[lowcostcomputing] Wireless technology in Brazil... sowing a better crop... etc

  • From: "Frederick Noronha (FN)" <fred@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: Low Cost Computing <lowcostcomputing@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 02 Jul 2005 01:09:51 +0530

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              *APCNews, the monthly newsletter of the
         Association for Progressive Communications (APC)*
                   - June 2005 No. 53
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-- 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 --
-- SITES OF INTEREST --
-- WHERE IN THE WORLD IS APC NEXT MONTH --
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-- NEWS FROM THE MEMBERS --

RITS, BRAZIL: Wireless technology takes internet access to remote 
Amazonian communities

APC member RITS was concerned that introducing telecentres in the Amazon 
would snuff out the traditional culture. But they report, âthe opposite 
has happenedâ. The locals have embraced this new world on the internet, 
âhave succeeded in better identifying who there are and now want to 
launch community sites to present their reality to the world.â Two 
telecentres are now running on the banks of the TapajÃs River and 
another telecentre is planned. But there are other new developments in 
the air. - RITS
http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=78107


CEPES, 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. - CEPES
http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=34478


FMA, 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. - FMA
http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=34183


BytesForAll, SOUTH ASIA: Building a new community website

BytesForAll's newly developed ICT4D community website is at: 
http://www.bytesforall.net You can contribute articles, news, stories 
and events and let the ICT4D (information and communication technology 
for development) community know about it. To subscribe to the fairly 
active BytesForAll_Readers mailing list that focuses primarily on the 
otherwise-neglected South Asia region sign up at 
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bytesforall_readers or send in a blank 
email to bytesforall_readers-subscribe@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


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-- NEWS FROM APC --

ANNOUNCING THE APC BETINHO COMMUNICATIONS PRIZE IN 2005:
Community connectivity for economic development in Latin America and the 
Caribbean

In 2005, the APC Betinho Prize will be offered in recognition of 
community initiatives in Latin America and the Caribbean that use the 
internet and other networks to access markets, skills and opportunities 
to derive real economic benefits.

APC is looking for ICT initiatives that make a positive economic 
contribution to the community, are driven and developed in Latin America 
and the Caribbean, and can demonstrate a sustainable use of technology

The US$ 7500 prize is open to civil society organisations, 
community-based groups, networks, and social movements anywhere in LAC. 
Applications will be accepted in Spanish, Portuguese and English. 
Deadline for nominations: October 16, 2005. More about the prize at 
http://www.apc.org/english/betinho or write to betinho@xxxxxxx


NEW APC MEMBER: Ungana-Afrika works 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
http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=58051


NEW APC MEMBER: WOUGNET, Uganda, takes ICTs to women 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
http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=58155


NEW APC MEMBER: EsLaRed of Venezuela networks networkers in Latin America

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
http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=34529


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-- ICT POLICY & INTERNET RIGHTS --

NEWS: 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. This special report from Hungarian techie and activist 
Peter Somogyi for APCNews. 
http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=77328


DISCUSSION PAPERS: WSIS papers from ITeM

APC member, the Instituto del Tercer Mundo (Third World Institute, ITeM) 
has been developing the WSIS Papers project which is aimed at producing 
input on aspects of information and communication technologies that have 
an impact on the development of Southern countries. This input is 
intended to feed the debate at the World Summit on the Information 
Society (WSIS), and other multilateral processes that model the present 
systems of ICT global governance. See http://wsispapers.choike.org


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-- BUILDING CAPACITY & STRATEGIC USE OF ICTs --

REPORT: 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 at a workshop organised by APC. - Foundation for 
Media Alternatives
http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=34238


NEW VIDEO: âMake ICT Training Work For Youâ introduces multimedia 
resource for non-profits

Commissioned by APC, media specialists c2o/Toy Satellite designed and 
produced "Make ICT Training Work For You", an introduction to the 
ItrainOnline's Multimedia Training Kit (MMTK). The MMTK provides 
trainers in telecentres, community media organisations and the 
development sector with a structured set of materials to help make that 
jump between new and traditional media or train in a new skill area. The 
MMTK is a joint project of the APC, Bellanet, IICD, INASP, Oneworld.net 
and UNESCO.

