--- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- *APCNews, the monthly newsletter of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC)* - April 2004 No. 41 - --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- -- NEWS FROM THE MEMBERS -- -- NEWS FROM APC -- -- ICT POLICY & INTERNET RIGHTS -- -- BUILDING CAPACITY & STRATEGIC USE OF ICTs -- -- WOMEN & ICTs -- -- ONLINE TOOLS & RESOURCES -- -- COLLABORATING OPPORTUNITIES - -- IMPORTANT DATES -- -- WHAT'S NEW ON THE APC WEBSITE -- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- -- NEWS FROM THE MEMBERS - ArabDev, Egypt: No computers means no alternatives for victims of domestic violence in Egypt Local traditions in Upper Egypt prevent battered women from seeking refuge in shelters so finding a job is often the only way out of a violent family home. APC member, ArabDev, has carried out a survey to identify the skills needed for potential employment and a training project is ready to go, but there's one problem - lack of computers. The Egyptian Ministry of Telecommunications has been promising ArabDev ten computers for the project for the last two years but due to red tape none have arrived. "We are in dire need of hardware to improve the harsh circumstances of these women," says ArabDev director, Leila Hassanin. -- ArabDev http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=18647 ArabDev, Egypt: IT skills for an alternative living for Cairo's former underclass Living on the fringes of society, the Zabaleen have been making a living from recycling what Cairo's more affluent throw away for generations. However, the government is now contracting foreign waste-disposal specialists and the Zabaleen have found their traditional source of livelihood cut off. The young Zabaleen often have high-school diplomas but lack the self-esteem necessary to enter the regular workplace. To build up their confidence and their marketable skills, APC member in Egypt, ArabDev, has been training young people in computing and internet. There has been an unexpectedly high demand from young women. -- ArabDev http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=18702 BlueLink, Bulgaria: Business planning for e-networks links Central Europe with the Balkans A Mission-Driven Business Planning workshop for environmental civil society online networks in the Balkans in February was attended by APC members from the Balkans and six fledgling electronic networking initiatives from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo/a, Macedonia, and Serbia and Montenegro. -- BlueLink http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=18604 Jinbonet, South Korea: We will not obey the Internet Real Name Law A new law passed in the South Korean parliament on March 9 requires internet media and press websites to verify the names and identification numbers of all visitors who post messages on bulletin boards or chat rooms -and even personal websites- regarding political elections. Civil society groups, including APC member Jinbonet, held a press conference pledging to defy the law which they claim is a violation of freedom of expression. -- Base21/Jinbonet http://www.base21.org/show/show.php?p_cd=0&p_dv=0&p_docnbr=30205 RITS, Brazil: First anniversary for Brazilian civil society portal 'Citizens Online' (Cidadania na Internet), a Brazilian civil society information-sharing portal, celebrated one-year online on March 27. A multi-institution project managed by APC member in Brazil, RITS, 'Citizens online' started out life with twenty organisations on board. One year later, sixty people and groups work together daily to produce information to strengthen Brazilian citizenship in all its facets. -- RITS http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=18704 SANGONeT, South Africa: CINSA - A new network of community technology projects in Southern Africa The Community Information Network for Southern Africa (CINSA) aims to build a sustainable network of community ICT projects in the 14 SADC member states -Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe- through research, networking, facilitating training, service brokerage and more. -- SANGONeT http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=18707 Women'sNet, South Africa: Elections in South Africa from a women's perspective South Africa went to the polls for the third time since the end of apartheid in the early 1990s. APC member, Women'sNet, provided analysis and opinions online about the elections and perceptions of men and women. Articles included "The Dreary Dialogue", a report on interchanges between the political parties and women in civil society by director, Natasha Primo. http://womensnet.org.za/Elections2004/index.shtml Women'sNet, South Africa: Conference on ICTs in the service of good governance, democratic practice and development for rural women in Africa Held just outside Johannesburg, the conference brought together about fifty participants from women's organisations, government officials, and gender and development practitioners and researchers, involved in gender and information and communication (ICT) projects and initiatives tasked with finding ICT strategies to specifically benefit rural women. The Community Information Network for Southern Africa (CINSA) interviewed a selection of conference