Strategic use of the internet

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 transmit as far as the next node.

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.

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.

Rits.lac: Civil society, a step towards regional integration
Rits.lac: Civil society, a step towards regional integration 05 June 2006 APCNews

Latin America is undergoing a historic process of regional integration. In the meantime, what is going on with civil society? The joint working experiences between social movements from different Latin American countries are rich and have a long common history. The synergy is far from running dry: regional integration initiatives are on the rise and being consolidated. Rits.lac, a new project f...

“Wireless technology is irreplaceable for providing access in remote and scarcely populated regions”
“Wireless technology is irreplaceable for providing access in remote and scarcely populated regions” 02 June 2006 AL

Ermanno Pietrosemoli, of Venezuelan APC member EsLaRed, has been exploring the possibilities of wireless technology for years. From technical experiments to working with grassroots organisations, the firm belief of the irreplaceable possibilities of this type of connection to provide access in remote and scarcely populated regions has driven his work. A new wireless connection world record was ...

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...

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….

Sites of resistance: Why our blogs matter
Sites of resistance: Why our blogs matter 01 April 2006 APC

A Guardian article yesterday said that there are 240,000 feminist blogs on the internet. A few of their creators were present on an excellent panel at today’s WAM! conference.

Is it possible to control international financial institutions through the internet?
Is it possible to control international financial institutions through the internet? 31 March 2006 ITeM

The annual coordination meeting of IFIwatchnet took place March 7th-9th in Montevideo, Uruguay. The meeting was organised by the project’s current coordinator, APC member, ITeM (Third World Institute). The members of the executive committee and regional outreach coordinators participated in this encounter.

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