Download the video and other resources utilised in the making of the
video: http://www.toysatellite.org/mmtk/
More about the MMTK: 
http://www.apc.org/english/press/primers/apc_mmtk_1104.doc
Visit the  MMTK: http://www.itrainonline.org/itrainonline/mmtk/
[in French, English and Russian]


AUDIO: ActionApps - developers explain how it's being used

ActionApps is a free content management system for not-for-profits 
developed by APC and the free software community. It is flexible, fast 
and easy, and innovative in publishing news, events, resources, contacts 
and more online. Developers tell us about their favourite 
ActionApps-based site and the benefits for them of using ActionApps.
http://www.apc.org/actionapps/english/general/uses.html
See more about ActionApps at http://www.apc.org/actionapps/


RSS: News feeds from APC

APC and APC members offer RSS feeds:
APCNews: http://www.apc.org/apps/aa/view.php3?vid=518
APCNoticias (in Spanish): http://www.apc.org/apps/aa/view.php3?vid=559
ICT policy and internet rights: 
http://www.apc.org/english/rights/rss.php?lang=en&v=1
Feeds from APC members around the world: 
http://www.apc.org/english/news/rss/


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-- WOMEN & ICTs --

APC-Africa-Women: GenARDIS small grants awarded

The GenARDIS small grants fund was initiated in 2002 by CTA, IICD and 
IDRC, to support work on gender-related issues in ICTs for ACP 
agricultural and rural development. Ten winners of the â 5000 one-time 
grants have just been announced. The fund is coordinated by 
APC-Africa-Women.
http://www.cta.int/about/genardis2_winners.htm


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-- ONLINE TOOLS & RESOURCES --

LATIN AMERICA STUDY ON THE IMPACT OF TECHNOLOGY: The Institute for 
Connectivity in the Americas (ICA) and Cisco Systems has released a 
study on the impact of technology in Latin America that found 70% of 
organizations report technology has helped improve customer or citizen 
satisfaction by an average of 32 percent. This study also found that 
customer satisfaction and the desire to improve competitiveness are the 
main drivers for technology investment by Latin American companies.
http://www.icamericas.net/index.php?module=htmlpages&func=display&pid=715

ONLINE ACTIVISM, FUNDRAISING, E-DEMOCRACY: A paper on the future of
online activism, fund-raising, e-democracy. Power to the Edges: Trends
and Opportunities in Online Civic Engagement
http://evolvefoundation.org/files/Pushing_Power_to_the_Edges_05-06-05.pdf

IPDC/UNESCO PRIZE FOR RURAL COMMUNICATION: IPDC/UNESCO has sought 
nominations for its 10th Prize for Rural Communication worth US$ 20,000.
Apply by October 1, 2005. http://www.unesco.org/webworld/ipdc Contact
ValÃri Nikolski, UNESCO, v.nikolsski@xxxxxxxxxx

USEFUL LINKS IN CHOIKE: Choike âa portal on southern civil societies- is 
produced in English and Spanish by the Third World Institute (ITeM), 
APC's member in Uruguay. Use Choike's search engine to find information 
in the civil society web sites: 
http://www.choike.org/nuevo_eng/tools/buscador.htm 
http://www.choike.org/nuevo_eng/14/52/links.html offers many links to 
groups working in ICT-for-development.  http://www.choike.org

MANY-TO-MANY, A GROUP WEBLOG: A useful group weblog on social software. 
Describes itself as "tech news, filtered daily".
http://www.corante.com/many/

COLLABORATION SPACE ONLINE: ConsultantCommons.org provides an online
collaboration space and community for non-profit technical assistance
providers to collaboratively build and share knowledge. This system is
designed so that consultants can find, contribute and collaborate on
tools and information they use to maintain a consultancy and provide
services to nonprofits. http://www.consultantcommons.org/

TECHNOLOGY ASSISTANCE FOR COMMUNITY-BUILDING ORGANISATIONS: CompuMentor 
is a nonprofit organization specializing in technology assistance for 
community-based organizations and schools. Through their consulting 
practice, they offer technology planning, implementation, and support 
services. CompuMentor is also the home of TechSoup.org, the technology 
website for the nonprofit sector. http://www.compumentor.org/

