Access to information

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 the processes and structures that developed during the WSIS process. But what does that mean in pr...

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 participate in the above workshop. THE WORKSHOP AIMS TO * Develop technical skills in wireless netwo...

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 ...

East Africa needs a fair entry-ticket to afford cyberspace: Easing Access to EASSy
East Africa needs a fair entry-ticket to afford cyberspace: Easing Access to EASSy 08 March 2006 APCNews

Africa currently has to pay for some of the most expensive bandwidth in the world. The region currently only has one major international fibre cable (SAT3) that connects countries in West and Southern Africa but East Africa has no fibre connection. Fibre connections usually mean cheaper prices than satellite for volume traffic but because of the monopoly structure of the SAT3 consortium, its o...

From the Philippines, concern about how new laws impact communication rights
From the Philippines, concern about how new laws impact communication rights 27 February 2006 APCNews

APC’s member in the Philippines, the Foundation for Media Alternatives, has warned that new laws in that country could act as a threat to communication rights, some 20 years after the People’s Power revolution removed dictator Marcos from power there. On February 24, 2006, Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declared a state of emergency in attempt to subdue what she said ...

Affordable bandwidth, still Africa's distant dream
Affordable bandwidth, still Africa's distant dream 26 February 2006 APCNews

Achieving affordable bandwidth still remains a major concern for Africa. A workshop in Senegal – organised by the Open Society Institute of West Africa (OSIWA) – stressed the key role various sectors need to play to change the abysmal situation in a continent fighting tough challenges both at home and internationally. The Senegal workshop called access to telecommunication services...

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