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Agreement to increase access to refurbished computers in Africa LONDON, UK 30 August 2004 By Computer Aid International

Every year in the UK approximately 3 million PCs are decommissioned and are no longer in use. A great many of these un-used PCs are in fine working order. Yet, in the developing world 99% of schoolchildren graduate from high school not having seen or touched a computer in the classroom. APC member i...

Local communities in Australia relive history and organise online MELBOURNE, Australia 30 August 2004 By 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 ...

Internet country domains as an asset of the commons: the Brazilian case (.br)
Internet country domains as an asset of the commons: the Brazilian case (.br) 26 August 2004 By APCNews

Internet domains (such as .uk, .fr) are sold for a profit to any taker, even if the prospective holder does not have any legal binding with the corresponding country. Thus many ccTLDs are no longer identified with their countries on the Internet, having been sold to national or foreign companies for...

APC's free software provides the basis for the new European Social Forum website, in five languages
APC's free software provides the basis for the new European Social Forum website, in five languages 08 August 2004 By GreenNet

APC member in London, GreenNet, tells APC about their latest mammoth project. A website for the ESF which will process registration of more than 40,000 attendees, provides logistical information and houses must-read documentation on the issues – in five languages.

"ICT Policy: A Beginner's Handbook" - now in web version
"ICT Policy: A Beginner's Handbook" - now in web version 31 July 2004 By APCNews

The acclaimed book from APC can now be browsed online. First published in soft-back in December 2003, the handbook is for people who want orientation about information and communications technology (ICT) and internet policies, who want to understand how the internet and markets work, the background ...

Soul Beat Africa - Communication for Change
Soul Beat Africa - Communication for Change 30 July 2004 By 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 communic...

The challenge of getting online - Fantsuam brings satellite internet to villages in rural Nigeria
The challenge of getting online - Fantsuam brings satellite internet to villages in rural Nigeria 30 July 2004 By Karen Higgs for APCNews

APC member in rural Nigeria, Fantsuam Foundation, has recorded yet another first in rural ICT programmes. Earlier this year, Fantsuam launched a VSAT facility which provides the first rural-based internet access in Kaduna State, if not in Nigeria. APCNews talked to Fantsuam’s director, John Da...

Central Case Management System for the Paralegal Sector in South Africa
Central Case Management System for the Paralegal Sector in South Africa 30 July 2004 By SANGONeT

SANGONeT is currently implementing a Central Case Management System (CCMS) for paralegals in South Africa. This project aims to develop a centrally accessible database system for paralegal organisations to capture and manage case records and related information, while enabling an online networking a...

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