CAPACITERIA.ORG, PEER REVIEWED CAPACITY RESOURCES FOR NONPROFITS: 
Capaciteria is a new database resource index of useful administrative 
capacity links for nonprofits. Capaciteria has resources related to 
nonprofit jobs, volunteer, advocacy, philanthropic services, software 
and grant or funding and in-kind support because they tend to be the 
most sought after queries. See the FAQ at the top answering basic 
questions. Thanks to Teresa Crawford for passing on the link. 
http://capaciteria.org

IFIs LATIN AMERICAN MONITOR: This initiative aims at contributing to the 
Latin American and global International Financial Institutions (IFIs) 
campaigns for reform of the Bretton Woods institutions by translating 
key information, producing and disseminating analysis and providing a 
point of access to research results, opinions and campaigning 
activities, thus promoting dialogue and collaboration between key 
actors. This is a project of the Instituto del Tercer Mundo (ITeM). 
http://ifis.choike.org

NPOACTION, USING CELL PHONES IN ADVOCACY: The rise of cellular
technology has given telephone organizing another breath of life.
Examples of cell phone advocacy demonstrate the potential this
technology has for low cost, effective communications in an advocacy
campaign. http://www.mobileactive.org/blog
http://www.npaction.org/article/articleprint/607/-1/{category_id}/

MORE SMS TOOLS: Activism-oriented or free services that can be used
http://wiki.advocacydev.org/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?SmsTools

ICTs AND SMALL ENTERPRISES, HANDBOOKS: Limited free copies of handbooks 
about ICTs and small enterprise are available. One is for support agency 
staff, advisers, consultants and researchers. The second handbook is for 
entrepreneurs. It explains how to get the most of the technologies. For 
hard copies, email richard.heeks@xxxxxxxxx giving your name and full 
postal address, and under 50 words on your work with small enterprise. 
Online versions at
www.sed.manchester.ac.uk/idpm/research/is/ictsme/index.htm (in French, 
Spanish and Arabic too). Hard copies are in English only.

VOICES FROM ASIA-PACIFIC, INTERNET GOVERNANCE PRIORITIES: UNDP-APDIP's 
Open Regional Dialogue on Internet Governance (ORDIG) has produced a 
two-part report entitled, "Voices from Asia-Pacific: Internet Governance 
Priorities and Recommendations". These documents stem from months of 
consultations involving stakeholder groups from the public and private 
sectors, as well as civil society. ORDIG Survey Report 
http://igov.apdip.net/ORDIG.Survey.Report.pdf


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-- COLLABORATING OPPORTUNITIES --

SOUTH KOREA, AUSTRALIA: NEW CULTURAL COMMONS BEING FORGED

Synesthesia Urbania is a collaborative Australian-South Korean 
audio/visual performance requiring public participation through input 
from mobile devices and incorporating live performance of 
electro-acoustic sounds and visuals. Collaborators identify -through 
photos, text, video and audio clips- diverse cultural references in 
their respective countries which are sent via a multimedia messaging 
system (MMS) gateway to a common online workspace. Produced by APC 
members in Australia and South Korea and others.

The project will see the emergence, funds permitting, of a multilingual 
cultural commons in association with Creative Commons 
Australia.Synesthesia Urbania: http://toysatellite.org/syn-urbania/
Or find out how to partipate: 
http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=77582

INFORMATION ON FREQUENCY ALLOCATION IN ASIA:

Do you have access to recordings of community radio broadcasts, 
interviews with estranged radio journalists, copies of articles or 
essays on the state of spectrum allocation in your country? Do you know 
of pirate stations streaming over the net, radio activists who lobby 
their governments to ensure spectrum allocation for community use, or 
attempts to sell parts of the spectrum to private enterprise?

