Access to information

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 vulnerable communities, are not a novelty in Brazil. Telecentres slowly appeared in San Pablo in 2001 a...

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 wireless connection record by establishing a 279 km long link. The goal of this impressive task is ...

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 ...

Taking small, endangered languages online... and literacy in a new format
Taking small, endangered languages online... and literacy in a new format 26 February 2006 APCNews

Web Networks has recently completed a working prototype of a unique online tool to deliver literacy, as part of its "In Your Language – En tu Idioma" family of products. "Yodigo" incorporates the "Conditional Cash Transfer" approach to development funding within an interactive, video-based learning environment that can be provided online or on DVD. You can see www.yodigo.tv for more in...

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...

The right to communicate gains relevance at the World Social Forum in Venezuela
The right to communicate gains relevance at the World Social Forum in Venezuela 02 February 2006 Dafne Sabanes Plou

The Coalition for the Right to Communicate in Latin America and the Caribbean launched a continental campaign during a panel held concurrently at the VI World Social Forum and the II Social Forum of the Americas in Caracas, Venezuela, on the 26th of January. Many of the members of this campaign participated in a press conference on the subject at the end of the panel, during which they reaffi...

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