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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 recovering from the latest virus… The materials available in the MultiMedia Toolkit’s latest...

“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.

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...

Positioning for second summit phase has begun
Positioning for second summit phase has begun 20 March 2004

The structure as well as the struggles for the second phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) summit process are slowly becoming clearer. One thing is clear: It will be more complex than the first round, as it has to deal with many more loose ends. WSIS 2003 only had to deliver two pieces of paper (the declaration of principles and the action plan). This left a lot of time f...

Internet to improve local government transparency and accountability in Colombia
Internet to improve local government transparency and accountability in Colombia 20 March 2004 Colnodo

Transparency for Colombia and APC member Colnodo recently donated their new software “Internet for Accountability” to allow a mass take-up of the ‘good government’ tool. More than 500 municipalities will receive the software plus internet access on the signing of a transparency and anti-corruption agreement.

GESAC, SCD, FUST, XPTO … and digital inclusion?
GESAC, SCD, FUST, XPTO … and digital inclusion? 03 March 2004 Carlos Afonso

Carlos Afonso, director of planning at RITS APC’s Brazilian member organisation outlines the digital inclusion opportunities and initiatives carried out in Brazil so far, from the successful ones to the dismal failures. According to Afonso, despite the flurry of acronyms being thrown around, Brazil still does not have a national strategy that will provide the majority of Brazilians with a...

Update:  on the CRIS Campaign
Update: on the CRIS Campaign 24 February 2004

After the excesses of Christmas and New Year, the CRIS Campaign in their own words has been very quiet in the early part of 2004. However, the team is back with an update on the First World Forum on Communication Rights held in Geneva in December, plans for CRIS for 2004 and an invitation for local networks to become part of CRIS.

Failure and Success at the WSIS: Civil Society's next moves
Failure and Success at the WSIS: Civil Society's next moves 24 February 2004

The depth of disappointment with the formal outcome of the World Summit on the Information Society cannot be fully explained by reference to the usual process of summit attrition, governments horse-trading down to the lowest common denominator.

No more back-room deals for .br (Brazil)
No more back-room deals for .br (Brazil) 19 February 2004 APCNews

There’s a new openness since the Lula government came to power at the beginning of 2003 and began working hand-in-hand with Brazilian civil society to change the way the internet is being governed in Brazil. It’s been announced that the committee which handles all Brazilian-registered website addresses will be chosen in public online elections. For the first time since the .br registry was ...

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