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Government okays VoIP policy for international telephony

The Government of Bangladesh Monday approved the International Long Distance Telecommunication Service (ILDTS) Policy-2007 to open up

the voice over internet protocol (VoIP) service.

Amader Gram fellowship announcement - 2008


Amader Gram (Our Villages) ICT4D Project is building knowledge society under a pilot scheme in twenty villages of Bagerhat and Khulna Districts in southwest Bangladesh by providing appropriate knowledge and ICT intervention that facilitates both skill transfer and employment creation. The Amader Gram ICT4D Project is offering fellowship for the year 2008. Interested students can send their request by 30 August 2007.

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APC’s latest Annual Report: 2006 – Open Access for All

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 13 August 2007 (APCNews)

Training communities to set up wireless internet access points using empty tin cans, “taking back the tech!” to combat violence against women and keeping the focus of the world’s governments on the importance of affordable internet access. Read our new annual report for 2006.

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New generation of cell phones to address underdevelopment?

MONTREAL, CANADA 1 August 2007 (APCNews)

A rapid assessment, commissioned by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in South Africa and implemented by APC-member Women’sNet, has just been released. If stars all line up, the document will provide baseline data that will inform a strategy to launch a new generation of cell phone technologies to address underdevelopment and in particular HIV/AIDS. Read our correspondent’s article "Did you say cell phones for development?" or the full 64-page assessment.

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APC Africa Regional Workshop


I have been very please with the structure of APC Africa Regional workshop.

Social networking at the APC Africa members meeting

Johannesburg, South Africa

Saturday, 22 July 2007:

Proprietary software an anomaly

CAPE TOWN, South Africa

Proprietary software is an anomaly in the market.
This is according to Rishab Ayer Ghosh, a free software researcher at
the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands, who was speaking at
the Digital Freedom Expo in Cape Town on Friday. Proprietary software is an anomaly in the market. Read the full article on Tectonic.

Women in local government: “Broadening minds” with technology

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 28 May 2007 (AL for APCNews)

“The enthusiasm in various government sectors about information and communication technologies is incredible, as is the way it is getting onto the agenda of women in politics,” remarked Dafne Sabanes Plou, of the APC women’s programme, commenting on a national gathering of Argentine women mayors and councilwomen held in Buenos Aires at the end of April.

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Congo Brazzaville: Telecentres reject sporadic development

BRAZAVILLE, CONGO 28 May 2007 (Sylvie Niombo for APCNews)

The first telecentres in Congo with internet access date back to 1999-2000, also offering a range of other services such as computerisation of documents, printing, photocopying, document scanning, CD burning, telephone calls and training in various areas.

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UN World Summit on the Information Society: What’s going on in Geneva right now? (Part II)

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND 24 May 2007 (Willie Currie)

A cluster of World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) implementation meetings is taking place in Geneva from May 14 to 25. Part of the APC crew is there, ensuring that “the strong development orientation” promised by organising agencies goes beyond paper. Read APC input to the informal consultation between the International Communication Union and civil society on the participation of all relevant stakeholders.

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