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Questioning ICT myths

DHAKA, Bangladesh

Can a lack of information be solved simply by setting up telecentres? Should poor-Europa glossary">governance

sought to be sorted out just by building e-governance? And, if the problem is a lack of market information, can this be met merely by building up e-commerce portals?

How could governments get it so wrong?

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"Whatever is the "government" in this glossary). As a general rule, "state" should not be capitalised.

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in India, the "state" in this glossary). As a general rule, "government" should not be capitalised.

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is definitely responsible for framing the policies. We have dreams of software superpowerdom, yet basic tools are not in place. They have spent crores (tens of millions by Government of India organisations) CDAC and TDIL, and that too all in the name of undertaking work in Indic computing and benefitting the people," says Ravikant of New Delhi, who has been closely keeping track of Free Software localisation efforts in India.

You're right. Copyright is wrong.

DHAKA, Bangladesh

It is assumed that everyone who buys a cheap illegally-copied ("pirated") copy of music or software CD would actually buy

the costly 'official' version. Links have been made by piracy and terrorism, which are actually quite ludicrous. 'Intellectual property' is used as a term, instead of 'creative expression'. When something is called property, we are stealing, poaching and pirating. Instead of what we should be really see it as being -- sharing, creating and enhancing cultural products.

Changing times... but the same mind-set

DHAKA, Bangladesh

Technology is changing. But the mindset stays the same. And so are the laws. Now, you can start working your The Oxford Pocket Dictionary of Current English on Encyclopedia.com">networking

from a single room. You can start small, keep on deploying, moving out from there, and cover an entire country as you encourage the demand to expand. But is there any recognition to this?

Because the technology has changed, it has a huge impact on how investments will be made, and how the people will use

them.

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?

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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...

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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.

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