Access to information

BlueLink Information Network

BlueLink is a virtual network offering a broad variety of internet based services for all those interested in issues related to the environment, natural resources and sustainable development in Bulgaria. It is a place to post and obtain information about domestic and international environmental news, events, campaigns, activities, and projects, as well as a forum to communicate and exchange ideas among environmentally concerned people from Bulgaria and all over the world.

BlueLink is convenient for the rapid dissemination and updating of information, for active communication and joint-problem solving among people involved in the environmental decision-making on regional, national and international levels. It is enhancing information-sharing and networking among Bulgarian non-governmental organisations for the alleviation of environmental problems.

The people behind BlueLink work to raise the awareness and educate the local community as a whole about environmentally related issues.

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Access to information,
  • Environment & ICTs

Contacto

22-24 Kapitan Andreev Str., apt.6
Sofia 1421, Bulgaria

Tel. +359 (0)2 8668207
Tel./Fax. +359 (0)2 8652860

office@bluelink.net
www.bluelink.net

Fundación Escuela Latinoamericana de Redes - EsLaRed

Although EsLaRed was legally registered in November, 17, 1999 as an independent organisation, it has carried out training and dissemination activities on ICTs since 1992 through Universidad de los Andes. Based in Merida, Venezuela, EsLaRed is a non-profit, private, academic institution dedicated to the development and promotion of research and dissemination of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in its various forms.

The objectives of EsLaRed are:

  • To develop and promote activities of formation of human resources and research in Telecommunications, Computer Networks and Information Technologies in Latin America and the Caribbean;
  • To perform research and development on technology transfer and appropriate technology in order to foster scientific, technical and social progress in Latin America and the Caribbean;

To this end, EsLaRed will:

*Organise national and international courses, seminaries, symposia and
workshops; *Consult on ICT, drawing from our international team of experts and collaborators, developed through 18 years of activities, to cater to the needs of international organisations and local communities; *Undertake research and development on ICT with particular emphasis on the needs of the developing countries.

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Access to information

Contacto

Mérida, 5101-A
Núcleo La Hechicera, Facultad de Ingeniería,
Laboratorio de Redes (1er. Piso)
Venezuela
Tel: (0274) 2403327
Fax: (0274) 2403320
evitale@ula.ve
www.eslared.org.ve

EngageMedia

EngageMedia is a media, technology and culture organisation focused on the strategic use of video to address critical social and environmental issues in the Asia-Pacific region.

EngageMedia works with independent film-makers, video activists, technologists, campaigners and social movements to generate wider audiences for their vital messages and move people to action.

EngageMedia aims to demystify and provide access to new video distribution technologies, create an online archive of independent video productions using open content licenses and to form a peer network of video makers, educators and screening organisations.

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Access to information,
  • Environment & ICTs,
  • Free software,
  • Freedom of expression,
  • ICT for development,
  • Media & ICTs,
  • Open access,
  • Strategic use of the internet

Contacto

Australian office:
EngageMedia
6/225 Bourke Street
Melbourne, 3000, Vic
Australia

Jakarta Office:
Jl. Pati Unus no. 9
Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta Selatan
Indonesia, 12120

Nodo Tau

Nodo Tau is a non-profit civil society association made up by information and communications professionals, educators and social activists. Its aim is to facilitate access to new information technologies for community organisations in the region (including neighbourhood groups, church-based, gender-rights, environmental and grassroots organisations, cooperatives, schools and community centres) as a means of institutional strengthening, as well as fostering communication and coordination among all sectors committed to the fight against poverty and social exclusion, the protection of the environment, and the defence of human and social rights.

Nodo Tau strives to make “good” use of new technological changes by placing them at the service of an egalitarian and democratic society.

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Access to information

Contacto

Tucumán 3950
2000 Rosario, Santa Fe
Argentina
Tel-Fax: 54 0341 4351114
info@tau.org.ar
www.tau.org.ar

Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET)

Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET) is a non-governmental organisation initiated in May 2000 by several women’s organisations in Uganda to develop the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) among women as tools to share information and address issues collectively. WOUGNET’s vision is a society in which women are empowered through the use of ICTs for sustainable development.

WOUGNET’s mission is to promote and support the use of ICTs by women and women organisations in Uganda, so that they can take advantage of the opportunities presented by ICTs in order to effectively address national and local problems of sustainable development. The new ICTs, in particular, email and the Internet facilitate communication with each other and the international community. Indeed, access to information about best practices, appropriate technologies, ideas and problems of other groups working on similar concerns have been identified as critical information and communication needs of women organisations in Africa. WOUGNET activities are conducted under three program areas: Information Sharing and Networking, Technical Support, and Gender & ICT Policy Advocacy.

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Access to information,
  • Free software,
  • Gender & ICTs,
  • ICT for development,
  • ICT policy,
  • Internet governance,
  • Strategic use of the internet,
  • Training & ICTs,
  • Wireless technology

Contacto

Plot 55 Kenneth Dale Road,
Off Kira Road, Kamwokya,
P.O. Box 4411
Kampala

Uganda

Tel: +256-41-4532035
Fax: +256-41-4530474

info@wougnet.org
www.wougnet.org

Pangea

Pangea is an independent non-profit organisation founded in 1993 to promote the strategic use of communication networks and ICTs for development and social justice. As an APC member organisation, Pangea participates in a number of the association’s areas of work. Currently, the priority issues on which it is actively working are internet rights (the Internet Rights Charter); ICT policies and the information society (WSIS); gender issues and ICTs, through the Espai de Dones (Women’s Space); and training.

