Free/libre and open source software (FLOSS)

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.

From India, hackers look at another freedom... to collaborate
From India, hackers look at another freedom... to collaborate 25 May 2005 APCNews

Free software offers various ‘freedoms’. But in India, enthusiasts are working on a new one — the freedom to build bridges to potential partners from half-way across the globe, and facing similar developmental concerns or challenges.

FOSS in Upper Egypt:  virgin territory
FOSS in Upper Egypt: virgin territory 24 May 2005 APCNews

APC members in Cairo, ArabDev (http://www.arabdev.org) is taking Free and Open Source Software to the disadvantaged south of Egypt. Students ask "who and how" made the software programmes. When shown a long list of names, they ask, "All these?" Thinking of programmers as normal people, not masters of some secret magical lore, could make a differnce to the thinking of these citizens of tomor...

Developers tell us about their favourite ActionApps-based site and the benefits for them of using APC's free software
Developers tell us about their favourite ActionApps-based site and the benefits for them of using APC's free software 15 April 2005 APCNews

*Oliver Zielke of Web Networks, Canada on AttavikApps, a derivation of ActionApps which allows the Inuit to publish online in their own language. *Jaime Torres of Peru on SIA an agrarian system for Peruvian farmers developed by CEPES in Lima *Sarah Escandor-Tomas on the “Voting Campaign for the Presidential Elections Centre for Migrant Advocacy” developed by WomensHub, Philippines. * And mo...

Free software camp in Asia brought together non-profits and grassroots hackers
Free software camp in Asia brought together non-profits and grassroots hackers 27 January 2005 APCNews

In late January, India’s technology mecca Bangalore became the venue for an international ‘camp’ intended to promote free and open source software (FOSS) among civil society. Asia Source, as the ‘tech camp’ is called, was held from January 28 to February 4, 2005 and "hopes to bring together over a hundred people from 20 countries to increase the use and awareness o...

World Social Forum: Open Systems for Open Politics
World Social Forum: Open Systems for Open Politics 25 January 2005

The World Social Forum has open information systems in place to go with an open political ethos. All of about 1,000 computers at the forum are using free software. The official website has been developed for the first time in ‘php,’ an open source language. A new translation system is also a free software tool. The Forum is hosted in Brazil, a nation whose government at the first ph...

NGOs, searching long for alternatives, find flavour in alt.software
NGOs, searching long for alternatives, find flavour in alt.software 21 January 2005 Frederick Noronha

For an sector that talks of alternatives, the non-governmental organisations (NGOs) or voluntary sector stays surprisingly aloof from one significant alternative that has really worked — free software. But there are stirrings to bridge this huge chasm. In end-January, India’s technology mecca Bangalore is to be the venue for an international, APC-supported ‘camp’ meant t...

Progressive programmers from across the APC and beyond gather in South Africa
Progressive programmers from across the APC and beyond gather in South Africa 26 November 2004 APCNews

Progressive technology organisations all over the world met in Cape Town to discuss the future of the free content management system – ActionApps. ActionApps is a software that makes websites easier to manage and more dynamic and facilitates the creation of portal sites, improving the visibility of civil society information. Almost 40 developers from as far afield as Egypt, Cambodia, Spai...

Training on free and open source software for NGOs
Training on free and open source software for NGOs 24 November 2004 Foundation for Media Alternatives

The Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA), together with key free and open source software (FOSS) advocates in the country organized a training-workshop for Philippine non-government organizations (NGOs). Held on 28-29 October 2004 and attended by 30 participants from 18 organizations, the learning activity sought to impart not only with the necessary skills and knowledge of FOSS but more im...

Resistance in Hungary to EU proposals on software patenting
Resistance in Hungary to EU proposals on software patenting 30 September 2004 Green Spider

A crowd of about four hundred turned out to demonstrate against proposed European software patents legislation. It was the first "geeky", free-software related demonstration in Hungary said APC member Green Spider, organised by groups not typically used to leaving their computer screens to get their voices heard.

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