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

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND 23 May 2007 (CIPP)

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. Themes and action lines stemming from agreed-upon documents are being discussed. Read APC’s input to three action lines that took place as part of a meeting on May 16.

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From the Philippines, a digital arts contest with social dimension

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA 23 May 2007 (Frederick Noronha for APCNews)

WebSining is the Filipino name for a web-art contest, and this is what has been keeping the Manila-based Foundation for Media Alternatives busy of late. With its goal of encouraging artistic innovations in the intersection of art and technology, Websining this year introduced a new category: software art.

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Australia: 33 hours of video slam

MONTREAL, CANADA 22 May 2007 (FD for APCNews (with files from Jessica Coates))

Ever heard of the Open Channel Video Slam? You say no? Here is the right answer. It boils down to 22 filmmakers locked up in a Melbourne bar for 33 hours to produce a ten minute film. The challenge? Use only Creative Commons material.

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Technology provides vulnerable children with a support line in Nigeria

KAFANCHAN, NIGERIA 22 May 2007 (Karen Higgs for APCNews)

In 2006 Fantsuam Foundation launched a vulnerable children’s service as part of its rural HIV/AIDS programme. This innovative project addresses the growing problem of orphans and vulnerable children in the rural communities where Fantsuam works. ICT is a central part and has proved an effective way of getting access to vulnerable children who are coping with poverty and hunger as well as life-threatening diseases.

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Taking a Srilankan disaster solution to another level, via Philippines

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA 22 May 2007 (Frederick Noronha for APCNews)

The Institute for Popular Democracy is one of the APC’s youngest members and it’s current concerns with shaping-up an open source disaster management software reflect only a tiny but emblematic part of what IPD does. Excerpts from an interview with APCNews.

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NEW REPORT MONITORS POLITICAL WILL TO MAKE THE INFORMATION REVOLUTION REALITY FOR ALL

18 May 2007
MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 18 May 2007 () -

A new watchdog report monitoring promises made by governments and the United Nations to ensure that information technology is used to benefit millions of people, was launched in Geneva on May 22.

Pakistan: Blog-o-Furious

PAKISTAN 16 May 2007 (Omer Alvie)

As the political situation in Pakistan gets progressively worse, a native writer highlights the views of Pakistani bloggers providing the most honest and accurate views on events there.

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