Strategic use of the internet

Chakula, focussing on WIPO and the 'Development Agenda'
Chakula, focussing on WIPO and the 'Development Agenda' 26 July 2005

Issues highlighted in the latest Chakula newsletter, dated July 2005 focus on the World Intellectual Property Organisation and its ‘Development Agenda’. Chakula traces the background to calls for reforms at WIPO, outlines the key issues of the proposal for the establishment of a ‘‘Development Agenda’’ for the organisation, and the developments so far after a series of meetings this year. Chakula is the Swahili word for ‘food’. This Africa Policy Monitor newsl...

Take on development agenda, NGOs urge WIPO
Take on development agenda, NGOs urge WIPO 19 July 2005

Non-governmental organisations from across the globe have come out in support of a proposal submitted by the Group of Friends of Development (FoD) for a development agenda at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)." Some 99 organisations (at the time of writing) have supported the demand.

Europe says 'no' to software patents for now, campaigning CSOs glad
Europe says 'no' to software patents for now, campaigning CSOs glad 12 July 2005 Green Spider Foundation

European parliament has reject the plan to allow software patents. This is being seen as providing a "breathing space for new initiatives based on all the knowledge gained during the last five years".

New cultural commons between Korea and Australia
New cultural commons between Korea and Australia 30 June 2005 Andrew Garton

Synesthesia Urbania is a collaborative audio/visual public performance integrating mobile devices, a multilingual multimedia online workspace (moblog), collective copyright licensing and a custom 3D performance engine. Participants from Seoul will encounter those from Melbourne in this innovatively-charted out event.

The other side of the river: Cyberspace comes to the Amazon
The other side of the river: Cyberspace comes to the Amazon 30 June 2005 Fausto Rêgo

APC member RITS was concerned that introducing telecentres in the Amazon would snuff out the traditional culture. But they report, “the opposite has happened”. The locals have embraced this new world on the internet, “have succeeded in better identifying who there are and now want to launch community sites to present their reality to the world.” Two telecentres are now running on the ba...

Europe's software patents threatens free speech in an information society
Europe's software patents threatens free speech in an information society 30 June 2005 Peter Somogyi

By a (legal) sleight of hand, the European Parliament 2003 vote against software patents has been effectively overturned, allowing monopoly control over the critical tools of an ‘information society’. This threatens both the free and unhindered access to information, and even free speech.

In Peru, a venture on the Net helps sow a better crop
In Peru, a venture on the Net helps sow a better crop 23 June 2005 CEPES

In Peru, the internet acts like fertilizer in the field. Or, you could say it helps to harvest information needed about sowing operations in a timely and far more accurate manner. This promises to bring home some benefits to poor farmers working on a subsistence model.

Training the trainers, Nodo TAU seeks to surf over Argentinian challenge
Training the trainers, Nodo TAU seeks to surf over Argentinian challenge 19 May 2005 APCNews

Rosario — one of Argentina’s three most-populous cities — sees computer literacy as its citizens’ passport to accessing the job-market. Residents of its western district voted to finance a computer training project, and APC member Nodo TAU was handed the challenge of training the trainers.

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) adopts digital content-sharing
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) adopts digital content-sharing 29 January 2005 Marcelo Medeiros, RITS

The British BBC, one of the world’s major communications networks, recently decided to digitalise its gigantic archive. A campaign was launched on the internet and within the company for the archive to be freely available to the public to use as it wishes. Christian Ahlert, of the Oxford Internet Institute, managed to convince the company’s management and BBC documentary-makers to use C...

APC at the V World Social Forum: Porto Alegre, Brazil, January 26-30 2005
APC at the V World Social Forum: Porto Alegre, Brazil, January 26-30 2005 28 January 2005 APCNews

APC is among more than 120,000 activists at the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil. The WSF is the world’s largest gathering of social movements, non-profits, and progressive groups who believe that "another world is possible". This year there are 2,500 planned activities taking place in almost 300 tents and over 200 meeting venues and APC is collecting and covering the debates,...

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