ICT for development

Open source Campaign in Schools of Nepal
Open source Campaign in Schools of Nepal 08 November 2006 APC

In the present context of Nepal, excluding the government offices and huge financial institutions, more than 90% of the PC’s run pirated version of Microsoft Windows. Despite the persuasion and the creation of awareness, as long as the piracy continues it will always be difficult for the users to switch to Open Source alternatives such as Linux. The major reasons behind it are the cost and the vendor lock. It must have been just a bubble of thought in someone’s mind years back, but today ...

IGF: send in your comments ... via SMS. Will you?
IGF: send in your comments ... via SMS. Will you? 31 October 2006 APC

Is this a shift of power? Is it just a form of tokenism? Does it work? Will it really involve the diversity of people across the globe? Kieren McCarthy posted to the Governance mailing list and Plenary list an announcement of how SMS questions can go to the IGF main session. Full details on the igf2006.info site that takes you to http://igf2006.intgovforum.org/ Is this a shift of power? Is it just a form of tokenism? Does it work? Will it really involve the diversity of people across the glo...

Spam, content, legal aspects, diversity, human rights, IP-network development...
Spam, content, legal aspects, diversity, human rights, IP-network development... 31 October 2006 APC

Via the IGF Community Site one can find links to some events coming up (at the time of writing) at Athens, Greece. An anti-spam toolkit, a content creation workshop, another legal aspects workshop, an overview of diversity, yet another on human rights and the internet, workshop on IP-network development….. don’t we need solutions real fast? Via the IGF Community Site one can find l...

One World article on the WCCD
One World article on the WCCD 27 October 2006 APC

Here is a fresh analysis by Rahul Kumar of One World South Asia (OWSA) about the World Congress on Communication for Developement (WCCD). He writes: "People, local communities and the grassroots was the answer that came repeatedly from politicians as well as practitioners for answers to better communication, right communication and well as the mantra for successful communication strategies. Rea...

A last ditch pitch that makes sense, don't you think?
A last ditch pitch that makes sense, don't you think? 27 October 2006 APC

The leader of a Netherlands-based non governmental association at the very end of the World Congress on Communication for Development, here in Rome, probably best summarised how development practitioners (communicators, donors and those benefiting from the development at the end of the line) need to move on. The leader of a Netherlands-based non governmental association at the very end of the W...

NEPAD e-School Project : An end-to-end Technology Solution
NEPAD e-School Project : An end-to-end Technology Solution 20 October 2006 APC

The NEPAD e-school project is no doubt a very noble idea. It aims to equip schools throughout Africa with an ‘end-to-end Technology solution’. But will this project live beyond the implementation period? On 18th Oct 2006, I watched a show on SABC Africa, a channel that broadcasts in several African Countries, as Prof. Kinyanjui of the NEPAD e-school project talked passionately about...

ICT Update Magazine Issue 33 - Urban Agriculture
ICT Update Magazine Issue 33 - Urban Agriculture 17 October 2006 APC

The latest edition of ICT Update has just been published. This edition’s theme is ‘Urban Agriculture’. The latest edition of ICT Update has just been published. ICT Update, (http://ictupdate.cta.int), is a bimonthly printed bulletin, web magazine, and accompanying email newsletter focusing on the use of information and communication technologies in agriculture in developing countries. It...

Studies Center for Handicapped Research
Studies Center for Handicapped Research 12 October 2006 APC

We very much appreciate your kind to participation in our research, study and handicaps development programs to help increasing our knowledge and ability to improve the conditions of all people with special needs Dear Sir/Madam I would like to avail the ample opportunity to introduce myself and my organization. The Studies Centre for Handicapped Research (SCHR) in Syria, Salamieh. We together ...

Let the people speak! Days of hope and optimism
Let the people speak! Days of hope and optimism 13 September 2006 APC

Tracey Naughton started off the session on community media at the Highway Africa conference with an old recording of the African National Congress’s underground radio station. As the speakers crackled with an Mkhonto weSizwe song, delegates sat in silence. Tracey Naughton started off the session on community media at the Highway Africa conference with an old recording of the ANC’s radio sta...

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