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<nettime> APCNews - June 2006 - No. 65

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                *APCNews, the monthly newsletter of the
           Association for Progressive Communications (APC)*
                     June 2006 No. 65
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-- WOMEN & ICTs --
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ESLARED, Venezuela: =93Wireless technology is irreplaceable for providing=
access in remote and scarcely populated regions=94

Ermanno Pietrosemoli, of Venezuelan APC member EsLaRed, has been=20
exploring the possibilities of wireless technology for years. From=20
technical experiments to working with grassroots organisations, the firm=20
belief of the irreplaceable possibilities of this type of connection to=20
provide access in remote and scarcely populated regions has driven his=20
work. A new wireless connection world record was set in April, which=20
became the point of departure of this long-distance conversation with=20
APCNews. - APCNews

C2O, Australia: Alternative film seeks a new home... in cyberspace

The filmmakers are there. So are the films from the world of alternative=20
cinema. But how does one find the audiences? How to make sure that these=20
crucial cultural products actually get noticed across the globe? Andrew=20
Garton, from APC's member c2o and Programme Director of OPEN CHANNEL in=20
Australia, is trying out an innovative experiment. The mix? Free=20
software developers, filmmakers wanting to get their story out, and=20
support which realises the power of the alternative image. - APCNews

FMA, Philippines: From theorising about the media to coalition building=20
around free software

The Foundation for Media Alternatives was one of the groups that pushed=20
to have a community-focussed track at the latest Linux World=20
Philippines. The programme listed themes like free and open source=20
software in government, health and education. The FMA then helped create=20
an open coalition. More recently, this APC member has also backed up a=20
bid to set up a regional node of the International Open Source Network.=20
- APCNews

RITS, Brazil: Rits.lac: Civil society, a step towards regional integratio=

Latin America is undergoing a historic process of regional integration.=20
In the meantime, what is going on with civil society? The collaborative=20
working experiences between social movements from different Latin=20
American countries are rich and have a long common history. The synergy=20
is far from running dry: regional integration initiatives are on the=20
rise and being consolidated. Rits.lac, a new project from Brazilian APC=20
member, RITS, is part of the tendency. - APCNews

WAMANI, Argentina: Anniversary: The Wamani Network is fourteen years old

=93Fourteen years ago, on the first of June, at noon, with a modest PC, a=
clone that resembled a PC-AT, connected to a single phone line and using=20
a programme that worked on the legendary MS-DOS, the small group of=20
friends who formed Wamani, started this adventure,=94 said co-founder=20
Carlos Alvarez. The APC member from Argentina, Wamani Network,=20
celebrated its anniversary with the launch of new services. - Wamani Netw=

WOMENSHUB, South Africa: Taking ICT to women campaigners

 From being a student activist to working with the word in the library,=20
and getting involved in a wide range of campaigns, soft-spoken Mylene=20
Soto has seen many things. Today, she's part of APC member WomensHub, a=20
group that works for the promotion of gender equality amidst the=20
alphabet-soup and geeky world of ICTs (information and communication=20
technology). She joins Cheekay Cinco for this discussion on gender and=20
ICTs in the Asian context. - APCNews

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STATEMENT: APC condemns imprisonment of pro-democracy bloggers by=20
Egyptian authorities

APC condemns the unjust detention of free speech bloggers and=20
journalists in Egypt. Alaa Seif Al-Islam, a seasoned blogger and APC=20
colleague, is one of four Egyptian online diarists being held in=20
detention for criticising the current regime since May 7. In addition,=20
APC has heard disturbing reports about violent actions taken by state=20
security against several of the bloggers who were released from custody=20
last week, only to be subsequently re-arrested. Authorities prevented=20
human rights lawyers from visiting the bloggers who had been beaten and=20
tortured on Thursday May 25. - APCNews

NEW APC MEMBER: A new member from the Caribbean joins the APC community

APC keeps growing. A new Latin American member, FUNREDES (pronounced=20
fun-RED-ez), has joined the network of groups that believe in the=20
potential of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for=20
social justice and sustainable development, in May 2006. The =91Networks=20
and Development Foundation=92 FUNREDES is based in Santo Domingo,=20
Dominican Republic and is dedicated to the =93fair and just dissemination=
of ICTs through distance computer networks, electronic libraries and=20
multimedia projects=94. - APCNews

JOB OPENING AT APC: Strategic Uses and Capacity Building Programme Manage=

APC is seeking a manager for our Strategic Use and Capacity Building=20
Programme (SU&CB) and its projects. The SU&CB manager will have=20
excellent people and project management skills, experience of working in=20
networks, managing relationships and partnerships and a sophisticated=20
understanding of the concept of strategic use of technology as it=20
applies to development and social justice. - APC

SPECIAL DHAKA COVERAGE: South Asia ICT policy workshop and Asian APC memb=

APC staff writer Frederick Noronha travelled to Dhaka, Bangladesh last=20
April to attend the first regional consultation on ICT policy in South=20
Asia. He interviewed participants from Japan, the Philippines,=20
Bangladesh, Korea, India and many more countries. Not only did he blog=20
live from the sub continent, he also filed articles and interview=20
reports about this APC-organised event. These were featured last month=20
and over the next two months in APCNews. Visit http://www.blog.apc.org=20
for fresh original updates. In-depth coverage can be found in this=20
APCNews in the =91news from members=92 and =91ICT policy=92 sections.

