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National Gender and ICT Policies in Uruguay: A Call To Action

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 17 January 2007 (Cecilia Gordano)

In Uruguay, the National Women’s Institute led a consultation process with a range of social actors to develop the First National Plan for Equality of Opportunities and Rights. One of its chapters specifically includes gender as a strategic priority. According to GenderIT collaborator Cecilia Gordano, this represents “a big step forward on the slow journey towards consolidating a national strategy for digital inclusion. Nevertheless, the timidity with which this need is addressed leads one to believe that pieces of this puzzle are still missing”.

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Wave of introspection turns to Fourth Estate's role in Asia ... after tsunami

BANGKOK, Thailand

When the history of the deadly Dec 26 Indian Ocean tsunami comes to be written, will the role of the media be praised, criticised or just seen as inadequate? "We didn't do a good job in warning people. But once the disaster hit, we did a good job in (spreading the world)," said Colombo-based TV journalist Nalaka Gunawardene.

Stories from the seas... children pay the price of the tsunami two years on

BANGKOK, Thailand

Eight children, eight stories. Some spell a tale of hope, others of despair. All are linked by a gigantic tidal wave now globally known as a tsunami that struck the Indian Ocean on Dec 26, 2004. Two years after the deadly day, the Colombo-based TVE Asia Pacific is distributing a film that tells the insightful story of the tragedy by marking the changes reflected in these young lives, across four countries, including India.

Pakistan feds raid a VoIP startup

KARACHI, PAKISTAN 18 December 2006 (BytesForAll)

Blind use of authority, high-handedness of intelligence agencies, yawning gaps in policies and misleading rules and regulations have all converged on Pakistan in early December, when the Federal Investigation Agency and staff of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority raided the offices of small VoIP start-up in Islamabad. Read the full story on APCNews.

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Taking cyber-skills to those who need it

GOA, INDIA 6 December 2006 (FN for APCNews)

Skills for the people. That’s the motto of APC’s newest member, the Tokyo-based Japan Computer Access For Empowerment (JCAFE). JCAFE’s agenda is to "fill the gap" between the potential offered by the net, and the blocks to accessing it – specially by non governmental organisation who lack the technology and skills to take advantage of this exciting new medium.

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CALL FOR RESEARCHERS: SAT-3/WASC Cable Research Project: Country Case

24 November 2006 (CIPP)

APC is currently looking to engage four ICT policy researchers to conduct detailed country studies of the SAT-3/WASC submarine cable in the following countries: Angola, Cameroon, Ghana, and Senegal. The specific context of the research will be on the areas that Open Access (as a concept) seeks to impact – namely access and cost. Research will be conducted on the impact SAT-3/WASC has had on the competitiveness of international and Internet services in each country. Interested researchers should in the first instance submit a copy of their CV and a sample of written work (of no more than 2000 words) to abi@apc.org Please include "SAT-3/WASC Cable Research Project" AND the name of the country you are applying to research on, in the Subject field of your email. Applications should be received no later than Monday 27 November 2006 (17:00 GMT).

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Surveillance in the workplace

SAN FRANCISCO, USA

In a panel entitled “The bosses’ use of technology, outsourcing and worker’s resistance”, in the currently ongoing LaborTech conference in beautiful San Francisco, labour educator Nancy Bupp talked about workplace surveillance in the US.

Latin America causes a stir at the Internet Governance Forum

ATHENS, GREECE 16 November 2006 (AL for APCNews)

What priorities did Latin America take in its suitcase to the first Internet Governance Forum? How did all the sectors participate in what was a pioneering event in this kind of format? APCNews spoke to Raúl Echeberría, executive director of LACNIC, the Latin America and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry.

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A utopia called diversity?

ATHENS, GREECE 16 November 2006 (AL for APCNews)

What does diversity mean in the internet age? Linguistic and content plurality was the approach chosen by the organising committee for the Internet Governance Forum, which took place in Athens, Greece, from October 29th to November 2nd.

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Telling our Stories

Amman, Jordan

Did you know that the bagpipes are used in traditional Jordanian music?

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