--- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- *APCNews, the monthly newsletter of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC)* - August 2005 No. 54 - --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- -- NEWS FROM THE MEMBERS -- -- NEWS FROM APC -- -- BUILDING CAPACITY & STRATEGIC USE OF ICTs -- -- WOMEN & ICTs -- -- ONLINE TOOLS & RESOURCES -- -- COLLABORATING OPPORTUNITIES -- -- IMPORTANT DATES -- -- SITES OF INTEREST -- -- WHERE IN THE WORLD IS APC THIS MONTH -- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- -- NEWS FROM THE MEMBERS -- ESLARED, VENEZUELA: Latino networkers connect up at Venezuela Travelling down seven tracks, an estimated 220 participants from Latin America and the Caribbean take the fast-road to picking up essential tech skills that promise to make it easier for the region to communicate with less hiccups, and help build the much-needed not-for-profit networks and content-sharing links that serves the people of this continent. -- APCNews http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=526407 BLUELINK, BULGARIA: "Modern information technology should ensure guarantee no harmful impact on users" says Bulgarian environmental network Convincing business and government to ensure that modern information and communication technologies have no harmful impacts on their users is proving to be a difficult job. Besides, in the global village, non-uniform standards and a lack of compatibility among various systems are blocking people and technologies from communicating freely and working effectively. --- BlueLink http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=418563 GREEN SPIDER, HUNGARY: Europe says 'no' to software patents for now, campaigning CSOs glad European parliament has reject the plan to allow software patents. This is being seen as providing a "breathing space for new initiatives based on all the knowledge gained during the last five years". Green Spider Foundation http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=291531 COMPUTER AID INTERNATIONAL, UK: New East Africa office for non-profit computer recyclers After providing over 50,000 high quality refurbished computers, the UK-based not-for-profit Computer Aid International has now put down roots in Africa by opening a permanent office in Nairobi. Computer Aid http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=292096 ITeM, URUGUAY: From pioneering data networks to 'WSIS Papers' APC's member in Uruguay the Instituto del Tercer Mundo (ITeM) has been participating in the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) through its WSISPapers project. This project grew from the realization that in WSIS's first phase, many Southern government delegates faced severe roadblocks in negotiating effectively. They found grappling with certain information and communication technology issues a puzzle, largely due to the lack of specific information resources to support their positions. - ITeM http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=566994 OPEN FORUM OF CAMBODIA, CAMBODIA: First large-scale website in Khmer focuses on community information Cambodia's Community Information Centre web portal -- www.cambodiacic.org --is currently the only large web portal available in the Khmer language. Content is fed daily to this web portal, with an average of 15 articles coming in from media and non-media news sources. Open Forum of Cambodia http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=292565 SANGONeT, SOUTH AFRICA: Civil society reflect on coming November's summit When the world meets up at Tunisia, in coming November, during the World Summit on the Information Society, this meet signals global recognition that information and communication technologies can play a major role in social and economic development and contribute significantly towards poverty alleviation. South Africa's civil society takes a look at the focus and objectives of the WSIS. SANGONeT http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=130441 RITS, BRAZIL Update: When cyberspace goes to Amazonia... What happens when wireless, free software and the internet reaches the Amazon? APC's member in Brazil, RITS, gives an update of their wireless project in Pará, a territory covered mostly by jungle, and the Amazon Rainforest. - RITS http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=564968 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- -- NEWS FROM APC -- The APC Betinho Prize 2005: Community connectivity for economic development in Latin America and the Caribbean We are looking for ICT initiatives that: * make a positive economic contribution to the community * are driven and developed in Latin America and the Caribbean * can demonstrate a sustainable use of technology Find out more the APC Betinho Prize: http://www.apc.org/english/betinho/ --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- -- ICT