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IPLeft launching Korean Open Access Licence
IPLeft launching Korean Open Access Licence 26 December 2004 Jinbonet

IPLeft, a social group for information commons in South Korea since 1999, launched the Korean Open Access Licence (KOAL) in October, 2004. KOAL it’s a newly-introduced model of open access to information in South Korea. Jinbonet, APC member in Seoul, has participated in IPLeft activities to develop this new initiative. As the information and communication technologies (ICTs) are growing and broadband infrastructure is becoming wide-spread, it seems that people should have access to inform...

"Jambo, OpenOffice!" Launch of Swahili Free and Open Source  Software
"Jambo, OpenOffice!" Launch of Swahili Free and Open Source Software 06 December 2004

As the Father of Tanzania, the late Mwalimu Nyerere will always be remembered by his famous saying: "It can be done; play your part". Today, 4th December 2004, The Open Swahili Localization Project, also known as Kilinux, is proud to announce the first ever release of a free office suite software in Swahili, called "Jambo OpenOffice." Jambo OpenOffice is the Swahili version of OpenOffice.org, a leading international effort to provide a free and open source office suite based on open standa...

Wireless internet improves market access conditions for farmers in Peru
Wireless internet improves market access conditions for farmers in Peru 26 November 2004 CEPES

The Centro Peruano de Estudios Sociales – CEPES (Peruvian Center for Social Studies), an APC member, has worked out a development project named "Agricultural information via internet for Farmers of the Board of Users of the Valley of Chancay – Huaral". The Project intends to benefit, in a direct way, 6,000 poor farmers – the majority of them owners of small properties and hav...

Canadian technology wizards adapt APC software so that Inuit can publish online
Canadian technology wizards adapt APC software so that Inuit can publish online 01 November 2004 Web Networks

New solution puts APC member in Toronto at the forefront of implementing languages on the Web. Users can now surf the Web in Inuktitut on any computer, without extra software or special settings. “Because the syllabics issue is handled by our Web server,” says Oliver Zielke of Web Networks, “the user’s fonts and browser settings don’t matter.” Site maintenance, he says, is...

WSIS Update: APC reports on recent and upcoming meetings on internet governance and the financing of ICTs in developing countrie
WSIS Update: APC reports on recent and upcoming meetings on internet governance and the financing of ICTs in developing countrie 30 September 2004 APC

The Geneva phase of the WSIS (December 2003) produced a political declaration and plan of action which was adopted by governments and intended to guide the Tunis ‘implementation’ phase of the WSIS (November 2005). There were two issues on which governments were unable to reach consensus – ‘internet governance’ and ‘financing mechanisms’. In both case...

Communications rights activists from across Asia plan actions and solidarity
Communications rights activists from across Asia plan actions and solidarity 30 September 2004 FMA

APC member in the Philippines, the Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA), together with Bread for All (Switzerland), the World Alliance for Christian Communication (WACC) and the Communication Rights in the Information Society (CRIS) Campaign recently organized a workshop entitled “Communication Rights: An Asian Solidarity Towards a Regional Agenda for Articulation and Action”. Seen as ...

European Forum on Communication Rights to precede European Social Forum
European Forum on Communication Rights to precede European Social Forum 29 September 2004 APCNews

Following the successful World Forum on Communications Rights held in Geneva in December, communications activists including the APC aim to bring together those working at different levels on communication rights – from grass roots activists working on practical projects and street level campaigns, to those engaged in lobbying and advocacy, to researchers and academics for a European Foru...

1000 Brazilian communities in areas of extreme poverty to get telecentres
1000 Brazilian communities in areas of extreme poverty to get telecentres 30 July 2004 RITS

New partners mean that RITS APC member in Rio de Janeiro is drawing up a blue-print for the set-up and operation of 1000 telecentres in municipalities situated in areas of extreme poverty throughout Brazil. This follows RITS’ experience working with the government in Brazil’s largest city to establish over a 100 free public internet access points in marginalised neighbourhoods. RI...

Briefing papers towards Tunis 2005
Briefing papers towards Tunis 2005 30 July 2004 ITeM

In January 2002 the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) convened a World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in order to improve access by all countries to information, knowledge and communication technologies to promote development. The first stage of the summit took place in Geneva, from 10-12 December 2003, and the second will take place in Tunis next November 16-18, 2005. Key ...

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