Strategic use of the internet

Knowledge at the heart of central India's rural showcase...
Knowledge at the heart of central India's rural showcase... 22 March 2006 APC

At the end of the day, the jury may be still out on whether these approaches from the heartland of rural India can be scaled-up and replicated across less-influential political constituencies. But what’s happening in Baramati is definitely worth a closer look.

Taking small, endangered languages online... and literacy in a new format
Taking small, endangered languages online... and literacy in a new format 26 February 2006 APCNews

Web Networks has recently completed a working prototype of a unique online tool to deliver literacy, as part of its "In Your Language – En tu Idioma" family of products. "Yodigo" incorporates the "Conditional Cash Transfer" approach to development funding within an interactive, video-based learning environment that can be provided online or on DVD. You can see www.yodigo.tv for more information and to try out the demo, and contact Oliver Zielke (oliver @ web.net) if interested in partic...

Global media monitoring: Women in the news
Global media monitoring: Women in the news 20 February 2006 Dafne Sabanes Plou

Does it make sense to monitor information about women that is published or transmitted through by the media? Is the image that media construct of women important? In what way does it influence our social imaginary for women to almost always appear in the news as victims and rarely as experts on subjects of political, social and economic relevance? The WACC made the results of its media monitori...

300 participants to join SANGONeT's ICTs for civil society meet
300 participants to join SANGONeT's ICTs for civil society meet 14 February 2006 David Barnard

APC member SANGONeT holds its "ICTs for Civil Society" conference on March 7-9, 2006 at Johannesburg, together with its South African NGO Web Awards 2006. A number of speakers from organisations doing interesting work have firmed up participation in the event, and over 300 participants are expected. In store is an exciting event with much opportunity for learning, debate, information-sharing an...

Africa Source II makes befriending FOSS a real treat
Africa Source II makes befriending FOSS a real treat 23 January 2006 Elizabeth Araujo

Women’sNet’s training co-ordinator Elizabeth "Liz" Araujo writes that the recent Africa Source 2 event was set "against a beautiful Lake Victoria island backdrop, replete with sandy beaches, and fishing boats", and turned out to be a "smashing success". Held from January 8-15, 2006, the skills-packed practical workshop was aimed at introducing and exploring free/libre and open sour...

IMARK, sharing info online more effectively
IMARK, sharing info online more effectively 22 January 2006 APCNews

IMARK is a suite of distance-learning resources, tools and communities on information management. A new website has just been launched. Modules are now available in French and Spanish. APC is part of the IMARK steering group together with UNESCO, FAO and others.

Mainstreaming ICTs in Africa, a new book is out
Mainstreaming ICTs in Africa, a new book is out 22 January 2006 Women'sNet

‘Mainstreaming ICTs: Africa Lives the Information Society" is a contribution towards efforts to bridge the "policy-practice" divide. The book is amied at development practitioners and ICT innovators interested in inventive technology applications for social justice and development. It contains 10 case studies reflecting on the innovative and creative ways information and communciation tec...

Speed-geeking: your date with development?
Speed-geeking: your date with development? 20 January 2006 Frederick Noronha

You’ve probably heard of speed-dating: after a two minute chat with a stranger, you decide if you wish to give him or her your phone number for continued contact. Likewise, speed-geeking is a tech introduction-in-a-hurry. Some 11 interesting projects — including APC members — got a chance to introduce themselves to participants of Africa Source II, in January 2006 in Kalangala...

Riding out, offering solutions: harnessing idealism, tech skills for development
Riding out, offering solutions: harnessing idealism, tech skills for development 20 January 2006 Frederick Noronha

Out of college, at a time when most young people would like just to have a good time, Rudi von Staden (27) is onto something vastly different. He believes his tech skills can really make a difference to those working for social change in southern Africa. This representative of an APC member organisation shares his vision and mission with APCNews editor Frederick Noronha.

Facing challenges old and new... focussing on APC's priorities
Facing challenges old and new... focussing on APC's priorities 20 January 2006 APCNews

Natasha Primo recently became the first-ever woman to chair APC, or the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), which one publication called The African Digital Commons described as being founded by a team "clued in to the potential power of ICTs at a time when many of us still thought of computers as glorified typewriters". Primo, also the executive director of the South Africa-based...

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