Mobiles become handheld computers

Grahamstown, South Africa

The world of technology moves really fast and Highway Africa gives journalists a chance to catch up. The conference has been a great

experience and an eye opener to ideas and experiences in the field of new media and ICTs.

The world of technology moves really fast and Highway Africa gives journalists a chance to catch up. The conference has been a great experience and an eye opener to ideas and experiences in the field of new media and ICTs.

Through speeches delivered by knowledgeable speakers in their fields, I was made to understand technical terms that I have heard

of but was never sure what they really meant, including the Convergence environments/convergence technology, where cell-phones are used as tv, radio and computers.

I have also learnt about the international WIPO podcasting treaty that is being developed with the aim to extend broadcasting rights to distributors of content rather than just creators. Some aspects of the conference were too technical and confusing for me, especially the session that was about the technical aspect of connectivity.

One of the sections that really grabbed my attention was Ethan Zuckerman’s presentation at the Digital Citizen Indaba about blogspots and blogging. It was very elaborate and clear. It encouraged me to participate in blogging and made me want to create my own blog.

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