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Whose “information society”?
Whose “information society”? 02 April 2004 APCNews

Was WSIS worth it? The general verdict on the recent United Nations World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) held in December 2003 was a thumbs-down. The Summit outcomes were limited after an arduous and expensive process. However, argues Anriette Esterhuysen, APC’s executive director, from the perspective of many civil society organisations that participated actively, the WSIS has created a new opportunity for solidarity across ideological, sectoral and geographical divides.

APC action plan for 2004-2007 in final stages
APC action plan for 2004-2007 in final stages 31 March 2004 APCNews

The APC executive board and staff met in March for an intensive planning meeting to map out APC’s activities for the next three years. The meeting took place following the definition of strategic priorities for the APC by the 36-member APC council in Cartagena, Colombia last November.

Choosing open source software: Decision-making materials for civil society organisations
Choosing open source software: Decision-making materials for civil society organisations 29 March 2004 APCNews

Free and open source software (FOSS) holds a great deal of potential for civil society organisations. The most obvious benefit of FOSS is that it is often free to use or low-cost. However, it also offers more including crucially better security. Ddid you know that if your computer uses the GNU/Linux operating system you don’t have to use anti-virus software? No more days or data lost reco...

“avanza”, a website for Colombian development
“avanza”, a website for Colombian development 29 March 2004 Colnodo

Colnodo, APC’s member in Bogotá, in association with the Colombian Confederation of Non-governmental Organisations, launches “avanza” (meaning “advance” or “move forward” in English), a website for Colombian development.

Steps forward toward an Ecuadorian information and communication technology network for development
Steps forward toward an Ecuadorian information and communication technology network for development 29 March 2004 INTERCOM

An “Information and Knowledge Exchange Network on Information Communication Technology for Development” for Ecuador has been created.

Two thousand telecentre users from marginal neighbourhoods in São Paulo surveyed
Two thousand telecentre users from marginal neighbourhoods in São Paulo surveyed 29 March 2004

In December 2003, APC’s member in Brazil RITS carried out a survey of the users of 10 of the 107 municipal telecentres that serve under-privileged neighbourhoods in São Paulo in order to find out who’s using them, users’ habits and preferences when they visit the centres and use the internet, and to find out what their expectations and possibilities are regarding really getting the most ...

Southern civil societies portal launches monthly bulletin
Southern civil societies portal launches monthly bulletin 29 March 2004

Choike, the southern civil societies portal produced by APC member in Uruguay, the Third World Institute (ITeM), is now offering a monthly newsletter. This month’s features special reports on the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, and migrant sex work. The specials are produced by Choike’s editorial team but they take their sources from the work of civil societies in the So...

Theta on Survival & Prosperity in the NGO Sector - The Role of Technology in Strengthening Organisational Capacity
Theta on Survival & Prosperity in the NGO Sector - The Role of Technology in Strengthening Organisational Capacity 29 March 2004 SANGONeT

During the past few years the South African non-governmental organisation (NGO) sector has experienced dramatic changes. In the 1990s many NGOs were forced to close down because of a lack of funding and related organisational problems. APC member in Johannesburg, SANGONeT, is currently in the process of establishing various new partnerships and brokering arrangements in support of its ICT servi...

Brazilian publication on the first phase of the World Summit on the Information Society
Brazilian publication on the first phase of the World Summit on the Information Society 29 March 2004 RITS

On April 28, APC member in Brazil, RITS, and the Heinrich Böll Foundation will present a new publication "The World Summit on the Information Society: a subject for everyone". Composed of analytical articles on the principal issues involved in the WSIS process, the book will also look at the Summit Declaration and Action Plan and the civil society declaration. The presentation will also includ...

APC in Latin America and the Caribbean
APC in Latin America and the Caribbean 26 March 2004 APCNews

APC has been present in Latin America since the late 1980s when two of our founding members were technology activist groups based in Nicaragua and Brazil. Here we briefly summarise our current internet and information and communications technology (ICT) policy efforts in the region, the innovative work of the Latin American branch of APC women’s programme in Latin America and last year’s AP...

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