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APC Internet Rights Charter translated into 19 languages

Thanks to APC members working in policy around the world, check out the charter in Urdu, Filipino, Bengali, Bulgarian, Czech, Catalan, Russian and more!

APC Chris Nicol FOSS Prize 2007

APC Chris Nicol
FOSS Prize 2007

Announcing the winners!

Initiatives from the USA and Nepal - Free Geek and Nepalinux - are the joint winners of the APC Chris Nicol FOSS Prize 2007. Read more >>

Publication on multi-stakeholder partnerships in ICTs for develpment

In response to the growing demand for information on multi-stakeholder processes in ICT policy, APC has produced the book “Frequently Asked Questions about Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships in ICTs for Development – A Guide for National ICT Policy Animators”.

Download full versions in English or French.

Book on WSIS, developing countries and civil society
Time for lessons learned

The World Summit on the Information Society has been roundly criticised in the past and this new study from APC concludes that the summit is not the best starting point for new action.”

So, what is the point of looking at how developing country delegations and civil society fared at the summit? Because “it is always important to learn from experience – particularly where it did not deliver up to expectations.”

Find out more about
Whose Summit

Executive summary available in French and Spanish.

Global information society watch
monitors information revolution

A watchdog report from APC and the Third World Institute monitors commitments by governments and the United Nations on the information society.
Global IS Watch

South Africa - APC supports national regulator against monopoly

APC has stated its whole-hearted support of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) for the drafting of regulations prescribing a list of essential facilities for electronic communications. - APCNews More >>


APC thanks the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (“the Authority”) for the opportunity to make comment on the oral presentations on the draft regulations prescribing a list of essential facilities and matters related thereto, pursuant to Section 42(8) of the Electronic Communications Act No. 36 of 2005 (“the Act”). - APCNews More >>

Internet Governance Forum: APC makes recommendations on themes and structure

The first preparatory meeting for the next Internet Governance Forum (scheduled for December 2008 in India) was held in Geneva on 26 February 2008. APC issued a statement recommending the implementation of regional and national IGFs, using sustainable development as a key theme and advising on the format of working groups to address and follow up on key issues. APC also submitted a paper that identifies and documents the main areas of discussions and ‘recommendations’ that were generated under the access theme at the second IGF, held in Rio de Janeiro in November 2007. - Policy programme More >>

Software: free West Africa?

The use of free software in West Africa would represent an opportunity to reduce the digital divide with the South. In this region, the low level of free software production goes hand in hand with marginal usage. Free software is present in certain businesses, in education, etc. but there is mistrust, as a result of the fact that free software is developed rapidly and is proliferating. It causes fear because there is a belief that “whatever is free is not of good quality”. IDLELO3, a panafrican conference on free software, will look at these questions and beliefs from March 16 to 20 2008 in Dakar, Senegal. - APCNews More >>

APC policy programme’s manager invited to high level UN group of experts

The United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development (UN GAID) has invited APC policy programme’s manager, Willie Currie, to participate in an ad-hoc group of experts on financing ICT for development (ICT4D). This group has been set up in preparation of the upcoming GAID Global Forum on Access and Connectivity in least developed countries and small island developing states in Asia-Pacific and innovative financing mechanisms for ICT4D, Malaysia, 18-20 May 2008 [link to UN GAID page]. - More >>

Cambodia gets a Community Information Center web portal

Cambodia's Community Information Center 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 More >>

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 More >>

South African civil society reflect on coming November's sumit

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 More >>

Europe's software patents threatens free speech in an information society

By a (legal) sleight of hand, the European Parliament 2003 vote against software patents has been effectively overturned, allowing monopoly control over the critical tools of an 'information society'. This threatens both the free and unhindered access to information, and even free speech. - APCNews More >>

New cultural commons between Korea and Australia

Synesthesia Urbania is a collaborative audio/visual public performance integrating mobile devices, a multilingual multimedia online workspace (moblog), collective copyright licensing and a custom 3D performance engine. Participants from Seoul will encounter those from Melbourne in this innovatively-charted out event. - APCNews More >>

Ungana-Afrika: Doing its bit to counter Africa's 'capacity crisis'

APC's new member Ungana-Afrika is a non-profit organisation that provides technology support, and helps others initiate technology support programs, within the development community of Southern Africa. Their work includes incubation of ICT capacity building programs, in-house ICT programs, and individual projects. - APCNews More >>

WOUGNET, Uganda: Taking ICTs to women in a context where little exists

APC's new member WOUGNET, the Women of Uganda Network, is seen as well thought of within the women's movement in that country. It works actively to support grassroots involvement in ICTs and facilitate access to information to those not connected. WOUGNET works out of a country where there is much to do regarding ICTs. - APCNews More >>

Networking with the networkers, a new member in EsLaRed (Venezuela)

A Venezuelan organisation with a reputation for its high-level technical training in ICTs for over a decade in Latin America has joined the APC as member, raising hopes for enhanced reach and credibility for both sides of the new partnership in the region. - APCNews More >>

In Peru, a venture on the Net helps sow a better crop

In Peru, the internet acts like fertilizer in the field. Or, you could say it helps to harvest information needed about sowing operations in a timely and far more accurate manner. This promises to bring home some benefits to poor farmers working on a subsistence model. - More >>

The People Own Ideas!

Stanford professor of law Lawrence Lessig visits Brazil, and comes back with this fascinating story explaining how the ideals and inspiration of Free Software is giving rise to Free Culture. Lessig describes what risks and threats come along with the new strategies to spread regulation in the digital world, in a long but fascinating write-up. - More >>

Secure computing, online communications workshop for Asia

As civil society organizations increasingly use personal computers and online communication tools, they are becoming prone to ever-advancing threats ranging from malware (viruses, spyware or adware, spam, phishing), to digital surveillance and interception, and even the seizure of equipment. Development organisations in Asia recently faced up to the challenge. - Foundation for Media Alternatives More >>

In the Philippines, civil society joins a new information society round

APC members in the Philippines, the Foundation for Media Alternatives, took the lead in a consultative workshop on the national leg of the information society summit. While welcoming the workshop, it also spoke out to voice concern that the first national summit of May 2004 had not been taken seriously by the government, with very few discussions held last year. - More >>

SANGONeT takes a closer look at the WSIS

Local content; community broadcasting; freedom of expression, diversity and pluralism; financing the digital divide; education and ICT literacy; and gender and ICTs -- what role should these issues play at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)? In South Africa, a June-end 2005 meet seeks to provide an opportunity for civil society organisations (CSOs) to reflect on WSIS issues. - More >>

From India, hackers look at another freedom... to collaborate

Free software offers various 'freedoms'. But in India, enthusiasts are working on a new one -- the freedom to build bridges to potential partners from half-way across the globe, and facing similar developmental concerns or challenges. - APCNews More >>

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