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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 Agricultural Organisation (FAO) in Rome said that what’s aimed at here in Rome and for the next three d...

SOCIAL WATCH REPORT: Call it ‘digital divideS’, major study suggests
SOCIAL WATCH REPORT: Call it ‘digital divideS’, major study suggests 04 October 2006 FN for APCNews

Unequal access to information and communication technologies (ICTs) has generated new inequalities, according to Social Watch, a coalition of 400 non-governmental organisations present in 60 countries. Social Watch monitors government compliance with international commitments to development and gender equity. Its annual enquiry, widely recognised as an independent and rigorous assessment of social advancement, has just been released on September 19 2006, in Singapore, where the controver...

Getting impatient with GAID: Calls for clarity on the plans
Getting impatient with GAID: Calls for clarity on the plans 04 September 2006 FN for APCNews

Like six blind men trying to understand what an elephant is all about, comprehending the Global Alliance for ICT and Development is still a challenge for most. But is it impatience, or is the GAID slow in taking off? ICT-for-development campaigners, ever in an understandable hurry to see the sometimes-overhyped magic of information technology at work effectively, are asking questions about wh...

Alcatel bags EASSy tender, all eyes watch over who really won
Alcatel bags EASSy tender, all eyes watch over who really won 31 August 2006 APCNews

— Please read the latest development in the EASSy saga on the APC blog — French telco giant Alcatel has bagged the tender for the Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSy), an initiative to connect countries along the eastern coast of Africa, via a high bandwidth fibre optic cable system to the rest of the world. It is considered a milestone in the development of information in...

Chris Nichol: A man who made a difference
Chris Nichol: A man who made a difference 27 August 2006 Maud Hand

“If you don’t try, you can’t complain,” said Chris Nichol the first time I interviewed him at a preparatory conference for the World Summit on the Information Society in February 2003. Chris was one of the many APC members I engaged with as a WSIS virgin tasked with the job of communicating the process in a web-friendly way for the organization. For a man of his age, experience and co...

Looking beyond 2007, workshop on the future of SAT3
Looking beyond 2007, workshop on the future of SAT3 24 July 2006 APCNews

In July 2006, APC is to hold a workshop at Johannesburg, which will crystal-gaze into the future and discuss the future of SAT3, a crucial submarine cable on which hinges Africa’s chances to get a smoother ride to cyberspace. Estimated to cost US $639 million when launched in April 2002, this undersea telecommunications cable links western and south Africa with Europe and Asia. SAT3 fib...

BETINHO PRIZE SERIES: Seeing and transforming the world through community telecentres
BETINHO PRIZE SERIES: Seeing and transforming the world through community telecentres 11 July 2006 AL for APCNews

The FLASCO networking programme was, along with Radiotelecentro from Brazil, one of the two winners of APC’s 2005 Betinho Communication Prize. According to the jury, these are “two extraordinary projects… that are improving the lives of individuals and communities in Latin America and producing real economic benefits”. What exactly is this programme about? What is its real impact, wh...

Content production, community tool
Content production, community tool 11 July 2006 Patricia Peña

The www.telecentroscomunitarios.cl portal is one of the internet-based participatory spaces for content production that the programme offers to the 17 telecentres. This is done through a collaborative publishing platform where organisations find the tools to upload news, activities, product offers, local services and also resources for the creation of their own webpages. In these cases, the c...

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