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Building Partnerships for the Information Society (Aug 22-27 2005)

06/20/2005 -- The Cape Peninsula University of Technology, with the support of the Cape Town City, the Centre for e-Innovation in the Provincial Government of the Western Cape and the South African Department of Communications, will be organising and hosting the "Information Society" event.

The theme of this event is, "Building Partnerships for the Information Society", and the focus is the social appropriation of ICTs for local benefit. One of the major aims is to increase the ICT skills, awareness and involvement of people in obtaining the benefits of these technologies through horizontal and vertical integration of efforts locally, nationally and internationally.

According to the organisers this conference will be the culmination of an NGO policy process in South Africa that has been coordinated by SANGONeT. An initial policy document compiled by SANGONeT will be reviewed and discussed during SANGONeT Thetha forums to be held in Johannesburg (June) and Cape Town (July).

The SANGONeT policy process is currently developing around seven subject areas. The Civil Society Colloquium agenda will follow these and incorporate other areas as they emerge during the Thetha process. It is envisaged that international and local people will focus the discussions in the Colloquium. The current discussion areas are local content, community broadcasting, freedom of expression, diversity and pluralism, financing the digital divide, education and ICT literacy, and gender and ICTs.

Date: 06/20/2005

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