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‘Now we have made a noise’ says APC's Ugandan member WOUGNET

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA 3 October 2006 (Alan Finlay)

The goal of The Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET) is to promote the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) by women’s organisations in Uganda. Set up in 2000, APC member WOUGNET has been a lead actor in bringing a gender focus to ICT policy in Uganda, open source software and the World Summit on the Information Society. Read the interview with WOUGNET’s director and the organisation’s ICT programme manager.

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IT-powered civil protest turns polluting gold-miners away

SOFIA, BULGARIA 28 September 2006 (Filka Sekulova)

In an unprecedented act of civil and internet activism, the villagers of a small mountain village in Bulgaria succeeded to prevent an environmentally devastating gold mining project. Despite the pressure from the corporation, the federal authorities and the police, the local community was victorious: the Canadian Martern company pulled-out at the end of the summer 2006.

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Paradigms are overrated

Grahamstown, South Africa

People use the Highway as a paradigm for the Source: TechSoup Glossary and GenderIT.org">internet

, but the African highway tends to ignore the pedestrians who must cross it.

Women and ICT: Finding (and finding oneself with) technology

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES 4 September 2006 (APCNews)

LaNeta is one of APC’s members that is firmly investing in providing information and communication technology training. One of its most recent successful experiences had women as the protagonists. LaNeta is providing a response to the “need for common spaces for women to participate, reflect, and raise awareness on ICT and gender issues,” as Olinca Marino, general coordinator of the Mexican organisation stated to APCNews.

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Strawberrynet profile

SFANTU GHEORGHE, ROMANIA 3 September 2006 (FD for APCNews)

When Strawberrynet started up in 1994, there were virtually no internet service providers in Romania. Since then, connectivity improved dramatically and big players started offering a full range of internet services. Strawberrynet concentrated on the non-governmental organisation (NGO) niche, providing solutions so that they could communicate effectively and with the lowest costs possible.

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Wikipedia seeks more Asian tongues on world's most ambitious encyclopaedia

NEW DELHI, India

Jimmy "Jimbo" Wales, the founder of the impressive Web-based free-content multilingual encyclopedia Wikipedia project sees a growing role for Asian initiatives on this volunteer-edited product, that is now rated among the top 20 websites globally. Currently, Japanese is the only non-European language among the 'big ten' of the Wikipedia. But Farsi, Arabic, Korean, Thai, Chinese, Bahasa Indonesia, are among those with 10,000+ articles. In the 1000+ articles category are Urdu, Bangla, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu among others.

Michael de Beer, friend and partner of APC, died on August 6, aged 33

Montevideo, Uruguay

APC has just received the very sad news that our long-time friend and collaborator, Mike, died earlier this week. If you knew Mike and would like to share a few words about him, please post a comment and we will write a piece based on them.

Redefining local and global working spaces

TOULOUSE, FRANCE 3 August 2006 (AL for APCNews)

Uruguayan civil society has insisted on showing its successive governments that information and communication technology (ICT) related policies are a key issue in the country’s development that goes beyond expanding the software industry.

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APC-endorsed statement on war: For an immediate and unconditional cease-fire

3 August 2006
JERUSALEM 3 August 2006 () -

International appeal

Asia’s doors open only very slightly to community radio

DHAKA, BANGLADESH 28 July 2006 (APCNews)

AMARC Asia-Pacific is part of an international non-governmental organisation serving the community radio movement, with almost 3,000 members and associates in 110 countries. APCNews met with Suman Basnet earlier this year. The AMARC Asia-Pacific’s regional coordinator talks about his organisation and provides an poignant overview the challenges faced by community radio stations in Asia and the Pacific region.

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