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Slum activism at the WSF
Slum activism at the WSF 28 January 2007 Rikke Frank Jorgensen for APCNews

I am listening to participatory human rights theatre performed by youth from the Pumwani slum district, here at the 2007 edition of the World Social Forum. 60,000 people live in Pumwani, which is one of the many slum belts surrounding Nairobi. A total of 2,1 million people live in the Nairobi slums, according to UNDP statistics. In Punwami there are 35 toilets in total, and four computers. No internet is available, and the computers are mostly used for playing CDs with preventive HIV infor...

Wi4D, techies and campaigners look at potential for the social world
Wi4D, techies and campaigners look at potential for the social world 30 November 2006 FN for APCNews

You can’t see it; you can’t even know it exists. But for enabling data communication on the fringes of an internet-enriched globe, wireless communication makes a world of a difference. For groups like the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), it offers untapped power in harnessing wireless technology for social purposes. APC members and staff have recently been closely...

Critical view on communication for development
Critical view on communication for development 13 November 2006 Scott S.Robinson

NOTES ON WCCD, ROME, OCTOBER 2006 1.    Discussion of the status and future of communication for development priorities and techniques at the World Conference in brief meant all things to all participants in the set of panel presentations and discussions.  This is understandable given the plurality of perspectives and institutions represented by the 700+ event participants...

APC to IGF: Cyberspace should promote maximum sharing, creativity and innovation
APC to IGF: Cyberspace should promote maximum sharing, creativity and innovation 31 October 2006 APCNews

APC executive director Anriette Esterhuysen has told the Internet Governance Forum, meeting in Athens currently, that it has a duty play a much bigger role in spreading the sharing of ideas and encouraging innovation. Speaking on the theme of openness, Esterhuysen said: "Piracy creates jobs. But [Free Software and] Open Source and Open Standards create opportunity, create entrepreneurs. And ...

Think standards are boring? Think again!
Think standards are boring? Think again! 30 October 2006 FD for APCNews

If you think standards are boring, you had to be in Greece this week, where a loose coalition of researchers, librarians and corporate representatives launched a campaign on open standards. The timing coincided with a forum on the future of the internet that is receiving about 1,500 people in a hotel outside of Athens four days in a row. “We’re test-driving,” said Susy Struble from softw...

BBC panel on media left audience laughing and out of breath
BBC panel on media left audience laughing and out of breath 27 October 2006 FD for APCNews

In a packed plenary room of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Rome this week, the BBC’s World Service Trust organised a world debate, hosted by BBC World star moderator Stephen Sackur. The “Is a Free Media Essential for Development?” question was asked to a panel of five people from all continents, as a contribution to the first World Congress on Communication for Developmen...

“C4D needs to embrace the world of technology infrastructure”
“C4D needs to embrace the world of technology infrastructure” 27 October 2006 FD for APCNews

Politically, the World Congress on Communication for Development that is presently unrolling in beautiful Rome might not seem to be the most relevant event. No gender perspective to report on, little debate on the value of telecom infrastructure, almost no inclusion of information and communication technology for development on the agenda. What you hear is that “it’s good for networking, g...

World congress on communication for development shopping for an identity
World congress on communication for development shopping for an identity 25 October 2006 FD for APCNews

After the formal greetings and a string of political and international organisation figures lining up to express their good intentions towards communication for development, the World Congress on the Communication for Development (WCCD) really got started with an introductory plenary session explaining what the goals of the congress were. One main panellist, Mario Acunzo, of the Food and Agric...

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