attendees including APC-Africa-Women coordinator, Jenny Radloff. The regional workshop was organised by Women'sNet with the support of the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO). Interviews with Dimitra participants: http://www.cmfd.org/sections/ruralwomen.html Dimitra conference: http://womensnet.org.za/dimitra_conference/ Colnodo, Colombia: "avanza", a website for Colombian development Colnodo, APC's member in Bogotá, in association with the Colombian Confederation of Non-governmental Organisations, launches "avanza" (meaning "advance" or "move forward" in English), a website for Colombian development. - Colnodo http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=18142 INTERCOM, Ecuador: Steps forward toward an Ecuadorian information and communication technology network for development An "Information and Knowledge Exchange Network on Information Communication Technology for Development" for Ecuador has been created. - INTERCOM http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=18144 Green Spider, Hungary: Tea and internet security advice come in the same cup at recent Hungarian green meeting Once again, at the Annual Meeting of Hungarian Green Non-profits (OT2004) APC member Green Spider offered herbal teas and sound internet access, training and advice to participants. Raising awareness of environmental contamination and in support of free software, Green Spider collected up visitors' old CD-roms and exchanged them for new GNU/Linux CDs. http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=18716 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- -- NEWS FROM APC - APC elected to the executive committee of the Global Knowledge Partnership The Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP) is an international multistakeholder network committed to harnessing the potential of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for sustainable and equitable development. Within the GKP framework, governments, civil society groups, donor agencies, private sector companies and inter-governmental organisations come together as equals to apply ICTs for development. APC takes its place on the committee which oversees the direction of the GKP together with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), UNESCO, the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation and others. The Excomm as it is known was chosen by the members of GKP during online voting in April. http://www.globalknowledge.org/ --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- -- ICT POLICY & INTERNET RIGHTS -- Global Forum on Internet Governance: Not everyone agrees on what is broken nor on what fixing might involve A global forum on internet governance organised by the United Nations in March was the most open and inclusive platform for addressing internet governance issues to date but time was too short to disaggregate the various areas of policy and regulation that are loosely grouped under "internet governance". There are fundamental concerns around the accountability and legitimacy of current internet governance structures, but at the same time the overall tone is "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". But not everyone agrees on what is broken, nor on what fixing might involve. The challenges the Global Forum faced will now be faced by the working group which will take work forward to the next UN World Summit in 2005. The dilemma lies in having to both expand, and shrink the scope of "internet governance", to get to practical proposals that also address broader concerns. And it has to work in a way that is inclusive of different stakeholders and perspectives, and actively tackles discontent instead of glossing over it, says APC. http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=18720 Positioning for second summit phase has begun 20 March 2004 - The structure as well as the struggles for the second phase of the WSIS summit process are slowly becoming clearer. One thing is clear: It will be more complex than the first round, as it has to deal with many more loose ends. WSIS 2003 only had to deliver two pieces of paper (the declaration of principles and the action plan). This left a lot of time for endless discussions, arm-twisting on wording, sorting out friends or foes in different arenas, and for civil society to start playing inside the official UN process. Now, the negotiators from Geneva will meet the real world. And as conflicts remain, the actors are positioning themselves for the second round. - Ralf Bendrath http://www.worldsummit2003.de/en/web/609.htm Read this and some more news on the WSIS in the European Union and internet governance from the Heinrich Böll Foundation, Germany: http://www.worldsummit2005.org Internet's governing body meets in Rome: The complicated world of ICANN part one Rome, March 2-6 - The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) - the body that's responsible for managing the registration and distribution system of domain names (eg. www.apc.org) in the internet - held its first meeting of 2004. More than 600 people from different countries took part in 27 fora. In attendance was Carlos Afonso, planning director of APC's Brazilian member organisation, RITS. His fascinating report is essential reading for anyone trying to understand