Frequency Post is an investigation of the radio frequency spectrum by 
six composers from three countries and you can contribute to it. Contact 
http://rights.apc.org.au/contact.php

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR WOMEN BLOGGERS:

Blogging company Six Apart has announced they will offer five 
scholarships for women bloggers interested in attending the upcoming 
BlogHer conference, which will focus on the role of women in blogging 
culture. See
http://www.sixapart.com/about/corner/2005/05/upcoming_bloghe.html
Details about the conference: http://www.blogher.org/


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-- IMPORTANT DATES --

AUGUST 22-30: Community Informatics (CIRN) Conference 2005, Cape Town 
South Africa

Registration is now open for the CIRN 2005 conference which forms part 
of Information Society Week to be held in Cape Town. The CIRN conference 
will include more than 90 selected presentations, workshops and panels 
relevant to the social appropriation of ICT for local benefit. 
http://www.cirn2005.org

JUNE 20 - JULY 29:  Online World Dialogue on Regulation (WDR)
session on 'Diversifying Participation in Network Development'

Participation in telecom development traditionally has been highly 
restricted to national monopolies or specified nationally licensed 
operators, with restrictions against the participation of others in 
supplying telecom facilities and services, or in acting as 
intermediaries or facilitators of demand. For further information or a 
short description of this dialogue theme:
www.regulateonline.org/content/view/172/31/. RSS feed available.

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-- SITES OF INTEREST --

WOMEN IN GLOBAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, WIGSAT: Women in Global Science 
and Technology (WIGSAT promotes the contributions women make in science 
and technology for development, and helps NGOs, governments, bilateral 
and multilateral agencies and women themselves to understand the gender 
dimensions of S&T and the implications of this for development policy 
and practice. WIGSAT provides services in the area of gender, science 
and technology for development, with a special focus on information and 
communications technologies. It also acts as a broker or disseminator of 
information and resources. Email: shuyer@xxxxxxxxxx 
http://www.wigsat.org http://GSTGateway.wigsat.org

BUILDING AN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF GENDER AND IT:
Project website for building an Encyclopedia of Gender and Information 
Technology, being edited by Eileen M. Trauth, Ph.D.  School of 
Information Sciences and Technology, The Pennsylvania State University 
http://genderitencyclopedia.ist.psu.edu

TSUNAMI LINKS: Contains news feeds and blogs from around the world, 
collected by Andy Carvin. http://www.tsunami-info.org

COASTAL HAZARDS: A coastal hazards portal from India. Covers both 
natural and man-made events along coastlines that have the potential of 
damaging life, property and the environment. India, with her vast 
coastline, is often struck by natural events like cyclones crossing from 
land to sea and the resultant coastal storm surges. Other hazards, like 
the occurrences of algal blooms along coastlines are not new to South 
Asia. Say the site promoters, the National Institute of Oceanography, 
Goa: "Increasing marine traffic in this region alarms us, we have to be 
ready for man-made events like oil spills. Coastal erosion is a coastal 
hazard that is both natural and man-made."
http://www.coastalhazards.info

CIVIBLOG, A ONE-STOP-SITE FOR GLOBAL CIVIL SOCIETY: Based in Canada, and 
devoted to peacekeeping and âglobalistâ foreign policies. Says the site 
promoters, "We are tapping into two explosive movements at once: (1) the 
growth of the citizen sector and (2) blogging, which is an increasingly 
popular tool with the potential to empower citizens the world over, one 
post at a time. Civiblog has no hosting costs or licensing fees. 
Civiblog is targeted, designed by and for civil society workers. It is 
community-driven. http://www.civiblog.org/


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-- WHERE IN THE WORLD IS APC IN JULY? --

You can meet up with APC and/or APC WNSP (APC women's programme) 
representatives at the events below during July 2005. Write to 
events@xxxxxxx to obtain contact information. See you there!

July 9-21: Durban (South Africa)
GRACE Workshop: Gender Research in Africa into ICTs for Empowerment
www.apcafricawomen.org/brochure.doc

July 11-15: Luxembourg (Belgium)
ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) meeting
http://www.icann.org/financials/proposed-budget-17may05.html

July 11-13: San Francisco, (USA)
AdvocacyDev II Convergente
http://www.advocacydev.org

July 18: Geneva (Switzerland)
WSIS WGIG (Working Group on Internet Governance) Report release
http://www.wgig.org/
http://www.wgig.org/Meeting-June.html

July 25-29: Merida (Venezuela)
WALC Workshops
VII Latin American Networking School
VIII Latin American and the Caribbean Workshop on Internet Technologies
http://walc2005.ula.ve
http://walc2005.ula.ve/english/

July 26-27: London (UK)
CRIS Campaign Strategic Evaluation Meetings
http://www.crisinfo.org

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