ICT for development

Let the people speak! Days of hope and optimism
Let the people speak! Days of hope and optimism 13 September 2006 APC

Tracey Naughton started off the session on community media at the Highway Africa conference with an old recording of the African National Congress’s underground radio station. As the speakers crackled with an Mkhonto weSizwe song, delegates sat in silence. Tracey Naughton started off the session on community media at the Highway Africa conference with an old recording of the ANC’s radio station. As the speakers crackled with an Mkhonto we Sizwe song, delegates sat in silence. Naughton we...

Building a vulnerable children's service in Nigeria
Building a vulnerable children's service in Nigeria 29 August 2006 APCNews

APC’s member in Nigeria, Fantsuam Foundation, has launched a vulnerable children’s service as part of its rural HIV/AIDS programme. This innovative project is meant to tackle prevention gaps head-on, with the help of multimedia. "We are working on a community theatre project that will make regular appearances in our partner communities addressing issues related to children’s rights and protection as well as providing edutainment for children. The various drama sessions will be...

If copyright won't work, try copyleft
If copyright won't work, try copyleft 11 August 2006 APC

If copyright doesn’t work in the less affluent world, try copyleft. This is no joke, and a wide network of corporates, campaigners and senior officials are to meet this month-end in the national capital to look at new paradigms of creating and sharing knowledge. Titled "Owning the Future: Ideas and their role in the digital age", this symposium in India is being jointly organized by prest...

Linking technology to the interests of citizens
Linking technology to the interests of citizens 01 August 2006 APC

Dafne Plou, from APC Women’s Networking Support Programme, is blogging live from WALC 2006. WALC 2006 is a yearly workshop organised by APC member EsLaRed, that focuses on networking in Latin America and the Caribbean. After the technical sessions of the workshop which took place the 24th-29th of July in Quito, Ecuador, APC organised a Forum on Internet and Society. In this post, Dafne sh...

Latin Mosaic
Latin Mosaic 31 July 2006 Luísa Gockel

With the objective of producing and disseminating relevant content on the Latin American reality from civil society’s perspective, Rits, in partnership with another eight South American organisations, is launching the Social Mosaic information portal. The initiative is part of the RitsLAC project, which is aiming to form a regional network of entities working towards integrating and strengthe...

Tiny Indian religious centre dreams of WiFi solutions for rural world
Tiny Indian religious centre dreams of WiFi solutions for rural world 20 July 2006 APC

In a remote part of India, techies from across the globe plan to link up and share ideas to build solutions that could make a big difference to how the non-urban millions communicate.Wireless mesh networking is mesh networking implemented over a Wireless LAN. This type of Internet infrastructure is decentralized, relatively inexpensive, and very reliable and resilient, as each node need only tr...

Hello, hello... spotlight on how the poor use their phones
Hello, hello... spotlight on how the poor use their phones 11 July 2006 FN for APCNews

What kinds of phone connections do the poor use? How much do they spend on telecom services? Are they willing to spend more? How do they choose their phone connection? What do they use phones for? And, what difficulties do they face while doing so? Many questions here… but the hints of possible answers come up in a South Asian study that looks at telecom users in India and Sri Lanka who...

Wiki part II: Find your wiki at the bazaar
Wiki part II: Find your wiki at the bazaar 07 July 2006 Strategic Use and Capacity Building Programme for APCNews

“The word wiki is a shorter form of wiki wiki (weekie, weekie) which is from native Hawaiian, in which it is commonly used as an adjective to denote something ‘quick’ or ‘fast’,” says Wikipedia, the world’s most important collaborative online encyclopaedia. Fast and quick, they are. But did you know they were free and open? While shedding light on the larger context of free an...

UN-GAID: One more acronym - or a new beginning?
UN-GAID: One more acronym - or a new beginning? 26 June 2006 APC

South Asia-based BytesForAll‘s newest member, Nalaka Gunawardene of Sri Lanka, who is a veteran journalist and observer of the “ICT4D” (information and communication technologies for development) field, was there at the launch of the Global Alliance for ICT and Development (UN-GAID) in mid June 2006 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He wonders whether the newly-formed UN-GAID will m...

Wiki part I: Progressive communications, wiki style
Wiki part I: Progressive communications, wiki style 30 May 2006 Strategic Use and Capacity Building Programme

APC staff started playing with wikis internally four years ago, and started using this online tool seriously about a year later. Collaborative work can normally be documented with the help of a drawing board or some tape recorder in the corner of a room. At the Association for Progressive Communications, people’s collective space is not a room. Instead they work from home, some in small offic...

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