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Information Society Innovation Fund Program Accepting Applications for 2012

Australia

The Information Society Innovation Fund (ISIF) is a grants and awards
program that aims to stimulate creative solutions to ICT needs in the
Asia Pacific region.

2012 ISIF program
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This year, there are four new categories for ISIF projects.

Funding opportunity for internet freedom programs

DRL and NEA invite organizations to submit statements of interest outlining program concepts and capacity to manage projects that will foster freedom of expression and the free flow of information on the Internet and other connection technologies in East Asia, including China; the Near East, including Iran and Syria; Southeast Asia, including Burma; the South Caucasus; Eurasia, including Russia; C

GISWatch has won the ITU-awarded WSIS project prize 2012

MONTREAL 16 May 2012 (Mallory Knodel for APCNews)

The Association for Progressive Communications, in close cooperation with APC members, networks and civil society groups, is pleased to accept the WSIS Project Prize from the International Telecommunications Union for the achievements of the GISWatch project in “the role of public governance authorities and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICT for development.”

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Mobile Africa 2012 report

South Africa

The focus of the Mobile Africa report this time is on the overall innovation ecosystem, which includes a range of stakeholders: industry, entrepreneurs, government, academia, civil society, donors and multilateral organisations. The report also addresses the crucial role of innovator networks and incubators.

Nancy Hafkin inducted into Internet Hall of Fame

MONTREAL 26 April 2012 (Mallory Knodel for APCNews)

On Tuesday April 25, Dr Nancy J. Hafkin and 32 others were inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame. Dr Hafkin was awarded the title of Global Connector for helping to spread internet use in Africa over the course of a twenty-three year career as “a pioneer and innovator in the area of networking, development information, and electronic communications.”

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APC member awarded UNESCO prize for rural communication

28 March 2012 (APCNews)

APC member Arid Lands Information Network (ALIN) in Kenya was one of two winners of the 2012 UNESCO-IPDC prize for rural communication, along with the Nepal Forum of environmental journalists, for its innovative effots to improve communication for rural communities in developing countries.

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No Pain No Gain, for SANGONeT's David Barnard

27 March 2012 (SANGONet)

SANGONeT turns 25 in 2012. To celebrate this achievement, SANGONeT’s CEO, David Barnard, will run 750km across three deserts on three continents as part of the annual SANGONeT “No Pain No Gain” campaign. Now in its third year, the 2012 campaign will be bigger and more challenging than ever before.

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Applications Now Open: 2012 eLearning: Shaping the Internet – History and Futures (English, French and Spanish)

ISOC

Applications are now open for the Internet Society’s Next Generation Leaders (NGL) eLearning programme “Shaping the Internet – History and Futures.” (English, French and Spanish)

Internet access and the right to communicate

In recent months we have seen the notion of “Internet as a Human right” become quite controversial.

On the one hand we see folk like Vint Cerf, co-inventor of the Internet Protocol maintain that “technology is an enabler of rights, not a right itself”.

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