Access to information

BETINHO PRIZE SERIES: Seeing and transforming the world through community telecentres
BETINHO PRIZE SERIES: Seeing and transforming the world through community telecentres 11 July 2006 AL for APCNews

Read the series of stories about Betinho prize winning projects, narrated by FLASCO Chile. This group was one of the two winners of APC’s 2005 Betinho Communication Prize. According to the jury, their networking efforts are "improving the lives of individuals and communities in Latin America and producing real economic benefits”. What exactly is their networking about? What is its real impact, what real life stories are to be found in the background? APCNews discussed this with the team b...

Social wireless technology
Social wireless technology 11 July 2006 Patricia Peña

The Cabrati Telecentre is located in Batuco Lampa and administered by a group of women that manages a day-care centre. It has become a pioneer community access point in the country as it uses the advantages of wireless connectivity to access internet economically, while still turning a profit.

FLACSO and the networking programme: Reconciling theory and practice
FLACSO and the networking programme: Reconciling theory and practice 11 July 2006 Patricia Peña

As an academic centre, FLACSO Chile generates knowledge and reproduces it through its alumni and graduates in different fields of political science. The networking programme falls therefore within the scope of promoting access to and ownership of information.

Women and community telecentre: Shy at first, first at last
Women and community telecentre: Shy at first, first at last 11 July 2006 Patricia Peña

The female telecentre users initially become involved discreetly, they are curious to know what is going on, what the telecentre consists of and the services it offers. This is the first time that many of the women from the communities have access to equipment.

WSIS follow-up article on implementation
WSIS follow-up article on implementation 10 May 2006 Karen Banks, Willie Currie, Anriette Esterhuysen

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) process culminated with the Tunis Summit in November 2005 and we are now five months into the post-WSIS implementation phase. … But what does that mean in practice? What are the post-WSIS implementation processes, what actors are involved, when and where are they taking place and how can you get involved? The following ten-page overview s...

North African regional wireless training workshop
North African regional wireless training workshop 08 May 2006 Ann Tothill

Between the 12th and 16th of July 2006, an APC-organised North African Regional Wireless Training Workshop will take place in Morocco. Wireless technologies offer developing countries an important low-cost, versatile alternative to wired infrastructure. They enable communities to extend the reach of cabled internet connectivity and to be in control of the planning, implementation and design of ...

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.

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 w...

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.

Not so EASSy
Not so EASSy 19 March 2006 Mail & Guardian

Major South African weekly, the "Mail and Guardian", reports from the APC-organised conference on EASSy, the East African submarine cable. The good news is that excessively high international bandwidth prices in Africa are to be challenged says the M&G but the benefits can be curtailed if operators maintain monopoly control.

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