Cybersociology Magazine: Issue Five

Field Report: APC NETWORKS

ASSOCIATION FOR PROGRESSIVE COMMUNICATIONS

Global Internet Community for Environment, Human Rights, Development & Peace


 

WHAT IS APC?

** The Global Computer Network for Social Justice and Development **

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) is the world's most extensive network of Internet providers dedicated to serving non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and citizen activists. Since 1987, APC members have been providing fast, reliable, easy to use communication tools.

Today we are a non-profit association of 25 member networks working together to provide online organising and collaboration tools and skills for civil society. APC goes beyond the hardware and software to support the people and organisations working together worldwide for social, environmental and economic justice.

APC member networks offer a wide range of services and support to link people, issues, resources and tools for action:

APC's state-of-the-art Internet services and applications are designed and supported to meet the unique needs of our global community of over 50,000 activists and organisations, including appropriate technology solutions for those without full Internet access.

** BUILDING A COMMUNITY WITHOUT BORDERS **

APC enhances communication and cooperation across the global social justice community through our six programmes:

Strategic Uses

APC members work with your community to build electronic campaigns, hold effective online meetings, catalyse online action, produce collaborative documents and get things done. We offer training and resources to build your capacity to use the Internet effectively. Our communication strategies combine the best of traditional and electronic means of sharing information, linking with radio, fax, face-to-face meetings and word of mouth.

Information, Content and Tools

APC develops Internet products, resources and tools to meet the unique advocacy, collaboration and information publishing and management needs of civil society. We also carry news services and hundreds of public discussion groups -- from activist campaigns to official UN declarations, you'll find both local and international perspectives on your community issues, which spark new ideas and projects.

Network Development

APC reduces the gap between the information-poor and the information-rich -- especially in less developed countries, and connects people separated by dictatorship and war. We build technical and management capacity among existing and emerging communication networks to continually strengthen our capacity to serve the needs of NGOs and activists.

Communications Policy Awareness

APC defends and promotes non-commercial, productive online space for NGOs and collaborates with like-minded organisations to ensure that the information and communication needs of civil society are considered in telecommunications, donor and investment policy. APC is committed to freedom of expression and exchange of information on the Internet.

Women's Networking Support Programme

Our Women's Programme emerged in 1993 to redress gender inequities in the design, implementation and use of electronic communications, and offers unique opportunities for women and women's organisations all over the world, focusing on Information Facilitation, Regional Support, Policy and Advocacy, Training, and Research.

Africa Programme

Members and partners in Africa work locally and regionally to interpret APC's programmes in the region. Strengthening indigenous information sharing and independent networking capacity on the continent are key priorities.

*** APC is committed to making our programmes and services available to people from all regions in the world. ***

 

** GLOBAL NEWS AND ALERTS **

Day-to-day, and during times of crisis, people rely on APC networks for frontline alternative news and analysis. High-quality development news services include Inter Press Service, China News Digest, Haiti Progres, BOLIVIAPRESS, Mid East Realities, People's Tribune, Greenpeace Global News Headlines, Agencia Informativa Pulsar, BurmaNet News, and many, many more.

Many APC networks also offer headlines services and digests to facilitate local information sharing among NGOs and activists.

** APC and the UN **

APC has been instrumental in forging communication links between NGOs and the United Nations, serving as the primary telecommunications provider since 1992 for NGOs and UN delegates during the preparatory process and on-site for UN World Conferences. In 1995, APC was awarded consultative status to the Economic and Social Council of the UN.

** WHO USES US? **

Every day tens of thousands of activists and organisations use APC networks for internal communications and public advocacy work...

Consult your local APC network to devise a communications and training strategy that works for you. (See Member list below.)

** JOIN US! **

Whether you need basic Internet connectivity or help planning a major online project, APC members can provide you with low cost tools and techniques to help you use private and public online workspaces effectively. To join APC's community-without-borders, contact the member network in your region.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

APC members agree to keep prices as low as possible so as to be aff ordable to NGOs, including special group rates in some cases.

Most APC member networks are Internet Service Providers in their countries.

Subscribing to any one of the member networks gives you access to all the materials, information and many services made available by all other APC members.

For current information on any APC member pricing structure, please contact them directly through the addresses provided below.