POLICY & INTERNET RIGHTS -- NEWS: European win on software patents issue Free Software Foundation Europe says, "patents, copyrights and trademarks are designed to limit access and knowledge sharing. If applied wisely and with measure, they can foster creativity and innovation. If applied carelessly, they can kill both along with their potential benefit for society: progress. This holds true for any nation in this world, rich or poor, north or south". http://fsfeurope.org/projects/wipo/statement-20050721.en.html NEWSLETTER: Chakula focuses on WIPO and the 'Development Agenda' Issues highlighted in the latest Chakula newsletter from APC's Africa ICT policy monitor, dated July 2005, focus on the World Intellectual Property Organisation and its 'Development Agenda'. Chakula traces the background to calls for reforms at WIPO, outlines the key issues of the proposal for the establishment of a development agenda for the organisation, and the developments so far after a series of meetings this year. Chakula is the Swahili word for 'food'. This Africa Policy Monitor newsletter got its name to reflect its intended nature as a "form of nourishment" for organizations working in the field of ICTs for development in Africa. - Chakula Newsletter http://africa.rights.apc.org/en-chakula.shtml?x=578861 APC's Africa ICT policy monitor: http://africa.rights.apc.org --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- -- BUILDING CAPACITY & STRATEGIC USE OF ICTs -- WIRELESS NETWORKING IN SOUTHERN AFRICA THIS SEPTEMBER APC has announced its mid-September 2005 Southern African regional training workship that aims to develop technical skills in wireless networking, and "lay the foundation" for a community of like-minded practitioners to share knowledge, skills and experiences. Wireless technologies offer the less affluent parts of the globe an important low-cost, versatile alternative for communications. Read the announcement of the event. -- APC http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=291802 More about APC's wireless work: http://www.apc.org/wireless/ FREE SOFTWARE TOOL: ActionApps 2.8.1 released ActionApps is a set of collaborative web publishing tools for not-for-profit organisation. It offer a low cost solution for content sharing that both increases the functionality of not-for-profit and NGO websites and facilitates the creation of portals sites, improving the visibility of civil society information. They are driven by free/open source software (FOSS). You can download it from Sourceforge http://sourceforge.net/projects/apc-aa/ or use CVS access http://sourceforge.net/cvs/?group_id=6341 For an upgrade, run the sql_update.php3 script, which upgrades database to latest version. More about ActionApps: http://www.apc.org/english/press/primers See a long list of new features at: http://cvs.sourceforge.net/viewcvs.py/apc-aa/apc-aa/CHANGES?view=markup See how ActionApps can help your group publish better and faster online. Learn about, or join, the free software project behind ActionApps. http://www.apc.org/actionapps/index.htm For a comprehensive FAQ on ActionApps see http://actionapps.org/faq/ --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- -- WOMEN & ICTs -- OPINION from Rio: After sessions ending at 4 am, do gender issues count? The belief that technology is gender-neutral is still rife. At Rio's recent regional World Summit on the Information Society meet, this point was driven home once more says Dafne Plou of the Latin American branch of the APC Women's Networking Support Programme. Representatives of international organisations, financing institutions, and government representatives too simply overlook gender concerns in ICTs (information and communication technologies). Dafne Sabanes Plou, APC WNSP http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=564578 This month, APCNews begins to feature news articles written for GenderIT.org a new ICT policy and gender portal supported by the APC women's programme. Contributing journalists are based in Africa, Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe and Asia. GenderIT.org Special: Gender and ICT policies: time to reorder forces, understand what's happening Magaly Pazello is the only Brazilian feminist who is been active in the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) process since its inception. A member of the WSIS Gender Caucus, she is also a member of of the DAWN network (Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era). In the Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Preparatory Conference, held in June 2005 in Rio de Janeiro, Graciela Selaimen interviewed Magaly Pazello, speaking about the participation of Latin American women in the WSIS process, urgency to address the gender perspective in the information society, her expectations about the Tunis WSIS Summit and other themes. GenderIT.org http://www.genderit.org/en/index.shtml?w=a&x=91448 