Free software

Society for Promotion of Alternative Computing and Employment (SPACE)

- Where Free and Open Source Software is a way of life

SPACE is an organisation formed and nurtured by a team of professionals and social activists from across Kerala who share the dream of freedom of knowledge. Freedom of knowledge is interrelated to freedoms in other spheres of activities and is fundamental to human development.

The objective of SPACE is to promote the use of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in academics, governance, for corporate and individual use, and for employment generation. SPACE has been instrumental in several important free software based development interventions like ICT in education, community radio, ICT for disabled etc. It has played a significant role in the formulation of the ICT policy of Government of Kerala. SPACE is currently in the process of expanding its activities throughout India.

Levergaining on diverse background of its team, SPACE concieves and implements innovative programs for social and economic development, with help of Information and Communication Technology.

SPACE collaborates with and brings together institutions and people from government, non-government, corporate, academic backgrounds for greater outreach and impact.

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Accessibility,
  • Free software,
  • Gender & ICTs,
  • ICT for development,
  • Open access,
  • Strategic use of the internet,
  • Training & ICTs

Contacto

SPACE C-11, Elankom Gardens Vellayambalam Thiruvananthapuram 10 Kerala Ph: 0471 2318997 Email: contact@space-kerala.org
http://www.space-kerala.org/

Cooperativa Sulá Batsú

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Access to information,
  • Free software,
  • Gender & ICTs,
  • Human rights & ICTs,
  • ICT for development,
  • Media & ICTs,
  • Open access,
  • Strategic use of the internet,
  • Training & ICTs

Contacto

Sulá Batsú
Address: 100m Norte y 175m Este, del AM-PM en Sabanilla, Montes de Oca
Apdo. 222-2110
San Pedro, San José Costa Rica
Phone/Fax: +506 2253 1339, +506 2253 1326
http://www.sulabatsu.com
Email: info [at] sulabatsu [dot] com

Open Institute

The Open Institute is a not-for-profit and non-governmental organization base in Cambodia, established in September 2006. The mission of the organization is to ensure that the benefits of technology for social and economic advance are usable in Cambodian society, in particular by i) enabling widespread use of technology by means of using local language. ii) improving access to education and the quality of education by enabling the use of technology. iii) using technology to facilitate information sharing and communication as tools to build a more equitable society. iv) expanding Khmer lexicography, ensuring access to all sources, and developing on existing materials.

At present, the Open Institute implements six main program activities: – Open Schools Program: http://osp.open.org.kh – Open Learning Program: http://elearning.open.org.kh – Women Empowerment for Social Change: http://women.open.org.kh – Khmer Software Initiative: http://www.khmeros.info – Publications: http://cambodiamirror.wordpress.com – Lexicography

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

Contacto

Open Institute
Street Address: House 19, Street 374
P.O.Box 1552
City/Town: Phnom Penh
Country: Cambodia
Telephone: +855 23 224821
Email Address: openinstitute@open.org.kh
Website: http://www.open.org.kh/en

Bytes for All, Bangladesh

Bytes for All is a networked space for citizens in South Asia. It experiments, highlights and organizes debate on the relevance of ICT to development activities. Bytes for All has more than 2000 subscribers and 10 admin members who literally run the network. Bytes for All do not have any formal structure, yet they undertake different projects on their personal capacity, survive themselves and then contribute some resources and time back to sustain the network.

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Access to information,
  • Free software,
  • Freedom of expression,
  • Human rights & ICTs,
  • ICT for development,
  • ICT policy,
  • Internet governance,
  • Open access,
  • Security & privacy

Contacto

House 41 (1st Floor), Road 11, Sector 4, Uttara Residential Area
Dhaka 1230
Bangladesh
Tel: +91-11-51652484
Fax: +1 253 4845319
www.bytesforall.net

Fantsuam Foundation

Fantsuam Foundation is a rural-based non-governmental organization that works with local communities to fight poverty and disadvantage through integrated development programs.

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

Contacto

No.1 Fantsuam Close
P O BOX 58 Bayan Loco, Kafanchan
Kaduna State
Nigeria
Tel: +2347030485364
+2348073235844
info@fantsuam.org
www.fantsuam.org

ArabDev

ArabDev’s mission is to improve the livelihood of poor people in the Arab region by promoting sustainable community development through the use of information and communication technology (ICT) tools and skills that incorporate the local culture and language.

