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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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Anniversary: The Wamani Network blows fourteen candles

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA 2 June 2006 (Wamani Network)

“Fourteen years ago, on a first of June, at noon, with a modest PC, a clone that resembled a PC-AT, connected to a single phone line and using a programme that worked on the legendary MS-DOS, the small group of friends who formed Wamani, started this adventure,” said co-founder Carlos Alvarez. The APC member from Argentina, Wamani Network, celebrated its anniversary with the launch of new and promising services.

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A new member from the Caribbean joins the APC community

SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 2 June 2006 (APCNews)

APC keeps growing. A new Latin American member, FUNREDES, has joined the network of groups that believe in the potential of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for social justice and sustainable development, in May 2006. The ‘Networks and Development Foundation’ FUNREDES is based in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and is dedicated to the “fair and just dissemination of ICTs through distance computer networks, electronic libraries and multimedia projects”.

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Alternative film seeks a new home... in cyberspace

DHAKA, BANGLADESH 31 May 2006 (FN)

The filmmakers are there. So are the films from the world of alternative cinema. But how does one find the audiences? How to make sure that these crucial cultural products actually get noticed across the globe? Andrew Garton, from APC’s member c2o and Programme Director of OPEN CHANNEL in Australia, is trying out an innovative experiment. The mix? Free software developers, filmmakers wanting to get their story out, and support which realises the power of the alternative image.

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Alegre argues for public-interest driven media

DHAKA, BANGLADESH 19 May 2006 (FN)

APCNews met up with Al Alegre of the APC member FMA in Dhaka, Bangladesh earlier this year. Although the Dhaka meeting tackled information and communication technologies (ICTs) as means to achieve social justice, Alegre had a story about media to tell. This article looks into communication rights, Philippine style.

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