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SPECIAL DHAKA TOPICS: APCNews uncovers the major ICT policy issues and=20
campaigns in Asia - From jamming community radio to lowering telephony=20

Jamming the power of community radio, landing submarine cables smoothly,=20
lowering telephony costs in a price-sensitive part of the globe... these=20
and many more issues are on top of the mind of campaigners working on=20
information and communication technology for development in South Asia,=20
a populous part of the planet. At APC's recent =91ICT policy in South=20
Asia=92 workshop held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, a number of campaigners got a=
chance to meet up with techies and a few academics to share space and=20
ideas. - APCNews

SPECIAL DHAKA ARTICLE: Snaking in from under the sea, submarine cable=20
link launched by Bangladesh

Late May 2006 saw Bangladesh launch its first submarine fibre-optic=20
cable in the southern coastal town of Cox's Bazar. This could allow=20
high-speed telecommunications, but some voices critiqued the delay in=20
making this possible. - APCNews

COMPLEMENTARY ARTICLE: Submarine Cable Link: Yet to cross lots of=20
barriers to get the real power

Bangladesh has been linked with the Se-Me-We-4 submarine cable network,=20
but there is yet to set up a certain set of rules and regulations=20
regarding the usage. The authority to look after this network is=20
Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB). BTTB are now in=20
contention with the internet service providers (ISPs). Only 155 Mbps=20
data are now being transferred through the submarine cable network=20
whereas the real capacity is 10 Gbps. As there is no strong backup, ISPs=20
are not relying on the Se-Me-We-4 submarine cable. In this tangle the=20
proper distribution of Se-Me-We-4 submarine cable become uncertain. -=20
http://www.ekattor.com/submarine-cable.pdf [PDF document]

SPECIAL DHAKA INTERVIEW: The software challenge? How to popularise Indic=20
solutions with users

Indian language computing solutions in free/libre and open source=20
software is "doing fine" but needs better documenting and packaging. It=20
also needs to find sufficient numbers of users. There is a lot of=20
potential for regional, cross-country cooperation in this field in South=20
Asia, a region in urgent need of solutions to its computing challenges.=20
This interview with Sarai.net, the Delhi-based new media initiative,=20
also self-defined as a "space for research, practice and conversation=20
about the contemporary media and urban constellations", explores these=20
challenges. - APCNews

FROM THE APC BLOG: BBC's documentary... and software freedom
By Fouad Riaz Bajwa

Is free and open source software (FOSS) a make-do product for those who=20
can't afford better? Is it something suited to the 'developing' world=20
alone? No, says Fouad Riaz Bajwa, a Pakistani FOSS advocate known as the=20
"FOSS mullah" for his passionate commitment to the cause. He debates a=20
recent two-part BBC documentary on FOSS, which he believes catches the=20
bull by the tail. - APC Blog
- APC Blog

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WIKI PART I: Progressive communications, wiki style

APC staff started playing with wikis internally four years ago, and=20
started using this online tool seriously about a year later.=20
Collaborative work can normally be documented with the help of a drawing=20
board or a tape recorder in the corner of a room. At the Association for=20
Progressive Communications, people=92s collective space is not a room.=20
Instead they work from home, some in small offices, others in affiliated=20
organisations, all over the world. But what is a wiki anyway? How does=20
it differ from other online tools APC uses? How can it support the way=20
we work at APC? This first out of two pieces looks at these questions by=20
rooting the answers in APC=92s global working dynamics. - APCNews

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-- WOMEN & ICTs =96-

E-GOV, PART II: Linking Czech women and e-government

The APC WNSP panel =93ICT and Equal Opportunities for Women and Men=94 to=
place on the April 3, 2006, the first of a two-day conference on=20
Internet in Public Administration. Most panellists spoke about=20
information and communication literacy as key to successful=20
implementation of e-government objectives. At the same time, they listed=20
ICT skills as the primary barrier that leads to a gender digital divide=20
in the Czech Republic. In particular, the majority of the Roma women do=20
not have sufficient ICT skills to benefit from e-government and the=20
information society generally. The conference took place in the Czech=20
Republic. This is the second article in a two-part series. - GenderIT.org

ARTICLE: Why are Congolese women absent from decision making in ICTs?

