Strategic use of the internet

Interview with SANGONeT’s web editor: Getting the tech right
Interview with SANGONeT’s web editor: Getting the tech right 15 November 2006 FD for APCNews

The South African non-governmental organisation net (SANGONeT) is known for being at the forefront of South Africa’s civil society, especially in matters related to information and communication technologies (ICTs) and the internet. How that came to be and how SANGONeT is using technology is discussed with SANGONeT portal editor Fazila Farouk here.

BETINHO PRIZE SPECIAL: Communication technologies, weapons against war in Colombia
BETINHO PRIZE SPECIAL: Communication technologies, weapons against war in Colombia 09 October 2006 AL for APCNews

In the midst of an armed conflict, organising an audiovisual communication workshop for youth does not tend to be a priority for groups working in the area. Nevertheless, for the International Peace Observatory (IPO), a Colombian organisation that was a finalist for the Betinho prize in 2005, it is essential that small farmer communities – who are the first victims of the war – be able to tell their stories. APCNews spoke to Laura Lorenzi, president of the IPO, about how new techn...

Harambee project: Call for small grants applications
Harambee project: Call for small grants applications 26 September 2006 Harambee

The Harambee project coordinators are announcing a small grants facility to provide a number of sectoral based networks and communities in Africa with funding for the development of greater collaborative capacity.

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.

BETINHO PRIZE SPECIAL: MetaRecycling: “Noisy environments, unstable computers and curious people" - Part II
BETINHO PRIZE SPECIAL: MetaRecycling: “Noisy environments, unstable computers and curious people" - Part II 05 September 2006 AL for APCNews

The MetaRecycling movement is sustained by solid philosophical pillars. One of the basic concepts consists in treating computers as artisanal products.

APCNews asks, Felipe Fonseca responds
APCNews asks, Felipe Fonseca responds 05 September 2006 AL for APCNews

We are, with great pride, very close to certain social movements, especially those that fall within the context of tactical media.

BETINHO PRIZE SPECIAL: MetaRecycling - "Noisy environments, unstable computers and curious people"
BETINHO PRIZE SPECIAL: MetaRecycling - "Noisy environments, unstable computers and curious people" 05 September 2006 AL for APCNews

The Metarecyclers consider that computers are craft artifacts that must be creatively manipulated. They not only have displayed a natural vocation for experimentation, the finalists of APC’s 2005 Betinho Prize also populated recycling centres all over Brazil. APCNews reports on this open, free and self-organised movement from Brazil.

BETINHO PRIZE: The voices of women and communities through radio telecentres
BETINHO PRIZE: The voices of women and communities through radio telecentres 04 August 2006 AL for APCNews

First it was radio, then the internet. First women’s organisations, then the community. The story of CEMINA, a Brazilian communication and gender organisation, is one of growth, change and openness. Its radio telecentre work captivated the APC Betinho Prize jury in 2005.

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...

ASIA COMMONS: The Commons through Asian eyes
ASIA COMMONS: The Commons through Asian eyes 07 July 2006 FN for APCNews

APC members took an active part at the Asia Commons Conference, a first-of-its-kind event held from June 6 to 8 2006 in the Thai capital of Bangkok. Some expected more concrete action could come out of it. But this meet was a great start to building links and planning ‘common’ action at the Asian level.

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