Europe

Why the internet’s future depends on the greens

BUDAPEST 10 September 2008 (Pavel P Antonov for APCNews)

Smelled like a revolutionary spirit around Popinci, central Bulgaria, when residents and activists raised barricades around their village. They believed that a planned gold mining project in the nearby hills would harm the environment and their health. They demanded it to be cancelled. The villagers’ impulsive action has put the project on hold for the last three years. But this, or any other community, might not have been as successful in attaining a concrete outcome, had it chosen to fight for access to high speed internet. And the reason is simple. Unlike the environment, internet is not widely perceived by authorities, legislators and policy makers as an essential common good.

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The International Network of Women for Solidarity

Date and time: 
May 27 2008 (All day) - May 30 2008 (All day)

Breaking stereotypes about women, girls and technology in the Czech Republic

PRAGUE 14 August 2008 (Lenka Simerska for APC WNSP)

Taking control of technology for women’s advocacy took a different tack in the Czech Republic, where APC WNSP Europe introduced the project “Women into IT” to challenge stereotypes around women and ICTs and attract more women into the IT field.

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EU directive paints alternative ISPs black

BUDAPEST 3 August 2008 (maxigas for APCNews)

Stencil for German campaign against the EU Directive on data retention. Licence: CreativeCommons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0Stencil for German campaign against the EU Directive on data retention. Licence: CreativeCommons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0A European Union directive on data retention is set to be implemented in all member states from 2009, requiring all telecom providers to hold on to your email’s destination, the subject line and the sending time. European internet service providers are requested to retain not only email, but any metadata of communication originating from their network. But isn’t that a violation of the fundamental right to privacy, as defined by our 60-year old Universal Declaration of Human Rights? Isn’t it in direct defiance of APC’s Internet Rights Charter? Groups associated with the APC community, academics and radical technology collectives converge onto Budapest in September to seek a way out of Fortress Europe 2.0.

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Making e-government accessible in Croatia

MONTEVIDEO 30 July 2008 (AL for APC)

In late 2007 ZaMirNET organised a national workshop with representatives of government agencies, academia and the business sector to exchange information about current e-government initiatives, as part of the Inclusive e-Government Network project. The Croatian government has been investing significant resources in the development of various e-services, and ZaMirNET wanted to point out the lack of compliance with recognised standards of web accessibility, which is prejudicing people with visual impairments.

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Participatory videos for NGOs and volunteers in Italy

MONTEVIDEO 30 July 2008 (APC for APCNews)

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Data Retention on the Internet: Challenges for small, alternative and citizen-based Internet Service Providers

Location: 
Budapest, Hungary (exact location to be specified)
Date and time: 
Sep 18 2008 - 9:00am - Sep 22 2008 - 6:00pm

A one-day conference for international experts, academics, activists, technology professionals (and possibly EU/EP representatives) to share knowledge on the current state and practices of data retent

A 'Marshall Plan' for Ukraine

Ukraine

I’ve just discovered APC after many years of advocacy for ICT for development.

Electronic Information for Libraries Visioning

Location: 
Eremo Monastery, Arezzo Province, Tuscany
Date and time: 
Jul 6 2008 (All day) - Jul 10 2008 (All day)

Europe votes on anti-piracy laws

London, United Kingdom

Europeans suspected of putting movies and music on file-sharing networks could be thrown off the web under proposals before Brussels.

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