Strategic use of the internet

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 Women’sNet, outlines some issues, challenges and plans that stand before APC.

Computer Aid gets backing from BBC in fund-raising drive
Computer Aid gets backing from BBC in fund-raising drive 18 January 2006 APCNews

BBC’s Radio 4 has announced an appeal for cash donations to Computer Aid International (CAI). Meanwhile, this APC member is also launching a Kenya Cycle Challenge, which encourages volunteers to "cycle from the foot of Mount Kenya to the shores of Lake Victoria" in February 2006 in support of CAI’s work with Kenyan secondary schools. Computer Aid is looking for participants for what...

Abusing numbers: is Korea going just too far?
Abusing numbers: is Korea going just too far? 12 December 2005 Oh Byoung-il

The Korean Progressive Network Jinbonet is currently conducting a study on the state of Korean National ID Number System. Its aim: to demo problems of Korean National ID Number System by contrasting how the same is abused in Korea, and comparing with cases of foreign countries. If you can answer some short questions by December 15, 2005, it would help the study immensely.

In Brazil, a threat to the telecentres turns into an opportunity... for improvement
In Brazil, a threat to the telecentres turns into an opportunity... for improvement 12 December 2005 RITS

When an intiative in Brazil to promote community telecentres was endangered, the threat was turned into an opportunity. Free Software tools were re-engineered in a way that they became more powerful and useful. Telecenters that are part of a telecentre-network can use the new system to allow roaming accounts between telecenters. So, a user can create an account on a telecenter in one city and ...

Strategic technology planning toolkit from Ungana-Afrika
Strategic technology planning toolkit from Ungana-Afrika 12 December 2005 Ungana-Afrika

APC member Ungana-Afrika have been providing strategic technology planning services to the development community in Southern Africa for nearly three years. The processes have been refined through experience, and are presented here in their current form to assist other technology support providers to implement technology planning in their own context.

Wireless networking: new knowledge sharing material now online
Wireless networking: new knowledge sharing material now online 12 December 2005 Itrainonline.org

Material to share internet knowledge on wireless networking were developed as part of the ‘capacity building for community wireless connectivity in Africa’ initiative which is funded by IDRC and coordinated by APC. This is the first public release of the materials, which will be undergoing further revision during a pilot workshop series. Additional materials will be released in Engl...

Latino repository of ICT-focussed projects and professionals
Latino repository of ICT-focussed projects and professionals 12 December 2005 Colnodo

Four institutions from Latin America — ICA, CEPAL, LIS and Colnodo — have jointly launched an online repository of ICT-focused projects and professionals in Latin America and the Caribbean. The repository, Protic, can be found at www.protic.org. Currently, it contains information about over 850 projects and around 300 ICT professionals.

The forgotten agenda...
The forgotten agenda... 19 November 2005 APC

With the focus at Tunis largely on who controls the Net, and the far-from-sophisticated control mechanisms of Tunisian society, the issue of what the Net can — and is — doing for the excluded in the planet might have taken a back seat. Disparity in accessing the levers of communication is markedly sharp. But interesting stories are coming in about what’s possible from various...

Snapshot: Ineke Buskens (.ug)
Snapshot: Ineke Buskens (.ug) 18 November 2005 APC

WSIS: "good discussion, people were given a chance to speak out from all kinds of minority positions and it showed well what a powerful tool the internet is, from the perspective of independent journalism."

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