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Costly blindspot... FLOSS and ICT4D

Baramati, India

In a vast country the size of India, the left hand doesn't quite know what the right hand is doing in the Handout: ICTs for Development (ICT4D), Multimedia Training Kit (part of APC's ICT policy training curriculum)">ICT4D

fi. Also, very little of India's vast Free Software potential has actually been channelised into this field. Musings from Baramati... home to a recent, ambitious e-agriculture conference.

Airwaves as fertiliser from Asia's "first agri station"

Baramati, India

Welcome to what is being called here Asia's first broadcaster dedicated to the farm

and the field. Farmers are keen on the information radiating via this invisible airwaves, from one of those stations being opened up under India's new drive to license campus-based radio stations.

Visiting cards in my pocket...

Baramati, India

Because of the unseasonal rains (which lashed central India after midnight, accompanied by lightning and power failures) most of the participants at Baramati VI [1] arrived late at the venue. At the dinner table, at starting time, there were just three other participants who had flown in from abroad, via Mumbai.

eAGRI INDIA: Rain gods in charge

Baramati, India

"All flights are delayed by two hours," the director of the VIIT to volunteers, and the mood sunk. Even the Baramati skies appear overcast. Earlier, while I sat through a sandlewood-paste flavoured beard-trim (Rs 15) at the local roadside makeshift haircutting saloon, the TV spoke of rainy weather warnings.

Leading women NGOs in Pakistan NOT participating in WSF

Pakistan

Just four days before the WSF starts in Karachi on 24th March, it is common knowledge that leading women rights organizations in Pakistan have detached themselves from the WSF and will not participate in any event.

India looks at e-agriculture

Baramati, India

I've lost all sense of time, but my mobile phone (which fortunately works 800 kms away from home) tells me it's 10:29 am on March 9, 2006. Later today, the 6th Annual Baramati Initiative on Source: APC">ICT

and Development (focussing on The Potential of e-Agriculture) gets underway at this rural, but education-oriented island two hours away from Pune in Central India.

Blocked Sites, Bush's insecurity, WSF and Bomb blasts in Pakistan

Pakistan

Internet traffic in Pakistan is very controlled as more than 90% of it is routed through Pakistan Internet Exchange (PIE).

Partners for progress, in southern Africa

GOA, India

Ungana-Afrika is looking for organisations interested in eRiding in Southern Africa. Do you have what it takes?

A tale of two social forums

BERLIN, Germany

Here is a good piece by Judy Rebick and Velcrow Ripper about the WSF. They say that "The inclusion of aboriginal people in this World Social Forum was a welcome change from the past. Another was the much greater participation of women in many of the panels. Women's issues were also a major theme of the event." Read the full article A tale of two social forums

Open Systems for Open Politics

BERLIN, Germany

Hey, consider checking out Open Flows to get the latest update about the presence of free and open source software (Free Software Foundation ">FOSS

) present in Caracas for the World Social Forum. The article Open Systems for Open Politics by Stefania Milan (IPS correspondent from Italy) gives you a couple of quick facts about the open information systems in place. She says that "All of about 1,000 computers at the forum are using free software. The official website has been developed for the first time in 'php'..." and it goes on. Great resource.

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