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The dark subcontinent

DHAKA, Bangladesh

As far as radio waves go, South Asia could perhaps call itself the dark continent. This part of the planet has an almost-uniformly unenlightened policy when it comes to opening up its airwaves. Voices from Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Nepal....

FOSS: It's great... but sometimes things just don't work

DHAKA, Bangladesh

Remember the old joke that the doctor's operation was a success, but the patient died? Free/Libre and Open Source Software (or Free Software Foundation ">FOSS

) is a great idea. But sometimes it just doesn't work out right. This was the cautionary message emerging from an 'open space' at the APC Regional Consultation on Source: APC">ICT

Policy in South Asia (April 19-21, 2006, Dhaka).

Who are the pirates?

DHAKA, Bangladesh

Should people who illegally copy software onto their computer (probably because it's so outlandishly priced) be called 'pirates'? Is it fair to liken people who attack ships at high seas to those who make copies of digital products, though it's against the law? Or is illegal copying of software "infringement of illegal property and unethical, crimal and

immoral" anyway?

Another provocative one...

DHAKA, Bangladesh

Does civil society understand Source: APC">ICT

policies at all? Take your pick....

Back in South Asia... with a bang

Dhaka, BANGLADESH

APC is currently holding an ambitious programme in South Asia, and is drawing a wide range of participation. Here's looking forward to more activity in the most populous region of the planet. Where ICTs, if effectively used, could make a big difference...

Open spaces... and clashing views

DHAKA, Bangladesh

While a lot of the sharing of ideas from across a complex continent still largely depended on on the traditional ten-minute, LCD projector-based presentations there was some space with a difference too. "Open spaces" is a way of volunteered sharing of information and ideas. Whoever feel strongly about a subject, presents it to others who volunteer to tune in.

From simplified Nepali typing... to an OS

Kathmandu, NEPAL

In the Himalayan country of Nepal, a large section of the population is deprived of the usage of computers because of the language barrier i.e. English which is the communicating language of the computers, One of the institutions there, an archive-and-library there was facing challenges in cataloging its books, and ran into hurdles with 'sort' and 'find and replace' requirements. It undertook a font stardisation project, whicih grew far beyond expected. An interesting story by Bal Krishna Bal.

A Vision for the Community Use of Digital Television Spectrum

DHAKA, Bangladesh

Community television bridges difference, taking grassroots stories and issues to a wide audience and ensuring that our diverse communities are visible and accessible.

Digital free-to-air television will do more. It will deliver niche programming, educational resources, local information and access to cultural heritage. For these services to emerge, a full digital channel must be made available for community use.

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Asia ICT Policy Meet: Asia ICT Policy is Rising !

DHAKA, Bangladesh

As my preparations are underway for reaching Dhaka for the APC Source: APC">ICT

Policy Meeting, alot of Free Software Foundation ">FOSS

activity is going around within Pakistan as well as around the globe. Its a very busy year for all of us FOSS Advocates, Journalists and Researchers. Its good to see APC's involvement in the South Asian region and it would be great to contribute and co-ordinate APC activities in the region.
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Asia ICT Policy Meet: Comment by Jehan of the Pakistan Software Association

DHAKA, Bangladesh

Hi everyone, I know I have been conspicious by my absence from any discussions or comments. Apart from my chaotic schedule, I guess I am slightly overawed at being included in a group of people who have accomplished so much in the area of Handout: ICTs for Development (ICT4D), Multimedia Training Kit (part of APC's ICT policy training curriculum)">ICT4D

. Yes, that's my excuse and I am sticking to it.

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