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Discussion on the outcomes of WSIS - Bangladesh

Dhaka

Our Source: APC">ICT

sector is lagging behind for lack of proper nurturing and laxity of different governments brought about by paucity of adequate knowledge. The last elected government had declared the ICT industry as one of the thrust sectors in the country with many colourful slogans and speeches. Many IT professionals and our so-called funding organisations were impressed with the speeches of our last Science and ICT Minister of the BNP led government. Once he was good teacher of physics, but as a minister he often delivered speeches, admittedly with some humorous exaggerations, but these speeches, served up in different events, were all practically the same. He used to say we brought computer to the country much before many Asian countries. Even we are doing more quality works than Indian in some fields of ICTs. But now some are saying the minister said much but did nothing compare to his unique speeches.

Last week I attended a round table discussion at the BNNRC conference room on the post World Summit on Information Society (Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS

) situation. The World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) was a series of United Nations facilitated multi-featured rendezvous to bring hi-tech and cyber blessings to the grass roots level of all least developed countries. The two summits that took place were held at Geneva on 2003 and Tunis on 2005.

BNNRC’s recommendations to ICT sector in the proposed budget of Bangladesh 2007-2008

Dhaka

Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) has recommended that there is no reflection of implementation of committed action plan by the Government of Bangladesh towards the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) and World Summit on Information Society (Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS

) in the allocation for Information and Communication technology (Source: APC">ICT

) sector of the proposed budget of 2007-2008.

How can Web2.0 contribute to development?

ESCHBORN, Germany
How can Web2.0 contribute to development? 
Share your thoughts on the Web2fordev blog! 
Come and join our discussions or contribute with posts to 
prepare the agenda of the Web2ForDev conference in Rome, 
this coming September.

Proprietary software an anomaly

CAPE TOWN, South Africa

Proprietary software is an anomaly in the market.
This is according to Rishab Ayer Ghosh, a Free Software Foundation ">free software

researcher at
the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands, who was speaking at
the Digital Freedom Expo in Cape Town on Friday. Proprietary software is an anomaly in the market. Read the full article on Tectonic.

Full frontal feminism on TV

Granada, Spain

Jessica Valentia and Full Frontal Feminism.

Pakistan: New controls on media extend to the internet and cellphones

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Pakistan president General Pervez Musharraf has signed into immediate effect measures to increase control over the media, reports the BBC today. This very serious developement means that current regulations related to television have been extended to the Source: TechSoup Glossary and GenderIT.org">internet

and mobile phones. Read the full piece here

Global public policy: How civil society can intervene effectively

NEW YORK, United States of America

The "Civil Society Intervention in the Reform of Global Public Policy" seminar was held in Paris in April 2007. The aim was to bring together activists and academics involved in three public policy campaigns - international finance institutions, international tax and Source: Tunis Agenda for the Information Society">internet governance

- to reflect on their practices and learn from one another. Willie Currie of the APC reports on the tricks and patience needed to achieve policy reforms.

Autonomy, security, identity: Beautiful words, worrying ties in the electronic world

MONTRÉAL, Canada

What does identity have to do with security? How can we guarantee secure electronic user identification without compromising "African journalists trained in how to communicate securely online" (APCNews and Toni Eliasz, 30 September 2004), Take Back the Tech! and APC Internet Rights Charter">privacy

? Why do airport officials need to know about your DNA when they are actually looking to see if you carry a bomb? The seventeenth edition of the Computer, Freedom and Privacy (CFP) conference held in Montréal, Canada, from May 1 to 4 2007, brought together many experts in order to tackle these questions.

How ICTs can enhance teaching and learning in Special Needs Education

Syria-Salamieh Community Telecentre

Information and Communications Technology Supporting Special Educational Needs

How ICTs can enhance teaching and learning in Special Needs Education

This study aims to explore the following issues relating to how ICTs enhances learning, and It will also explore how ICTs enriches the learning opportunities and potential of students who have SEN, especially in the following areas:

• Physical disabilities

• Visual impairments

• Hearing impairments

• Autistic spectrum disorders

• Dyslexia

• Learning Disabilities

• Emotional and behavioral difficulties

Disabled but Not disqualified

Syria

Handout: ICTs for Development (ICT4D), Multimedia Training Kit (part of APC's ICT policy training curriculum)">ICT4D

in SNE – Disabled but Not disqualified

Story is about physical disability student

The girl who loves the moon.

(Noura Arslan )

Noura is one of our physical disability students

Noura is much like the early spring buds.

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