Access to information

Telecentres and free software
Telecentres and free software 11 July 2006 Patricia Peña

At the beginning, arriving and installing telecentres that use computer equipment that run on an open operating system like GNU/Linux was not a simple process. In Chile, the degree of penetration of the Windows operating system is considerabe, and merely encountering something different often generated great resistance from the organisations and communities. We have observed that ”free software” was associated with cost reduction, hence lower quality. As a result of this, there was a sign...

Social wireless technology
Social wireless technology 11 July 2006 Patricia Peña

The Cabrati Telecentre is located in Batuco Lampa and administered by a group of women that manages a day-care centre. It has become a pioneer community access point in the country as it uses the advantages of wireless connectivity to access internet economically, while still turning a profit. After many months without an internet connection, this remote area that is not considered viable to provide broadband network access services, good news finally arrived through various collaborators. ...

FLACSO and the networking programme: Reconciling theory and practice
FLACSO and the networking programme: Reconciling theory and practice 11 July 2006 Patricia Peña

As an academic centre, FLACSO Chile generates knowledge and reproduces it through its alumni and graduates in different fields of political science. The networking programme falls therefore within the scope of promoting access to and ownership of information. As a part of this institution, there are opportunities for the project that we are developing (Strengthening civil society organisation...

Women and community telecentre: Shy at first, first at last
Women and community telecentre: Shy at first, first at last 11 July 2006 Patricia Peña

The female telecentre users initially become involved discreetly, they are curious to know what is going on, what the telecentre consists of and the services it offers. This is the first time that many of the women from the communities have access to equipment. Generally, women drop-by the telecentre because they are seeking academic help for their children (information for homework or school...

WSIS follow-up article on implementation
WSIS follow-up article on implementation 10 May 2006 Karen Banks, Willie Currie, Anriette Esterhuysen

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) process culminated in the Tunis Summit in November 2005. We are now five months into the post-WSIS implementation phase. Civil society, in its final statement on WSIS, expressed its commitment to continue “its involvement in the future mechanisms for policy debate, implementation and follow-up on Information Society issues” by building on...

North African regional wireless training workshop
North African regional wireless training workshop 08 May 2006 Ann Tothill

North African Regional Wireless Training Workshop, Morocco, 12-16 July 2006 If you… * Are based in a community organization/NGO or work closely with community-focussed projects using networked technologies * Have a practical need to develop your skills and knowledge in wireless networking and want to learn with others * Are based in North Africa …you are invited to apply to pa...

Telecentres in Brazil: training builds strength
Telecentres in Brazil: training builds strength 02 May 2006 APCNews

Telecentres are a model for community ownership of information and communication technologies: a model that works and is gaining strength, according to various successful experiences in Latin America. APC member in Brazil, RITS, is a civil society organisation committed to this new logic which is based on solidarity. These spaces which make computers and internet connections available to vul...

Wireless connection record in Venezuela: With the feet on the ground and the head in the clouds
Wireless connection record in Venezuela: With the feet on the ground and the head in the clouds 02 May 2006 APCNews

A detailed study of Venezuela’s topography, a trip to Italy, some pieces of ‘public domain’ software, satellite dishes that cross mountains on all-terrain trucks, cables, generators. This is neither a capricious list nor are its elements surrealist digressions. The elements that we have just enumerated are part of an ambitious endeavour that recently became a reality: to break the world ...

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Another way of fighting poverty
Democratic Republic of the Congo: Another way of fighting poverty 03 April 2006 APCNews

In a country where the majority of the population lives below the absolute poverty level, where political crises and violence have done away with social institutions, does it make sense to invest energies in information and communication technologies (ICTs)? Canadian APC member, Alternatives, firmly believes in this opportunity. The story goes back to the 1980’s, when Alternatives began to ...

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