The Republic of Congo is located in Central Africa, with an estimated=20
population of 2,854,600 in 2000. Telecommunications infrastructures are=20
decrepit, limited to the two biggest cities of the country, Brazzaville=20
and Pointe-Noire. Despite the existence of private telecommunications=20
companies, only mobile telephony penetrates faster in rural areas.=20
Telecommunications infrastructures are, thus, unable to meet the needs=20
of the Congolese population, especially those of women who constitute 51=20
per cent of inhabitants. This article from APC-Africa-Women=92s new=20
co-coordinator who is from Brazzaville has been translated into English.=20
- GenderIT.org

ARTICLE: Beyond tools: Technology as a feminist agenda

The question is what is the feminist agenda within the ICTs and gender=20
debate. The issues of women's sexuality, representation and exploitation=20
are obvious. The connection that needs to be made is to shift the=20
understanding of ICTs from a ghettoised area relevant only to those who=20
are privileged enough to have technological access, to the larger=20
framework of women's human rights, which includes violence against=20
women. - Palgrave Journal

GRACE OVERVIEW ARTICLE: Gender and ICTs in Africa: Let=92s talk research

Performing research can be challenging, especially when researchers turn=20
to their own communities. In the GRACE project, researchers will meet to=20
share their findings and develop their writing skills in early June in=20
Durban, South Africa. Organised in fourteen different teams, the=20
researchers live and work in twelve African countries and all are=20
tackling a fundamental question: How do women in Africa use information=20
and communication technologies (ICTs) for empowerment? - GRACE

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NEWKERALA.com, India: A dark continent for citizen-run broadcasts
Friday April 28, 2006

As far as radio waves go, South Asia can perhaps call itself the "dark=20
continent". This part of the planet has an almost uniformly=20
unenlightened policy when it comes to opening up its airwaves. -=20

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BRIEFING PAPER: A new briefing paper for journalists asks what=92s=20
stopping the wireless revolution in developing countries

Despite significant advances in wireless technology, more than=20
two-thirds of the world=92s population remains without access to=20
communication facilities. In many countries, particularly in the=20
developing world, governments have been slow to reduce restrictions that=20
limit the use of this technology. This brief from Panos London looks at=20
different applications of wireless technology, and its comparative=20
advantage in making communication available to all. It suggests what=20
governments could do to encourage its wider use in everyday life.

DEVELOPMENT OF COMMUNICATION: International Program for Development of=20
Communication (IPDC)

IPDC is a UNESCO program that provides small grants to community/media=20
projects. Media organisations such as press, radio and television, media=20
training institutes, professional journalists' organisations, media=20
development agencies, and community media organizations are eligible to=20
seek support from IPDC. All proposals are processed by field-based=20
Unesco Advisers for communication and information. Media projects with=20
potential to serve as models are especially encouraged. Particular=20
attention is always given to proposals from least-developed, landlocked=20
and small island countries.

GUIDE TO COMMUNITY MULTIMEDIA CENTRES: How to get started and keep going

"There are growing numbers of grass-root communication and information
service providers in the developing countries today. They are operating
community radio stations, multipurpose telecentres, information centres,
community learning centres and =96 in a few cases =96 community multimedi=
centres (CMCs) that already combine both radio and telecentre facilities.
This book is intended to be of use to all those wanting to become involve=
or already involved in such initiatives =96 staff and managers, community
groups, NGOs working for community empowerment, communication planners=20
supporting development activities, trainers and project partners."

Martus is a software tool that allows users to document incidents of=20
abuse by creating bulletins, uploading them at the earliest opportunity,=20
and storing them on redundant servers located around the world. The new=20
version (2.9) of Martus is available for download. This release is=20
available in English, Spanish and Arabic. Other languages including=20
French, Russian and Thai are available as language-packs on the=20
documentation page

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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: 2006 Mellon awards for technology collaboration

The Program in Research in Information Technology of the Andrew W.=20
Mellon Foundation invites nominations for the 2006 Mellon Awards for=20
Technology Collaboration (MATC). In support of the Program=92s mission to=
encourage collaborative, open source software development within=20
traditional Mellon constituencies, these awards=97to be given for the=20
first time in 2006=97will recognise not-for-profit organisations that are=
making substantial contributions of their own resources toward  the=20
development of open source software and the fostering of collaborative=20
communities to sustain open source development.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture:=20
National television policies in the age of globalisation

Considerable discussion in the debate on globalisation within media=20
studies has centred on the question over the impact of the forces of=20
globalisation on the nature and dynamics of national policy-making. The=20
University of Westminster is looking for original, research-based papers=20
that contribute to this debate by broadening the understanding of the=20
interplay between global forces and the states in the making of=20
contemporary national television policies. They welcome both national=20
studies and comparative research across countries as well as research on=20
policy-making at the supranational level.
Applicants may submit abstracts until Friday September 29, 2006.

