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Franco-Brazil civil society exchange notes
Franco-Brazil civil society exchange notes 19 August 2005 RITS Brazil

When civil society from Brazil and France got together recently, they focussed on exchanging "experiences in digital solidarity". Their mid-July meet in Paris saw them also look at the possibility of cooperation in fields like Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). Socialising experiences in the area of digital inclusion, discussing strategies to mobilise civil societies and defending the par...

Update: When cyberspace goes to Amazonia...
Update: When cyberspace goes to Amazonia... 03 August 2005 Rits

From July 1 to 11, a RITS team was again in the interior of Pará, in order to install community internet access points. What happens when wireless, Free Software and the internet reaches the Amazon? APC’s member in Brazil, RITS, gives an update of their project in Pará, a territory covered mostly by jungle, and the Amazon Rainforest. This is an update to the report titled The other sid...

Ungana-Afrika: Doing its bit to counter Africa's 'capacity crisis'
Ungana-Afrika: Doing its bit to counter Africa's 'capacity crisis' 29 June 2005 APCNews

APC’s new member Ungana-Afrika is a non-profit organisation that provides technology support, and helps others initiate technology support programs, within the development community of Southern Africa. Their work includes incubation of ICT capacity building programs, in-house ICT programs, and individual projects. Ungana Afrika executive director Toni Eliasz says the main priority for t...

SANGONeT takes a closer look at the WSIS
SANGONeT takes a closer look at the WSIS 08 June 2005 SANGONeT

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) comprises two phases. The first phase took place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 10-12 December 2003, where 175 countries adopted a Declaration of Principles and Plan of Action. The second phase will take place in Tunis, Tunisia, from 16-18 November 2005. During the second phase of WSIS, efforts are being made to put the Plan of Action into moti...

Interview with Ayesha Hassan, leader of the business sector at WSIS
Interview with Ayesha Hassan, leader of the business sector at WSIS 01 April 2005 Maud Hand

When Ayesha Hassan contributed to the Open Consultations on Internet Governance in the run up to WSIS, it was clear that the business sector’s concerns were in competent hands. This stylishly suited lawyer, a Senior Policy Manager on ICT for the International Chamber of Commerce, leads the CCBI – the Co-ordinating Committee of Business Interlocutors at the conference. Maud Hand hears h...

ICTs for Grassroots: Women from South Asia
ICTs for Grassroots: Women from South Asia 01 April 2005 Maud Hand

Like bright flowers in a grey space, the grassroots women of India livened up February’s Prepcom proceedings and it wasn’t just their stylish saris that did the trick. Undaunted by the suits and officialdom of Geneva’s UN machinery, these Indian representatives vigorously demonstrated the value of ICTs in their working lives and made a cogent case for finances to build more equitable ICT ...

Resources on multi-stakeholder participation in UN processes
Resources on multi-stakeholder participation in UN processes 01 April 2005 APC

As part of our involvement in the WSIS, and our policy advocacy capacity building work at national and regional levels, APC has started to gather a list of resources on the topic. We want to thank members of the WSIS CS Plenary online space for their contributions. The list is a work in progress; do not expect it to be comprehensive. Please send additions to networking at apc.org. Resources on...

Multi-stakeholder participation and ICT policy processes
Multi-stakeholder participation and ICT policy processes 01 April 2005 Anriette Esterhuysen

The complexity of the WSIS process has been discussed extensively. A recent article by Ralf Bendrath specifically addresses ‘multi-stakeholderism’ in the WSIS. But is the WSIS uniquely complex? Any public policy process worth its salt is bound to be complex, multi-stakeholder, involve contestation and compromises. Policies affect different communities and interest groups in different ways ...

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