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Inter Press Service (IPS)

Ahmed to challenge ’press offences’

Makram Mohamed Ahmed, newly elected Egyptian Journalists Syndicate chairman, has promised to pursue the syndicate’s longstanding goal of outlawing the practice of issuing jail terms for so-called "publication offences". "The legality of sentencing journalists to prison remains the biggest challenge to Egyptian journalism," Ali Hashem, former Journalists Syndicate secretary-general, told IPS. "The practice will never be done away with in the absence of a strong syndicate leadership capable (...) read

date of on-line publication : 18 December 2007


Revolution in ICT infrastructure: Hope for the Ghanaian woman

> by Emily Nyarko

Despite several attempts to adopt ICTs (information and communications technologies) into Ghana’s developmental agenda, it was not until 2003 that the government developed the nation’s policy document to guide the implementation and use of ICTs in the country. Some African countries such as South Africa are way ahead of Ghana in the development of infrastructure, accessibility and the use of ICTs. However in the West African sub-region, Ghana is reported to have advanced faster than most (...) read

date of on-line publication : 25 October 2007

InfoChange News & Features

The penguin goes to school: Linux to debut in Goa classrooms

After struggling for years to get access to non-pirated software to run their computer labs, schools in the western coastal state of Goa have received a bonanza that seems almost too good to be true. Red Hat India, part of a prominent global corporation dealing in `open source’ or `free’ software, has come up with an innovative plan which was promptly seized upon by volunteers pushing for the speedy computerisation of schools in Goa. Under the plan, schools will get access not just to all (...) read

date of on-line publication : 25 September 2007


International Journal of Communication

Democratizing Global Communication? Global Civil Society and the Campaign for Communication Rights in the information Society

Democratising Global Communication? This is a question asked by Milton L. Mueller and colleagues at US-based universities in a report published in IJOC, the International Journal of Communication. Scrutinising the role played by global civil society at the World Summit on the Information Society, the authors insist on the centrality of APC, and conclude that “There is no doubt that WSIS was a more substantive, inclusive and meaningful exercise in global governance, because of the civil (...) read

date of on-line publication : 26 June 2007


Women and Philippine media : at the fringes of freedom

> Nina Somera, GenderIT, March 2007

Where are women located in the struggle for freedoms to express, create and disseminate information through ICTs as media ? Censorship comes in multiple forms in the Philippines. The country has one of the highest counts of media practitioners who are killed in the course of their work in the region. Yet, it retains a conflicting standing as one of the open media landscape in South East Asia. Read : Women and Philippine media : at the fringes of (...) read

date of on-line publication : 26 April 2007


Women and ICT in Development of Africa Gains of engendering ICTs in rural Uganda

> i4d (Information For Development)

Women and Information are two crucial elements in rural development, ICTs are an intrinsic part of this equation. Documenting the impacts and lessons learnt of ICT capacity development projects are likely to earn the support of donors and governments. One of the female participants of an ICT training for women in Uganda gave me a hand-written letter of thanks. I met her during my visit to our ICT and gender partners in rural Uganda. Throughout a series of sessions in their local community (...) read

date of on-line publication : 24 April 2007


National gender and ICT policies in Uruguay : a call to action

> Cecilia Gordano, GenderIT, December 2006

In Uruguay, the National Women’s Institute (INAMU) led a consultation process with a range of social actors to develop the First National Plan for Equality of Opportunities and Rights (PPNIOD), planned for the period from 2007 to 2011. One of the chapters of the Plan, entitled «Innovative Uruguay», includes the strategic aim of an «increase in women’s access to information and communication technologies (ICTs), eliminating the current gender gap». According to GenderIT collaborator Cecilia (...) read

date of on-line publication : 15 March 2007



The use of information and communication technology for development in Bangladesh

APC member in South Asia, BytesForAll, has launched its report on the use of information and communication technology for development in Bangladesh. This document, called « ICT4D (using ICT for development) Status Report 1.0 » is looking into the use of information and communication technology for the purpose of development. The report aims to monitor ICT development in different sectors and to compile civil society views and understanding of policy intervention in those areas. « We (...) read

date of on-line publication : 19 February 2007


Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP)

ICT for development success stories : youth, poverty and gender

This 100-page publication highlights initiatives that are using Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to make a real and meaningful difference in communities around the world, no matter how disadvantaged or isolated they may be. These stories on youth, poverty and gender intend to provide snapshots of the learning process that accompanies the introduction and implementation of ICTs in a community development project. In sharing experiences and lessons-learned, the goal of the (...) read

date of on-line publication : 30 January 2007


Association for Progressive Communications (APC)

Internet Rights Charter

> Internet for social justice and sustainable development (...)

The internet is a global public space that must be open, affordable and accessible to all. As more and more people gain access to this space, many remain excluded. Like the process of globalisation with which it has been closely intertwined, the spread of internet access takes place with uneven results and often exacerbates social and economic inequalities. However, the internet and other information and communication technologies (ICTs) can be a powerful tool for social mobilisation and development, resistance to injustices and expression of difference and creativity.
APC (Association for Progressive communications) believes that the ability to share information and communicate freely using the internet is vital to the realisation of human rights as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1976), the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1976) and the Convention of the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW, 1980).


date of on-line publication : 20 December 2006

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