GenderIT.org Special: WSIS Rio regional meet - Very few doors open for the gender perspective No participation of civil society as observers in the governmental delegations' meetings; no gender working group in the final regional action plan for the information society (ELac 2007); almost no women, black people or indigenous people as panelists. Although the Rio WSIS Regional Meeting opened two slots for civil society statements in the plenary and produced documents which were fairly positively received by NGOs and social movements, there was a step back regarding women's participation in the regional action plan. GenderIT.org http://www.genderit.org/en/index.shtml?w=a&x=91427 GenderIT.org Special: Women, Gender and Media - Issues and concerns When I was a trainer at a media and gender workshop in 2002, the only male participant there confessed, "Our organisation is not prioritising gender actually. We are more concerned about other issues issues which are political". This statement reveals much about the stand that most media institutions take on gender. GenderIT.org http://www.genderit.org/en/index.shtml?w=a&x=91365 GENDER-RELATED THEMES: Choike.org has these gender-related discussions in its recent newsletter: WSIS follow-up: Role of civil society contested, activists locked out of next meetings , WSIS-Gender Caucus e-discussion: Gender issues in the Tunis Phase  and Gender and ICT Issues at Women's World Congress .  http://www.choike.org/cgi-bin/choike/nuevo_eng/jump_inf.cgi?ID=3149  http://www.choike.org/nuevo_eng/informes/3160.html  http://www.choike.org/cgi-bin/choike/nuevo_eng/jump_inf.cgi?ID=3150 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- -- ONLINE TOOLS & RESOURCES -- NEW WIRELESS SITE IN SPANISH: Wireless Technologies for Development has just got a new focus online -- and that too in the planet's third most widely spoken language, Spanish -- with the launch of an information portal, WiLAC, that focuses exclusively on this theme. It is designed to support individuals, organisations, municipalities and businesses currently implementing community wireless connectivity projects, or those about to launch on this road. http://www.wilac.net A STARTER KIT... FROM eRIDERS: APC member Ungana-Afrika -- also part of the eRider network -- is using and promoting the recently-out eRider starter kit. Executive director Toni Eliasz points to this resource that has been created by Teresa Crawford and the Tactical Technology Collective with the support of the global eRider community,. The starter kit is designed to help organizations understand, design, implement, maintain and sustain an eRider project or program. Its focus is on "NGO-centered technology". http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=528579 TELECENTRES, A MODEL FOR SOCIAL APPROPRIATION OF ICTs: An indepth study on telecentres from Choike, portal developed by APC member in Uruguay, the Instituto del Tercer Mundo (ITeM). http://www.choike.org/nuevo_eng/informes/3084.html ITRAINONLINE RESOURCES: ITrainonline a site for sharing internet resources, has beefed up what's available on its site. ItrainOnline offers a single source on the web with a selection of the best and most relevant computer and Internet training resources for development and social change. Apart from the main sites in English, Spanish and French, ItrainOnline contains a small selection of resources in other languages. Resources recently added include tips on document management, setting up folders and naming files for multimedia and web page projects, organising your PC files, tips to manage your files better, optimising PDF files, getting your videos out to your online audience, RSS for non-profits, and more http://www.itrainonline.org EARNING DONATIONS ONLINE: Lincproject.org's Accepting Donations Online guide: http://www.lincproject.org/toolkit/techtips/tt_onlinedonation_072005.shtml TECH SKILLS FOR EDUCATORS: Teresa Crawford <email@example.com> points to this article, "Technology Skills All Educators Should Have". The article includes links to resources to help folks get these skills. Here are 20 basic technology skills that all educators should now have: http://thejournal.com/magazine/vault/articleprintversion.cfm?aid=5387 ENERGY RESOURCES TOOLKIT: The Energy Solutions Toolkit for ICT Projects is designed to help ICT program managers, decision-makers and entrepreneurs select the most cost-effective mix of ICT and energy systems for projects in off-grid and poorly electrified areas. The toolkit is still a prototype. http://www.dot-com-alliance.org/Toolkit.htm TAKING INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY TO AGRICULTURE IN THE FIELD: ICT Update is a bimonthly web magazine with an accompanying printed bulletin and an email newsletter. It is published by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA). http://ictupdate.cta.int --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- -- COLLABORATING OPPORTUNITIES -- ONLINE PETITION CALLS ON THAILAND'S SHIN CORP TO DROP LIBEL SUIT What happens when popular media takes on the political class? In Thailand, it resulted in a $10 million civil suit, and a criminal libel suit, slapped on the young campaigner who leads that country's campaign for popular media reform. You can add your voice to an online campaign gaining momentum and drawing support from some prominent global campaigners. http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=545972 E-DEBATE ON ISSUES OF 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS' IN AFRICA What are the critical issues around intellectual property rights (IPR) for Africa? How does one understand the context of the existing legal processes and tools? Can Africa discuss alternatives to the current situation? And, can all concerned build collaboration among themselves? For a month between late June and August 2005, an e-debate gets underway over these key issues. http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=528890 TAKE ON DEVELOPMENT AGENDA, NGOs URGE WIPO Non-governmental organisations from across the globe have supported a proposal from the Group of Friends of Development (FoD) for a development agenda at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)." Some 99 organisations (at the time of writing) have supported the demand. http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=417066 OPENING, PART-TIME USER SUPPORT POSITION IN LONDON APC member GreenNet, a workers' collective, with a horizontal management structure, has an opening for a part-time user support position. Location in Central London/Old Street. Interviews from August 15 to 19, 2005. Start date September 2005. Salary: £24,000 per annum pro rata Leave: 28 days per annum pro rata. Part-time (2-3 days a week): 9.30am-5.30pm. Deadline for applications: 5th August 2005. Contact Anna Feldman firstname.lastname@example.org. DISCUSSION FORUM ON GENDER PERSPECTIVES IN THE WSIS The WSIS Gender Caucus is organizing an email-based discussion forum on identifying and integrating gender perspectives into the WSIS deliberations at PrepCom3 in September and the Tunis Summit in November. It will be underway July 25 to August 13 2005, and look at four critical areas -- Internet Governance, Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and WSIS, Funding and Financing Mechanisms for ICTD, and Implementation and Follow-up of WSIS. To join, send a blank email to email@example.com You will automatically be subscribed to the four discussion lists running concurrently (one for each theme). More information at http://www.genderwsis.org NEW ENGLISH-LANGUAGE PUBLICATION: COMMUNICATION IN MOVEMENTS This new publication from the Agencia Latinoamericana de Información (ALAI), examines the complex relations between social movements and communication. It studies the experience of organizations such as the Landless Workers' Movement (MST) of Brazil, the rural organizations ANAMURI of Chile and ATC of Nicaragua, the indigenous organization CONAIE of Ecuador, among others, and deals with issues such as the challenges and difficulties of appropriating ICTs, the repercussions in organizational terms, for processing information and for training; the positions movements adopt towards the media, building their own mediaand the foray into cyberspace. http://www.alainet.org/publica/comm_mov/en/ TRACK ON ICT AT UK DEVELOPMENT STUDIES ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE A track on 'Information, Technology and Development' will be held within the 2005 UK Development Studies Association conference. LSE's Prof. Robin Mansell and Prof. Lynn Mytelka from UNU-Maastricht will be participating, along with track sessions during every day of the conference incorporating 24 papers from international speakers. http://www.devstud.org.uk/conference.htm UNESCO PLANS A READER ON FOSS Gearing up for the LACFREE 2005 Conference to be held in Recife, Brazil from September 28 to October 1, 2005, UNESCO plans to publish a Reader on Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) and its relevance for development (to be translated in Portuguese and Spanish). http://www.unesco.org/webworld/portal_freesoft --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- -- IMPORTANT DATES -- SEPTEMBER 10, 2005: A grassroots global marketing campaign to promote free and open source software. Anyone can join in, with their own plans. The more diverse the better. See http://www.softwarefreedomday.org SEPTEMBER 18, 2005: World Summit Youth Award is an international competition for youth-led (under 27 years of age) projects that bridge the content gap in the emerging Information Society. WSYA categories are Development, Creativity & Culture and Community Engagement and the online application process at www.youthaward.org is open until midnight