Access to information

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.

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

A workshop held in Manila focused on pressing communication rights issues in the Asian region including attacks on freedom of expression and independent media. Activists issued a statement in support of a Thai colleague present who returned home to face a million-dollar lawsuit for speaking out in the press against government corruption.

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 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) process continues and two issues on which governments were unable to reach consensus during the first phase in 2003- ‘internet governance’ and ‘financing mechanisms’- are under the microscope. Last month saw the first open consultation on the ‘working group on internet governance’. APC briefs you on the discu...

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...

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

APC member, the Third World Institute (Instituto del Tercer Mundo, ITeM) has launched a research project intended to contribute to the second phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) decision-making process. Research will be focused on key issues of interest to developing countries. Based on the research, position and briefing papers will be produced to advise Southern negoti...

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.

Voices that must be heard - RITS reports on the latest round of the information society summit, WSIS
Voices that must be heard - RITS reports on the latest round of the information society summit, WSIS 30 July 2004

"The situation that was created in Hammamet makes it plain that there’s an urgent need to overcome the barrier to participation by organisations from civil society in the South." This is the conclusion of APC member in Brazil, RITS, at the conclusion of the first PrepCom of the second phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) held in Tunisia in June. "The massive presenc...

WSIS: Diary reports from civil society from the first preparatory meeting in Tunisia, June 2004
WSIS: Diary reports from civil society from the first preparatory meeting in Tunisia, June 2004 29 June 2004

Collected on the CRIS Campaign site, reports in English and Spanish cover the progress of the first ‘prepcom’ from a civil society perspective of the second phase of the UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) held June 24-26. There are reports covering each day – from Day 1 to Day 4.

WSIS: Much to Communicate on the Road to Tunis
WSIS: Much to Communicate on the Road to Tunis 07 May 2004 IPS

A three-day meeting in Tunis last month sought to prepare the way for the next World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) to be held Nov. 16-18 next year. But interest in this development has built up over the past 30 years.

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