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Software Piracy Crackdown or ICT Human Rights Violations?
Software Piracy Crackdown or ICT Human Rights Violations? 26 April 2006 APC

Where the Government in Pakistan, Intellectual Property Organization, Federal Investigation Authorities and the Business Software Alliance BSA are initiating a crackdown on Software Piracy in Pakistan, there is hardly any awareness of piracy and its implications within society apart from members of the IT Industry. It is crucial to the basic Human Rights of the citizens of Pakistan that they first be provided Anti-Software Piracy Literacy and trainings on Free and Open Source Software as an a...

For South Asia, an intended FOSS bridge
For South Asia, an intended FOSS bridge 24 April 2006 APC

Here’s an early initiative to flow out of the APC South Asia Consultation: BytesForAll has just launched a new mailing list, specifically focused on Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS, or FOSS). Details of the group are below. We invite all interested to join.

Another provocative one...
Another provocative one... 21 April 2006 APC

Does civil society understand ICT policies at all? Take your pick….

Of Hammers and Nails
Of Hammers and Nails 21 April 2006 APC

“When a hammer is all you have, everything begins to look like a nail…

How could governments get it so wrong?
How could governments get it so wrong? 21 April 2006 APC

"Whatever is the state of localisation in India, the government is definitely responsible for framing the policies. We have dreams of software superpowerdom, yet basic tools are not in place. They have spent crores (tens of millions by Government of India organisations) CDAC and TDIL, and that too all in the name of undertaking work in Indic computing and benefitting the people," says Ravikant...

You're right. Copyright is wrong.
You're right. Copyright is wrong. 21 April 2006 APC

It is assumed that everyone who buys a cheap illegally-copied ("pirated") copy of music or software CD would actually buy the costly ‘official’ version. Links have been made by piracy and terrorism, which are actually quite ludicrous. ‘Intellectual property’ is used as a term, instead of ‘creative expression’. When something is called property, we are steal...

The dark subcontinent
The dark subcontinent 21 April 2006 APC

As far as radio waves go, South Asia could perhaps call itself the dark continent. This part of the planet has an almost-uniformly unenlightened policy when it comes to opening up its airwaves. Voices from Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Nepal….

FOSS: It's great... but sometimes things just don't work
FOSS: It's great... but sometimes things just don't work 21 April 2006 APC

Remember the old joke that the doctor’s operation was a success, but the patient died? Free/Libre and Open Source Software (or FOSS) is a great idea. But sometimes it just doesn’t work out right. This was the cautionary message emerging from an ‘open space’ at the APC Regional Consultation on ICT Policy in South Asia (April 19-21, 2006, Dhaka).

Back in South Asia... with a bang
Back in South Asia... with a bang 20 April 2006 APC

APC is currently holding an ambitious programme in South Asia, and is drawing a wide range of participation. Here’s looking forward to more activity in the most populous region of the planet. Where ICTs, if effectively used, could make a big difference…

Getting to Dhaka
Getting to Dhaka 18 April 2006 APC

India is also getting networked as never before. But that seems to be mainly for the middle classes. Some musings en route to Dhaka for the APC Asia ICT Policy Meet, to be held in mid-April 2006 at the Bangladeshi capital.

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