E_GOV INDIA CONFERENCE: The Centre for Science, Development and Media=20
Studies (CSDMS) is organizing egov India 2006 Conference in New Delhi=20
from 23 - 25 August 2006
The participation and engagement of dialogues will be from different=20
stakeholders representing the government, the academia, advocacy groups,=20
civil society, consultants, donors (bilateral and multilateral), private=20
sector and key decision makers and implementers of the programmes in=20
e-Government. Last date for submission of abstracts - 30th June 2006;=20
Final confirmation for presentation - 30th July 2006

AMNESTY CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED: Amnesty International has launched a new=20
campaign in support of freedom of speech online and offline, called=20
'Irrepressible', a term that means "impossible to repress or control".=20
Chat rooms monitored. Blogs deleted. Websites blocked. Search engines=20
restricted. People imprisoned for simply posting and sharing=20
information. This is what the campaign will act upon.

1. Computer Aid International is seeking to appoint an East Africa=20
Programme Officer based in their Nairobi office but travelling widely in=20
the region to serve existing and potential new partners in Kenya,=20
Uganda, Tanzania, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan and Djibouti.

2. Computer Aid International is seeking a Technical Development Officer=20
to research and develop a new range of ICT4Ed and ICT4D products and=20
services to compliment their existing provision of high-quality,=20
professionally refurbished Pentium3 and Pentium4 PCs.
For information about Computer Aid International, please visit

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DON'T REGULATE: Two minute online commented cartoon about 'net=20
neutrality' and the regulation of the internet. This is a US focussed=20
analysis of who wants to control the internet.

IBASE LAUNCHES NEW PORTAL: The Brazilian Institute of Social and=20
Economic Analyses (Ibase), founded by Betinho in 1981, has launched its=20
new web portal. Ibase is a nonprofit charitable organisation, with no=20
links to any religious institution or political party. Its mission is to=20
build democracy by fighting inequalities and stimulating citizens'=20

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JUNE 4-8: Youth Media Development Forum=9206
Bamako, Mali

JUNE 11- 13: ICT for an Inclusive Society
Riga, Latvia

JUNE 24- 26: iCommons Summit
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

JUNE 28 =96 JULY 2: International Community Film Festival
Northampton, United Kingdom

JUNE 29: Online Collaboration for Public Policy: Blogs, Wikis and=20
Washington, United States

JULY 27-29: Community Technology Centers' Network (CTCNet) 15th Annual=20
Washington, United States

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You can meet up with APC and/or APC WNSP (APC women's programme)=20
representatives at the events below during the next two months. Write to=20
events {AT} apc.org to obtain contact information. See you there!

MAY 28- JUNE 12: Durban, South Africa
GRACE workshop: Gender Research in Africa into ICTs for Empowerment

JUNE 9-5: Porto Alegre, Brazil
Digital Inclusion Forum

JUNE 6-8: Bangkok, Thailand
Asian Conference on Digital Commons	=09

JUNE 7-10: Rome, Italy
Transmission:  Gathering of video makers, programmers and web producers=20
developing online video distribution as a tool for social justice and=20
media democracy.

JUNE 12-13: Toronto, Canada
Telecentre.org meeting: Open curriculum and peer production

JUNE 15-16: London, United Kingdom=09
Building Communications Opportunities (BCO) impact assessment

JUNE 19-20: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Global Alliance meeting

JUNE 23: Glasgow, Scotland
CIVICIUS Assembly=09

JUNE 23-25:  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

JUNE 24: Wilton Park, United Kingdom
Centre for International Governance/DIPLO - WSIS follow up meeting=09

JUNE 26-30: Marrakech, Morocco
ICANN meeting=09

JUNE 25-JULY 1: Lusaka, Zambia
IICD (International Institute for Communication and Development)=20
training materials workshop (including launch the IICD/ItrainOnline=20
community of trainers) http://www.iicd.org

JUNE 28-JULY 2: London, United Kingdom
APC National portals content workshop=09

JUNE 29: Dublin, Ireland
GESCI (Global e-Schools and Communities Initiatives) Meeting

JULY 3-27: Geneva, Switzerland
ECOSOC Substantive Session (includes discussion about WSIS)=09

JULY 3-6: Johannesburg, South Africa
CATIA (Catalysing ICT in Africa) Animators meeting and output to=20
purpose review=09

JULY 11 & 17: Ifrane, Morocco
Trainers meetings

JULY 12-16: Ifrane, Morocco=09
APC North African Wireless workshop

JULY 13-15: Dakar, Senegal
CIPACO (Centre for International ICT Policies Central and West Africa)=20
West Africa workshop on Internet Governance

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APCNews, in English, and APCNoticias, in Spanish, are distributed=20
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mmunication technologies (ICTs) to improve their lives and create more
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