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Basic Capabilities Index reveals progress too slow for next decade

NEW YORK 23 September 2008 (Social Watch for ITeM)

The recent release of the 2008 Basic Capabilities Index (BCI) results, an alternative poverty estimate produced by Social Watch, revealed that the current rate of progress is moving at a snail’s pace. Out of 176 countries where a BCI figure is being measured, only 21 have made noticeable progress over the past 8 years. As such, the international poverty reduction goals for 2015 will not be met; in fact in certain areas such as sub-Saharan Africa, an entire century would be needed. Social Watch is an initiative of the Third World Institute (ITeM), member of APC in Uruguay.

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Can Public Initiatives Fill The Governmental Policy Vacuum?

New Delhi, India

Policies making and their implementation is a governmental task. There is always a big gap between the desired policies and actual policies that are in existence.

Gender Centred this month: Cybercrime and women

PRAGUE 26 August 2008 (Various for GenderIT.org)

This month, APC women’s GenderIT bulletin investigates online crime, cyberstalking, and asks how women are being affected. In “Finding a difficult balance – Human rights, law enforcement and cyber violence against women” Mavic Cabrera-Balleza speaks to activists from South Africa and the USA. Wieting Xu looks at cybercrime in India. Argentinian lawyer Carlos Gregorio argues that “Cybercrime laws are not enough, there is also a need for education”. And Ramata Soré discovers that in Burkina Faso women are the perpetrators as well as the victims of internet fraud.

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Cybercrime legislations and gender

Prague

The new edition of GenderIT.org examines the issue of cybercrime legislation through a gendered perspective and its implication on women, in collaboration with the ICT Policy Monitor Latinamerica and

Defining the commons

SAPPORO 31 July 2008 (Andrew Garton for APCNews)

CC licenseCC licenseClick here to watch the Identifying the Information Commons sampler from Day 01 and that of Day 02 of the iCommons iSummit. The excerpt was produced and put together by APC.au’s Andrew Garton. APC’s Australian member ison the ground in Japan to offer the world a glimpse of what the iSummit 08 is about and to produce the joint APC and iCommons micro-documentary, Nailing the Commons. The composer, producer and media artist participated in the do-it-yourself video and Asia Commons tracks in Sapporo and along with and BlueLink’s Pavel Antonov, interviewed a cross-section of participants. Here is a selection of “report backs on the Asia Commons…”:http://www.apc.org/en/blog/freedom/all/diy-video-and-asia-commons

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Feminist Tech Exchange Planning Meeting

Location: 
Monkey Valley, Noordhoek
Date and time: 
Aug 3 2008 (All day) - Aug 5 2008 (All day)

Trainers planning meeting in preparation for the Feminist Tech Exchange in South Africa November 10-12.

DIY video and the Asia Commons

Sapporo, Japan

That I would blog, or prepare a report at this time, when there are several people dedicated to recording the iSummit is likely an exhausting prospect.

No summit too high

Sapporo, Japan

Sapporo at workSapporo at work Japanese service staff are so eager to assist, to ensure one is more than adequately served that it is a wonder, in their exuberance, they do not break! It has been said many many times that the Japanese are efficient. Today, Day 01 of the iSummit, I could do with a healthy dose of efficiency to bolster the headache incurred at the hand of the Shot Bar’s skilled shaker of an 800 Yen Martini.

The iSummit kicked off with a pro-active presentation and welcome introduction from Heather Ford, diving straight into global issues and the scope, the urgent need for open strategies to address them. She was also quite direct about the global instrumentalities and institutions that have been largely ineffective in dealing with the very real problems we face… climate change, poverty, land use.

Equitable access: Papers and commentaries

By Various (July 2008, APC )
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