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Argentinian's unequal access to the net
Argentinian's unequal access to the net 09 August 2006 APC

Danilo from APC member in Argentina, Nodo Tau, comments to the APC report "Reduce the cost of international internet connectivity".

New Indian copyright law could help disabled, cripple remixes, clamp  DRM
New Indian copyright law could help disabled, cripple remixes, clamp DRM 20 July 2006 APC

India is planning to significantly amend its Copyright Act of 1957, to include among other things the concept of Digital Rights Management, a move which could well restrict access to knowledge. Lawyers-with-a-difference are closely monitoring what’s happening on this front.

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...

Horrifying image of lack of internet cables to Africa
Horrifying image of lack of internet cables to Africa 29 June 2006 APC

At a presentation at APC’s national ICT policy workshop currently going on in London, I was shocked to see a map in a presentation by Russell Southwood which shows how poorly connected Africa is with submarine internet fibre.

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...

Often, it's the simple tools that matter... says Egyptian blogger
Often, it's the simple tools that matter... says Egyptian blogger 25 June 2006 APC

An ant, they say, can infuriate an elephant. That is, if the ant choose the right target, and goes into the elephant’s ear. In the Egyptian world of technology, an 24-year-old engineer is doing the same by giving a voice to protest that’s otherwise stifled in that part of the globe.

India...so vibrant and interesting. and hot!
India...so vibrant and interesting. and hot! 18 May 2006 APC

Reporting about the heat and dust of India, a GEM workshop, the Taj Mahal… and some links to colourful photos of the place too.

South Korea, where IPR fights A2K
South Korea, where IPR fights A2K 18 May 2006 APC

South Korea is seeing some conflicts between IPR and access to knowledge (or, A2K). Over-protection of IPR may hamper access to knowledge. It is unfair to use the copyright law to prevent the public use of digital libraries.

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 fi...

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.

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