APCNews – April 16 2009 - Year X Issue 98

APCNews – April 16 2009 – Year X Issue 98

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APCNews – April 16 2009 – Year X Issue 98
The news service on ICTs for social justice and sustainable development
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Over the last century, copyright and patents legislation have penetrated into most countries, shrinking the amount of knowledge that is freely available, and legislating what is and what is not “knowledge”. This has happened at a time when it is becoming easier and cheaper to copy and transmit information. This month, GenderIT, a policy and technology website from the APC women’s programme, looks at the question of access to knowledge in an insightful bulletin focussed on Africa, including stories on access to information in emergency situations in Jordan and in the Democratic Republic of Congo. And at the same time, in South Africa, a new campaign –which organisers hope will go Africa-wide- is lobbying to bring down the price of broadband internet, hooking up every town and village in the country by 2014.
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NEWS

The GenderIT copyright edition: The struggle for access to information in Africa

MONTEVIDEO (LC for APCNews) – Women in Africa may be accessing the internet, but are they getting the information they need? Whether they are students, members of civil society, leaders of indigenous communities or women and youth affected by HIV/AIDS, patents and copyrights are making it increasingly difficult for women in Africa to access the information they need. This edition of Gender Centred, a periodic bulletin produced by APC’s programme for the GenderIT.org policy site, focuses on the challenges copyright and the lack of information exchange bring to those who need it most, and explores the different issues surrounding open source software, copyright and rights to information.
http://www.genderit.org/archive/?q=en/node/71

Waste not, want not: used computers to Africa recycled with care

MONTEVIDEO (LC for APCNews) – In the past decade, a new type of environmental threat has begun to appear on the radar: e-waste. Well-intentioned citizens from Europe and North America have been happily handing over their used electronic goods to be recycled or resold; however, these items often end up in electronic landfills, such as the one featured in this short CNN documentary. Organisations like APC member Computer Aid International work to help quality and functional second-hand electronics make their way to schools and IT training centres in emerging economies, like the Iya Abubakar Resource Center in Nigeria. CNN’s Christian Purefoy explores the growing problem of e-waste and how organisations like Computer Aid are taking this “waste” and helping empower students, businessmen and women in the countries most affected by e-waste.
http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/africa/04/08/africa.recycling.computer...

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