Strategic use of the internet
For the first time, in September 2007, a large group of people involved in one way or another with development work met to discuss the possibilities and drawbacks of sophisticated web-based applications in situations of low bandwidth and limited access to powerful hardware. Many of them had the chance to experiment with the tools in a workshop APC co-organised at a conference called Web2forDev. The interest of this community, gradually expanding under the ‘Web2forDev’ label, focuses on how cutting-edge technology can help to close the gap in access to ICTs, as opposed to widening it further.
Jayalakshmi Chittoor, from the Indian organisation i4d, was attending the Telecentre Leaders Forum and we met in the corridor. We had 15 minutes to talk about future collaboration and we ended up talking about the Film Festival, a initiative that shows how technology changes people’s lives through video. That’s GK3, the Global Knowledge Conference that officially starts tomorrow in Kuala Lumpur.
A Cambodian blogger asked recently
whether former King Norodom Sihanouk should be considered the country’s
founding father of blogging.
He got no definitive answer.
Cambodian blog watchers say the 84-year-old monarch may not have known
he was blogging when he unveiled his Web site, updated daily by his
staff since 2002 with his views on national affairs, correspondence
with his admirers and news about his film-making hobby.
Citizens in China and Europe from the academia, NGO, companies, government met in Liège (Belgium) to exchange perspectives and discuss on the topic of Information Society and the Internet in China and Europe. The workshop on “IT systems on the age of the Internet” (4-5 October) was the first step of the China-Europe Forum (6-7 October).
Speakers at a discussion in Dhaka on September 17 asked Bangadesh’s government not to sign any agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in order to protect the country’s interests. APC-member VOICE demanded transparency and accountability on the part of the government.