APCNews - September 18 2008 - Year IX Issue 87

APCNews – September 18 2008 – Year IX Issue 87
The news service on ICTs for social justice and sustainable development

European environmentalists have been successful at getting governments to legislate to protect the environment and respect human rights and internet activists like the APC are looking to green legislation as a model for guaranteeing the future of the internet as a public good. But it is not going to be easy. Certainly in Africa, where a small business in Senegal pays seven times more for its internet access than its competitor in Canada, breaking up monopolies is going to be key. And APCNews finishes with a look at the twenty candidates in the shortlist for GenARDIS, a grant scheme offered to technology initiatives run by rural women in Africa and the Caribbean.



Why the internet’s future depends on the greens

BUDAPEST (Pavel P Antonov for APCNews) – Smelled like a revolutionary spirit around Popinci, central Bulgaria, when residents and activists raised barricades around their village. They believed that a planned gold mining project in the nearby hills would harm the environment and their health. They demanded it to be cancelled. The villagers’ impulsive action has put the project on hold for the last three years. But this, or any other community, might not have been as successful in attaining a concrete outcome, had it chosen to fight for access to high speed internet. And the reason is simple. Unlike the environment, internet is not widely perceived by authorities, legislators and policy makers as an essential common good.

Internet in Africa: A well-organised racket

MONTREAL (Frédéric Dubois for Alternatives) – Africans pay five to ten times more than Canadians do to access the internet. It is even more costly in rural settings, where a connection is often hard to find. However, what is even more scandalous is the fact that the consumers have no say. A walk on the dark side of the internet.

Short-listed GenARDIS III candidates announced

CAPE TOWN (Jennifer Radloff for GenARDIS) – The Gender, Agriculture and Rural Development in the Information Society (GenARDIS) Small Grants Fund is delighted to announce that twenty projects have been short-listed as possible GenARDIS grantees. The short-listed proposals come from sixteen countries in Africa and the Caribbean, ranging from the Dominican Republic and St. Vincent on over the Atlantic Ocean to rock-skip throughout western Africa in Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon and the Congo. Eastern Africa and Southern Africa also have their share of representation with projects from Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.



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