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FXI statement for International Press Freedom Day
The Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI) is a South African-based non-governmental organisation dedicated to opposing censorship, and promoting the rights to free expression and access to information. Up to this point, the main focus of its work has been in relation to South Africa. However, it is clear that freedom of expression cannot be promoted successfully at the national level alone. Globalisation has meant that events in one country can have a profound impact on another. Also, the increasing globalisation of the media, especially the news media, has meant that when news in one part of the world is censored, it affects us all. It is in this spirit that the FXI commemorates International Press Freedom Day: a spirit which says that efforts to achieve freedom of expression must be both national and global.
Open Source Software for Ethiopia: INFOCOM 2004 Exhibition and Forum
INFOCOM 2004, the most important event on the local ICT calendar, is expected to bring together over 150 companies from across Ethiopia and abroad from July 1st to 04, 2004 at the Addis Ababa Exhibition Center. The event is a response to the fast-moving changes currently taking place in the ICT market in Ethiopia, where many new developments show the real need for an event of this kind. This is the first year for this event, which is planned to be held annually.
Copy rights and responsibilities defining the South African public commons
South Africa, often at the front line of battles around global copyright has a unique and timely opportunity to lead with intellectual property rights innovations such as those proposed by Creative Commons. It is unclear who will win the battle over whether there will be more copy rights than responsibilities in the information age, but what is clear is that business, communities, NGOs and government cannot afford to remain ignorant about copyright and its effects.
CODESRIA Conference on Electronic Publishing and Dissemination
The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) Conference On Electronic Publishing and Dissemination is scheduled for September 1 - 2 in Dakar. The conference will focus on electronic publishing and dissemination of information.
Building Awareness of, and Support For Use of Free and Open Source Software Solutions (FOSS) in Women's Organisations
Women'sNet, a non-profit women's organisation is hosting a SADC regional workshop to build awareness of and the potential use of Free and Open Source Solutions (FOSS) in the non-profit sector, and women's organisations specifically.
Universities: Taking a Leading Role in ICT-enabled Human Development
This conference is organised by the Directorate of ICT Support, Makerere University. There will be discussion of major roles that universities have played in the development and utilisation of information and communication technologies in developing countries, where the absence of ICTs is compounded by poverty and high levels of illiteracy.
On-Line Discussion On ICTs & IPR
Research ICT Africa (RIA) is hosting an on-line discussion from Monday September 6 on intellectual property, mainly copyright, and information and communications technologies (ICTs) in Africa. The purpose of the discussion is to identify areas and issues for further research and study by RIA and its partner organisations.
The Sixth Annual African Computing & Telecommunications Summit (ACT 2004)
The theme of the Summit will be "Developing Africa as an ICT Outsourcing Destination." The summit will be reflecting the growing interest among Africa’s leading ICT markets in generating employment opportunities through marketing computing services internationally. The summit will be an opportunity to pool knowledge and experience to promote the continent on the international stage.
National Civil Society ICT Roundtable
The Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT) and the South African National NGO Coalition (SANGOCO) are convening a national ICT roundtable event for civil society organisations to be held on 9 September 2004 in Johannesburg.
Highway Africa Conference 2004
The Highway Africa conference 2004 will take place from September 16-18, 2004. This will be the eighth edition of this well-established and largest annual gathering of African journalists on the continent. The conference concentrates on new media issues relevant for journalists, encompassing the policy, economics, development and technology questions around Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). It aims to help facilitate African media's integration into the Global Information Society.
Workshop on Global Governance and Communication Rights
The APC (Association for Progressive Communications) and CRIS (Communication Rights in the Information Society) will hold a Global Governance and Communication Rights workshop, at the Holiday Inn hotel (Desert Palm Room) in Nairobi, Kenya from Monday 20 to Tuesday 21, September 2004.
Consultations on the establishment of the Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG)
Consultations on the establishment of the Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG) will be held in Geneva on 20/21 September 2004. The consultations will be open to all Governments and observers accredited to the WSIS and its preparatory process.
Satellite Communications Forum: Extracting Maximum User Value
This workshop is presented by AITEC in association with leading suppliers of satellite services. It explores the satellite technology and business modelling. This workshop will look at how satellite and VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) technologies are bridging the digital gap; technologies as well as installation, VoIP (Voice-Over-Internet Protocol) and other applications.
Free and Open Source Software:Policy and development implications
UNCTAD will be hosting an Intergovernmental Expert Meeting on Free and Open source Software. The Meeting will take place in Geneva on 22-24 September. The official Notification of the Secretary General has been issued on 1 June 2004 and includes information for participants.
Role and Place of Media in the Information Society
Morocco will host an international conference on media issues as a follow-up to the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). It will be held in Marrakech from November 22 – 24, 2004.
Regional Copyright Seminar, Malawi
This Regional Copyright Seminar is organized by the Copyright Society of Malawi
Women and ICT: Challenges and Opportunities
The objective of the conference is to draw a roadmap for the caucus that will enable effective Women participation at WSIS-Tunis 2005 and a report back of the activities and agreements made at the Geneva-WSIS 2003. A detailed workplan through a participatory approach covering all major challenges that Women identified at the Geneva phase in readiness for Tunis 2005 will be drawn up at the conference.
ICASA Hosts Telecommunications Colloquium
The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa will host a colloquium on 20 and 21 October 2004 to discuss the implications of the momentous changes to the telecommunications industry announced by the Minister on 3 September 2004.
World Development Information Day
To celebrate World Development Information Day this year, the South African NGO Network (SANGONeT) is hosting a special one-day event at its Braamfontein office. The objective of the event is to highlight the role and significance of information and communication technologies in the South African NGO sector and to profile the work of the sector and specific initiatives aimed at improving its information and communication capacity.
Intellectual property rights conference: Somerset West, South Africa
This conference is organised by Marcus Evans and focuses largely on the protection of intellectual property rights.
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