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Digital storytelling to fight violence against women - Pakistan

ISLAMABAD

From June 7 – 11, South Asian APC member Bytes for All will unite fellow APC members and women activists alike for a joint event, funded by the APC’s Member Exchange Fund. Representatives from several APC organisations will meet in Islamabad to attend a workshop on digital storytelling and learn how to Take Back the Tech! to end violence against women.

Hyper-connected South Koreans face shrinking internet freedom, says UN

SEOUL 28 May 2010 (TP for APCNews)

The Republic of Korea has one of the highest percentages of broadband internet connectivity in the world, yet it trails miserably behind on internet freedoms, said a UN Special Rapporteur on a recent visit to the country. APC member Jinbonet reports that “Freedom of expression on the internet in South Korea is facing a serious crisis.” Koreans who criticise the government have to be prepared to allow articles be deleted or face prosecution.

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Facebook ban in Pakistan is shocking, says Bytes For All

ISLAMABAD 25 May 2010 (Bytes For All for APCNews)

Pakistanis woke up on Thursday 20 May to find sites like Facebook and YouTube blocked after a government crackdown on “blasphemous” websites. “We consider this ban unnecessary, based on wrongful accusations against civil liberties and it will further instigate hatred among international Muslim and non-Muslim communities,” APC member Bytes For All tells APCNews. In an update, we are told that more than 1000 sites are now being blocked. “We are in the midst of a major crisis,” says Bytes For All.

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Coming out of poverty: A model for traditional weavers in India

NEW DELHI 25 May 2010 (Osama Manzar for DEF)

Not even a year after APC member Digital Empowerment Foundation set up a centre in the small town of Chanderi, where weavers could create new designs on computers, lives like those of young Mohammad Furqan have take an unexpected turn for the better. The town and initiative have become an inspiration to reproduce throughout the entire country.

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Feminist Tech Xchange - Cambodia

Date and time: 
Oct 11 2010 (All day) - Oct 15 2010 (All day)

Feminist Tech Xchange - Cambodia

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Jul 26 2010 (All day) - Jul 30 2010 (All day)

Feminist Tech Xchange - Cambodia

Date and time: 
Jul 12 2010 (All day) - Jul 16 2010 (All day)

Feminist Tech Xchange - Cambodia

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Jun 21 2010 (All day) - Jun 25 2010 (All day)

How one Indian academic is putting the spotlight on discrimination against women in e-government

CALGARY 13 May 2010 (LC for APCNews)

While the Indian government attempts to include gender on the official agenda in traditional sectors like health and education, gender within the technology sphere is a relatively new concept in India and one that government officials are just not ready to take seriously. They are not convinced by recent findings on the disempowerment of women into rural e-governance in Chhattisgarh, India’s poorest state, and this has been a challenge for lead researcher Dr. Anupama Saxena, a political scientist. Saxena tells APCNews about the struggle to be taken seriously and how the GEM, APC’s Gender Evaluation Methodology (GEM), has given her the credibility and confidence to tackle policy makers head-on.

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eINDIA 2010 awards - nominations now open online

CALGARY

eINDIA 2010 award nominations are now open online. Nominations are being accepted from individual participants, government organisations, NGOs, private institutions and enterprises, who have transformed a development opportunity into a sustainable enterprise through innovative use of ICTs.

Please visit the eINDIA Awards website to learn more.

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