APC SECRETARIAT

Email: apcadmin@apc.org and apc-info@apc.org

WWW: http://www.apc.org/

 

APC International Secretariat APC North American Regional Office

Rua Silva Jardim, 52 Presidio Bldg 1012, First Floor

12500-000 Guaratinguet· Torney Avenue

Sao Paulo, Brasil P.O. Box 29904-0904

tel: +55 12 525 2168 San Francisco, CA 94129-0904 USA

fax: +55 12 525 2168 tel: +1 415 561 6100 ext. 120

fax: +1 415 561 6101


APC Programme Contacts

* Strategic Uses - apc-communities@apc.org

* Information Content and Tools - apc-tools@apc.org

* Network Development - apc-networks@apc.org

* Communications Policy Awareness - apc-policy@apc.org

* Women's Programme - apcwomen@apc.org

* Africa Programme - apc-africa@apc.org


APC NETWORKS ADDRESS LIST

* Argentina *

Wamani

Talcahuano 325-3F

1013 Buenos Aires,

Argentina

tel: +54 1 382 6842

fax: +54 1 382 9342

email: apoyo@wamani.apc.org

http://www.wamani.apc.org

* Australia *

Community Communication Online (C2O)

PO Box 304

Richmond 3121

Australia

tel: +61 3 9486 9764

fax: +61 3 9486 9765

email: info@c2o.apc.org.au

www: http://www.c2o.apc.org.au

* Belgium *

KnoopPunt vzw

Snoekstraat 52

9000 Gent

Belgium

tel: +32 9-233 81 55

fax: +32 9-233 73 43

email: support@knooppunt.be

www: http://www.knooppunt.be/

* Brazil *

Rua Silva Jardim, 52

12500-000 Guaratingueta'

Sao Paulo, Brasil

tel: +55 21 515 0500

fax: +55 21 515 0505

email: support@ax.apc.org

www: http://www.ax.apc.org

* Canada *

Web Networks

401 Richmond Street West

Suite 384

Toronto, Ontario M5V 3A8

Canada

tel: +1 416 596 0212

fax: +1 416 596 1374

email: outreach@web.net

www: http://www.web.net & http://community.web.net

* Colombia *

Colnodo

Avenida 39 No. 14-75

Santafe de Bogota, DF

Colombia

tel: +57 1 338 1277

fax: +57 1 232 4246

email: soporte@colnodo.apc.org

www: http://www.colnodo.apc.org

* Czech Republic *

Econnect

Ceskomalinska 23

160 00, Praha 6

Czech Republic

tel: +420 2 2431 1780

fax: +420 2 2431 7892

email: support@ecn.cz

www: http://www.ecn.cz

* Denmark *

Inform

Faelledvej 16, D

DK-2200 Copenhagen N

Denmark

tel: +45 35 36 62 11

fax: +45 35 36 92 05

email: support@inform.dk

www: http://www.inform.dk

* Ecuador *

INTERCOM Nodo Ecuanex

Av. Orellana 1791 y Av. 10 de Agosto

Edificio Francisco de Orellana, 6to piso

Casilla 17-12-566

Quito, Ecuador

tel: +593 2 523 527

fax: +593 2 227 014

email: intercom@ecuanex.net.ec

www: http://www.ecuanex.apc.org

* England *

GreenNet

4th Floor

74-77 White Lion Street

London N1 9PF

England

tel: +44 171 713 1941

fax: +44 171 837 5551

email: support@gn.apc.org

www: http://www.gn.apc.org

* Germany *

ComLink

Im Moore 26, D-30167

Hannover, Germany

tel: +49 511 161 7811

fax: +49 511 165 2611

email: support@comlink.org

www: http://www.comlink.org

* Hungary *

GreenSpider

2600 Vac,

Ilona u. 3.

Hungary

tel: +36 27 305769

fax: +36 27 304483

email: support@zpok.hu

www: http://www.zpok.hu

* Japan *

JCA-NET

International Education Center Building,

3-21 Nishiki-cho, Kanda, Chiyoda-ku,

Tokyo, Japan

tel: +81 3 3291 2875

fax: +81 3 3291 2876

email: support@jca.ax.apc.org

www: http://www.jca.ax.apc.org/

* Mexico *

LaNeta

Alberto Zamora #126

Col. del Carmen, Coyoacan

04100 Mexico, D.F.

Mexico

tel: +52 5 554 19 80

fax: +52 5 554 31 59

email: soporte@laneta.apc.org

www: http://www.laneta.apc.org

* Netherlands *

Antenna

Box 1513

NL-6501 BM Nijmegen

Netherlands

tel: +31 24 323 5372

fax: +31 24 323 6798

email: support@antenna.nl

www: http://antenna.apc.org

* Nicaragua *

Nicarao

Apartado 3516, Iglesia El Carmen

1 cuadra al Norte, 1/2 cuadra al Oeste.

