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Call to African language teams for localisiation: Tux paint, Pidgin, VLC, Pootle, Virtaal and Abiword

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Deadline: 26 July 2010
Call for applications: Language Teams
Organisation: African Network for Localisation (ANLoc)
Project: Localise Software
Email to: localise@africanlocalisation.net
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The African Network for Localisation (ANLoc) – Localise Software

South Africa and online pornography: Bill sets off alarm bells in women's movement

JOHANNESBURG 6 July 2010 (Sally-Jean Shackleton for APCNews)

A draft Bill proposing a ban on sexual content on the internet and cellphones submitted to the South African Department of Home Affairs in May 2010 claims to have the best interests of women and children in mind but has set alarm bells ringing in the women’s movement. “The Bill equates women with children –taking a protectionist approach to the rights of women— and promotes state censorship,” says Sally-Jean Shackleton, director of Women’sNet, a feminist technology organisation based in Johannesburg.

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Justifiable protection or entrenching patriarchy? Pornography and the internet in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG 6 July 2010 (Sally-Jean Shackleton for GenderIT.org)

A draft Bill proposing a ban on sexual content on the internet and cellphones submitted to the South African Department of Home Affairs in May 2010 claims to have the best interests of women and children in mind. The Bill was submitted to the Department, which oversees the Film and Publications Board, by a non-profit organisation called Justice Alliance of South Africa (JASA).

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The Feminist Tech eXchange - more than just a meet up

JOHANNESBURG

A woman at the FTX training learns to use a digital cameraA woman at the FTX training learns to use a digital cameraIn 2008, APC member Women’sNet partnered with the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) and the APC women’s programme (APC WNSP) to bring the first Feminist Tech Exchange to South Africa.

FTX Congo

Date and time: 
Mar 31 2010 (All day) - Apr 3 2010 (All day)

Uganda: Is technology a blessing or a curse?

UGANDA, 21 MAY 2010

This was just the question that was addressed at a recent seminar at the University of Makerere in Uganda conducted as part of the country’s participation in APC’s Take Back the Tech! to end violence against women initiative which is taking place in twelve countries on of which is Uganda.

Submission by South African civil society organisations on Intellectual Property Amendment Bill

By South African CSOs (May 2010, APC )

The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill seeks to address an important issue. However the way it does so threatens to hinder the preservation of traditional knowledge, severely diminish the South African public domain and limit access to knowledge.

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A feminist tech exchange in Congo

MONTEVIDEO 13 May 2010 (APC for APCNews)

For four days from March 31, fifteen women gathered at the Feminist Tech Exchange in the Brazzaville (Congo) Digital Campus. Participants and trainers alike came from human and women’s rights organisations, the media and politics to learn more about how to use technology to end violence against women and girls. APC member Azur Développement was involved in putting on the event which talked about the hows and whys of blogging, using video, audio and mobile phones, as well as social networking. The FTX is a part of the APC’s Take Back the Tech! to end violence against women project in twelve countries. Watch the video of the event (in French).

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Blind people in rural Nigeria get their teeth into job opportunities

KAFANCHAN 13 May 2010 (Kelechi Michaels for Fantsuam Foundation)

Last year, rural non-profit the Fantsuam Foundation trained almost six hundred locals in computing to improve their livelihoods – but only one was a person with physical disabilities. Now incorporating JAWS – a Job Access With Speech screen reader – Fantsuam will open their basic and advanced computer skills classes to people who can’t see.

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Feminist Tech Xchange - South Africa

Date and time: 
Nov 8 2010 (All day) - Nov 10 2010 (All day)

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