  1. Skills Development Training of unemployed youth, women and men focusing on IT, to enhance people’s skills in their local marketplace and to build the capacity of local grassroots organizations to fight poverty and social inequity.
  2. Dissemination of developmental information on a national and regional basis to provide access to useful information, share ideas and objectives across region, and allow diverse experiences and lessons learned to be known and applied by a wider group of people working for sustainable community development.
  3. Creation of linkages between NGOs, that help bridge the communication gap between grassroots organisations and promote collaboration for more successful developmental work.
  4. Supporting developmental advocacy through the use of ICT.
Topic areas of expertise:
  • Accessibility,
  • Free software,
  • Gender & ICTs,
  • ICT for development,
  • ICT policy,
  • Training & ICTs

Contacto

168 El-Sudan St.
Mohandeseen
12411 Giza
Egypt
Tel: (202) 3046032/3/4
Fax: (202) 3046033/4
info@arabdev.org
www.arabdev.org

Korean Progressive Network Jinbonet

Korean Progressive Network Jinbonet is a non-governmental organization founded in 1998 in South Korea. ‘Jinbo’ means ‘progressive’ in Korean.
Jinbonet aims to support the growth of civil activity and communication by providing network services such as web hosting, community, e-mail, blog, progressive meta blog, mailinglist, etc to civil society organizations, trade unions, individuals and progressive projects.

To communicate the voices of the marginalized from mainstream medias and to build progressive/alternative policies, Jinbonet had operated alternative internet-based media, ‘Chamseasang’ which means ‘true world’, which seperated from jinbonet in 2005.

Jinbonet is also an advocate for the human rights in information society, especially the right to communication, free speech, privacy through various activities responding to the threat of the government or market powers, such as resident registration system in Korea, content regulation in internet, surveillance using ICT like CCTV, bio databases, and location tracing. In addtion, jinbonet has been involved in intellectual property policies, media convergence and open access/open content movement to promote access to knowlege(A2K) and media democracy.

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Access to information,
  • Free software,
  • Freedom of expression,
  • Gender & ICTs,
  • Human rights & ICTs,
  • ICT policy,
  • Internet governance,
  • Media & ICTs,
  • Open access,
  • Security & privacy,
  • Strategic use of the internet

Contacto

(120-840) 227-1 Uri-Tower b/d 3F Choongjeongro-3-ga Seodaemoon-gu Seoul
Tel: +82-2-7744551
Fax: +82-2-701-7112
jinbonet@jinbo.net
www.jinbo.net

Community Education Computer Society (CECS)

CECS is the oldest computer training non-governmental organisation in South Africa, established in April 1985 for the technological empowerment of the historically disadvantaged.

CECS wants to establish and maintain non-profit computer training facilities to service community information and communications technology (ICT) developmental needs, by building computer skills and capacity, by engaging in policymaking, research especially amongst the historically disadvantaged.

The objectives of the organisation is, amongst other, to: reduce the gap between rural and urban discrepancies regarding ICT skills; to facilitate the establishment of community training and support infrastructure to service developmental needs of communities; address gender inequality in the ICT field.

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Access to information,
  • Free software,
  • ICT for development,
  • Strategic use of the internet,
  • Training & ICTs

Contacto

P O Box 61419, Marshalltown, 2107
Johannesburg, South Africa
Tel: +27 11 834-3329
Fax: +27 11 834-9054
arnold.pietersen@cecs.org.za
www.cecs.org.za

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

OneWorld Platform for Southeast Europe Foundation (OWPSEE)

oneworld – platform for southeast europe (owpsee) envisions an active and efficient online community in South East Europe, unified in efforts to impact faster democratic developments and positive social change within civil societies of the region, and cooperating through interactive platforms at local, national, regional and international levels.

As a mission driven organization, owpsee has identified areas of special interest that will be the focus of our work between 2006 -2008: Local content in local languages – further developing our multimedia and multi-language portal, promoting and facilitating the production of local content by civil society organizations (CSOs) using new technologies; Capacity building, knowledge sharing/transfer – strengthening the abilities, role, and engagement of civil society organizations in Information Communication Technology (ICT); Networking and Regional cooperation models – expanding and strengthening the network(s) of CSOs. Two cross-cutting issues are an integral part of all our work: ‘Information and Communication Open Policy’ and a ‘Gender Sensitive Approach’.

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Environment & ICTs,
  • Free software,
  • Gender & ICTs,
  • Human rights & ICTs,
  • Training & ICTs

Contacto

Josipa Vansasa 32
71000 Sarajevo
Bosnia-Herzegovina
Tel: +387 (0)33 618461
Fax: +387 (0)33 618461
info@oneworldsee.org
www.oneworldsee.org

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