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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 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


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?

Media, Freedom and Social Justice - the opening of Amarc9

Amman, Jordan

At the opening plenary of Amarc9, Steve Buckley, President of AMARC introduced the theme of Voices of the world, freedom of the airwaves.

UPDATED SITE: APC Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) ICT policy monitor

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 9 November 2006 (LAC Monitor)

APC aims to demystify internet policies and regulations with an updated version of an important web site that is the only one of its kind across Latin America and the Caribbean. The updated monitor site has a new design and structure, which makes it easier to search for the material that Latin American civil society needs to be able to have a greater and more effective voice in local and regional negotiations over ICT policies.

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Is the environment taken seriously at the IGF?

ATHENS, Greece

At the Internet Governance Forum today APC held two worshops, while also taking part in the ‘openness’ plenary session. A quite intensive day that saw issues around copyright on the web, environment democracy on the net, as well as content regulation from a gender perspective debated by a multitude of people attending this first internatioonal multistakeholder internet regulation conference in Athens. An article was published by APCNews on today’s ‘Greening IT’ workshop and some have expressed the desire to comment. The thread starts here, please comment.

Diverse voices.. heard before the IGF

Amnesty International is calling for internet freedom particularly for bloggers in countries “such as China, Iran, and Tunisia” Nitin Desai’s statement on the “Balkanisation” of the internet also attracted quite some media. Another view, from the other extreme, it would seem, comes from The New York Sun, which says, Keep the United Nations’s Hands Off the Internet!

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