Asia/Pacific

Alternative ICT trainers find their VOICE in Dhaka

DHAKA 26 March 2008 (Ahmed Swapan Mahmud for APCNews)

A two-day training was held by VOICE on March 18th and 19th 2008 in Dhaka on information and communication technologies (ICTs). Online media and communication such as blogs and digital photography were expored. The creation, editing, optimisation and transferral of media for the web were of prime interest to the participants from non-profit organisations.

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Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2008

Location: 
Hyderabad International Convention Center (HICC)
Date and time: 
Dec 3 2008 (All day) - Dec 6 2008 (All day)

At the first Internet Governance Forum (IGF), “access to the internet” emerged as an issue of common concern and priority to all stakeholders.

Free Media, Free Society

18 December 2007
QUEZON CITY 18 December 2007 () -

FREE MEDIA, FREE SOCIETY

[Statement of the Foundation for Media Alternatives on the Arrest of Media Persons in relation to the Manila Peninsula incident of 29 November 2007]

Information in Khmer about women's issues becomes available on the internet

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA 24 October 2007 (KONG Sidaroth)

The Open Institute – a Cambodian NGO – launched a Khmer language web portal on October 24 2007. It will give non-profits, the government, and other organisations working on women’s issues in Cambodia easy access to legislation and latest developments related to women’s issues.

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In Himalayan Nepal: Where language can propel FOSS

GOA, INDIA 16 October 2007 (Frederick Noronha for APCNews)

NepaLinux, an initiative to create a localised GNU/Linux distribution in the Nepali language, has been chosen as a joint-winner of the first APC Chris Nicol FOSS Prize, by an international jury. APC-member BytesForAll co-founder and journalist Frederick “FN” Noronha interviews NepaLinux’s Bal Krishna Bal, who explains the project’s relevance to FOSS local language computing solutions in Nepal, the challenges their project faced, why he carries on confidently, and his vision of the future.

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It is not just a question of bread vs. radios: Community radio in India

GOA, INDIA 9 October 2007 (Frederick Noronha)

Other voices: The struggle for community radio in India, by two University of Hyderabad scholars, has just been published by Sage. BytesForAll’s Frederick Noronha interviews the authors of the book: Vinod Pavarala, Professor of Communication and Dean of the Sarojini Naidu School of Communication, University of Hyderabad, and Dr Kanchan K Malik, a lecturer at the university.

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Cambodia: KhmerOS to have a social impact

PHNOM PENH (Javier Sola for Open Institute) – The goal of the KhmerOS project is to produce the basic computer technology necessary for Cambodia to enter the age of technology. The requirements for this technology are clear: It must be in Khmer (Cambodian) language, sustainable, and well adapted to the socio-economic situation of the country. Cambodia not being a profitable market for software companies, the only option left to undertake this effort is to base it on free and open source software (FOSS), which allows translation, adaptation and free distribution of the software.

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From the Philippines, a digital arts contest with social dimension

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA 23 May 2007 (Frederick Noronha for APCNews)

WebSining is the Filipino name for a web-art contest, and this is what has been keeping the Manila-based Foundation for Media Alternatives busy of late. With its goal of encouraging artistic innovations in the intersection of art and technology, Websining this year introduced a new category: software art.

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Australia: 33 hours of video slam

MONTREAL, CANADA 22 May 2007 (FD for APCNews (with files from Jessica Coates))

Ever heard of the Open Channel Video Slam? You say no? Here is the right answer. It boils down to 22 filmmakers locked up in a Melbourne bar for 33 hours to produce a ten minute film. The challenge? Use only Creative Commons material.

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