ICT for development

Linking technology to the interests of citizens

QUITO. Ecuador

Dafne Plou, from APC Source: APC WNSP website">Women's Networking Support Programme

, is blogging live from WALC 2006. WALC 2006 is a yearly workshop organised by APC member EsLaRed, that focuses on The Oxford Pocket Dictionary of Current English on Encyclopedia.com">networking

in Latin America and the Caribbean. After the technical sessions of the workshop which took place the 24th-29th of July in Quito, Ecuador, APC organised a Forum on Internet and Society. In this post, Dafne shares her impressions on the panel on Source: GenderIT.org">e-government

and citizen participation: “Convincing citizens of the efficiency of e-government is not easy,” she begins in her the blog.

Latin Mosaic

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL 31 July 2006 (Luísa Gockel)

With the objective of producing and disseminating relevant content on the Latin American reality from civil society’s perspective, Rits, in partnership with another eight South American organisations, launched the Social Mosaic information portal on July 5.

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Tiny Indian religious centre dreams of WiFi solutions for rural world

GOA, India

In a remote part of India, techies from across the globe plan to link up and share ideas to build solutions that could make a big difference to how the non-urban millions communicate.Wireless mesh The Oxford Pocket Dictionary of Current English on Encyclopedia.com">networking

is mesh networking implemented over a Wireless LAN. This type of Internet infrastructure is decentralized, relatively inexpensive, and very reliable and resilient, as each node need only transmit as far as the next node.

Hello, hello... spotlight on how the poor use their phones

DHAKA, BANGLADESH 11 July 2006 (FN for APCNews)

What kinds of phone connections do the poor use? How much do they spend on telecom services? Are they willing to spend more? How do they choose their phone connection? What do they use phones for? And, what difficulties do they face while doing so? Many questions here… but the hints of possible answers come up in a South Asian study that looks at telecom users in India and Sri Lanka who have monthly incomes of less than USD$ 100.

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Wiki part II: Find your wiki at the bazaar

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC 7 July 2006 (Strategic Use and Capacity Building Programme for APCNews)

“The word wiki is a shorter form of wiki wiki (weekie, weekie) which is from native Hawaiian, in which it is commonly used as an adjective to denote something ‘quick’ or ‘fast’,” says Wikipedia, the world’s most important collaborative online encyclopaedia. Fast and quick, they are. But did you know they were free and open? While shedding light on the larger context of free and open source software (FOSS) developed tools, this second article on wikis looks at the concrete experience APC’s Strategic Uses and Capacity Building (SU&CB) programme made with wikis. It delves into the MediaWiki and the TikiWiki.

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UN-GAID: One more acronym - or a new beginning?

Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA

South Asia-based BytesForAll's newest member, Nalaka Gunawardene of Sri Lanka, who is a veteran journalist and observer of the "Handout: ICTs for Development (ICT4D), Multimedia Training Kit (part of APC's ICT policy training curriculum)">ICT4D

" (information and communication technologies for development) field, was there at the launch of the Global Alliance for ICT and Development (UN-GAID) in mid June 2006 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He wonders whether the newly-formed UN-GAID will manage to connect disparate initiatives, enhancing or multiplying their impact? Or might it evolve into another self-serving bureaucracy, competing with everyone else for limited resources, media attention and people's time?

Wiki part I: Progressive communications, wiki style

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC 30 May 2006 (Strategic Use and Capacity Building Programme)

APC staff started playing with wikis internally four years ago, and started using this online tool seriously about a year later. Collaborative work can normally be documented with the help of a drawing board or some tape recorder in the corner of a room. At the Association for Progressive Communications, people’s collective space is not a room. Instead they work from home, some in small offices, others in affiliated organisations, all over the world. But what is a wiki anyway? How does it differ from other online tools APC uses? How can it support the way we work at APC? This first out of two pieces looks at these questions by rooting the answers in APC’s global working dynamics.

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Future of the internet [in Pakistan]

Pakistan

Here are my predictions about the Future of the Internet in Pakistan in particular. What you thing about this in your part of the world.

e-Learning module developing electronic communities

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA 8 May 2006 (Ann Tothill)

The Information Management Resource Kit (IMARK) steering group announces the release of its newest e-learning module ‘Building Electronic Communities and Networks’. The module is designed to help users develop the strategic, interpersonal and technical skills required to establish and sustain electronic communities. It provides an overview of the benefits and opportunities offered by online communities for facilitating knowledge and information exchange.

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So near yet so far: Bangladesh awaits a smoother ride to cyberspace

DHAKA, BANGLADESH 4 May 2006 (FN)

So near, yet so far. Bangladesh is keenly looking forward to having an easier, more affordable and smoother ride into cyberspace, as APCNews staff writer Frederick Noronha finds out. In the eighth most populous country in the world (population 144 million), voices from civil society, the media and industry are increasingly surfacing, as this piece – filed from Dhaka in late April – demonstrates.

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