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Global Forum on Internet Governance: Not everyone agrees on what is broken nor on what fixing might involve
Global Forum on Internet Governance: Not everyone agrees on what is broken nor on what fixing might involve 29 April 2004 APCNews

A global forum on internet governance organised by the United Nations in March was the most open and inclusive platform for addressing internet governance issues to date but time was too short to disaggregate the various areas of policy and regulation that are loosely grouped under “internet governance”. There are fundamental concerns around the accountability and legitimacy of current internet governance structures, but at the same time the overall tone is “if it ain’t broke, don’t...

Are ICTs contributing to women's empowerment in Central and Eastern Europe?
Are ICTs contributing to women's empowerment in Central and Eastern Europe? 28 April 2004 APC WNSP

This was an underlying question addressed in the evaluations of six information and communication (ICT) initiatives from Bulgaria, Croatia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia, which participated in the field-testing of the Gender Evaluation Methodology (GEM). Evaluated initiatives varied from an employment training initiative in Croatia, to a network of women mayors in Romania, to media campaigns around violence against women in Slovakia and Bulgaria.

Tea and internet security advice come in the same cup at recent Hungarian green meeting
Tea and internet security advice come in the same cup at recent Hungarian green meeting 28 April 2004 APCNews

Once again, at the Annual Meeting of Hungarian Green Non-profits (OT2004) APC member Green Spider offered herbal teas and sound internet access, training and advice to participants. Raising awareness of environmental contamination and in support of free software, Green Spider collected up visitors’ old CD-roms and exchanged them for new GNU/Linux CDs.

IT skills for an alternative living for Cairo's former underclass
IT skills for an alternative living for Cairo's former underclass 28 April 2004 ArabDev

Living on the fringes of society, the Zabaleen have been making a living from recycling what Cairo’s more affluent throw away for generations. However, the government is now contracting foreign waste-disposal specialists and the Zabaleen have found their traditional source of livelihood cut off. The young Zabaleen often have high-school diplomas but lack the self-esteem necessary to enter...

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...

La Ond@ Rural (The Rural Vibe): Workshop on radio, ICTs and rural development
La Ond@ Rural (The Rural Vibe): Workshop on radio, ICTs and rural development 28 April 2004 APCNews

This Latin American workshop considered a series of proposals for promoting the effective use of ICT and radio for rural development so that rural radio stations, networks, specialists in ICT for development and policy decision-makers, start to take into account the effectiveness of combining radio and internet.

CINSA - A new network of community technology projects in Southern Africa
CINSA - A new network of community technology projects in Southern Africa 28 April 2004 SANGONeT

The Community Information Network for Southern Africa (CINSA) aims to build a sustainable network of community ICT projects in the 14 SADC member states Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe through research, networking, facilitating training, service brokerage and more.

Free and open source software sweeps US non-profit tech conference
Free and open source software sweeps US non-profit tech conference 28 April 2004 Mark Surman

Looking around at the recent Non-Profit Technology Enterprise Network conference in Philadelphia, it would have been easy to think that free and open source software is sweeping the non-profit world. With an attendance of over 700 people, this year’s NTEN event featured a full track of six workshops on free and open source software (FOSS) topics – almost all of which were packed.

Conference on ICTs in the service of good governance, democratic practice and development for rural women in Africa
Conference on ICTs in the service of good governance, democratic practice and development for rural women in Africa 28 April 2004 Women'sNet

Held just outside Johannesburg, the conference brought together about fifty participants from women’s organisations, government officials, and gender and development practitioners and researchers, involved in gender and information and communication (ICT) projects and initiatives tasked with finding ICT strategies to specifically benefit rural women. The Community Information Network for...

No computers means no alternatives for victims of domestic violence in Egypt
No computers means no alternatives for victims of domestic violence in Egypt 26 April 2004 ArabDev

Local traditions in Upper Egypt prevent battered women from seeking refuge in shelters so getting training and finding a job is often the only way out of a violent family home. APC member, ArabDev, has carried out a survey to identify the skills needed for potential employment and a training project is ready to go, but there’s one problem: lack of computers. The Egyptian Ministry of Telecommu...

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