Managua, Nicaragua

tel: +505 2 225217

fax: +505 2 2681565

email: ayuda@nicarao.apc.org.ni

www: http://nicarao.apc.org.ni

* New Zealand *

PlaNet

78 Straven Rd

Christchurch, Canterbury 8001

New Zealand

tel: +64 3 343 2633

fax: +64 3 364 5835

email: support@planet.apc.org

www: http://www.planet.apc.org

* Russia *

GlasNet

Gazetny Pereulok, 9, stroenie 2, 3rd floor

103009 Moscow

Russia

tel: +7 095 291 4343

fax: +7 095 229 0043

email: support@glas.apc.org

www: http://www.glas.apc.org

* Senegal *

Enda-Third World

PO Box 3370

Dakar

Senegal

tel: +221 823 5772

fax: +221 823 5157/822 2695

email: support@enda.sn

www: http://www.enda.sn/

* Slovenia *

Retina

RETINA Ljubljana

Metelkova 6

1000 Ljubljana

tel: +386 61 1323378

fax: +386 61 212989

email: Retina@KUD-FP.SI

www: http://www.kud-fp.si/retina

* South Africa *

SANGONeT

P. O. Box 31

13th floor Longsbank Building

187 Bree Street

Johannesburg 2000

South Africa

tel: +27 11 838 6944

fax: +27 11 492 1058

email: support@sn.apc.org

www: http://sn.apc.org

* Spain *

Ipanex

Avda. Zaragoza, 60, 1, izda,

31005 Irunea/Pamplona

Tel: +34 948 24 86 97

email: ipanex@ipanex.apc.org

www: http://www.ix.apc.org

* Sweden *

NordNet

email: support@nordnet.se

www: htt p://www.nordnet.se

* Ukraine *

GLUK (GlasNet Ukraine)

14b Metrologicheskaya str.

Kiev, 252143

Ukraine

tel: +7 044 266 9481

fax: +7 044 266 9475

email: support@gluk.apc.org

www: http://www.gluk.apc.org

* United States *

PeaceNet/EcoNet/ConflictNet/LaborNet/WomensNet

Presidio Bldg 1012, First Floor

Torney Avenue

PO Box 29904

San Francisco, CA 94129-0904

United States

tel: +1 415 561 6100

fax: +1 415 561 6101

email: igc-info@igc.apc.org

www: http://www.igc.o rg

* Uruguay *

Chasque

Casilla Correo 1539

Montevideo 11000

Uruguay

tel: +598 2 409 6192

fax: +598 2 401 9222

email: apoyo@chasque.apc.org

www: http://www.chasque.apc.org

* Uzbekistan *

SilkNet c/o PERDCA

700027

Furkat str, 1/524

Tashkent

Uzbekistan

tel: +998 71 132 6015/245 5497

fax: +998 71 245 9952

email: support@silk.org

www: http://www.silk.org

* Former Yugoslavia *

ZTN Systems

ZAMIR-ZG

c/o Antiwar Campaign

Gajeva 55

10000 Zagreb

Croatia

tel: +385 1 271-927, 423-044, 274-188

fax: +385 41 271-143

email: support@zamir.net

www:// http://www.zamir.net

 

** HELP SUPPORT APC'S WORK **

APC works to ensure that NGO online networking emerges and thrives despite access and infrastructure challenges. We've established a fund for activists and NGOs to acquire hardware, software and training to develop their networking capacities. To support this effort, donations can be sent to:

APC Secretariat - North American Regional Office

Presidio Building 1012

Torney Avenue

P.O. Box 29904

San Francisco, CA

94129

USA

tel: +1 415 561 6100 x. 120

fax: +1 415 561 6101

Last updated: January 3, 1999 - Submitted to Cybersociology by Art McGee (amcgee@igc.org)


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