of the internet and its use for social justice in the coming years?

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Can social networking give a leg-up to the poor?

GOA 30 March 2009 (Frederick Noronha for APCNews)

Can Facebook and YouTube help the poor tackle their pressing problems? Or is this promise just hype? One is faced with tough questions: Can “Web 2.0 tools” directly influence the poor themselves? Can those interested in poverty work do better to start with the “situation” rather than the “technology”? Or should one think big and dream of a network of networks encompassing a billion children and their teachers, families and friends — nearly all of the poor people in the world, and most of the rich? BytesForAll co-founder and journalist Frederick Noronha takes a look at the issue.

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FTX – A new way to bring together feminist techies and the women’s movement

MONTEVIDEO 10 March 2009 (APC WNSP for APCNews)

APC women’s Feminist Tech Exchange (FTX) is training a key group of women’s rights advocates particularly those living in the developing world in essential internet, audio and other technical skills to enable them to use technology to most effectively document abuses, build knowledge, disseminate information, mobilise support and amplify pressures for change.

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Capacitating civil society for an equitable and prosperous Southern African society

GOA 9 March 2009 (Frederick Noronha)

What are some of the most important challenges South African NGOs face in their communication and networking efforts? According to SANGONeT’s IT Programme Officer Botswang Kgeledi, limited ICT resources and knowledge are among the biggest challenges to effective communication and networking. Hear more about how SANGONeT is capacitating civil society with new tools to learn to make the most of these resources, in an interview by Frederick Noronha.

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Best Legal Information And Cyber Law Portals Of India

Delhi, India.

Legal information is a very important for almost all the segments of a society. However, there is a dearth of Law portals and web sites in India.

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