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APC's unease with EASSy made loud and clear
APC's unease with EASSy made loud and clear 16 March 2006 APCNews

A BBC News article published on the British Broadcasting Corporation’s online edition on Wednesday March 15 reports on the East African Submarine Cable System (EASSy) and APC’s reluctance to the way it’s expected to be implemented. The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) has made its concerns and reservations about the new optical cable project for East Africa loud and clear at a consultation conference taking place a couple of days prior to the article’s ...

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. All this will change if the proposed East African Submarine Cable System (EASSy) cable is built as it will connect countries on the eastern side of the continent and if this new capacity is offered in a way that maximises use and lowers price. To help make this possible, APC is launching a new website “Fibre-for-Africa” and on March 10 will hold a consultation with more than 80 key stakeholders from all ov...

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 w...

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.

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 infor...

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. It was decided to strengthen the actions of all the independent and community media, communications networks, personalities and institutio...

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. This conference aimed at strengthening what happened at WSIS and finding a concrete way forward to meet the WSIS targets at the national level. Specially, establishing national priorities and benchmarks.

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. It is being coordinated by Professor David Souter, of ict Development Ass...

Mainstreaming ICTs in Africa, a new book is out
Mainstreaming ICTs in Africa, a new book is out 22 January 2006 Women'sNet

‘Mainstreaming ICTs: Africa Lives the Information Society" is a contribution towards efforts to bridge the "policy-practice" divide. The book is amied at development practitioners and ICT innovators interested in inventive technology applications for social justice and development. It contains 10 case studies reflecting on the innovative and creative ways information and communciation tec...

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

The Korean Progressive Network Jinbonet is currently conducting a study on the state of Korean National ID Number System. Its aim: to demo problems of Korean National ID Number System by contrasting how the same is abused in Korea, and comparing with cases of foreign countries. If you can answer some short questions by December 15, 2005, it would help the study immensely.

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