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Access to information,
  • Cultural & linguistic diversity,
  • Free software,
  • Gender & ICTs,
  • Human rights & ICTs,
  • ICT for development,
  • Low-cost technology,
  • Strategic use of the internet,
  • Training & ICTs

Contacto

Pangea
Plaza Eusebi Güell 6-7
Barcelona 08034
Spain
Tel: +34 934015664
Fax: +34 934011891
suport@pangea.org
www.pangea.org

Núcleo de Pesquisas, Estudos e Formação - Nupef

Nupef is a private, autonomous, non-profit organization founded in 2009, whose mission is to to generate conditions for the exercise of digital citizenship, working in the defense of democracy, of the access to knowledge, of freedom of expression, privacy and cultural diversity, among other fundamental rights.

Presently, Nupef’s works is organized around four main programs:

- Advocating, raising awareness and building capacity on ICT policies and Internet

- New rhetoric and forms of expression for excluded groups – with a focus on digital storytelling

- Tiwa Project – Internet services for non-profit organizations

- Rets – the civil society online magazine

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Access to information,
  • Freedom of expression,
  • Human rights & ICTs,
  • ICT policy,
  • Internet governance,
  • Media & ICTs

Contacto

Rua Sorocaba, 219 / 501
CEP 22271-110
Rio de Janeiro
Brasil
Tel: +55 21 2527-0294
nupef@nupef.org.br
www.nupef.org.br

Metamorphosis Foundation

Metamorphosis Foundation is an independent, non-partisan and non-profit foundation based in Skopje, Macedonia. Its main goals are development of democracy and prosperity by promoting knowledge-based economy and information society.
Main activities of the organization include: lobbying and advocacy in order to make the social and legal environment more conducive to ICT development; educational and informative efforts, including basic and advanced training, and rising of public awareness; and providing concrete ICT solutions to social and developmental challenges.

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Access to information,
  • Accessibility,
  • Cultural & linguistic diversity,
  • Free software,
  • ICT policy,
  • Internet governance,
  • Open access,
  • Security & privacy,
  • Strategic use of the internet,
  • Training & ICTs

Contacto

Apostol Guslarot 40
1000 Skopje

Republic of Macedonia

Tel: +389 2 3109 325
Fax: +389 2 3225 206

info@metamorphosis.org.mk
www.metamorphosis.org.mk

Women'sNet

Women’sNet works to advance gender equality and justice in South Africa through the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) by providing training and facilitating content dissemination and creation that supports women, girls, and women’s and gender organisations and networks to take control of their own content and ICT use.

Recognising that ICTs are a gendered tool, Women’sNet seeks to address gender imbalances in the access and meaningful use of ICTs through research and advocacy for gender aware ICT programmes and policies at all levels of society. Women’sNet builds women’s organisational capacity to use technology strategically to find the people, resources, tools and content they need for social action.

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Access to information,
  • Accessibility,
  • Gender & ICTs,
  • Human rights & ICTs,
  • ICT for development,
  • ICT policy,
  • Low-cost technology,
  • Open access,
  • Strategic use of the internet,
  • Training & ICTs

Contacto

31 Quinn Street
Newtown, Johannesburg, 2001

P O Box 62577
Marshalltown, 2107

Tel: +27 (0)82 330 4113, +27 (0)11 429-0000/1
Fax: +27 (0)11 838-9871

women@womensnet.org.za
www.womensnet.org.za

Alternatives

Alternatives, the Action and Communication Network for International Development, is a Montréal-based non-governmental organisation.

Founded in 1994, Alternatives works to promote justice and equality amongst individuals and communities located in the North and the South. Active in over 35 countries, Alternatives supports local, community-based initiatives working towards the greater economic, social, and political rights of people and communities affected by poverty, discrimination, exploitation, and violence.

In each region, Alternatives works in direct partnership with groups of women and men who are struggling for progress, respect and justice, as well as the peace and sustainable development of their community, their environment, and their region.

Alternatives supports network creation between groups so that they can benefit from their shared experiences and successes. Network formation is crucial since it allows for deepened analysis and comprehension of the conflicts affecting their communities from the outside.

Alternatives’ and its partners’ international solidarity projects are centred on:

• The environment and sustainable development
• Democracy
• Rehabilitation of communities affected by war
• Good governance
• Socio-economic justice and equality
• Civil, political, economic, social and human rights
• The fight against poverty
• Women’s rights, equality between genders, the inclusion of women in all spheres of society
• Education and inclusion of youth
• Civil society development, management, and autonomy
• Freedom of organization, of information, of the press, and of religion

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Access to information

Contacto

3720 Parc Avenue #300
Montreal, Quebec H2X 2J1

Canada

Tel: + 1 514 982 6606
Fax: +1 514 982 6122
Toll free in North America:
1 800 982 6646

alternatives [at] alternatives [dot] ca
www.alternatives.ca

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