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HUMAN RIGHTS IN CHINA EXCLUDED FROM WSIS
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Human Rights in China (HRIC), the only organisation devoted exclusively
to human rights issues in China, has been denied accreditation to the
World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) scheduled for Geneva in
December. HRIC feels rejection of its application to attend WSIS raises
serious concerns about transparency and legitimacy of this multilateral
process.
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/link/gotoarticle/addhit/68617/1138/433


SYNTHESIS OF INFORMATION SOCIETY DEBATES NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE
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The World Forum on Community Networking (WFCN) has published the 2nd
issue of Mosaic, a newsletter presenting a synthesis of civil society
debates on the information society. Published in English, French and
Spanish, it summarizes discussions held on a number of lists and sites
from different cultural and linguistic perspectives.
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/link/gotoarticle/addhit/68616/1138/433


INTERNET CREATES A NEW CLASS OF USERS IN AFRICA
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Even critics of massive spending on computer and Internet technology in
Africa - at what they fear is at the expense of poverty alleviation
efforts - are conceding that so-called ėnew mediaî are helping Africans
economically. Computers linked to the worldwide information Web via the
Internet are also helping efforts to promote democratisation and gender
empowerment.
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/link/gotoarticle/addhit/68505/1138/433


CISCO TO FUND VOICE MAIL FOR POOR IN THE US
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Community Voice Mail, a Seattle-based nonprofit, provides free voice
mail for the homeless, poor and jobless around the US. A Cisco grant
will more than double the number of people Community Voice Mail assists
nationwide, from 25,000 to 65,000 by the end of 2007.
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/link/gotoarticle/addhit/68502/1138/433


TELECENTRES HELP LATIN AMERICANS TO BE CONNECTED
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Several Latin American governments are setting up telecentres where
people can surf the Internet, often free of charge, in an attempt to
narrow the digital divide within their societies, which is perhaps
larger than the gap that separates them from the industrialised world.
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/link/gotoarticle/addhit/68386/1138/433


DIGITAL POWER HELPS INDIA'S DISTRICTS PREPARE FOR DISASTERS
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When cyclones, earthquakes or other calamities next strike in India,
district officials in many areas can go online and quickly mobilize
support for evacuation, search and rescue, medical aid and other relief
priorities. The India Disaster Resource Network - a nationwide inventory
of resources - was recently launched for emergency response to
disasters.
  http://www.digitalopportunity.org/link/gotoarticle/addhit/68385/1138/433


SOMALIA'S TELECOM INDUSTRY SHINES IN SEA OF POVERTY
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Somalia is home to some of the world's poorest people. Yet, amidst all
the anarchy of a country reduced to ruins by civil war and over 12 years
of protracted power struggles between warlords, some things still shine
bright: it has one of the best and cheapest telecommunications systems
in Africa.
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/link/gotoarticle/addhit/68384/1138/433


WORLD FORUM ON COMMUNICATION RIGHTS DURING WSIS
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The Communication Rights in the Information Society campaign (CRIS) will
hold the World Forum on Communication Rights, a one-day event, alongside
the WSIS. The forum is an independent civil society-led initiative,
aimed to demonstrate and document the importance of communication rights
for people and communities in an emerging information society.
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/link/gotoarticle/addhit/68302/1138/433


BLACK EQUITY ISSUE SPLITS SOUTH AFRICA'S ICT SECTOR
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Battle lines that could prove tough to breach have been drawn in the
debate over whether multinational IT firms must place some equity in
black hands in South Africa to comply with empowerment criteria. A split
in opinion quickly emerged at a workshop, where members of the ICT
sector hoped to draw up a charter setting out clear black empowerment
targets.
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/link/gotoarticle/addhit/68301/1138/433


SCIENTISTS TAP GLOBAL COMPUTER POWER TO PROBE CLIMATE CHANGE
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British scientists have launched a new program, climateprediction.net,
that will draw on the input of thousands of personal computer users
around the world to track climate change and provide comprehensive
forecasts.
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/link/gotoarticle/addhit/68300/1138/433

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Success Stories
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/article/archive/1136
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SOUTH AFRICA: TAKING TECHNOLOGY TO RURAL LIMPOPO
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Until a year ago, some villagers in deep rural Limpopo had never seen a
computer. Now their fingers fly across the keyboard. They are the
members of the Mogalakwena Hewlett Packard i-community where villagers
are being exposed to technology in a project initiated at the World
Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) a year ago.
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/link/gotoarticle/addhit/68387/1136/433


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JOIN OUR NEW FORUM ON GENDER & ICT ISSUES
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Are women increasingly getting even access to information technologies
and services? Is unequal power relations in our societies contribute to
differential access for men and women in information society? How can
the situation be improved through ICT? These are some of the issues that
our new Gender & ICT forum aims to address.
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/link/gotoarticle/addhit/68410/1112/433


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Partner News
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/article/archive/4678
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MAHITI BUILDING ONLINE DONATION CHANNEL FOR INDIAN COMMUNITIES
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Mahiti from India provides simple and affordable information and
communication technology services to the civil sector. It specialises in
multi-platform, multi-lingual Web, intranet, multimedia and kiosk
applications. Mahiti is building an online donation channel on a portal
called ICICI Communities, in collaboration with Give Foundation and
Murray Culshaw Advisory Services.
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/link/gotoarticle/addhit/68759/4678/433


NEW VERSION OF KABISSA'S 'TIME TO GET ONLINE' TOOLKIT
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Kabissa has come out with an updated version of its highly successful
'Time to Get Online' self-learning materials for African civil society
organisations. The materials help civil society activists and organisers
to get online, learn the essential steps to success on the Internet and
to integrate the Internet into their work. The toolkit is available
online for free download and in print and CD-ROM version at a nominal
cost.
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/link/gotoarticle/addhit/67590/4678/433


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