Africa

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)

Africa and MDGs: Have your say about Africa's development priorities

JOHANNESBURG 10 May 2010 (David Barnard for SANGONeT)

The United Nations Summit on the Millennium Development Goals is coming up from 20-22 September in New York. APC member SANGONeT is holding an e-consultation open to all African citizens interest in reviewing progress made and setting priorities. David Barnard, executive director, talks about the African agenda and how your opinion is crucial.

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Violence against women and ICTs: Reports from 10 countries

By APC (May 2010, GenderIT )
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How ICTs Are Changing the Way We Live - The eLearning Africa 2010 Photo Competition

How ICTs Are Changing the Way We Live – The eLearning Africa 2010 Photo
Competition
http://bit.ly/dhusSR

We wanted to know how mobile phones, the Internet, computers and the
audiovisual media have changed (your) life in Africa. More than 100 images
were submitted to the competition.

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE NOW at
http://www.elearning-africa.com/picturevoting_home.php [1]

South Africans use transgender community website to “rehearse” their new identities

GRAHAMSTOWN 30 April 2010 (Jeanne Prinsloo for GenderIT.org)

Two out of three gay South African respondents to an online survey said that going online had helped them accept their sexual orientation and many admitted to coming out online before they did so offline. But the voices of transgender people rarely appear in studies and surveys. To address the gap, APC EroTICs researcher Jeanne Prinsloo of the University of Grahamstown looks at the use of a transgender site which provides a critical space for trans people to lurk and listen to ideas and debates that are not present in mainstream sites, to rehearse their new identity and to assess the risks they might take. Image: “Gender Dynamix”:http://www.genderdynamix.co.za/

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FOSSFA to launch The African FOSS Reporter Award

Africa

FOSSFA has issued the African FOSS Reporter Award Competition 2010. The award aims to highlight the impact of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) on the development of Africa and search enthusiastic writers/journalists who want to demonstrate their journalistic abilities by examining these issues.

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