internet governance issues and has been translated into English and Spanish by APC. http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=18723 Africa: Kenya's draft ICT policy and strategy negates development goals Conference-goers at a major multistakeholder event dedicated to discussing Kenya's draft ICT policy were outraged to discover that the most recent government draft was 'confidential' and only being circulated to a select few. "Efforts to query the government representatives present did not bear fruit and incredulous delegates were advised to contact the relevant ministry and demand a copy as tax-paying citizens who have the right to access public policy documents," informs APC's Africa ICT Policy Monitor. This article and others will appear in the latest edition of Chakula, APC's African ICT policy newsletter, out in the next week. http://africa.rights.apc.org/newsletter.shtml La Ond@ Rural (The Rural Vibe): Workshop on radio, ICTs and rural development Quito, Ecuador, 20-22 April 2004 - This Latin American workshop considered a series of proposals for promoting the effective use of ICT and radio for rural development so that rural radio stations, networks, specialists in ICT for development and policy decision-makers, start to take into account the effectiveness of combining radio and internet. http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=18727 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- -- BUILDING CAPACITY & STRATEGIC USE OF ICTs -- Free and open source software sweeps US non-profit tech conference Looking around at the recent Non-Profit Technology Enterprise Network conference in Philadelphia, it would have been easy to think that free and open source software is sweeping the non-profit world. With an attendance of over 700 people, this year's NTEN event featured a full track of six workshops on free and open source software (FOSS) topics - almost all of which were packed. Mark Surman for APC http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=18729 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- -- WOMEN & ICTs - Networking for Change - Conference in Rio will bring together women and men working in the gender and ICT arena for the last decade The APC women's programme (WNSP) is gearing up for the exciting culmination of two years of trials of GEM, a gender evaluation methodology for ICT and internet initiatives, in Brazil in early June, as part of a seven-day forum on "Networking for Change and Empowerment". Representatives from community telecentres, women's networking initiatives, and community-building and training programmes that participated as pilot testers of GEM from Asia, Africa, Central and Eastern Europe and Latin America will meet face-to-face to debate results and share insights. But that's not all the forum offers. There's also a gender and ICT policy forum as well as workshops and training offered. APC WNSP http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=18731 Are ICTs contributing to women's empowerment in Central and Eastern Europe? This was an underlying question addressed in the evaluations of six information and communication (ICT) initiatives from Bulgaria, Croatia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia, which participated in the field-testing of the Gender Evaluation Methodology (GEM). Evaluated initiatives varied from an employment training initiative in Croatia, to a network of women mayors in Romania, to media campaigns around violence against women in Slovakia and Bulgaria. http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=18733 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- -- ONLINE TOOLS & RESOURCES -- TRAINING RESOURCES: New ItrainOnline newsletter announces recent training additions Resources for training in the following areas were added to ItrainOnline during March: 1. Radio 2. Chat and instant messaging 3. Blogging 4. RSS 5. Web site development and promotion 6. Ressources en français 7. Recursos en español The ITO newsletter: http://www.itrainonline.org/itrainonline/english/newsletter.shtml To subscribe to the newsletter yourself, send an e-mail message to firstname.lastname@example.org Una gran cantidad de nuevos recursos en español se agregaron al Sitio de "ItrainOnline" en el mes de marzo. La lista completa es tan extenso que no la incluimos aquí. Favor de consultar http://www.itrainonline.org/itrainonline/spanish/novedades.shtml para ver los nuevos recursos. SOFTWARE: APC ActionApps now in Croatian Thanks to Igor Hrste from ZaMirNET, APC member in Zagreb, APC ActionApps is now available in Croatian. APC ActionApps is a free software content management system for building dynamic information-sharing portals, recently acclaimed "one of the top 10 open source tools for e-activism". http://www.apc.org/actionapps (Find out more about ActionApps) http://www.openconcept.ca/index.php/Top10 (Top 10 tools for e-activism) NEW BOOK: "Communicating in the Information Society" This 235-page volume edited by Sean O'Siochru and Bruce Girard of the CRIS Campaign was launched on 10th December 2003 in Geneva during the World Summit on the Information Society. With contributors including Dafne Plou of the APC women's programme (WNSP) and published by the UNRISD, this is a must-have for all involved in the debates