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Tell the geeks to stop developing software!!!
Tell the geeks to stop developing software!!! 27 September 2007 APC

…. was one of the main conclusions of Ethan Zuckerman’s ‘killer’ presentation at the Web2forDev conference. "One thing all geeks love is developing software. Give a geek a free minute and he will start writing software" he says, although he himself is a geek and enthusiastic software developer. "Your task is to stop them!", he added.

WB, IMF blamed for holding back country's development
WB, IMF blamed for holding back country's development 19 September 2007 APC

A seminar on ‘Multi-Stakeholder National Consultation: CSOs and Aid Effectiveness’ was held in the city yesterday. The seminar was organised jointly by a research and advocacy organisation (and APC-member) VOICE and a global networking organisation ‘Reality of Aid’ at the Brac Centre, said a press release.

EDRI General Assembly Reaffirms Current Course
EDRI General Assembly Reaffirms Current Course 13 September 2007 APC

Delegates representing NGOs-members of the EDRI (European Digital Rights) network took part in the General Assembly (GA) in Berlin September 1-2, 2007, discussing current issues of interest and the overall functioning of the association.

ICT Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities in Bangladesh
ICT Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities in Bangladesh 22 August 2007 APC

As we all know, the information or knowledge-based society is no longer a matter of the ICT Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities in Bangladeshfuture, but a very contemporary urge of the time. In almost all aspects of our life, we need information and knowledge to get our basic needs met, to make decision, to move around, to study, to work, to participate in social, economic and cultural ...

Open Access: Lowering the costs of international bandwidth in Africa
Open Access: Lowering the costs of international bandwidth in Africa 22 August 2007 Mike Jensen

This paper was commissioned by the APC as part of the Catalysing Access to ICTs in Africa initiative and to contribute to APC’s efforts to promote open access to ICT infrastructure in Africa. According to the author, a variety of factors are responsible for the lack of acess to bandwith in Africa, but the biggest cause is the high cost of international connections to the global telecommun...

DRC: Developing the net in co-ownership
DRC: Developing the net in co-ownership 21 August 2007 FD for APCNews

“Feasibility study for an open internet backbone in the Democratic Republic of Congo”, this is what the ripened fruit has been called for close to a year by a team of seasoned researchers. François Ménard is one of those who were hands on in this exhaustive study. He is a project manager with the Canadian firm Xit Télécom. APCNews interviewed him on the subject of deploying a high-speed...

DRC: No electric infrastructure, no internet backbone?
DRC: No electric infrastructure, no internet backbone? 21 August 2007 Tiego Tiemtoré for APCNews

Within the perspective of making high-speed internet accessible to the Congolese people, the development of an internet backbone in the Congo seems to be a necessity that could give an immediate boost. On Tuesday 7 August 2007, the feasibility study for an open internet backbone in the DRC was officially revealed in Kinshasa. APCNews quizzed Alphonse Ntita, a specialist in ICTs and internet inf...

DRC: Alternatives reveals the first independent study on an internet infrastructure that can serve the entire country
DRC: Alternatives reveals the first independent study on an internet infrastructure that can serve the entire country 21 August 2007 Michel Lambert

The NGO Alternatives revealed the first independent feasibility study on the implementation of a vast high-speed internet infrastructure the size of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Carried out by Congolese and international researchers, the study proposes, in particular, that the implementation of the internet network be carried out in partnership with the Congolese National Electricity...

Bangladesh is on the way to open-up the Community  Radio: Ministry of Information formed a high level committee
Bangladesh is on the way to open-up the Community Radio: Ministry of Information formed a high level committee 25 July 2007 APC

Recently, Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) has taken a strategic campaign program where the Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed, Hon’ble Chief Adviser of the Non-Party Care Taker Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Barrister Mainul Hosein, Adviser of the Ministry of Information and the Mr. Didarul Anower, Secretary of the Ministry of Information were inclu...

GKP recalls commitment to bridge digital divide
GKP recalls commitment to bridge digital divide 21 July 2007 APC

Last few years we are looking for the best info-tech for the benefits of rural people. Indeed still the technology is so expensive for them because we have no well off IT infrastructure and making technological services on vernacular language is also challenging task. Jamilur Reza Choudhury, former adviser of caretaker government and vice chancellor of BRAC university, observed these when he w...