APCNews - July 8 2008 - Year IX Issue 82

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APCNews Service – July 8 2008 – Year IX Issue 82
The news service on ICTs for social justice and sustainable development
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In this edition, you will be happy to learn that our Take Back the Tech campaign earned itself a honorary mention from an Austrian organisation working in the field of electronic arts. This is well deserved by APC’s women’s programme, which has been the initiator of this original communication campaign against violence against women. We revisit the Internet Governance Forum on internet access and take a look at an example of community wireless internet access in a school in Zimbabwe. We conclude with news of a partnership between APC and 80/20 Thinking, a move that will bolster APC’s long-standing fight for internet rights.

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Take Back the Tech wins honorary mention from Prix Ars Electronica 2008

MEXICO CITY (Erika Smith for APC WNSP) – The Association for Progressive Communications Women’s Programme is proud to announce that Take Back the Tech was awarded an honorary mention by the prestigious Prix Ars Electronica International Competition for Cyber Arts for its innovative, collaborative campaign to end violence against women.

Building consensus on internet access at the IGF

MONTEVIDEO (Abiodun Jagun for APC) – This paper identifies and documents the main areas of discussions and ‘recommendations’ that were generated under the Access theme at the second Internet Governance Forum in Rio De Janeiro, November 2007. Whilst recognising that the IGF is currently viewed and operates primarily as a space for discussion, the paper finds that (specifically in the case of Access) it is also a space in which commonality of opinion occurs to the level at which ‘recommendations’ can be made and repeatedly asserted independently/individually in the workshops.

APC enters into a partnership with privacy specialists

LONDON (FD for APCNews) – A new online privacy and data protection consultancy firm called 80/20 Thinking is partnering with the internet rights network Association for Progressive Communications (APC) to support initiatives in developing countries that are working towards strengthening democratic processes and civil liberties. Managing Director of 80/20 Thinking, Simon Davies, long-time privacy and consumer rights advocate, approached APC and asked whether the association would agree to manage and distribute 50% of their new company’s profits.

The wireless school connectivity project… a concrete outcome

HARARE (Muroro Dziruni for Connect Africa) – The wireless school connectivity project is an initiative that has connected a secondary school in a poor township of Harare to the internet, using wireless technologies. The genesis of this project was a result of the wireless skills training workshop, which took place in Pretoria, South Africa in 2005 and was facilitated by APC. Muroro Dziruni of Connect Africa in Zimbabwe tells the story of how wireless technology can work in Africa, when everyone joins in and cooperates.

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