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)">ICT4Dfi. 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.
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.
Because of the unseasonal rains (which lashed central India after midnight, accompanied by lightning and power failures) most of the participants at Baramati VI  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.
"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.
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.
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">ICTand 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.
Internet traffic in Pakistan is very controlled as more than 90% of it is routed through Pakistan Internet Exchange (PIE).
Ungana-Afrika is looking for organisations interested in eRiding in Southern Africa. Do you have what it takes?
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
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.