APCNews – May 14 2009 – 100th Edition
APCNews – May 14 2009 – 100th Edition
APCNews – May 14 2009 – Year X Issue 100
While Barack Obama is being scrutinised, congratulated and critiqued on his first 100 days in office as president of the US, APC is celebrating the 100th edition of our online newsletter, APCNews in English and Spanish and since last year, French.
For us this is a momentous occasion. One hundred editions of a newsletter with stories from the APC community that describe the challenges and achievements of people using ICTs for social justice and development. I would like to thank all who have participated in APCNews over the last ten years: APC members who shared their experiences, the many different writers who have made contributions, and the APC communications team who compile APCNews – especially our communications manager, Karen Higgs. — Anriette Esterhuysen, executive director of the APC
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APC’s strategic priorities – 2009-2012
MONTEVIDEO 14 May 2009 (APC for APC) – In late 2007, APC members from almost forty countries and five continents met to define the strategic priorities for APC until 2012. They assessed the context faced by APC and civil society organisations using internet and other ICTs for social change. They considered trends in accessing the internet (including the role of mobile phones), in internet and information policy and regulation and in social networking and media. They also looked at other factors like climate change, which will have a huge impact on people’s lives and livelihoods. After several days of deliberation, six issues were identified as key strategic areas that APC must tackle to ensure that the internet remains free and open and that more and more people can connect to it and use it to improve their lives and create a more just world.
APC strategic priorities for 2009-12: The challenges and opportunities to using internet for social justice today
MONTEVIDEO 14 May 2009 (APC for APCNews) – After several days of intense debate, APC members identified six issues as the key strategic areas that APC must tackle in the next five years: advocating for affordable internet access for all, ICTs and the environment, building the “information commons” , defending internet rights, critical and creative engagement of emerging technologies from a social change perspective and improving governance, especially governance of the internet. Why did APC members prioritise those six issues? What are the key challenges and opportunities that they perceive regarding the freedom of the internet and its use for social justice in the coming years?
Removing blinders on war crimes and e-accessibility in the former Yugoslavia
ZAGREB 14 May 2009 (Danjela Babic for ZaMirNET) – APC member ZaMirNET has been working hard on uncovering the truth about war crimes committed during the Yugoslav wars, between 1991 and 2001. In late October, they joined an initiative to establish a regional body that will expose the truth about war crimes committed in the former Yugoslavia, which will help serve justice and guarantee that these crimes will not be repeated in the future. More recently, they have also made important headway in e-inclusion initiatives and access to public services for those who cannot see, including the launch of a new web portal for IT professionals and a general audience.
Open Institute a leader in the struggle to end violence against women in Cambodia
CALGARY 14 May 2009 (LC for APCNews) – Reports indicate that violence against women (WAV) is still very much present in today’s society – one out of three women worldwide suffers from some form of gender-based violence. As part of the global campaign on “Say NO to violence against women”, APC member the Open Institute in Cambodia conducted three forums on “Reclaiming ICT to end violence against women” held from September to December 2008. Through these forums, they were able to uncover key challenges in the use of ICTs to end violence against women, and put forth a series of pertinent recommendations to be implemented in Cambodia as part of the country’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
South Africa elections 2009: E-campaigns, the “f’ word, and new political movements
JOHANNESBURG 14 May 2009 (Women’sNet) – The recent South African elections, held on April 22 2009, seem to be the most vibrant yet to grip the country. Political parties launched their manifestos and a striking issue was the absence of women’s concerns in the political parties’ agenda, in spite of the fact that women formed the majority of this years registered voters. This special edition newsletter on gender and politics by Women’sNet explores the question of women, gender and politics and will leave you wanting to read more…
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