Strategic use of the internet

ALERT: Bulgarian government ignores impact assessment in rush to build nuclear power plant
ALERT: Bulgarian government ignores impact assessment in rush to build nuclear power plant 31 August 2004

Bulgarian environmental organisations have formed a coalition protesting the planned construction of a second nuclear power plant in Bulgaria. “The government has already announced that the decision for constructing the plant is made despite the fact that the public hearings and an environmental impact assessment have not been finished,” says a representative of the coalition coordinator, APC member, BlueLink. “We ask governments and civil society groups to contact the Bulgarian governm...

Local communities in Australia relive history and organise online
Local communities in Australia relive history and organise online 30 August 2004 c2o

One neighbourhood retraces its history through an online archive of web pages, photos, and audio clips. It is a rich telling of anecdotal histories of Aboriginal mounted police, a prisoner of war camp, and more that would otherwise be lost. Another community has built a website to monitor the media regarding development planning that could make or break the community.

Soul Beat Africa - Communication for Change
Soul Beat Africa - Communication for Change 30 July 2004 SANGONeT

Soul Beat Africa is looking for information about how individuals and organisations are using communication for change and development in Africa. Soul Beat Africa is a collaboration between the Communication Initiative (CI), which shares similar information globally, and Soul City, a health communication organisation based in South Africa, and is being implemented by SANGONeT, APC member in Sou...

BlueLink's Balkans partnership initiative included in a United Nations online clearinghouse on environment
BlueLink's Balkans partnership initiative included in a United Nations online clearinghouse on environment 30 July 2004

An environmental portal that pools information from eight different environmental partners in the Balkans has become part of a United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) clearinghouse which showcases good practices. The UN initiative is expected to make implementation of the 1998 Aarhus Convention which aims at improving access to information and public participation in decision-maki...

The Thethas go to the provinces in South Africa
The Thethas go to the provinces in South Africa 29 June 2004 SANGONeT

In March 2003 the Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT) launched Thetha – the SANGONeT ICT Discussion Forum. The forums focus specifically on the ICT challenges facing the CSO sector, highlighting and promoting practical benefits, opportunities and lessons learned to date. Given the success and positive feedback received in response to previous Thetha forums, SANGONeT co-hosted its four...

First anniversary for Brazilian civil society portal
First anniversary for Brazilian civil society portal 28 April 2004 RITS

‘Citizens Online’ (Cidadania na Internet), a Brazilian civil society information-sharing portal, celebrated one-year online on March 27. A multi-institution project managed by APC member in Brazil, RITS, ‘Citizens online’ started out life with twenty organisations on board. One year later, sixty people and groups work together daily to produce information to strengthen B...

APC member in Bulgaria is a finalist in the Stockholm Challenge
APC member in Bulgaria is a finalist in the Stockholm Challenge 05 February 2004 APCNews

APC is delighted to announce that BlueLink’s project “Regional Environmental Content Sharing in the South Eastern European (SEE) Region” has made it to the final of the Stockholm Challenge Awards for pioneering IT projects worldwide. The platform designed for non-profit users became one of the nine finalists of the “Environment” category selected from over 900 applicants for the annua...

One year weaving webs for Argentinian communications activists
One year weaving webs for Argentinian communications activists 26 November 2003 APCNews

On October 19th, APC member in Rosario, Argentina celebrated the first anniversary of the launch of their community information portal Enredando. "Enredando" means "I’m part of a network" as well as "weaving a web". In addition, TAU has recently been honoured by their city government – their networking and ICT activities have been declared ‘of municipal interest’ in an official decree. ...

Ambitious online catalogue maps civil society issues in the Czech Republic and Slovakia
Ambitious online catalogue maps civil society issues in the Czech Republic and Slovakia 20 November 2003 Karel Novotny

At the beginning of October, Econnect launched a long-awaited internet project called "Kormidlo" – a directory-type comprehensive information source on the civic society sector, how it works, activities and topics of interest.

The community telecentre cookbook for Africa: Recipes for self-sustainability
The community telecentre cookbook for Africa: Recipes for self-sustainability 13 April 2001 Mike Jensen and Anriette Esterhuysen

The aim of this manual is to draw upon existing knowledge and materials on Telecentres, and adapt them to the African context in a style, which is user-friendly and makes few assumptions about the user’s knowledge. This manual is aimed at any person or organisation that is interested in setting up a community-based Telecentre, such as a telecom operator, an NGO, a community group, a local gov...

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