Bangladesh has committed to becoming “Digital Bangladesh” by 2021. But fifteen years after liberalising the telecommunications industry, the country faces a significant e-waste problem. And because e-waste belongs to no specific sector but rather, crosses over into several, it is a challenge to create any policies for its management and disposal, says a new report commissioned by APC and written by Partha Sarker and Munir Hassan.
The Pakistan Telecommunications authority has issued a directive to all cellular providers to begin filtering SMS keywords, the latest in a series of restrictions to freedom of expression in the country.
Followers turned to Twitter to receive words of guidance from the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Chief Rabbi and Muslim leaders during the London riots in August. APC’s Dafne Plou was in Qatar to follow how today’s religious progressives are using social networking to spread their messages.
EngageMedia has released the Secure My Video Guide, which contributes “to best practice tactics ensuring the publication and access to social justice video is secure under volatile conditions.” The guide is an open document, a work in progress and encourages contributions.
EngageMedia and the Participatory Culture Foundation have teamed up to launch a Southeast Asia video subtitling project based on the Universal Subtitles system. We're looking for an outgoing person based in Malaysia or the Philippines to lead the project and bring it to life.
According to the GISWatch 2010 report, electronics is the fastest growing sector in India and are purchased by about 52 million people. From 1993 to 2000 the number of PCs owned by Indians grew 604% and one can only imagine how many computers have been bought since then.
Bangladesh formally entered the era of community radio with the launch of Radio Padma FM 99.2, a community radio station
RAJSHAHI, Oct 7 Information Minister Abul Kalam has said the present
government believes in freedom of the mass media and protecting the rights
of the media men.
He stated this while inaugurating the broadcasting program of community
radio `Radio Padma’ in Rajshahi Medical College auditorium here this
evening as the chief guest.
Centre for Communication and Development(CCD), Rajshahi,
In India, the ICT boom in recent years has greatly increased the presence of new dangerous and toxic waste in the environment but no official policies have been created to deal with the informal disposal of e-waste in the country. This study addresses the need for a consolidated study in India of any sorts to measure the policy trends in relation to environmental sustainability, climate change and ICTs.
Bangladesh, like many countries, is particularly vulnerable to climate change. This new report by Partha Sarker and Munir Hasan indicates that information and communications technologies (ICTs) and environmental sustainability issues are still not on Bangladeshi policy makers’ agendas.