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The workshop has been made possible thanks
to the generous support of the International Development Research
Centre (IDRC), HIVOS and the Open Society Institute (OSI).
The Association for Progressive Communications
(APC) is an international network of civil society organizations
dedicated to empowering and supporting groups and individuals
through the strategic use of information and communication
technologies (ICTs), especially Internet-related technologies.
APC and its members pioneer practical and relevant uses of
ICTs for civil society, especially in developing countries.
APC is an international facilitator of civil society's engagement
with ICTs and related concerns, in both policy and practice.
Our network of members and partners spans the globe, with
presence in Western, Central and Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia,
Latin America and North America.
The Africa ICT Policy monitor website, launched
in May 2002, is a user-friendly resource which aims at demystifying
the concepts of ICT policy-making. APC hopes that the Website
content will stimulate discussion between users from around
the continent about the use and relevance of ICTs for development
in Africa, and facilitate the development of a network of
civil society organisations promoting African Internet rights
Africa ICT Policy Website: http://africa.rights.apc.org
ARTICLE 19 works to promote, protect and
fulfil freedom of expression, including access to information
and to the means of communication. We do this through advocacy,
campaigns, research, litigation and the building of partnerships.
We engage global, regional, state institutions and the private
sector in critical dialogue and hold them accountable for
the implementation of international standards. The Africa
Centre for Free Expression is the African Office of ARTICLE
19 based in Johannesburg, we believe that democracy and social
justice are promoted and protected through the full exercise
of the right to freedom of expression, including access to
information and to the means of communication.
The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
is the regional arm of the United Nations, mandated to support
the economic and social development of its 53 member States,
foster regional integration, and promote international cooperation
for Africa's development. The Commission is a key pioneer
in the area of ICT for development over the last 25 years.
ECA is an implementing agency for the African Information
Society Initiative (AISI) - an action framework for bridging
the African digital divide that was adopted by the conference
of ministers of planning and economic development in 1996
and endorsed by African Heads of State. AISI's major activities
and objectives include the development of national ICT policies
and strategies, and building Africa's information and communication
infrastructure and capacity involving all major stakeholders.