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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 operators have kept prices high. All this will change if the proposed East African Submarine Cable S...

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...

WOUGNET, Uganda: Meet to consolidate WSIS achievements, attain targets
WOUGNET, Uganda: Meet to consolidate WSIS achievements, attain targets 30 January 2006 APCNews

APC-member WOUGNET in Uganda was one of the organisers of a conference in mid-December, on a post-World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) consolidation for Uganda. Held on December 14, 2005, the conference was co-organised by the Uganda Communication Commission, I-network, Collegium for Development Studies and Uppsala University of Sweden. Overall, the Uganda conference aimed at strengthe...

APC study on developing country and non-governmental actors' role in WSIS
APC study on developing country and non-governmental actors' role in WSIS 23 January 2006 APCNews

APC is undertaking a study of the participation of developing countries and non-government actors — including civil society — in the recent World Summit on the Information Society and its associated fora, such as the Task Force on Financing Mechanisms and the Working Group on Internet Governance. This follows on from the Louder Voices report, which was undertaken for the United Ki...

Abusing numbers: is Korea going just too far?
Abusing numbers: is Korea going just too far? 12 December 2005 Oh Byoung-il

Is another big ‘Big Brother’ emerging out of Korean cyberspace, this time in the shape of the internet real-name system? South Korea’s Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC) officially announced on September 12, the that it would introduce the internet real-name system as a counter-measure against problems of cyber violence and start a legislative process regarding th...

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