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Moving with the times: Opening spectrum so we can all communicate

MONTREAL 24 January 2011 (Evan Light for APCNews)

The spectrum both surrounds us and passes through us. Made up of waves of energy that allow us to communicate the way we do today – through radio, television, mobile phones, wireless internet and more — spectrum is an invisible common link that ties our societies together. A global shift in spectrum regulation is currently under way with regulatory reforms being developed and proposed in several countries. As the internet and wireless communication increasingly merge into a singular form of communication, we will be presented with unique opportunities to adapt to open, trusting and collaborative forms of regulation and technology use. This introduction to developing a policy on open spectrum by spectrum expert Evan Light for APC, breaks down what spectrum is, how it works and why governments with under-served communities stand to gain so much from opening up the spectrum to more users and uses.

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Open spectrum for development: Policy brief

By Evan Light (January 2011, APC )

This policy brief by Evan Light provides a brief history of how spectrum use has developed over the past 80 years, examines how it is currently being managed and what the current issues surrounding spectrum are, and makes a case for open spectrum.

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New Report about Open Data for an Open Society

Open Data, Open Society is a report written by Marco Fioretti for the
Institute of Economics of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna.

Quebec government chooses APC glossary as linguistic reference in French

GULMARG 12 January 2011 (LC for APCNews)

The Office Québécois de la Langue Française, Canada’s official French linguistic authority, is using APC’s 105-word ICT- and human rights-related glossary in a new database that it is creating in partnership with an international francophone linguistic network, Rifal. The database is to act as a standing linguistic reference across the francophone world and can now be accessed online.

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Special report calls for IT manufacturers to stop designing for the digital dump

LONDON 16 December 2010 (Computer Aid International for APCNews)

In a Special Report published on 09 December, UK charity Computer Aid International calls for IT manufactures to take responsibility for the environmental cost of their products throughout their entire life-cycle. The Special Report, which is the third in a series of special reports on ICTs and the Environment, is titled “GreenICT: What producers must do”.

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New book - The internet of elsewhere

Bonn, Germany

Internet of elsewhere bookInternet of elsewhere bookThrough the lens of culture, The Internet of Elsewhere looks at the role of the Internet as a catalyst in transforming communications, politics, and economics.

Take Back the Tech! bumper sticker spotted in Johannesburg

One of our APC staff spotted a Take Back the Tech! bumper sticker on the back of a taxi in Johannesburg earlier this month during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. Word about the campaign certainly got around!

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International news agency partners with APC on Take Back the Tech! campaign

JOHANNESBURG 14 December 2010 (KB for APCNews)

Take Back the Tech!Take Back the Tech!As part of APC’s MDG3: Take Back the Tech! to end violence against women campaign, international news agency IPS has partnered with APC to report on the intersection of ICTs and violence against women around the world. In these three articles, IPS reports on how women are targeted for cyber crimes in Pakistan, are using technology to build self-esteem in Argentina, and are experiencing greater gender-based violence due to an increase in ICT use in Uganda.

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New report asks, how environmentally-friendly is technology?

JOHANNESBURG 13 December 2010 (APC for APC/Hivos)

Computers are creating massive e-waste. The paper industry has had to double to meet printer demand. But smart technologies are bringing huge savings in energy consumption. As the UN conference on climate change starts in Cancun, the new Global Information Society Watch from APC and Hivos looks at ICTs and environmental sustainability in 53 countries, six regions and through ten expert thematic reports. What is the state of the industry in your country? Find out.

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