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Involvement of civil society sought for ICT policy development

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A non-governmental organisation is working to involve civil society organisations in the formulation of government Information and Communications Technology (ICT) policies.


The Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA) recently started conducting validation workshops on four ICT-related subjects that it said affect civil society. These are open source software use in education, locating the points of the 'digital divide' among different community sectors and gender issues in ICT. FMA executive director Allan Alegre said the workshops are meant to get feedback from groups that traditionally do not play a role in ICT policy formulation. He said FMA is closely working with various local civil society groups for its follow up validation workshops. Likewise, FMA also has formed links with other civil society groups from other countries after attending two United Nations sponsored World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) events in Geneva and Tunisia.

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