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Colombia: Online communities for sustainable development

TOULOUSE, FRANCE 12 July 2006 (AL for APCNews)

All online communities are there to connect people who share worldviews and above all, share the need to carry out concrete activities to bring them closer to reality. The environmental movement has been a pioneer in incorporating information and communication technologies (ICTs) for advocacy and as a working method.

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Forum on the internet in society, Ecuador

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 11 July 2006 (APCNews)

APC and WiLAC – the information portal about wireless projects in Latin America and the Caribbean – are organising a “Forum on Internet and Society” on July 24-28, 2006 in Quito, Ecuador. This is intended to promote participant involvement in considering information and communication technologies from the perspective of development.

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A Korean seven year old, fighting to open space for civil society

DHAKA, BANGLADESH 10 July 2006 (FN for APCNews)

Jinbonet, APC’s member in Korea, is seven years old. It is a network that provides ICT services to progressive movements, civil society and workers unions. Its other main activity is information and communication technology and human rights advocacy in the information age. In a country which has one of the best internet infrastructures – technically speaking – in the world, concern over the rights of citizens in cyberspace are strong. This article looks at some of the recent issues emerging in East Asia.

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APC: We are expanding our translation team

MAES-Y-CWMMER, SOUTH WALES 7 July 2006 (APCNews)

APC is seeking professional translators working in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic for occasional freelance work.

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Political, economic research for social movements: The IPD is APC’s new member

GOA, INDIA 7 July 2006 (FN for APCNews)

Research for change, advocacy for democracy, analyses for action, education for empowerment. Going beyond the slogans is the Institute for Popular Democracy (IPD), a Philippines-based two-decade-old group that has just joined the APC as a member. A fairly large organisation by non-profit standards, that is, IPD has a website that takes an overtly political stance over challenges facing the country it’s operating in.

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Participation, the Achilles heel of eLAC2007

QUITO, ECUADOR 6 July 2006 (Valeria Betancourt for APCNews)

It is widely known that the governments of Latin America and the Caribbean adopted the regional plan of action for the information society, eLAC2007, in June 2005 in Rio de Janeiro. They developed a mechanism for its implementation in November of the same year during the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), which was held in Tunisia. But what real results have been reached to date? A discussion on eLAC2007.

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New member, new synergies: Interview with Daniel Pimienta, Director of FUNREDES

TOULOUSE, FRANCE 6 July 2006 (AL for APCNews)

Each member provides the APC network its unique perspective and experience, thus participating in the construction of a rich and diverse global community. FUNREDES is no exception: this new APC member comes into the network with an almost 20-year history in information and communication technologies (ICTs), a key geographical position (it is the only member in the Caribbean) and great thematic diversity. APCNews talked with its director, Daniel Pimienta

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Australia, where technology plays the role of spoilsport

DHAKA, BANGLADESH 6 July 2006 (FN for APCNews)

Australia has had a very liberal community broadcasting regime. But could technology, and the interests of big business, change that all? That’s the fear of media campaigners Down Under.

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VOICE, new APC member in Dhaka, turning up the volume for the unheard

DHAKA, BANGLADESH 6 July 2006 (FN for APCNews)

One of the APC’s newest – of three – members is the Bangladesh-based Voices for Interactive Choice and Empowerment, or simply VOICE. It’s located in the Shyamoli locality of the national capital of Dhaka and works through advocacy and partnership networking. It says it believes in promoting the capacity, knowledge and empowerment of people, the voices of unheard.

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E-government: An opportunity for citizen participation in the era of digital development

QUITO, ECUADOR 5 June 2006 (Valeria Betancourt)

The initiatives that have been adopted to improve e-government in Latin America primarily focus on improving online services and state administration. Citizens, however, remain unable to participate in the decision-making process because this dimension, which is at least as important if not more then the previous one, has been left aside.

As a starting point for reflecting on the issue, APC’s Valeria Betancourt affirms that ICT and e-government initiatives do not generate greater participation in and of themselves. If participation mechanisms are not developed, there is not a single technological advance that will be able to make up for the lack of political will to promote human and social development.

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