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IGF: Recommending policy
This paper identifies and documents the main areas of discussions and ‘recommendations’ that were generated under the Access theme at the second Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Rio De Janeiro, November 2007. While recognising that the IGF is currently viewed and operates primarily as a space for discussion, the paper finds that it is also a space in which commonality of opinion occurs to the level at which ‘recommendations’ can be made and repeatedly asserted independently/individually in the workshops.
Social networks: Activists move in...
Facebook is not just a way to get back in touch with old classmates from school or see what your “friends” are up to. Activists around the world are taking advantage of this new virtual space to expand their reach and establish more immediate and interactive contact with individuals and organisations from an ever wider range of backgrounds. ITeM, an APC member in Uruguay, talked with APCNoticias about how it is using this web-based tool, and shared some practical advice for others who are experimenting with social networks and other Web 2.0 tools.
South Africa: Building rural legal capacity through ICTs
APC members have been preaching the importance of bundling capacity building with technology projects for a long time. Last year, Ungana-Afrika demonstrated the value of this approach in their work in rural South Africa with under-resourced paralegal advice offices just getting connected to the internet for the first time.
Survey of e-learning in Africa
According to this 10-page report, e-learning is in its infancy in Africa; but the evidence suggests that there is nevertheless considerable enthusiasm for the potential that it offers across the educational spectrum, not only for universities and schools, but also for vocational training, for lifelong learning, and for marginalised groups such as street children and those with disabilities.
South Africa: Life after Vodacom
What does the future hold for Telkom once it sheds its stake in Vodacom? Business Day
's Leslie Stones investigates.
Fibre: 'Arteries of the modern world'
They are the arteries of the modern world. Stretching for tens of thousands of miles over the ocean beds, the vast web of intercontinental submarine cables have brought the possibility of cheap high-speed internet and clear long-distance telephone calls to all major parts of the globe. Except one.
Kenya: Innovating the future
In the republic of innovation, life is unfair. A relatively small number of places — all in wealthy countries or in China and India — create nearly every important technological advance. Consider Wilfred Mworia, a 22-year-old engineering student and freelance code writer in Nairobi, Kenya. In the four weeks leading up to Apple’s much-anticipated release of a new iPhone on July 11, Mworia created an application for the phone that shows where events in Nairobi are happening and allows people to add details about them.
New policy framework tool
A new publication offers policymakers in emerging markets a framework to enable them to provide sustainable and workable solutions to the challenges of digital inclusion. The publication was commissioned by LIRNE.NET as part of its World Dialogue on Regulation for Network Economies programme.
Work together, minister tells software vendors
"I would like to appeal to vendors to listen to the demands of consumers as well as Free Software developers. Please work together to produce interoperable document standards. The proliferation of multiple standards in this space is confusing and costly..." The full text of the address by South Africa's minister of public service and administration, Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, at the third Idlelo open source conference in Dakar.
KENYA: ICT Board unveils strategy
The Kenya ICT Board recently unveiled its ICT strategy for the country, and has invited industry comment. This link downloads the strategy presentation.