ZDNet UK reports today that "Legislation designed to put the financial burden for recycling old technology on suppliers and manufacturers rather than all tax payers has finally been fully introduced and enforced." And Tony Roberts, chief executive of APC-member Computer Aid International says "The directive gives businesses an unprecedented opportunity to help us provide some of the world’s poorest communities with the computer skills they need to escape the poverty trap." Read the full article on ZDNet UK.
Our ICT sector is lagging behind for lack of proper nurturing and laxity of different governments brought about by paucity of adequate knowledge. The last elected government had declared the ICT industry as one of the thrust sectors in the country with many colourful slogans and speeches. Many IT professionals and our so-called funding organisations were impressed with the speeches of our last Science and ICT Minister of the BNP led government. Once he was good teacher of physics, but as a minister he often delivered speeches, admittedly with some humorous exaggerations, but these speeches, served up in different events, were all practically the same. He used to say we brought computer to the country much before many Asian countries. Even we are doing more quality works than Indian in some fields of ICTs. But now some are saying the minister said much but did nothing compare to his unique speeches.
Last week I attended a round table discussion at the BNNRC conference room on the post World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) situation. The World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) was a series of United Nations facilitated multi-featured rendezvous to bring hi-tech and cyber blessings to the grass roots level of all least developed countries. The two summits that took place were held at Geneva on 2003 and Tunis on 2005.
The report was launched on the sideline of a discussion meeting on ‘Reviewing the progress of WSIS action plan in Bangladesh’ organised by Bytesforall Bangladesh and other partner organisations. GISW, APC and Uruguayan member ITeM report that monitors the information society revolution, was presented at this event, where the Bangladesh chapter was highlighted.
Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) has recommended that there is no reflection of implementation of committed action plan by the Government of Bangladesh towards the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) and World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) in the allocation for Information and Communication technology (ICT) sector of the proposed budget of 2007-2008.
Pakistan president General Pervez Musharraf has signed into immediate effect measures to increase control over the media, reports the BBC today. This very serious developement means that current regulations related to television have been extended to the internet and mobile phones. Read the full piece here.
AllAfrica.com has this story titled Nigeria: ICT as a Development Tool which looks at examples from Nigeria, Bangladesh and Ethiopia. It says: “Other examples are India, where the biggest obsession right now is the mobile phone; Mozambique, where ICT is being used to tackle the malaria scourge; Uganda, where [GNU]Linux-based solar power Wifi VOIP stations are being used to bring ICTs to the locals and Rwanda, where the technology is being deployed to curtail the spread of HIV and speed up the supply of medicine to people infected with HIV/AIDS.” It also talks in detail about the work of Fantsuam Foundation in the “small and remote village in Kafanchan, Kaduna State” of Nigheria, and the digital growth of that village (“deployment of the internet, computers, community radio, and even solar power for cooking”). Check the full-text of the article.
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The situation in Zimbabwe has become very oppressive – not universally, but in isolated areas – an indication perhaps of the opposition re-engaging in the high density areas for the impending presidential (and possibly parliamentary) elections next year.
This time round though, it would appear that some of the opposition activists have decided to use violence themselves. Although understandable, it is worrying to consider the consequences of their actions which have not been particularly disciplined or well thought out. The police and army here are bad at the best of times – now with the "justification" of avenging their own injured we could expect to see even more aggravated assault.
This flagship book by APC is a must. It lays out the issues and dispenses with the jargon to encourage more people to get involved in issues related to information and communication technology (ICT) and policy. The new French version is part of APC’s efforts to make French its third full official language before the end of this year.
APC member SANGONeT features in this report titled South Africa: Rescue Attempt On Poorly Performing Telecentres. Says the Johannesburg-datelined report in Business Day, which is South Africa’s major business-oriented daily: