Strategic use of the internet

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.

Choike, a different kind of Facebook “friend”

MONTEVIDEO 12 February 2009 (APCNews for APCNews)

Facebook is not just a way to get back in touch with old classmates from school or see what your “friends” are up to. Activists around the world are taking advantage of this new virtual space to expand their reach and establish more immediate and interactive contact with individuals and organisations from an ever wider range of backgrounds. ITeM, an APC member in Uruguay, talked with APCNoticias about how it is using this web-based tool, and shared some practical advice for others who are experimenting with social networks and other Web 2.0 tools.

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