Access to information

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 what role the United Nation’s latest arm could actually play. Said South Asian journalist and I...

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 infrastructure in the region. But what is really happening on the ground to make sure the important &...

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...

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...

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 softwa...

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 p...

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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