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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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. -
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
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. -
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. -
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. -
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