Access to information

What do communication rights mean to people on the ground when they are denied them?
What do communication rights mean to people on the ground when they are denied them? 27 January 2005 APCNews

Activists from Tunisia, Italy, Paraguay and Brazil reported on conditions in their countries and the response of civil society. APCNews reports from the Vth World Social Forum.

Editorial: The challenges of the WSF and the responsibilities of communicators
Editorial: The challenges of the WSF and the responsibilities of communicators 27 January 2005 Mario Lubetkin, IPS

The first four World Social Forums — from 2001 to 2004 — were extraordinary moments of congregation, participation, debate and exchange amongst tens of thousands of activists from around the world, who transformed the WSF into the trademark meeting of civil society.

Fighting for the right to information
Fighting for the right to information 26 January 2005 Mario Dujisin, IPS

The control wielded by big media and the need for strategies to challenge that power were among the central themes addressed at the First Information and Communication World Forum (ICWF).

Creating new means of communication
Creating new means of communication 25 January 2005 Dafne Plou, APC for Les Penelopes

Presenters at the First World Forum on Information and Communication, discussed the possibilities of creating new methods of communication that are inclusive and have the potential of breaking down well-estalished communication patterns linked to the market and media corporations.

What is APC up to at the V World Social Forum?
What is APC up to at the V World Social Forum? 25 January 2005 APCNews

APC will be participating in a number of meetings at this fifth annual gathering of social movements, NGOs, and progressive groups who believe that “another world is possible”. On Thursday January 27th we are offering a workshop on “Networking for change and empowerment: building a gender and ICT policy agenda in the women’s movement”. Check out our agenda in English, French and S...

Computer Aid International in Southern Africa
Computer Aid International in Southern Africa 19 January 2005 Computer Aid International

Beginning a process of regionalisation APC member Computer Aid International opened its Southern Africa Regional offfice in Johannesburg, South Africa. The new Computer Aid office will support existing and future partners in Angola, Botswana, DRC, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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 is 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.

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

Alberto Escudero longtime APC collaborator is localising OpenOffice.org and other open software to Swahili, the lingua franca of East Africa, spoken by almost 100 million people. The software has just been released.

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

A project using wireless technology to link small-scale farmers in a desert valley in Peru is helping farmers by providing and generating local information online. The living conditions of more than 6,000 rural workers is being directly affected. APC member in Lima, CEPES, is providing technical support for the project and the content exchange software used is APC ActionApps.

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

APC member in Canada, Web Networks, has integrated APC’s free software ActionApps with a number of other applications to come up with a first – the ability to easily view Inukititut (a Canadian Aboriginal language) online, as well as giving Inuit abilities to easily publish online in their native language.

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