on the "information society". Chapters are downloadable for free. http://www.crisinfo.org/content/view/full/231/ DISCUSSION REPORT: Free and open source software in public administration The ICA web forum on "Open Source Software in Public Administration" took place online in November 2003 and a final report on the discussion is now available which summarises the most important points concerning the debate on concepts regarding open source software, the adoption of open source software by the State and some experiences. The objective of the report is to offer recommendations and elements for making decisions regarding the incorporation of open source software in public administration. http://www.icamericas.net/documents/INFORME%20FINAL%20FORO%20OS.pdf (final document in Spanish) Key points and recommendations in English: http://www.icamericas.net/index.php?module=htmlpages&func=display&pid=344 DISCUSSION REPORT: Wireless connectivity Also held in November, the resulting document presents a synthesis of the most relevant issues raised during the discussion of concepts related to Wi-Fi, its strengths, opportunities, weaknesses and threats, as well as experiences described by participants in their respective countries or in more developed ones. Strategies and policies related to the issue are also suggested. http://www.icamericas.net/documents/INFORME%20FINAL%20FORO%20WIFI.pdf (final document in Spanish) Key points and recommendations in English: http://www.icamericas.net/index.php?module=htmlpages&func=display&pid=348 NEW BOOK: "Free Culture - how the media uses technology" Lawrence Lessig is a leading voice in how computer code creates laws. He explains in 'Code and other laws of cyberspace' how those controlling computer code can influence society. Prof. Lessig is a leading member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation http://www.eff.org/ and is a Stanford law professor. His latest book "Free Culture" has been released under a freely distributable license. The book can be purchased from bookshops or downloaded free of charge. http://www.free-culture.cc/freecontent/ --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- -- COLLABORATING OPPORTUNITIES - APC: Vacancy for manager for Communications and Information Programme APC is looking for a strategic thinker with experience in and understanding of global and regional level ICT policy issues to run our 'CIPP' programme. The successful candidate will understand how ICT policy issues relate to development and social justice and have a proven background in civil society networking. A minimum five years experience in project management is necessary and fundraising experience is essential. As APC is a truly virtual organisation, excellent computer and internet skills and familiarity with working in an online environment are important as well as sound academic qualifications. Deadline for applications is May 9 2004. - APCNews http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=18526 CRIS Campaign: Sign up to the Communication Rights Charter "Our vision of the 'Information Society' is grounded in the Right to Communicate, as a means to enhance human rights and to strengthen the social, economic and cultural lives of people and communities. Crucial to this is that civil society organisations come together to help build an information society based on principles of transparency, diversity, participation and social and economic justice, and inspired by equitable gender, cultural and regional perspectives...." The CRIS Charter has been available in French English and Spanish online for over a year now, clearly stating CRIS' position, commitment and areas of action. You are invited to support the campaign by endorsing the Charter. http://www.crisinfo.org/content/view/full/74 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- -- IMPORTANT DATES -- FM@dia Forum '04: Connect Free Media June 10-12 2004, Prague, Czech Republic June 13-14 2004, Freistadt, Austria People from a variety of community-, free-, independent-, sovereign-, civic-, NGO media and social organisations will gather to discuss and develop strategies for the liberalisation of the information and communication situation in Europe - with special focus on Central and East Europe. FM@dia aims to activate communication and collaboration between different regions, languages and cultures. Representatives from several APC members will be participating. URL: http://fmedia.ecn.cz/ --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- -- WHAT'S NEW ON THE APC WEBSITE -- APC ICT Policy & Internet Rights The APC internet Rights site has been redesigned and revised almost in its entirety to collect the wealth of policy materials -publications, training materials and resources- produced since 2002 when the site was first created. Take a look at: What is ICT policy? http://rights.apc.org/what_is_policy.shtml What are internet rights? http://rights.apc.org/charter.shtml ICT policy resources from APC: http://rights.apc.org/resources.shtml Newsletters: http://rights.apc.org/newsletters.shtml About APC's work in ICT policy: http://rights.apc.org/about.shtml --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 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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