GMT on September 18, 2005. Online application form at http://www.youthaward.org/apply SEPTEMBER 28-29, 2005: 'Top Ten Who Are Changing The World of Internet & Politics' to be announced in a competition sponsored by PoliticsOnline and the 6th annual E-Democracy Worldwide Forum, at Issy-les-Moulineaux, (Paris, France). The competition works according to an online voting structure. http://www.politicsonline.com/content/main/specialreports/2005/top10_2005/vo te.asp SEPTEMBER 2005: ORBICOM, the International Network of UNESCO Chairs in Communications announces, that it will release a new report on measuring the 'infostate' of 192 countries in the world in September 2005. Infostate is an aggregated index of information networks, education and skills, and uptake and intensity of the use of ICT. http://www.orbicom.uqam.ca/ OCTOBER 15, 2005: Deadline for abstracts for the First International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD) bringing together researchers in both the social and technical sciences, with anticipated representation from anthropology, sociology, economics, political science, computer science, electrical engineering, industrial design, and so on. http://sims.berkeley.edu/events/ictd2006/ --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- -- SITES OF INTEREST -- TUNISIA'S RECORD ON FREE EXPRESSION QUESTIONED: International free expression groups in mid-July launched a new website detailing the state of free expression in Tunisia and challenged the government to end internet blocking in the lead-up to the November 2005 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). The Tunisia Monitoring Group (TMG), a coalition of 13 organisations belonging to the International Freedom of Expression eXchange (IFEX), says Tunisia should show its commitment to upholding the principles of freedom of expression by ceasing the practice of blocking news and information websites that are critical of the Tunisian government. The TMG website is available in English http://campaigns.ifex.org/tmg and in French http://campaigns.ifex.org/tmg/fr_index.html SOFTWARE FOR THE NON-PROFIT SECTOR: The Social Source Foundation (SSF) is a non-profit organization that exists to create open source, mission-focused technology for the non-profit and NGO sector. SSF is creating and distributing an internationalized, open-source platform for nonprofits, offering an online donor database integrated with online engagement tools (email and advocacy). CiviCRM 1.0 Beta is a demo of the software is available at http://www.openngo.org/ Download the feature overview: http://makeashorterlink.com/?S1F64216B Detailed list of features: http://makeashorterlink.com/?O2073216B CiviCRM 1.0 Beta demo (English or Polish) http://www.openngo.org SHARING E-BOOKS, ACROSS THE GLOBE: Prof Michael Hart <firstname.lastname@example.org> has announced that Project Gutenberg, a venture to make copyright-free e-books available to all, has completed 34 years. Says Hart: "If our average eBook has reached only 1% of the world population of 6,451,809,157 that would be 16,621 x 64,518,092 = 1.07 Trillion." Project Gutenberg has just officially launched its new companion, Project Gutenberg of Europe. Project Gutenberg of Canada is beginning: email@example.com Mailing list at: http://lists.pglaf.org/listinfo.cgi/pgcanada Project Gutenberg efforts are also starting to get on track in Portugal and The Philippines. In addition, this project is also working on The Million Dollar DVD of which the current prototype contains nearly 26,000 eBooks, and is about 3/4 full. They hope to put perhaps 40,000 eBooks on one single-sided single-layered DVD that they can encourage people to copy onto $1 blanks. --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- -- WHERE IN THE WORLD IS APC THIS MONTH -- You can meet up with APC and/or APC WNSP (APC women's programme) representatives at the events below during June 2005. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain contact information. See you there! Aug 1-4: Johannesburg (South Africa) APC Management Meeting Aug 4-8: Frankfurt (Germany) The first Wikimedia Foundation international conference http://wikimania.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page Aug 6-8: Pretoria (South Africa) Pre-workshop trainers' meeting for APC Southern African Regional Training Workshop 'Community Wireless Connectivity for Africa http://www.apc.org/wireless/ Aug 24-26: Capetown (South Africa) Community Informatics Research Network (CIRN) 2005 http://www.cirn2005.org/ August: Guayaquil (Ecuador) Infodesarrollo ICT Policy Workshop --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- APCNews, in English, and APCNoticias, in Spanish, are distributed monthly by APC -- a worldwide network supporting the use of internet and ICTs for social justice and sustainable development since 1990. 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