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Bloggers intimidated as wave of environmental protests hits Bulgaria
Bloggers intimidated as wave of environmental protests hits Bulgaria 17 July 2007 APC

The Bulgarian police has called in bloggers and pressured them to stop writing about the recent wave of environmental protests that has swept across the country in the recent weeks. While the issue is hot in Bulgaria and broadly covered by the Bulgarian press, I thought it would be important to share it with the APC community and request your support. The Bulgarian police has called in bloggers and pressured them to stop writing about the recent wave of environmental protests that has swept a...

NEW REPORT from APC monitors political will to make the information revolution reality for all
NEW REPORT from APC monitors political will to make the information revolution reality for all 23 May 2007 APCNews

A new watchdog report monitoring promises made by governments and the United Nations to ensure that information technology is used to benefit millions of people, was launched in Geneva on May 22. The fruits of the information technology ‘revolution’ are unevenly distributed between countries and within societies. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo it is claimed that as little as 2.5% of the population owns a telephone, whereas neighbouring Nigeria has one of the fastest-gr...

Bulgaria: Local and international freedom of expression networks turn up the heat
Bulgaria: Local and international freedom of expression networks turn up the heat 22 May 2007 FD for APCNews

Amendments to Bulgaria’s Access to Public Information Act were passed by the National Assembly at the first reading. Many of the proposed changes breach established international standards on the right to information and appear specifically designed to hinder access to public records. “It is particularly discouraging to see these changes to the Access to Information Act passed quietly...

Metamorphosis, a think and do tank
Metamorphosis, a think and do tank 09 May 2007 FD for APCNews

APCNews: In your own words, what is Metamorphosis, who’s involved and where does it come from? MF: Metamorphosis is a think and do tank from Macedonia, gathering experts and activists devoted to the development of an information society, which we see as crucial element in bettering people’s lives. Most of the people currently involved rely on a background in the IT industry and the N...

ZaMirNET joins a Croatian free software cluster
ZaMirNET joins a Croatian free software cluster 02 April 2007 FN for APCNews

APC member in Croatia, ZaMirNET, has joined an information and communication technologies (ICT) industrial cluster working on free and open source software (FOSS). The Croatian Association of Employers’ centre for economic clusters has turned the software industry of Croatia upside down. It is going progressive in that it recently initiated the formation of a cluster of ICT companies workin...

Fresh air and free networks in Denmark
Fresh air and free networks in Denmark 03 August 2006 FD for APCNews

The Djurslands International Institute of Rural Wireless Broadband (DIIRWB) is not joking about free information infrastructures. Its advocates study and plan projects, and then go out in the open field to help to start up wireless networks. But before antennas are glued to barns and receivers taped to posts, summer camp participants convened in rural Denmark for some fresh air. APCNews talked...

Evaluation report on APC Communications and Information Policy Programme
Evaluation report on APC Communications and Information Policy Programme 12 April 2006 Debbie Budlender

Background The overall goal of APC’s Communications and Information Policy Programme (CIPP) is to ensure that the interests of civil society are addressed in ICT policy and are supported in ICT practice. When APC first launched its global ICT policy monitor project in 2001, it had three main activity areas: monitoring and analysis of ICT policy and regulation: Activities include research, d...

WSIS PrepCom 2: A Bulgarian civil society perspective
WSIS PrepCom 2: A Bulgarian civil society perspective 01 April 2005 Milena Bokova, BlueLink

From 20-24 February, Milena Bokova, executive director of the BlueLink Information Network, a digital network supporting environmentalists and civil society in Bulgaria, had the opportunity to participate in the WSIS PrepCom 2 in Geneva. She shares some reflections with APCNews as an East European civil society activist and a new participant in the WSIS process. On the organization of the eve...

Resistance in Hungary to EU proposals on software patenting
Resistance in Hungary to EU proposals on software patenting 30 September 2004 Green Spider

A crowd of about four hundred turned out to demonstrate against proposed European software patents legislation. It was the first "geeky", free-software related demonstration in Hungary said APC member Green Spider, organised by groups not typically used to leaving their computer screens to get their voices heard. August 24 saw a demonstration against the European Software Patents legislation...

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 GreenNet

GreenNet is excited to announce the launch of the website of the European Social Forum (ESF) which will take place in London in October. At the end of May 2004, GreenNet, APC member in London, secured a contract to build the ESF website. The event is billed by the organisers as a unique opportunity where social movements, trade unions, non-profits, refugees, peace and anti-imperialist groups...

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