Oh come on, we all know technology is gender neutral

KL, Malaysia

Erika Smith, from APC’s women’s programme, blogged live from the Gender Evaluation Methodology (GEM) global trainers exchange, held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 23-27 July 2007.

Government okays VoIP policy for international telephony

The Government of Bangladesh Monday approved the International Long Distance Telecommunication Service (ILDTS) Policy-2007 to open up

the voice over internet protocol (VoIP) service.

Shidulai Swanirvar Sangstha a shame for ict4d community and media of Bangladesh and global award announcers


I am really surprised to read the recent posting on the malpractices of a Bangladeshi NGO. We are really shocked to introduce ourselves that we belong to this community.

How come an organization can bag two of the international prestigious awards with such false interventions? With whom we are playing such nasty game? From my childhood I was feeling proud that my country is full of river and boats are one of the major attractions of many of our childhoods. But doing such corrupted business with river and boat is really an innovation!! Shame for such innovation!

Overcoming disability via ICTs

Dhaka, Bangladesh

We should not forget our great scientist Stephen Hawking is a disable person, but he overcame all the disabilities by ICT as well as his strong determination to live long for science. Many people do not know an Indian software designer developed his software, which is providing him a big help. Persons with disability can overcome their every sort of limitation via ICTs. The traditional assumption info-tech is only for some educated and physically capable people became wrong. Many researches and experiments have proved that by the blessing of IT we can empower disable persons. It does not a matter whether they are blind or suffering for other physical impairments.

Part Two: Defending online free speech and environmental rights in Bulgaria

SOFIA, Bulgarie

In this article I speak to Milena Bokova, BlueLink Information Network executive director, who talks about the intimidation against her colleague, blogger Michel Bozgounov, the threats to the freedom of online expression in her country, and the Bluelink Freenet Campaign.

Part One: Defending online free speech and environmental rights in Bulgaria

SOFIA, Bulgaria

The June 29, 2007 decision of the Bulgarian Administrative Court (VAS) to remove the protected status
of the National Park Strandzha, has evoked a strong reaction from the
Bulgarian blogsphere and also from the country’s vibrant environmental

ICTs for Rural Women Empowerment


ICTs for Rural Women Empowerment

Hand in hand with success makers

Salamieh Community Telecentre main target is to spread computer literacy among young women and to bridge the gap between the economy and the information sector. Also the Telecentre is implementing maximal use of computer technologies to promote and build young women capacities and enable them find job opportunities in a challenging women – power market .

These ICTs letters shed light on part of our efforts in this domain and focus on the critical importance of ICTs Programme .

We hope our young women might be inspired to take the first step to make success and bright future. The following stories are authentic .They were sent from our students who could get job opportunities and become more competent and qualified .


Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha was not able to show minimum level of work, it's now time to act!

Dhaka, Bangladesh ICT Journalist Forum (BIJF)

It’s time for ‘Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’, ‘UNDP’ and ‘SFCT’ to review their methods of award distribution. We believe these awards are a great way to encourage the real practitioners but if unwillingly misused, it might damage their own image. If the awarding agencies do not have enough human resource to physically verify finalist projects by themselves, they could ask support from other international agencies e.g. One World South Asia, AMARC, GKP, IDRC,, APC and UNDP –Bangladesh.

ICT should be used strategically and optimistically for empowering the poor

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) should be used strategically and optimistically for empowering the poor especially for the vulnerable people of coastal area, said Syed Marghub Murshed, former Secretary, government of Bangladesh.

Bangladesh is on the way to open-up the Community Radio: Ministry of Information formed a high level committee

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Recently, Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) has taken a strategic campaign program where the Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed, Hon’ble Chief Adviser of the Non-Party Care Taker Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Barrister Mainul Hosein, Adviser of the Ministry of Information and the Mr. Didarul Anower, Secretary of the Ministry of Information were included.

Under the campaign program, an appeal was made to allow the draft broadcasting policy, side by side the Govt. was requested to give permission for launching some community radio as pilot basis. On the basis of the findings of the pilot project, Govt. can allow the full pledged community radio in the country for long term.

As a result of the strategic campaign, for the first time, a high level meeting was organized by the Ministry of Information regarding community radio. The meeting was held at the conference room of the ministry at 11 a.m. on July 23, 2007.

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