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The Thethas go to the provinces in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA 29 June 2004 (SANGONeT)

In March 2003 the Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT) launched Thetha – the SANGONeT ICT Discussion Forum. The forums focus specifically on the ICT challenges facing the CSO sector, highlighting and promoting practical benefits, opportunities and lessons learned to date. Given the success and positive feedback received in response to previous Thetha forums, SANGONeT co-hosted its fourth provincial Thetha in the Northern Cape Province and the fifth forum in the Free State province.

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WSIS: Diary reports from civil society from the first preparatory meeting in Tunisia, June 2004

TUNISIA 29 June 2004

Collected on the CRIS Campaign site, reports in English and Spanish cover the progress of the first ‘prepcom’ from a civil society perspective of the second phase of the UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) held June 24-26. There are reports covering each day – from Day 1 to Day 4.

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APC is lead trainer at first ICT policy for civil society workshop in India

NEW DELHI, INDIA 29 June 2004 (APCNews)

A three-day workshop on information and communication technology (ICT) policy in New Delhi in April brought together thirty participants from Indian non-governmental organisations, academics, government officials, representatives from an internet service provider association. APC was invited to be the principal trainer for the three-day workshop and participants and guests presented their experiences and case studies through the three days.

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Finding the "GEM" in the haystack - how the women and men are being affected by Africa's ICT revolution

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA 29 June 2004 (APC-Africa-Women)

The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in collaboration with regional network, APC-Africa-Women, and the LINK Center, Wits University, Johannesburg, hosted a pan-African workshop to develop a multi-country action study in Africa to measure how people especially women are making use of the ICT sector since the popularisation of cell-phones, telecentres and other communications innovations.

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ICT policy work at global level sparks local action and collaboration, as civil society-driven policy websites are set up in ten

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA 8 June 2004 (APCNews)

Ten APC members have created national ICT policy portal websites in their own countries in a joint initiative. The portals which are all uniquely adapted to address each country’s particular situation all use free software that allows content-sharing in different languages and between multiple information databases hosted in different parts of the world.

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Why did ten APC members from around the world decide it was time to set up ICT policy portals in their countries?

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 8 June 2004 (APCNews)

10 APC members have created national portal websites tracking communications and information related policy in a joint initiative. The portals have been set up in Argentina, Australia, Bulgaria, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Italy, Mexico, the Philippines, South Africa, Spain, the UK and Uruguay.

APCNews asked some of the site administrators who were still putting last minute touches to their portals which were launched collectively on June 8 2004 to comment briefly on ICT policy in their countries and their hopes for the portals.

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High School Students File Petition Against Fingerprinting Requirements

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA 25 May 2004

Three high school students announced at a press conference that fingerprinting Korean nationals on their seventeenth birthday in order to obtain their national ID cards is unconstitutional. This is the first time teenagers have filed a constitutional petition against the fingerprinting system, says APC member, Jinbonet.

The system which enforces fingerprinting was implemented with the revision of the Resident Registration Act over thirty year ago and civil and social organizations have repeatedly asserted the fingerprinting system exists only in South Korea and should be abolished.

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Korean Government DNA Database Project Lacks Legal Guidelines say Human Rights Organizations

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA 22 May 2004

On April 7, 2004, the South Korean police announced the commencement of a project to aid in the search for missing children involving the collection of DNA in a massive database. Samples of the DNA of children presently under government care and the parents of missing children will be collected. Civil organizations have warned the goverment must follow strict protocols to protect the public from possible abuse of such a system, says APC member, JinboNet.

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WSIS: Much to Communicate on the Road to Tunis

TUNIS, TUNISIA 7 May 2004 (IPS)

A three-day meeting in Tunis last month sought to prepare the way for the next World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) to be held Nov. 16-18 next year. But interest in this development has built up over the past 30 years.

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