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New APC Issue Paper: Interconnection costs
New APC Issue Paper: Interconnection costs 27 September 2005 APCNews

Communication infrastructures are changing at such an accelerated pace that while new technologies are released continuously, we are still ignorant about questions of internet interconnection. While the users of the North reap the benefits brought about by information and communication technologies’ advances, the users of the South are increasingly prevented from taking advantage of the innovations. Leading among the many factors, the privatisation of this sector’s operations in the indus...

Cantennas, taking wi-fi to rural areas. Affordably.
Cantennas, taking wi-fi to rural areas. Affordably. 25 September 2005 Russell Southwood

A "Cantenna"? What’s that? It’s a solution that comes out of using empty tin cans and other simple tools that a lot of communities can afford. "Cantenna" technology can make wireless connection cheaper for poorly served rural areas and economically disadvantaged African people who do not have access to Internet connectivity. This is what emerges from a report on an APC-run series of capacity-building workshops in Africa.

Loband, taking the Net to areas where connectivity is still slow
Loband, taking the Net to areas where connectivity is still slow 14 September 2005

It is free, open-source, contains no advertising and runs online so there is nothing to download. Loband works by displaying any website with the original text and layout but with after removing un-necessary adverts, images and web objects such as Flash animations. Its promoters call this a "unique simplification and compression process (which) can reduce access time by up to ten times". Loband...

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).

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

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.

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.

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

Local content; community broadcasting; freedom of expression, diversity and pluralism; financing the digital divide; education and ICT literacy; and gender and ICTs — what role should these issues play at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)? In South Africa, a June-end 2005 meet seeks to provide an opportunity for civil society organisations (CSOs) to reflect on WSIS issues.

IL FAIT BON VIVRE EN TUNISIE? The state of human rights in Tunisia, host of the next World Summit on the Information Society
IL FAIT BON VIVRE EN TUNISIE? The state of human rights in Tunisia, host of the next World Summit on the Information Society 01 April 2005 Maud Hand

Attendees at the recent phase of WSIS couldn’t fail to notice the prolific presence of Tunisian delegates. From civil society plenaries through gatherings over coffee to the government sessions, they had their say in preparation for the November summit. But can a country whose government censors journalists, curtails web access and imprisons internet users without trial, be a fit host for the...

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 ...

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